From Too Many Chefs -

January 27, 2005
Food Section Digest

Because variety is the spice and life, and we love spice, this week we're reviewing the nation's food sections in alphabetical order. Lots of interesting articles on everything from Chinese restaurants to Mexican vanilla.

The Baltimore Sun talks with gourmet geek Alton Brown about his new book on baking. The paper also has a recipe for snow ice cream. Remember, use clean snow.

In Boston, they're melting everything in sight. Chocolate and cheese are tossed in the fondue pot, and their correspondent in Switzerland is keeping warm with raclette.

The Chicago Sun-Times visits the Chinese food exhibit at the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, where menus from around the world are on display.

Marcella Hazan, the queen of Italian cooking, smokes a few Marlboros with the Chicago Tribune and discusses her thirty-year career. A roving reporter for the paper journeys to Tequila, Mexico, to try the local spirits. And Chocolate and Zucchini gets even more press, as another mainstream media outlet discovers food blogs.

The famed vanilla of Papantla, Mexico, is poised to make a comeback, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The Denver Post is beating the winter blues with the flowery citrus taste of Meyer lemons.

Dim sum has been elevated to an art in Southern California., according to the Los Angeles Times. Humble lentils are now hip on the west coast. And, the former president of the James Beard foundation will likely be eating prison food after pleading guilty to stealing $50,000 from the culinary organization.

The Napa News tries to sort out which mega-corporation owns which vineyard.

Newsday disects the beef bourguignonne recipes of Thomas Keller, Anthony Bourdain, and, err, the Barefoot Contesa to find out what makes each chef tick. Ok, one of these three is not like the others.

In a blind taste test, the refined palates at the New York Times preferred Smirnoff to the new premium vodkas. If you prefer a drink that tastes like more than water, track down the dry ciders of Spain's Basque region. Those crazy Spaniards also play with their food, and at a recent conference showed off "exploding desserts and solid soups, smoking cocktails and electric milk." They drink electric milk but don't want to eat our genetically modified meat?

With the government telling us to be more healthy, the San Francisco Chronicle discovers the goodness of whole grains.

Iceberg lettuce may have more water than flavor, but the Scarmento Bee reminds us that BLTs and hamburgers just wouldn't be the same without it. The paper also tells the story of how the makers of Thunder Bird and Richard's Wild Irish Rose managed to buy the Mondavi winery.

The Seattle Times presents a full class on steaming, with delicious looking recipes for cucumbers with gold and silver garlic and scallop and shiitake dumplings.

Pableaux Johnson, writing in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, learns all about the local gulf oyster trade.

After the recent snowstorms in the East, the Washington Post wants to cook winter greens. Perhaps you could cook them in one of the high-end olive oils that the Post tasted. A nice skirt steak with caramelized shallots, ready in only 35 minutes, could be the main dish for that meal.

I don't know about you, but I'm hungry. Maybe I'll walked down to Casamento's for a few of those gulf oysters Pableaux was talking about. We're always looking for interesting food sections, so drop us a line if we missed your favorite.

Posted by at January 27, 2005 11:55 AM | TrackBack

Thanks for doing the news round-up, Todd - it certainly is comprehensive!!

Posted by Meg in Paris on January 28, 2005 at 4:46 AM