Archive for October 2008

Chef Allergic to Water

Hotel chef Andy Laughton, of Horsham, West Sussex, UK, had to quit his job after discovering he was allergic to water:
Mr Laughton started getting itchy hands whenever he was working and soon the itching broke into hives.
The five-star hotel chef started using latex gloves - only to discover he was also allergic to the lanoline [...]

Padma Lakshmi Is a Beautiful Butterfly

Happy Halloween, Padma!


Observer UK Ponders if the Economic Downturn Will "Kill the Foodie Dream"

It's not just restaurants that going under in the UK. Tim Hayward writes for the Observer:
In the past few months the foodie media have adopted a new tone: a kind of guilty nervousness... there's also an uncomfortable realisation that much of what we have come to regard as a kind of 'foodie establishment' developed in [...]

Lou Dorfsman's 'Gastrotypographicalassemblage'

Lou Dorfsman, who died last week, designed the "Gastrotypographicalassemblage," a 35 by 8 1/2 foot typographical mural for the cafeteria at CBS headquarters. [via]

Hervé This, Not Aiming to Dehumanize Food

Hervé This, the French physical chemist and "father of molecular gastronomy," was asked by the Global and Mail how he responds to criticism that he dehumanizes food and cooking
Imagine you take a moonlit walk with your lover and you understand why the moon shines. Are you less in love? No. You know, any way of [...]

Bacon-Infused Vodka from the Onion's AV Club

The Onion's AV Club does their weekly Taste Test, so we don't have to. This week they try home-made bacon-infused vodka: "There's really no need to dirty up such a clean-tasting cocktail with the brackish essence of salty meat."

Andrew Carmellini on Food Bloggers

At a forum at the Astor Center, with his wife Gwen Hyman, Gail Simmons, and David Chang, Andrew Carmellini had this to say about food bloggers:
“It drove me crazy for years,” he confessed. “You need to be more consistent now … There’s much more immediate consequence for sucking. It’s not a four-year review cycle anymore, [...]

Gentrify: A Map for All Your Bourgeois Needs

Webapp Gentrify "helps the elite urban bourgeois find their natural habitats." Mashing up Craigslist apartment listings with checkboxes under the heading "What do you care about?" to display "amenities" such as creperies, yoga, wine bars, gluten-free, live/raw food, and of course, vegan restaurants.

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