This week we're doing the digest clockwise through the country.
Up north at the Chicago Tribune, Betsy Noxon believes that if you teach kids about farming, they'll put away their junk food. If you do get the kids interested in cooking, the Tribure has some advice for working with children in the kitchen. The most important things you need to know about wine can be found in the glass, according to Bill Daley. Don't be intimidated, just look, smell, taste, and savour. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck has several innovative ideas for summer tomatoes: make a pasta sauce, toss them in a salad, or add them to a sandwich.
Julia Moskin of the New York Times reports on the problems of selling local produce in New York, while Pableux Johnson in New Orleans learns about an innovate program to get seniors into farmers markets and Elizabeth Weil visits a market in San Francisco where only the wealthy dare to enter. Providing further evidence of the Time's liberal bias, R. W. Apple Jr. guides Democratic conventioneers through the seafood delicacies of Boston. Has he no care for the Republicans who will be dining at home this weekend? Kay Rentshhler learns to grill fruit, and Mark Bittman takes a breather from his grill to steam some fish and veggies.
In the Washington Post, Alexa Beattie writes of a life marred by failed pies and tarts. When making fruit and flour desserts, Beattie now sticks to easier slumps, grunts, and pandowdies. Lisa Yockelson skips the crust all together and just tosses her summer fruit with a simply syrup. Continuing the fruit theme, Nancy Baggett offers recipes and curious facts about peaches. Did you know that peaches are native to China? Finally Carlos Aranaga shares boyhood memories of red cherries and the first time he saw "real live gringas" and Robin Kline, thinking of something besides dessert, grills bell peppers.
Proving that corporations haven't completely destroyed culinary diversity in the U.S.A., Lydia Martin writes in the Miami Herald about the Latin American sodas favored by Floridians. Serving up more Latin flavors, Linda Cicero offers a recipe for avocado pie and Renee Schettler serves up a shrimp cocktail soaked in rum. Candy Sagon interviews Southern food expert John Edge, who claims in Friend Chicken: An American Story that Northerners can make fine fried chicken. I'll believe that, but what kind of fried chicken do they make in South Florida?
Heirloom tomatoes have started to appear in supermarkets, according to Russ Parsons of the Los Angeles Times. Will they lose their unique appeal as they become more widely available? Regina Schrambiling, burned out on the simple goodness of summer produce, has started to stuff her vegetables.
Dressing up kids food as a gourmet treat, Amanda Berne of the San Francisco Chronicle makes homemade ice cream sandwiches.
Next week we'll do the digest counter-clockwise. Do you have a food section you'd like to see covered? Do you know any good food sections (especially outside the U.S.) that we aren't covering? E-mail us and let us know.
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