The Internet Kitchen: Food In The News


The Internet Kitchen: Food In The News

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In the last week or so I’ve seen two really awesome projects related to food in America that have caught my eye. I wanted to share them with you all in case you are interested! I haven’t actually seen or read either of these in full, but I’m very excited to do so as soon as possible!

The first is a lengthy article on The New York Times called The Extraordinary Science of Junk Food. It’s an excerpt of sorts from Michael Moss’s recently released book Salt, Sugar, Fat. If you have some time, it’s a great read and I’m looking forward to getting the book.

The second is a documentary that’s being released across the nation starting this weekend called A Place at the Table. I’ve seen interviews with the directors on The Daily Show and also heard them on NPR. It’s an amazing study on hunger in America, a subject that isn’t discussed much because we always hear about over-eating in America. To be honest, as someone who writes about food and always has an abundance of it, it’ll be a hard watch for me, but I think it’s important.

The Poll

Instead of a straight-up poll this week, in honor of Michael Moss’s book, shout out your favorite junk food in the comments and I’ll pick one and try to make it at home!

The Links

IACP Cookbook Awards – Every year the IACP chooses some of the best cookbooks that came out in the last year. Think of it like the Oscars for food dorks. Anyway, here is the list if anyone is interested. Someday maybe I’ll be on that list! (@ IACP)

How to Temper Chocolate – This is a step that’s important to learn if you ever want to get into chocolate making. Frankly, it’s one that I’m iffy at, but this walkthrough is awesome. (@ Cupcake Project)

Homemade Ding Dongs – Talk about showing the food industry what’s up. I’m not a huge sweet tooth but these look pretty spot on to me! (@ Food Beast)

Parmesan Garlic Soft Pretzels – Soft pretzels are some of my favorite snack items. I love a good one and this version looks about as good as it gets in my mind. (@ Food in my Beard)

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Photo from the Place at the table website.

16 Responses to “The Internet Kitchen: Food In The News” Leave a comment

  1. Try as I might to watch my diet, there are three things that fall under “junk food” that I’ve indulged in lately.

    Corn dogs, glazed yeast donuts, and Oreo cookies.

    That’s some good stuff right there.

  2. In honor of our dearly departed Hostess, I really miss HoHo’s. And not just because of the prostitute related humor.

  3. Lessee- easy one is loaded potato skins. Another is kettle corn, chocolate chunk cookies (always use some espresso pwdr in those), HOT WINGS. nomnomnom
    Just had that Dorito taco shell taco at Taco Hell- but OMG was that a good combo!
    Batter fried veggies- tricky ’cause they weep. I could go on and on…

  4. Try as I might, I cannot resist the siren song of Cheetos – crunchy, puffs, cheetah paws, it doesn’t matter. In light of their compressed-styrofoam origins, however, I know they’re a long-shot for a homemade trial!

  5. So interesting that you chose food in the news…we are having more than a bit of food in our UK (and Europe too) news. A daily parade of which foods from what outlets have been found to contain anything from a trace to 100% horse DNA – yesterday some very famous meatballs from a big blue swedish shop were withdrawn, though only in Sweden at first. We are carefully considering where we source meat and wondering if our favourite meat-based junk foods are tainted. So even though it seems that mainly beef products are the dodgy ones it would be great to see a home made trial of PORK PIE.

  6. I second the Cheetos request–particularly the really revolting hot ones that turn your fingers pinkish-red. That or Werther’s caramels, the hard ones. Or Hostess orange cupcakes.

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