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Food Links, 23.04.2014

  • About 27% of food insecure people – including 32% of food insecure children – live in households which are ineligible for food stamps’.
  • Fast food restaurant workers are striking back.
  • Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term’.
  • What happened when a school district stopped providing chocolate milk.
  • Restaurants in poor areas tend to sell unhealthy food.
  • Racism and obesity.
  • The Mail on Sunday‘s attempt to smear foodbanks has backfired spectacularly.
  • Cow insurance.
  • The failed rebranding of fast food chains.
  • The drought in California.
  • An Argentinian ranch sticking to traditional farming methods.
  • Should farmers grow alfalfa?
  • Gendered toys in Happy Meals.
  • How to trick people into eating more.
  • Seychelles beer production halts for eleven weeks.
  • How much wine should we drink?
  • Reintroducing veal.
  • Ikea introduces vegetarian meatballs. Haagen-Dazs introduces vegetable ice cream.
  • The Russian supermarkets of Berlin.
  • Where to eat in Peru.
  • ‘The bumblebee is the most charming of the lot; even its Latin name, Bombus, is amusing’.
  • The future of food criticism.
  • Atlanta‘s best restaurants.
  • Powdered alcohol.
  • More people are drinking tea in France.
  • Dr Bobb’s Kitschen.
  • When vanilla wasn’t white.
  • How to use up leftover hard boiled eggs. And Easter eggs.
  • A year without sugar.
  • A brief history of General Tso’s chicken.
  • ‘Hunting humans for sport? I’ve tried it. Sure. But I still won’t eat at Chili’s.’
  • Wine myths debunked.
  • Beautiful chickens.
  • ‘In putting coffee at the heart of our lives we are returning to how things used to be.’
  • The rise of milk substitutes.
  • How to make tortillas.
  • Ancient Rome’s tap water was contaminated with lead.
  • ‘In the grand tradition of such things, the veneer of civilization has quickly eroded, and the lime-deprived populace is left clamoring, bestial, ruthless.’
  • How to make a notebook out of a paper bag.
  • Under Julia Child’s kitchen counter.
  • Sellfridges is no longer selling fridges.
  • Cleaning with vinegar.
  • How to tell if eggs are still fresh. (Thanks, mum!)
  • You can make graphene at home.
  • On saffron.
  • A sushi chef’s guide to eating sushi.
  • David Bowie, with pig.
  • What restaurants do badly.
  • How to clean crabs.
  • An interview with Allan Jenkins, editor of Observer Food Monthly.
  • ‘T.C. Clissold, cook for Robert Falcon Scott’s 1910 British expedition, brought seal meat within kissing distance of haute cuisine.’
  • On Renfield syndrome.
  • Indispensable utensils.
  • The trendy bar name generator.
  • Coffee keeps you honest.
  • ‘the Keyneses were considered somewhat miserly when it came to food; they once served three grouse to 11 guests’.
  • Make your own earth cake.

Food Links, 16.04.2014

  • ‘The demand for sugar is set to rise by a further 25 percent by 2020.’
  • A map of Walmart taking over America. And how it’s taking over organic food production.
  • ‘like employees at Foxconn, the company that manufactures Apple products, Cargill’s poultry workers will live on-site.’
  • Demand for food banks in the UK has been produced by cuts to welfare.
  • Droughts are raising the cost of tea and coffee.
  • Hormone-free milk contains … hormones.
  • Sriracha has been declared a public nuisance in California.
  • Is it worth adding folic acid to bread flour?
  • The many meanings of green food on St Patrick’s Day.
  • How chain restaurant menus are engineered.
  • Why milk bottle tops are changing colour in the UK.
  • Are you drinking the wrong kind of milk?
  • Hungry + angry
  • Unusual ways of preserving vegetables.
  • Using bees to protect elephants.
  • Peecycling.
  • Coffee accounts for about half of the U.S. fair-trade market in volume terms’.
  • A brief history of bananas.
  • How sound influences the way we taste food.
  • San Francisco takes steps to ban plastic water bottles.
  • A history of London in five beers.
  • Hay art.
  • Eating with our hands.
  • Lydia Davis on frozen peas.
  • ‘one of the most effete turf wars in history, with skinny bearded guys trying to kneecap each other without spilling their macchiato.’
  • Learning about Georgian cuisine.
  • How to make the perfect burger.
  • Should men pay more at all-you-can- eat buffets?
  • Slavery and the history of maple syrup brittle.
  • Dock, dandelion, and nettle puddings.
  • Understanding Peruvian food.
  • How coffee is made around the world.
  • A prom dress made out of cans.
  • Who buys cookbooks, and why?
  • The dangerous, competitive world of mushroom picking.
  • A dystopic fruit and vegetable future.
  • The fast food breakfast wars.
  • ‘Across multiple variables, online review narratives reveal the reviewers’ concern with face and the presentation of self’.
  • Drawings with coffee rings.
  • A brief history of hot cross buns. And of Sinmel cakes.
  • How to move a restaurant across the world.
  • Mapping Waffle Houses across the US.
  • Duck fat cookies.
  • The Sydney Harbour Bridge made out of Tim Tams.
  • How to grow green beans.

