Archive for January 2009

Big Deals: Prune Chef Gabrielle Hamilton Sells a Cookbook to Random House

Photograph by advencap
From Publisher's Marketplace:
Chef and owner of the restaurant Prune Gabrielle Hamilton's BLOOD, BONES AND BUTTER, a narrative of family and food, exploring the themes that have most influenced the author's life and her cooking, to Pamela Cannon at Random House, by Kim Witherspoon at Inkwell Management (NA).
Foreign rights to Chatto in the UK, [...]

Cadbury's Eyebrow Commercial [video]

Synchronized eyebrow dancing in a commercial for Cadbury's. This doesn't so much make me want chocolate, as it makes me wonder where the hell they found these kids.

Flooded McDonald's by Superflex at the South London Gallery [video, food art]

Currently on display at the South London Gallery (website) is Flooded McDonald's, a new film work by Danish collective Superflex. In the film, a McDonald's restaurant slowly floods with water, "furniture is lifted up by the water, trays of food and drinks start to float around, electrics short circuit and eventually the space becomes completely [...]

Carolynn Carreno Looks Up the Word 'Frizzled'

Carolynn Carreno wonders if "frizzled" is even a real word:
Frizzled sounds like a word, and it’s onomatopoeiatic: It’s fried. It’s sizzled. Often what is “frizzled” is a tangle of something that was very thinly sliced, like leeks, so the results are also “frizzy.” But is it really a word? The thought came to me as [...]

Le Bernardin's Table Chart

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Eater has a great photoset of Le Bernardin's organizational table chart to keep track of the courses and pace of the dining room. Says Eric Ripert:
The reason we do that is that sometimes we have 20 tables at the same time and the chef doesn't hear everything. I have seen this in [...]

Takeru Kobayashi Reports Jaw Issues, Writes Poetry

Competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi, in a recent blog post, informed the public that he's having jaw issues. Google's translation capabilities aren't that hot, but sometimes what comes out is unintended poetry:

In deciding to eat is not prepared to break the jaw
And there was a conflict while eating.

David Chang Calls wd-50 'The Most Important Restaurant in New York'

Photograph by John Joh
In an interview with The Huffington Post, David Chang talks about the culture of celebrity chefdom, about supporting small, independent farmers against "big tobacco" agri-business, and calls Wylie Dufresne's wd-50 "probably the most important restaurant in New York":
I think that Wylie Dufresne at wd-50 is America's most under-appreciated chef. I learn from [...]

George W. Bush Takes His Coffee Black, With Equal [video]

Last night, National Geographic aired the program On Board Air Force One, a government-approved "inside look" at the goings-on inside the presidential air fortress. The one clip that made our jaws drop was the galley kitchens, where they offered a revealing glimpse at the coffee preferences of Bush and company:
George W. Bush takes his coffee [...]

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