What We're Reading: April 2, 2015

 

Don't settle for the store-bought bagel when you can make them at home. [Eater

 

Steven Satterfield's new cookbook will make you a greenmarket pro for all four seasons. [NYT

 

Add booze to your Easter festivities with jello egg shots. [HuffPo

 

California farmers become hopeless as the snowpack levels reach an all time low. [NPR

 

Craft beer continues to reign over the brewing scene: 2014 top sellers. [... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Announcing Feeding the Accelerator, a Food-Sector Development Program

When Expo Milano, the first world's fair devoted exclusively to food, opens to the public next month, the USA Pavilion will present American innovations at the crossways of cuisine, tech, business, industry, and culture. This showcase will include several promising food-sector newcomers, selected and nurtured by the pavilion's recently announced Feeding the Accelerator initiative.

 

A collaborative incubation program, Feeding the Accelerator will provide, per its website, "not just tech and business development, but innovation development." In practice, this includes workshops, lectures, and an Expo-based advisory board of chefs, academics, designers, and other food professionals. Up to 12 entrepreneurs will be selected for mentorship.

 

Details and applications are available at the off... Read more >

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2015 JBF Scholarship and Grant Applications Now Available

 

Are you eager to build your culinary chops, but need a financial boost? You've come to the right place: applications for James Beard Foundation scholarships and professional grants are now available. You can find details about eligibility, a list of this year's scholarships and grants, and links to all of the necessary paperwork on our scholarships and grants page.

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What We're Reading: April 1, 2015

 

From barbecue stalls to in-store sommeliers, traditional grocery stores are trying anything to win back customers. [NPR

 

Don’t limit yourself to ramen and soba: Food52 suggests some lesser-known types of Asian noodles and how best to use them. [Food52

 

The Academy of Nutrition has backed away from its endorsement of Kraft Singles. [Food Politics

 

Will it fizz? The newest device from Sodastream can supposedly ca... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Fennel Pollen

 

WHAT? Obscure no more. Once a little known spice used by Tuscans on meat or in soups and stews, fennel pollen was introduced to an American audience by food writer Faith Willinger, an American who has lived in Italy for nearly a quarter of a century. In the 1990s she brought American chefs like Mario Batali to a butcher shop in Panzano, Chianti, owned by Dario Cecchini, who sells specialty products of the area, including fennel pollen. The flowers of the blossoming wild fennel plant are coated in a mass of yellow pollen and, when shaken loose, the powdery condiment imparts a sweet fennel flavor and aromatic flowery scent. Batali was quick to incorporate the spice in his repertoire. As he explained to us a few years ago, "You sprinkle a tiny dusting on something hot, and it gives you this heady fennel perfume. It's amazing." This once hard-to-find spice, which marries wonderfully with a variety of ingredients, including pork, mussels, and even dark chocolate, is now popping up on menus everywhere. ... Read more >

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Meet the Book Nominees for the 2015 James Beard Awards

Photo by Anna Mowry

 

The books nominated for this year’s James Beard Awards take us on journeys both practical and philosophical, from the intricacies of humane butchering to the role of the Gerber Baby in the creation of modern America. Dive into the nominees below and try a new cuisine, consider a new cocktail, or discover a new way to look at food in the world around us. All nominated books are available at the James Beard Foundation Amazon store.

 

 

American Cooking 
 
Heritage by Sean Brock (Artisan) 
Gain insight into JBF Award winner Sean Brock’s mission to preserve and promote the diverse bounty of his home region. Featuring recipes from his accl... Read more >

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What We're Reading: March 31, 2015

 

Homemade ramen is achievable, and we’re not talking Cup of Noodles. [FWF

 

It may look like ginger, but galangal has a personality all of its own. [Food52

 

Learn about sorghum, the latest gluten-free grain trend. [Food Network

 

Got an overabundance of oregano? Freeze fresh herbs to store them for future use. [Serious Eats

 

Don’t rely on the sell-by date: use these tricks to see if your eggs are still fresh. [... Read more >

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Dear World at JBF Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

 

There was no shortage of enlightening moments at the sixth JBF Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change this month, but a visit from Robert X. Fogarty and Jonah Evans at the end of a long day was completely invigorating.


Fogarty and Evans introduced us to Dear World, a photography project that started in 2009 when Fogarty began documenting New Orleans residents’ love letters to their city. Since then, Dear World has told the stories of survivors of the Boston marathon bombing and Syrian refugees, and has featured recognizable people like Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, Susan Sarandon, and the late Stuart Scott.

 

The chefs participating in Boot Camp were invited to create a message about something they care about—and to become a part of the ever-growing, inspirational, and... Read more >

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Video: How to Make Farfalle with Duck Ragù

 

We're excited to announce our partnership with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll share instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 

Gabe and Katherine Thompson’s intimate downtown restaurants offer discerning New York City diners soulful Italian cuisine with a modern spin. For their recent Beard House dinner, this powerhouse husband-and-wife team crafted a m... Read more >

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What We're Reading: March 30, 2015

 

Innovation comes by the slice at the International Pizza Expo. [LA Times

 

An exclusive glimpse into the average day of a sugar maple tapper. [Huff Po

 

Are our fish being caught by Burmese slaves? [NPR

 

Give your Passover brisket some flair with a bright horseradish gremolata. [NYT

 

Use these key tools and never make a kitchen mistake again. [... Read more >

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