Archive for November 2009

Linksplodge 11/18/09

Above, branding for Macbar in New York City. [via Tattfoo Tan]
Eric Ripert was on Charlie Rose last night, and it was good. (also see the transcript).
Gawker TV: Giada De Laurentiis Turns Over-enunciation Into an Artform. (We've been meaning to do something like this for a while, sacrificing precious DVR space and holding onto episodes [...]

Martha Stewart Criticizes Rachael Ray; Rachael Ray Agrees

In her first television interview since serving five months in prison in 2004, Martha Stewart spoke to Nightline (the interview is set to air Thursday, but the story is already online). As a followup to their uncomfortable encounter on her show, Martha criticizes Rachael Ray's recent cookbook release Book of Ten and calls her [...]

Angelina Jolie's New Film Salt Is Not an Adaptation of Mark Kurlansky's Book Salt

Service journalism! The new Angelina Jolie movie Salt is not an adaptation of Mark Kurlansky's Salt: A World History (Amazon). While Kurlansky's book is one of the seminal single-subject tomes (about the history of salt, duh), the film Salt features Angelina Jolie playing Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer accused of being a Russian sleeper spy. [...]

Canstruction Austin 2009 [can sculptures, food art]

Left: "Drive Smart for Hunger." Right: "Raising Awareness on Hunger." Photograph: Ryan Adams / Eat Me Daily
Here are photographs from the 2009 Austin, Texas edition of Canstruction, the annual charity competition held in cities throughout North America, collecting millions of pounds of food for local food banks.

Limited-Edition Celebrity-Designed Stoves in the UK

As part of the AGA-Rangemaster Group’s Great British Cooker campaign, four celebrities were invited to add their own designs to ovens. From left to right: the Cupcake Rangemaster by Natasha Hamilton (the singer from Atomic Kitten), the Tartan Falcon by chef Nick Nairn, the Patchwork Rayburn by Eco Designer Oliver Heath, and the Polka Dot [...]

Who the Hell Is Jean-Christophe Novelli?

Photo via

If you were bored and channel surfing at around 11pm Monday night you might have come across Bravo’s latest addition to its foodie lineup: Chef Academy. A supposedly non-competitive show (though if you fail three tests you will be kicked off), it's hosted by the pouty, perfectly coiffed, very French Jean-Christophe Novelli, a [...]

Have a Very Nazi Christmas

Left: A swastika-shaped cookie cutter. Right: Recipes for Nazi and Germanic-themed breads and cakes. Photos via
A new exhibit at the National Socialism Documentation Center (warning: in German) in Cologne, Germany, showcases World War II era Nazi-themed Christmas paraphernalia, including the swastika cookie cutter, above. Mother and daughter team Judith and Rita Breuer became interested [...]

'Mealing' by Martí Guixé at Performa 09 [food art]

Photograph courtesy Constantin Boym.
Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the Futurist Manifesto, last Friday Martí Guixé introduced his food "meal-in-motion"/installation titled "Mealing" as part of Performa 09 in New York City. After being given the rules for this "relational banquet," guests received ceramic cups with edible "microsnacks" and printed action statements intending to prompt strangers [...]

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