Maira Kalman's latest illustration-y opinion blog post "Back to the Land" is, as expected, charming if a bit preachy (Fast food bad! Schoolyard gardens good! Something about democracy?). Also, a visit to Alice Waters' house apparently means that she will cook you a single egg in a wood-fired oven like she did back in March [...]
Photographs: Eat Me Daily
Be warned: Phaidon Press's new book Coco: 10 World-Leading Masters Choose 100 Contemporary Chefs (Amazon) will suck you in. As its neatly descriptive subtitle so concisely notes, this is a book filled with profiles of 100 up-and-coming chefs, as selected by ten "Masters": Ferran Adria, Mario Batali, Rene Redzepi, Alice Waters, Jacky [...]
The Nation's September issue is all about food, here's your ADHD edition.
How to Grow Democracy: A "forum" (read: a bunch of loosely-connected articles) on "food democracy":
Alice Waters: A Healthy Constitution: Waters calls for an "edible education, not just school lunch reform" that "integrates classroom instruction, school lunch, cooking and gardening" that teaches "values that are [...]
While fall truly belongs to the cookbooks, there's still a large selection on deck for the food lovers who are less than kitchen inclined. Along with anthologies from The New York Times (Eat, Memory) and The New Yorker (Secret Ingredients) finally arriving in paperback form, there are numerous reissues of old greats, doorstopper tomes perfect [...]
Autumn brings more than just falling leaves and the return of legitimate root vegetables: it's also when publishing houses drop their most ambitious cookbook offerings, hoping to tap into the spirit of cooking (and book-buying) that pervades the pre-holiday season.
And is this ever a good year for cookbooks: the next three months will see enough [...]
Sacré bleu! SFoodie reports: "Alice Waters has gotten a letter informing her that she's going to be receiving the French Legion of Honor," also known as the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur. She joins other chefs including Auguste Escoffier, Paul Bocuse, Eric Frechon, Albert Roux, Bernard Loiseau, Alain Senderens, Eric Ripert, Jacques Pépin, and [...]
We got our hands on The Obama Menu: Dining with Barack Obama (yeah, it's at Amazon), and, in a word, whoa. Sorry, TCB Cafe Publishing/Taste TV, but is this a joke? The book is constructed from dozens and dozens of uncredited photos, screengrabs from YouTube, a random smattering of quotes, and menus and photos from [...]
A press release informed us of the newly-released book The Obama Menu: Dining with Barack Obama published by TasteTV (buy at Amazon). Looking like some sort of epic cut-and-paste blog post, the book compiles menus, photos, quotes, and recipes for dishes that Obama might have eaten:
The campaign's famous fundraising and "person-to-person" dinners took place in [...]