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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Meet the 2015 Food and Health Journalism Nominees

 

We live in the era of the local, organic, gluten-free, and free-range, but what do those buzzwords actually say about the food we eat? The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for Food and Health approach the question from the microscopic level, diving into agricultural, bacterial, and nutritional sciences to interrogate our notions of “healthy food.”

 

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Ben Paynter
Wired
“Bred to Perfection”

GMO giant Monsanto goes organic: Ben Paynter goes behind the scenes to see how the controversial company’s newest line of vegetables is launched. [Image shown above]

 

 

Gretel H. Schueller
EatingWell
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Sponsored Post: Meet the New Taste of Waldorf

 

Even if you’re unfamiliar with the culinary legacy of the Waldorf Astoria, you've surely tasted it. Many iconic dishes were invented at this legendary New York City hotel, with the very first eggs benedict, red velvet cakes, and Waldorf salads emerging from its kitchens.

 

Soon guests at Waldorf properties around the world will enjoy what's sure to become a new classic: Celery Risotto alla Waldorf, created for the Taste of Waldorf competition by 2013 and 2014 JBF Rising Star Chef of the Year semifinalist David Posey and Waldorf Astoria Master Chef Heinz Beck. The elegant "risotto"—celery root finely chopped to resemble rice, cooked in a creamy rice stock, and served with Granny Smith apple gelée and shaved truffle—was conceived and fine-tuned at the Rome Cavalieri... Read more >

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Our Favorite Beard House Dishes in March

 

Last month's stand-out Beard House dishes brought us decidedly verdant plates that served as a much-needed nod to spring. Below, our editors' picks for the best of March.

 

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Sweet English Peas with Bittersweet Chocolate, Virgin Butter, and Mint / Bay Area Spring

 

After suffering through New York's agonizingly long winter, I found a cure for my seasonal fatigue in Mark Liberman’s Beard House menu, replete with Bay Area asparagus, leeks, and artichokes. I especially loved his play on the homey classic of peas and butter, reimagined as a modern dessert: a bright orb of English pea ice cream, accessorized with pea shoots, butter mousseline, chocolate sablé crumble, and a mint, chicory, and pennyroyal granita. 

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What We're Reading: April 7, 2015

 

You can use miso for a lot more than just soup: get to know the pros and cons of the condiment’s most common varieties. [HuffPo

 

Could vitamin-fortified candy actually be good for you? [FoodNavigator

 

Don’t confuse your Crock-Pot for a slow cooker. [The Kitchn

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Meet the 2015 Food and Culture Journalism Nominees

 

As the dialogue around food expands beyond just what’s on our plates, we’re increasingly forced to examine the choices we make about dining and cooking, and what they mean for our culture at large. This year's nominees in Food and Culture offering revealing looks at some of the pivotal decisions that influence our food before we ever crack open a menu.

 

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Rebecca Flint Marx
San Francisco Magazine
“The Toxic, Abusive, Addictive, Supportive, Codependent Relationship Between Chefs and Yelpers”

Yelp may be the ubiquitous tool for discovering new restaurants, but after ten years it still hasn’t found solid footing with chefs. Rebecca Flint Marx examines the fluid relationship between chef and app for San Francisco Magazine. [Image shown above]

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Eye Candy: Hamachi Crudo with Charred Cara Cara Oranges and Tangerine–Yuzu Dressing

 

Set in a historic factory, Manhattan’s Chelsea Market is now home to some of the city's finest epicurean shops and restaurants. For our recent seventh annual Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market, we brought together a formidable group of chefs to prepare a convivial family-style feast, served at a nearly 300-foot-long communal table in the market’s main hall. One of the highlights of the evening was this vibrant Hamachi Crudo with Charred Cara Cara Oranges, Water Chestnuts, and Tangerine–Yuzu Dressing created by Cull and Pistol's chef David Seigal. Easy on the eyes and bursting with flavor, this dish earned rave reviews from our guests.

 

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What We're Reading: April 6, 2015

 

Here are some of the best-designed coffee shops in America that will win over your caffeine-pumped hearts. [Food Republic

 

Cook like a pro: the New York Times offers kitchen advice in its new ask-the-food-editor column. [NYT

 

Your desserts are missing one secret ingredient: black sesame. [HuffPo

 

Are we running out of food to feed our growing population? [FWF

 

JBF Award winner Daniel Boulud rocked the... Read more >

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Happy Hour: James Beard’s Jack Rose

 

Don’t be deterred by the delicate pink hue of a Jack Rose cocktail; this is no Cosmopolitan. Made with a spirit that predates America, this libation is better suited for devoted history buffs than Sex and the City fans. In the Colonial Era, applejack was a concentrated apple cider, but now it denotes an apple brandy blend. The most prominent distiller of the spirit, Laird & Company, was also the first commercial distillery in the new country, having gotten its license in 1780. 

 

This cocktail peaked in popularity during the Roaring Twenties, but that’s no reason to let it languish—mix it up a few for friends this weekend and impress them with a bit of history. Get the recipe right here.

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On the Menu: Week of April 6

 

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

 

Monday, April 6, 7:00 P.M.

Philly Elegance Meets Loire Wines 
Housed in the five-diamond Rittenhouse hotel, Lacroix is one of Philadelphia’s most prestigious restaurants; many of the city’s finest chefs have steered its kitchen at one time or another. The latest is Jon Cichon, who returns to the Beard House with a marvelous spring menu paired with exceptional wines from the Loire Valley.

 

Tuesday, April 7, 7:00 P.M.
Spring in Marin 
In a three-star review, Michael Bauer of the SF Chronicle described Molina as “a small, out-of-the-way restaurant that has such refinement and integrity that it makes you want to... Read more >

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