Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday food links

Posted By on Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 4:00 AM

I've got a delicious summer crop of food-related articles! Everything from the question of foodie bloggers to unusual Dunkin' Donuts flavors, street food to LeBron James, it's all here.

Chefs pick their favorite food books: because even the pros like to read up on the profession. The favorites here run the gamut--books about Paris in the '60s, Southern food and how people ate in the past, for example.

Ferran and Albert Adria of elBulli fame will open a new restaurant in Barcelona since elBulli is going on hiatus in 2012. This proposed restaurant will be more low-key and chill than elBulli was. Better go book Delta tickets to Barcelona now... (Article includes a long interview with the Adria brothers, but it's in Catalan. If you speak it, enjoy!)

Are food bloggers helpful or disruptive? This debate is happening even here at Omnivore, like in this post. It's amusing to read about the three bloggers talk shop, like how to photograph food clearly in dimly-lit restaurants.

Who is Ruth Bourdain? Is it a man or a woman? They want to remain anonymous for now, but Ruth Bourdain takes the tweets of former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl and runs them through an Anthony Bourdain-inator (disclaimer: not an actual device). So, "Good night. Hot kimchi, slicked with chilies. Smoky, sweet grilled beef in crisp lettuce. Sake. Slow stroll home down electric streets" becomes "Bad night. Hot kimchi slicked w/chilies = spicarrhea. Smoking beef in lettuce ZigZags laced w/Sake didn't help. Streets electrified by ConEd." And the stars of the food Twitterverse love her...er, it!

Speaking of famous chefs, Iron Chef Michael Symon joins the chorus of voices begging LeBron James to stay in Cleveland. (No, literally, a chorus--there was a video, now removed because Warner had it taken down, with Ohio bigwigs pleading for LeBron to stay to the tune of "We Are the World." Who knew their governor could sing? I doubt Sonny could carry a tune.) I don't know, LeBron, Symon's offer is a pretty hard one to say no to...

Table Scraps collects yummy tidbits of food news from all over the world, including scientific study findings, new restaurant openings, the nabbing of the "Grim Eater," a killer chef, dietary questions of all kinds and the burgeoning food scene in Lebanon.

This is in Table Scraps but is so peculiar it deserves its own mention: The most unusual Dunkin' Donuts flavors. Mmm, mojito. Hair of the dog, perhaps? How about yummy Glutinous Rice Stick? Dip a Pork Floss donut in your morning coffee. Or just get Happy.

Where are Chicago's food trucks? Seems Chicago is having the same issue Atlanta's having--a food-loving city with legal pitfalls preventing the rise of food trucks. The first truck there, Flirty Cupcakes, skirts Chicago's tough requirements (no food prep of any kind allowed in a moving vehicle!) by simply making the cupcakes off-site and packing them up on the truck. But wouldn't it just be easier for city officials to change/amend laws and allow food trucks to roam, chop, cook and sell freely? Food for thought. (Pardon the pun.)

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