What We're Reading: August 3, 2015

 

How brisket became king of the barbecue world. [FWF

 

Cookies and cream canvas: Oreos become the medium for edible works of art. [Mental Floss

 

Americans may finally be changing their eating habits, as new data suggests caloric consumption has decreased for the first time in decades. [NYT

 

Experts anticipate that the World Health Organization will announce a link between red meat and cancer this fall. [... Read more >

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Happy Hour: How to Make a Mint Julep

 

We've partnered 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 continue sharing 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.

 

One of the most undeniably refreshing and iconic cocktails to have during the summer is the mint julep. A must-have accessory for watching the Ken... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of August 3

 

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

 

Monday, August 3, 7:00 P.M.

Modern Texan Elegance 

After coming up the ranks under the tutelage of culinary icons Marcus Samuelsson and Michael Mina, Dallas native Blaine Staniford returned to the Lone Star State to make a name for himself on his home turf. Now at the helm of Fort Worth’s acclaimed Grace, Staniford churns out inventive and modern American fare that’s firmly rooted in Texas terroir.

 

Wednesday, August 5, 7:00 P.M.

Baltimore Farm Fling

A fifth-generation family operation, Richardson Farms provides its in-demand produce to the best restaurants in Baltimore. At this special Beard House dinner, Charm City chefs and friends Cyrus Keefer and Winston Blick join farm chef Ben Simpkins to create a del... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: July 31, 2015

 

Crisis in the culinary world: extreme heat, fruit flies, and bacteria threaten our olive oil supply. [NY Daily News]

 

You can say goodbye to complimentary glasses of water in California restaurants. [Grist]

 

Trips to the farmers' market will be stress-free thanks to GrowNYC Greenmarket’s new app. [MF]


Boston supports sustainability with a new permanent, year-round, local food market. [Boston]... Read more >

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Recipe: Sweet Corn Budino with Blueberries and Cornmeal Shortbread

Sweet Corn Budino with Blueberries and Cornmeal Shortbread, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

There's a lot of corn out there, folks, and only five weeks to go until Labor Day. (How did that happen?) Go ahead and save some cobs for the grill, but we urge you to think beyond savory, too. This lovely budino from JBF Award–winning pastry chef Karen DeMasco is an excellent vehicle for corn's natural sugars. For a simplified version of the dessert, omit the cookies and compote and scatter your puddings with fresh blueberries. 

 

Get the recipe here.

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Throwback Thursday: Julia Child and James Beard

 

For this TBT, we're honoring one of the greatest culinary friendships of all time: the dynamic duo of Julia Child and James Beard. The video above, produced in 1994, features an exclusive interview with Child, as she speaks fondly about her friendship with “Jim,” his tremendous influence on the culinary world, and the creation of the James Beard Foundation. The pair met in 1961, around the time of the publication of Child's first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her admiration for Beard was transparent: “People just adored him. He was so jolly, so nice, and so generous.” After working with many French chefs, Child saw him as a breath of fresh air, and viewed him as the focal point of American gastronomy: “He was so open, he had such a general love of food, and I think he encouraged everybody.” She believed it was Beard who truly made the culinary profession a respectable one.

 

After Beard's passing, it was Child who pushed they keep his house and start a foundation. She felt strongly that there... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 30, 2015

 

It’s about thyme: Lebanese mixologists infuse their beer and cocktails with fresh herbs. [NPR]

 

Could pre-gaming with pear juice prevent a hangover nightmare? [MUNCHIES]

 

“What’s up, Doc?” Celebrate your favorite cartoon bunny’s birthday with recipes chock-full of beta-carotene. [Food & Wine]

 

Not so fresh anymore: Chipotle has dethroned Subway as the "healthy" fast-food chain of choice. [... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Edward Lee, Low-Cost Stoves, and More

The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

On any given day at Expo Milano, the first-ever food-focused world's fair that's now open in Milan, visitors can experience a veritable buffet of international cuisine, state-of-the-art tech and design, and food-themed programming. Here's a sampling of what's happening now at the USA Pavilion, which was produced by JBF and the International Culinary Center:

 

Terrace Talks: held on the roof of the pavilion, Terrace Talks hosts speakers and panels on a variety of food topics. NASA scientist Gerald Bawden will drop by this weekend to discuss how the program measures water resources from space. Next week the UN's Sharon Ketchum will discuss how low-cost stoves can improve quality of life in the developing world.

 

James Beard American Restaurant: modeled after our own James Beard House in New York City, the USA Pavilion–affiliated... Read more >

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Video: How to Make James Beard's Blueberry Clafoutis

 

We've partnered 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 continue sharing 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.

 

Clafouti, a classic French dessert from the Limousin region, is traditionally made with sour cherries, but this version becomes all-American with the addition of blueberries. A... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 29, 2015

 

Not so familiar French toast: restaurants are redefining a brunch classic. [Bon Appétit

 

The items on your grocery list you really should be shopping around for. [The Kitchn

 

Expand your ancient grains portfolio and get to know sorghum. [Food52

 

Downward-facing drafts: Lululemon has released its own craft beer. [CBC

 

Drought-stricken almond far... Read more >

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