Archive for April 2010

Adventures in Foreign McDonald's: Swiss Weeks Burgers

Still from commercial via McDonald's
Why can't McDonald's in America be as awesome as it is overseas? From teaming up with the Italian government to use local products for its McItaly burger, to a complete ban of beef and pork products from its menu in India, McDonald's is surprisingly sensitive when it comes to infiltrating and [...]

Natural History of the Kitchen: Popcorn

Photograph: superiphi
Welcome to Natural History of the Kitchen, by EMD's Stephanie Butler. Each week, Stephanie explores the background of an appliance, gadget or product that helped to make cooking what it is today. This week: Popcorn.
Since last week we took a look at microwaves, it seems right that this week the spotlight shines on a [...]

Jan Švankmajer's Stop-Motion Short Film Food [videos]

Still from Lunch.
Ready to watch something pretty weird? Famous for his stop-motion animation, Czech director Jan Švankmajer's 1992 short film Food depicts three restaurant meals and the diners who eat them. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner feature people dying and coming back to life, eating non-food items like utensils and tablecloths, and practicing cannibalism and [...]

The EMD Guide to Food from the 1950s: Food Styling and Cookbook Art

Ham from The Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook, 1950. Scan: Eat Me Daily
The 1950s were a crossover period for cookbooks, when graphics were about half hand-drawn illustrations and half super-saturated photographs, such as the one above. If the aesthetic appears rather commercial to you, that's no mistake: many of the cookbooks from this era were produced [...]

Anissa Helou Roasts a Camel Hump

File under recipes we never thought we'd see: chef Anissa Helou samples camel hump while in the United Arab Emirates. The fatty cut of meat is rubbed with spices and roasted over charcoal with cuts of lamb. Something of a delicacy, camel hump is usually reserved for the guest of honor. Fun fact about eating [...]

Weekend Update on Girl Scout Cookies [videos]

During Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update, writer John Mulaney made the case for Girl Scout Cookies being sold year-round. "It would be like if they only sold Coca Cola in July and you could only buy it from the Knights of Columbus... You are much more than a once a year type of thing. You [...]

High Style at the Brooklyn Museum, Part 2 [food art]

Photograph: Adam Robb / Eat Me Daily
Eight works of modern art served as Jennifer Rubell's inspiration for the meal at last night's Brooklyn Ball. Following the food artist's Futurism-inspired Performa 09 dinner, this time she provided guests with everything from a Champagne tinkling take on Dadaism to a crushing self-portrait of a pop art icon. [...]

Kitchen of the Future, 2010 [videos]

Still via Yanko Design
This Kitchen of the Future that designer Michaël Harboun envisions is definitely way cooler than that spinning refrigerator imagined by designers in the 1950s. Harboun has created a design for a kitchen with elastic walls that can turn into whatever you need in order to cook a dish, from a faucet to [...]

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