From Too Many Chefs -

July 31, 2005
Posts of the Week
Too Many Chefs post of the week

Note to self: do not research the next edition on an empty stomach. It leads to a great deal of salivating and tummy-rumbling and total confusion on what to make for dinner...

a. First off, this week we have Barbara Fisher from Tigers and Stawberries has an well reasoned and passionate rebuttal to Julie (of Julie/Julia fame) Powell's editorial in the NYT. Julie seems to think the trend towards locally grown organic food is elitist snobbism. I've been trying to rely more on locally grown produce lately and it warms the cockles of my heart to see someone defend my position so eloquently.

1. Next up, The Food Whore gracefully reminds us that beauty is in the eye of the beholder in this glimpse of her "real life". My kitchen is full of cherished reminders of cooks in our family, from the chipped red Czech bowl I snitched from my mother's kitchen to the (some would say tacky) glass ridged bowl with faded gold trim that my Austrian grandmother used to serve the best mashed potatoes in the world. (My grandfather was a mean hand with the potato masher and grandma made sure he didn't stint on the butter and milk.) Sorry, going a bit off-topic there...but posts about families and cooking always get me reminiscing.

i. Lastly, a recipe for perfect peanut sauce from Cooking with Amy. I have never successfully reproduced the kind of peanut sauce you find in a really good Thai restaurant but this one looks simple and fool-proof. Also, I had never really thought about what a versatile sauce it can be but you can bet I'll be experimenting with it now!

And so that's it for this week: a little nostalgia, a little politics and a little good food.

Posted by Meg in Sussex at July 31, 2005 9:05 AM | TrackBack

Thanks, Meg!

I will have more to say on the issue the entire month of August as I talk about local everything since I am taking part in the Eat Local challenge. Essays, book reviews, photo-essays, recipes and all kinds of other stuff will be on the menu at Tigers & Strawberries for the month of August.

Posted by Barbara on August 1, 2005 at 10:33 AM

Barbara, I'll be watching with interest! It certainly is a hot topic at the moment. Cooking with Amy has an interesting post about why she isn't participating in the Eat Local Challenge:

I'm still on the local side, though I agree with some of her points. I'll be travelling throughout the month of August, so it will be difficult for me to rise to the challenge personally.

However, I do intend to buy some corn on the cob at the edge of the field it was grown in - yippee!

Posted by Meg in Paris on August 2, 2005 at 1:38 AM

I agree with quite a few of Amy's points, and disagree with others, and said as much.

I eat local anyway--so, I am using the challenge in August as an excuse to talk about local food sources, do book reviews on relevant titles, interview farmers, do photo essays on the farmer's market and talk about what sustainablility is and isn't, what it means, what it could mean, and what it is about.

I hope you get some good corn--I had some great corn on the cob at my parents' house last night. Wow! And my Dad's tomatoes are phenominal. I should likely write a post about them....

Posted by Barbara on August 3, 2005 at 8:59 PM