Archive for May 2009

The Edible Series: A Literary Tasting Menu [book review]

The recently launched The Edible Series by Reaktion Books has two major things against it from the outset: first, that each book is part of a series, and second, that the series is comprised of slim, single subject volumes with one word titles such as Hot Dog, Spices, or Pie. Series tend to favor the [...]

Deliscript Typeface

The MyFonts blog tipped us off to Deliscript, a new typeface by Michael Doret inspired by the neon signage of Canter's Deli in Los Angeles.
The fourteen fonts (that come in an alternative set of two enormous OpenType faces) in the family are packed with features, from variable-length tails, lowercase t crossbars that can be extended [...]

Racy Religious Gelato Ads

Federici print ad, cropped, from
While researching the gelato maker Antonio Federici (who orchestrated that PR stunt with an Italian tenor serenading some cows), we came across these racy print ads depicting a naughty nun and priest in flagrante delicto, with taglines reading "Submit to Temptation" and "Kiss Temptation."
We checked, and sure enough, the [...]

Cupcake Cram: Competitive Cupcake Eating

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On Saturday, Boulder, Colorado's Tee & Cakes pastry shop hosted the first-ever Cupcake Cram, a cupcake-eating contest. ("Colorado's News Leader," no less) reported: "World Champion Dale Boone scarfed down 34 cupcakes, as did a local man named Jimmi Mares. The tie triggered a three-cupcake playoff: whichever man could eat the three cupcakes [...]

Little Chef to Roll Out Heston Blumenthal's Menu Nationwide

The Little Chef chain of roadside eateries in the UK (similar to Denny's or Big Boy) has "taken the decision in principle to replace its menu with that created by the triple-Michelin starred chef in all its 175 restaurants," the Telegraph reports, starting with an extended trial in other parts of the country.
Back in February, [...]

Bourdain on Celebrity Chefs and Food Television [video]

Here's another video from the "Food for Thought" panel discussion with Anthony Bourdain, Alice Waters, and Duff Goldman. Bourdain on celebrity chefs and television shows:
I say this as someone who's milking this celebrity chef shit for everything I can get, very happily: It's the new pornography. It's people seeing things on TV, watching people make [...]

Retro Recipes: Ham Logs, 1966

Photo by Stephanie Butler
Welcome to Retro Recipes! Brought to you from the capable kitchen of Eat Me Daily's Stephanie Butler, each week revisits a preparation from the past that straddles the line between ingenious and absurd. This week: Ham Logs.
“Come on over, we’re having ham logs!” is an invitation that, even in the heady late [...]

Opera Singer Serenades Cows in Accordance With Century-Old Gelato Recipe [video]

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Ice cream maker Frank Frederick believes he knows the secret to extra-creamy gelato. His bevy of Friesian beauties have recently been serenaded by the dulcet tones of Marcello Bedoni, one of Europe's most renowned tenors. Frederick had Bedoni flown to the Cockshotts Farm in Lancashire, England for a special performance of "soothing arias [...]

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