Archive for May 2009

Astronauts Now Drinking Recycled Urine [video]

Astronauts aboard the international space station activated the new water recycling system that generates drinking water from "urine, sweat and water that condenses from exhaled air." Said astronaut Michael Barratt, "The taste is great."
Of course the AP had to go there: "At the international space station, it was one small sip for man and a [...]

New York Media Takes On VVM For National Food Blog Domination

It looks like there's new and invigorated regional food blog competition brewing between New York Media and Village Voice Media. NYM staked their claim to a national food media empire with their 2008 acquisition of MenuPages and its associated blog network — if the job listings are to be believed, a network that will soon [...]

'Food Fight' Segment from '90s Sexual Harassment Training Video

Here's the segment "Food Fight" from a '90s sexual harassment training video, Sexual Harassment: Yes or No?. We have to agree with Holy Taco when they ask: "What if she really DOES handle cucumbers better than anyone he's ever seen?"

Zagat Lays Off Sixteen Employees

Some people are hiring, and others are firing: Zagat laid off sixteen employees yesterday reports MediaBistro.

Transgenic Salmon Close to FDA Approval [science!]

Genetically-engineered Atlantic salmon from a company called Aqua Bounty Technologies are on the brink of getting U.S. FDA approval. The fish of the future have finally arrived! Canada's Globe and Mail reports:
Tweaked with genetic material from chinook salmon and an eel-like creature called an ocean pout, it reaches market size twice as fast as normal [...]

Videos of Alice Waters and Anthony Bourdain at the 'Food For Thought' Forum

Here are a couple of videos from last week's "Food for Thought" panel discussion with Anthony Bourdain, Alice Waters, and Duff Goldman (also see our writeup of the event). One of the topics discussed was local and organic food. Bourdain, even after acknowledging the horrors of the industrialized food chain, remains a realist:
One of the [...]

Dried Fruit Rings: Nutritious and Fashionable [food art]

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Cathy at La Prochaine Fois makes these crazy beautiful dried fruit rings as an art project, exploring issues of preservation, the permanence of memory, and the definition of jewelry. She writes:
The dehydrator is my new favorite toy. With it, I began to dry fruits and incorporate them with my work in metal. [...]

Deeply Rooted Book Reading at Incanto [events]

Bad boy chef Chris Cosentino's restaurant Incanto, in San Francisco's Noe Valley, hosted a book reading last night from author Lisa Hamilton's. Hamilton's latest book, Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farming in the Age of Agribusiness (buy at Amazon), is both a clear-eyed look at the small-scale farmer's place in contemporary American society, and a case for [...]

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