On the Menu: Week of April 13

Photo by Eileen Miller

 

Here's what's coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

 

Monday, April 13, 7:00 P.M.
The Titanic Returns: Captain's Table 
To commemorate the anniversary of the Titanic’s fateful voyage, chef Rob McCue has designed a menu that invokes the opulence and grandeur of the meals served to the most elite passengers at the coveted captain’s table. Join us for an epic journey through a long-gone era during this elegant and historically inspired dinner.

 

Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 P.M.
Songkran: Lao New Year 
January may have come and gone, but in Laos the New Year is just getting started. Celebrate Songkran with chef Phet Schwader and the rest of the team behind Khe-Yo, one of New York City’s be... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Group Food Blog Journalism Nominees

 

It’s 2015, which means that if you work at an office, you’ve probably spent some time perusing these blogs while on a conference call. 

 

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First We Feast
The winner of our 2014 Group Food Blog award is nominated again for its wry perspective on how food fits in to every aspect of our lives, from dining to travel to music to pop culture and more. [Image shown above]

 

 

 

Food52 
Food52 is based around creating a community of curious and adventurous home cooks, offering recipes and tips from essential go-to dishes to ambitious weekend projects to wet their readers’ literal and metaphorical appetites.

 

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Sustainability Matters: April 10, 2015

 

An argument against making almonds the drought scapegoat. [Grist

 

A new Youtube app targeted at kids is airing commercials that wouldn’t be allowed on children’s television. [WaPo

 

In the wake of consumer water restrictions, California farmers insist they’ve started to cut back on their water usage. [NPR

 

A Big Mac a day keeps the doctor nearby: the Physicians C... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Humor Journalism Nominees

 

If laughter is the best medicine, this year’s nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for humor are sure to keep you healthy. The writers look at the everyday minutiae of the food world, from street vendors to entertaining tips to restaurant reviews, and offer a new, if slightly twisted, take on it all.

 

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Lisa Hanawalt
Lucky Peach
Goodbye to All That Sugar, Spice, and Fat” 

Lisa Hanawalt bids adieu to the City that Never Sleeps with a whirlwind illustrated tour through the highs and lows (and risks and rewards) of New York’s street-food scene. [Image above]

 

 

 

 

Ben Schott with the Bon Appétit Editors
Bon Appétit
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Throwback Thursday: What We Ate at the First Annual JBF Awards

It's hard to believe that the 25th annual James Beard Awards are less than a month away, but we're already starting to pack our bags for the celebrations in Chicago. In honor of our anniversary theme of a quarter century of culinary excellence, we’re looking back at the very first Awards reception menu from 1991. Take a peek and you might spot some familiar names, along with a few ingredients that continue to capture dining culture to this day. What really drew us in, however, were the dishes just a little outside the ordinary, such as JBF Award winner Charlie Trotter’s "Smoked Eel Beggar’s Purse," and JBF Award–winning pastry chef Jacques Torres's “Mini Manhattan Buildings," which has us wondering what kind of culinary flights of fancy we'll find at this year's festivities.

 

Check out the full menu below, and read all our 2015 Beard Awards coverage... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Home Cooking Journalism Nominees

 

Restaurant toques may get all the glory, but it’s the home chef who keeps the family fed every day. This year’s nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for Home Cooking take on the challenge of the daily meal, offering inspiration for a task that can often feel repetitive and tired.

 

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Julia Bainbridge
Yahoo! Food
The Truth Behind Cookbook Recipes

Julia Bainbridge spills the beans on the astonishingly unscientific method of cookbook recipe development and testing. [Image shown above]

 

 

Kathy Gunst
Eati... Read more >

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What We're Reading: April 9, 2015

 

Homemade pizza can be an easy weeknight dinner with this simple method. [NYT]  

 

Reinventing the cheese wheel: dairy-free cheeses are on the rise. [NPR

 

IKEA's famous meatballs go vegan. [Huff Po

 

Should we retire the term "Asian fusion?" [Food Republic

 

JBF Award winner April Bloomfield dishes on her favorite cookbooks. [... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Galette

 

WHAT? French flapjacks. Most Americans are familiar with crêpes, but the galette, a signature dish of Brittany, is not nearly as well known. Made with buckwheat flour and encasing savory fillings such as mushrooms, cheese, eggs, and ham, galettes came into vogue after the Crusaders brought back buckwheat from their travels to Asia. They called it sarasin, derived from the same root as Saracen, meaning “of a dark color.” Culinaria: France (Könemann) explains that buckwheat's popularity in Brittany came from the crop's resiliency, its short growing time, and the fact that it was not taxed, hence was more profitable for farmers than planting wheat. This unleavened, stone-baked substitute for bread, Culinaria states, “is probably man's oldest food.” Incidentally, the word galette is also used in French for flat cakes, as in the galette de roi. Every fall the Breton town of Louiseville holds a weeklong Festival de la Galette de Sarrasin, celebrating the flatbread with sporting events, Bingo, and musica... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Food Column Journalism Nominees

Photo c/o GQ

 

Recurring columns allow a writer to grow with his or her audience, revealing personal quirks and passions across a wide-range of food-related topics. From the observations of a famous chef, to food policy and politics, to the rigorous investigation of the science behind deliciousness, the nominees for this year’s Journalism Award for Food Columns each present a unique voice and perspective that keeps readers returning for more.

 

David Chang
GQ
“David Chang’s Kitchen” 

Momofuku chieftain and JBF Award winner David Chang is not afraid to share his opinions, as revealed through the eccentric and far-reaching articles in his column for GQ. From iconoclastic stances on the value of cheap beer, to mouthwatering recipes for a proper “Changsgiving,” each new piece offers another insight into the particular genius of the mind of this chef.

 

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What We're Reading: April 8, 2015

 

Rising demand for spicy food is driving research into hotter jalapeños. [MUNCHIES

 

From cocktails to cookies, vinegar is great for way more than just salad dressing. [Serious Eats

 

Sam Sifton launches an advice column for aspiring male home cooks. [NYT

 

How a young doctor in Finland took on heart disease and transformed a national diet. [... Read more >

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