What We're Reading: September 9, 2014

 

America runs on Twinings: the U.S. market for tea is growing. [WaPo

 

Would you eat vegan cheese if it came from human DNA? [MUNCHIES

 

There’s a restaurant in China where robots will cook and serve you dinner. [MUNCHIES

 

Agricultural sin? A farmer fesses up to selling non-local produce at a farmers market. [... Read more >

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Introducing Our Inaugural App: JBF Vegetables

The first-ever JBF app: James Beard Foundation Vegetables

 

Presenting the first-ever JBF app: James Beard Foundation Vegetables, a collection of innovative vegetable recipes conceived by Outstanding Chef award winners (including Daniel Boulud, Alice Waters, Thomas Keller, and many others), and based on the Foundation's Best of the Best cookbook. This stunner includes sharp high-definition videos, some of the most gorgeous and intuitive step-by-step photographs we've ever seen, shopping sections tailored to each dish, and other great features. It's available now in the Apple App store—and absolutely free for JBF members.

 

Learn more at jamesbeard.org/app. Read the full press release... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 8, 2014

 

Not into your beer? You may be using the wrong glass. [Edible Manhattan

 

The story behind a Southern staple: the history of pimento cheese. [Serious Eats

 

Widespread changes are on the menu at NYC’s first vegetarian elementary school. [Food Network

 

Leading food advocates weigh in on the low-carb vs. low-fat debate. [... Read more >

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Letter from the President: A Recipe for a Delicious Weekend

James Beard Foundation's Taste America®

 

What’s even better than dinner prepared by a nationally recognized, critically acclaimed chef? Dinner prepared by multiple chefs of that caliber, of course!

 

As I write this, we are gearing up to take the James Beard Foundation on the road for our second annual national epicurean tour, Taste America® presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred® Visa Signature. This year, we’re making stops in ten cities, where we’ll be joined by our Taste America All-Stars, a select group of some of the country’s most talked about
chefs, led by this year’s honorary All-Star Chef, Daniel Boulud. (See below for cities, dates, and All-Stars).

 

What makes this year’s Taste America so special is that we are pairing these All-Stars with local award-winning chefs from each city to create unique one-night-only dinners that people will be talking abou... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of September 8

Wine Glasses

 

Here's what's coming up in the JBF universe:

 

Monday, September 8, 7:00 P.M 
Chef Collaboration 
Close friends and culinary kindred spirits Jesse Schenker, of the Gander and acclaimed West Village restaurant Recette, and Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan, of the Pass and Provisions in Houston, are combining their cross-country talents to create one incredible, collaborative meal.

 

Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 P.M
Virginia Rising Stars 
Experience Virginia’s dining renaissance at the Beard House when we host the state’s rising culinary stars for a spectacular collaborative meal. The night’s menu will feature the chefs’ favorite local ingredients, Virginia-sourced wine pairings, and stellar cocktails from formidable mixologist and restaurant owner Stefan Trummer.

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On the Menu: The Fifth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

 

 

 

At JBF's upcoming Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, taking place September 7 to 9 at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas, there will be a few stock chef activities, like a collaborative dinner prepared at the hotel's restaurant, as well as an introduction to a local purveyor. (In Bentonville, chefs will spend an afternoon at Ewe Bet Farms, home to pasture-raised and grass-fed lambs.)

 

Primarily, though, the three-day session will provide chefs with a unique opportunity to grow and refine their skills in the policy and advocacy arenas. The 15 participants (see the complete list here) have a schedule of presentations, workshops, and... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: September 5, 2014

 

The new humane standards set to go into effect in California on January 1, 2015 raise questions about battery cages, colony cages, and cage-free systems for laying hens. [Civil Eats]

 

Programs like Double Up Food Bucks don't just help families buy nutritious, local produce. They help farmers and the environment. [Grist]

 

New studies eliminate doubt that BPA, a ubiquitous ingredient found in some plastics and coatings, is a dangerous toxin to the female reproductive system. [Treehugger]

 

The scoop on listeria: why the bacteria L. monocytogenes, which is often responsible for food-borne illness from meat,... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: In the Classroom with James Beard

James Beard at CIA

 

With school back in session, it seems only fitting that we turn to our favorite teacher, James Beard. From television shows to women’s clubs to cooking schools across the country, when he wasn’t writing cookbooks, James Beard was in the kitchen, guiding everyone from the humble home cook to the nation’s top toques. For this week’s #TBT, we look back at the 1998 Summer/Fall issue of Beard House Magazine, where Maria Rabat delves into Beard’s role as an educator in her article Beard at the Head of the Class

 

Rabat points out that despite an early yearning for “stardom and all that went with it,” Beard's turn to culinary education ultimately brought him far more acclaim that his stage career. Beard was a natural teacher, his culinary curiosity and vast knowledge of cooking history and technique combining with endless enthusiasm and patience. Above all, he strove to “‘make people realize that cooking is primarily fun, and the more they know about what they are doing, th... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Romesco

Romesco

 

WHAT? This classic sauce is a specialty of the Tarragona province in the Catalonia region of northeastern Spain. The only essential ingredient that chefs agree on is the special red pepper that gives the sauce its name. Some contend the formula should be nothing more than a simple mixture of olive oil, red pepper, and bread, while others liven it up with flavorful ingredients, such as garlic, wine, chili powder, paprika, almonds or hazelnuts, and vinegar to the blend. Regardless of the recipe, the final product is usually a smooth paste, typically served with grilled poultry or fish. Each spring, there is a competition among fishermen in the Serrallo district of the province to produce the best romesco. Before thousands of spectators, the romesco-masters—who only pass their secret recipes on to their sons—set to work with their mortars and pestles to compete for the championship title.

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What We're Reading: September 4, 2014

 

Either way you get to lick the bowl: the difference between batter and dough. [CakeSpy

 

New science suggests that your run pairs well with a nice rosé. [Atlantic

 

Yes, there really was a Little Debbie: the truth behind your favorite food mascots. [First We Feast

 

Häagen-Dazs refuses to use lab-grown vanilla flavoring in its products. [Mother Jones

 

Dinner Lab brings... Read more >

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