Archive for February 2009

Does the World Need Gwyneth Paltrow's Banana Muffin Recipe?

In a carefully worded article, the New York Times questions Gwyneth Paltrow's apparent ambition to become a lifestyle brand on par with Oprah and Martha. Central to the effort, of course, is her forthcoming cookbook. But, um, why?
Beth Wareham, director of lifestyle books at Scribner and the editor of “The Joy of Cooking,” wondered aloud [...]

Stains the Dog Finally Gets Some Cupcakes on the Soup Awards [video]

The almost disturbingly well-trained dog, Stains, became an instant celebrity when The Soup featured his self-restraint when confronted with a plate of cupcakes: instead of gobbling them down, he seemed to enter a hypnotic trance.
This weekend he made an appearance on The Soup Awards 2009 to accept the award for "Best Entertainer," and thanks to [...]

'At Work' from The Big Picture

AP Photo/Andy Wong
Large format images of people at work from The Boston Globe: egg production factory in suburban Beijing, China, Kim Jong-il visiting a gum factory, chocolate on a conveyor belt in Halle, Germany, an assembly line at a beer factory in Taiwan, a dairy factory in China, a cognac distillery in France,

Defining Ethnicity With Food

In the New York Times' City section this weekend, Swaranjit Singh, a 55-year-old real estate broker and Bellerose resident who's running for City Council, defined ethnicity by the food people eat. The Times writes:
If he could unite voters of South Asian ancestry, or, as he referred to them, “roti-eating people,” and get them to turn [...]

Little Gordon Ramsay to Terrorize Contestants on Hell's Kitchen (updated)

Update: The episode of Hell's Kitchen with Little Gordon Ramsay aired Tuesday, October 6th, 2009. See the video here.
After watching clips on YouTube of "Little Gordon," Gordon Ramsay hired the nine-year-old to terrorize contestants on Hell's Kitchen in the US and The F Word in the UK. Little Gordon was a series of web videos [...]

Tom Colicchio's Diet Coke Commercial [video]

Diet Coke Commerical
Last night, Diet Coke aired a new commercial with Tom Colicchio that poked fun at food trends, including tall food, dots and dashes of infused oils, and especially the Alinea-style plating. In the ad titled "Tom Colicchio on Taste," he says:
When it comes to good taste, it's important to know the difference between [...]

This Week in Eat me daily: Jedi Chefs, Jamie at Home, Spilt Milk, Conan, Wheels of Cheese

Gumball machine cards from the 1960s and 1970s. From The Imaginary World.

We reviewed Jamie Oliver's cookbook Jamie at Home, saying that "readers seeking enthusiastic good fun, sound advice and delicious recipes will be well-served by this book indeed."
We were completely amazed by Celebrity Jedi Chefs, a website with photographs of actors from a whole bunch [...]

The Artist Wearing a Pizza Shirt Who Paints Only Tomatoes [video]

Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City is totally unwatchable — after the premiere of season two we've sworn it off — but this little segment was pure gold. At a charity art auction in the Hamptons, Jill meets Giovanni, an artist, recently-arrived from Italy, wearing a pizza shirt, who paints only tomatoes. He [...]

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