From Too Many Chefs -

August 26, 2004
Food Section Digestion - August 26, 2004

Our weekly roundup of what's in the food section of your favorite papers begins this week in the good old U.S. of A.

I'd start in my kind of hometown, but the Chicago Tribune didn't have anything I thought worthy of mention, which itself is worthy of mention, I thought. So let's start just outside my hometown with the Suburban Chicago Daily Herald and their cook of the week Jeanne Neifert who got her kids to eat "strange" foods through constant exposure.

The Washington Post prints an article about Nancy Tucker who is still unemployed and fishing for her dinner. Fifteen chefs tell Walter Nicols and Candy Sagon about their favorite things about this rapidly ending summer, including some fantastic stories about customers. Katherine Tallmadge makes the startling discovery that despite the desire for supplements to make us healthy, the best place to get your nutrition is still from... food.

The New York Times starts with a story about the D.C. region and Silver Queen corn, which is increasingly sought and increasingly rare as local farmers grow modern hybrids. This Sunday is the start of the Republican convention in New York, and it will be a very different group of people crowding the tables at the best restaurants in town. Wonder who foots the bill? Summer's end also means the start of sagra season in Italy. Sagras are big parties focusing on harvest time or on regional foods. Invite me, please!

The Hartford Courant invites you to try some of the new condiments like mojo, chutneys, and salsa that are displacing mustard, mayo, and ketchup. Linda Giuca writes a Food Notes column that digests food stories and press releases. How original. Actually, it's very good.

In St. Louis, the Post-Dispatch's Joe Bonwich writes about wines handmade in Bethlehem - Bethlehem, Missouri, of course.

Salt Lake City's Salt Lake Tribune counters with wine made in Idaho. Let's have a taste-off.

Speaking of off, Marcelle Bienvenu of the New Orleans Times-Picayune makes some savory cheesecakes. Readers responded to Judy Walker's call for their uses for crab boil and came up with a bunch of good ideas. There's no crab boil in Times-Picayune reader Stephanie Mayoral's recipe for a no-bake sprouted almond and carrot cake which is also featured this week.

I'd like to slap Georgeanne Bennan of the San Francisco Chronicle for suggesting that Californians can reproduce lovely barbecue she had at the beach in Crete and imagine they're basking on the Mediterranean. As opposed to imagining you're at the OTHER most beautiful place on earth, the beaches of Northern California where you'd actually be sitting at the time? Too much heaven, I guess. I'm more sympathetic to Lynn Char Bennett's Oklahoma memories of frozen fruit which leads to making sorbets. There's some excellent tips in her article on making your sorbets hang together and taste delicious.

Russ Parsons of the Los Angeles Times finds delicious exotic produce in the markets thanks to Laotian immigrants to the smoggy city. Donna Deane delight in draining drinks of delectable draughts of iced dea - er, tea. Regina Schrambling is wondering if the Atkins fad has peaked and will fade soon.

In the Sydney Morning Herald via New Zealand's Stuff page, Jill Dupleix tells us men are the new chocoholics. On the same site, The Age's Andrew Stephens sticks in his thumb and pulls out a bunch of puddings. And I don't mean Jell-o. In Croatia, the Big Mac is facing competition from the home-grown Srdela Snack chain which serves fish and a glass of wine for only two euros.

The Prague Tribune's Libor Ševčík educates us about Portuguese green wines or Vinho Verde

In Cairo, the Al-Ahram Weekly's Reem Leila reports that bad eating habits are producing a generation of sickly Egyptians.

Come with me now.. into the future! Or at least over to London's Telegraph's website which has a story filed three weeks from now (look at the date - October 10th, 2004) about some of the best cheeses of the season. It won't take 1.21 Gigawatts to melt these delights.

That's is for this week.

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at August 26, 2004 9:14 AM | TrackBack

I remember a couple sagre I attended last summer in bell'Italia - some were nothing more than a cardtable of individually wrapped home made treats (almost like left overs from mamma's table - oh, sweet ambrosia!) while others were town-wide feasts that took over every available piazza and scenic overlook.

Wine, desserts, meats, individual pastas, produce - you name it, there's a sagra for it. (A policy we should certainly investigate here in the states...)

Posted by Corrie in Indy on August 27, 2004 at 9:47 AM