Food Links, 09.04.2014

  • The United Nations has been forced to cut the size of food parcels for those left hungry by Syria’s civil war by a fifth because of a shortage of funds from donors‘.
  • Chocolate and the crisis in Ukraine.
  • ‘Between a fifth and a third of the wild-caught seafood imported into the United States was caught or trafficked illegally’.
  • Why are so many Walmart employees on food stamps?
  • The rise of UK food banks run by Muslim charities.
  • Why are Americans getting fatter?
  • The UK supermarket ‘sector is in structural decline, with no end in sight.’
  • Are we eating too much meat?
  • ‘The world needs an Agrarian Renaissance.’
  • Beware contaminated soil.
  • Vitamin supplements do not prevent colon cancer.
  • Shaping children’s appetites in the womb.
  • Measuring agricultural productivity with satellites.
  • Coffee, gentrification, and being a barista.
  • Anissa Helou on her new restaurant.
  • Cooking with Bengali lime.
  • The implications of having to rename some kinds of cheese.
  • Making grits and polenta.
  • A collection of Russian drink labels.
  • How to find and eat calçots in London.
  • The Wellcome Library’s recipe books project.
  • ‘Good, quotidian food has the capacity to bring joy to all, not just the wealthy.’
  • Make your own mustard, and coconut milk.
  • Remaking Vietnamese cuisine.
  • ‘a chocolate cake with whipped cream that the chef calls, “With the Sun in Your Heart”‘ – eating in Iceland.
  • New kinds of tartare.
  • The creation of Korean-American cuisine.
  • Mondrian cake, and Rothko dessert.
  • An advertisement for radium-laced cooking utensils.
  • The creators of some of the most distinctive craft beers in the world are identical twins from Denmark who can’t stand each other.
  • Street food in Mexico City.
  • Scottish wine.
  • The Annual Edible Book Festival.
  • Food-themed Italian idioms.
  • From milk to yogurt.
  • With Ferran Adrià at the Museum of Sex.
  • Intermittent fasting.
  • Fourteen recipes for chocolate cake.
  • Twelve recipes containing vanilla.
  • Eat more insects.
  • Eat more invasive species.
  • Werner Herzog hates chickens.
  • Will Self hates artisinal crisps.
  • The sauce of leeks.
  • Make your own paneer.
  • Make your own cheese crisps.
  • The return of Green Goddess dressing.
  • A champagne bottle dancer.
  • Is it alright to reuse biodegradable spoons?

Food Links, 02.04.2014

  • Eat more fat. Fat-free food is very bad for you. Don’t bake with Splenda. Don’t eat more fat. Don’t be too thin. Eat more fruit and veg. Eat whatever you like.
  • Become a vegetarian to combat climate change. Vegetarians have worse health than omnivores.
  • Climate change should be reframed as a food issue.
  • In the US, a ‘black child age 2 to 5 is more than three times as likely to be obese as a white child that age. Hispanic children in that age group are nearly five times as likely to be obese.’
  • Aid and the new colonisation of Africa.
  • A world map of childhood malnutrition.
  • Is Monsanto evil?
  • How the world’s armies are fed.
  • There could be a global coffee shortage. Climate change may wipe out coffee plantations in Central and South America, making coffee more expensive.
  • Sales of soft drinks continue to decline.
  • Coffee pods are very bad for the environment.
  • Innovative food companies.
  • The Chinese government’s crackdown on corruption and extravagant living is having repercussions for high-end restaurants.
  • Star Wars cupcakes.
  • Eat salt, eggs, and chocolate.
  • On kimchi.
  • Offending bread in Russia.
  • Growing food underneath Clapham. (Thanks, Raffaella!)
  • ‘As most people would be aware, this mango is three storeys high, about 10 metres high, and weighs seven to 10 tonnes, so it’s very surprising that it’s gone.’
  • A woman called 911 over an undercooked waffle.
  • Rules for photographing food in restaurants.
  • Hestom Blumenthal’s Fat Duck moves to Australia. René Redzepi’s Noma moves to Japan.
  • A menu printed the wrong way.
  • Edible water containers.
  • Raw milk from a vending machine.
  • The American cafes which take milk seriously.
  • On muldoshin.
  • Food-themed April Fools’ jokes.
  • Photographs of Victory Gardens.
  • A review of Rachel Laudan’s Cuisine and Empire.
  • How to pronounce ‘croissant‘ in America.
  • Klimt cake.
  • Most of the New Yorker‘s artists are not vegetarian.
  • Gardening while commuting.
  • The Captain’s Chicken.
  • Klingon beer.
  • ‘there’s one ghost who has taken an industrious approach, choosing to operate a creepy Coca-Cola machine on an innocuous corner in Seattle’s Capitol Hill.’
  • How to make blancmange.
  • Beer brewed from trees.
  • Do not make this cake.
  • Goats are very intelligent.
  • Beautiful wooden spoons.
  • Drinkers in art.
  • In praise of kale.
  • Literary drinking spots.

Food Links, 26.03.2014

  • ‘No female serving staff are working in the plenary room of the Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague where the main talks are being held.’
  • The implications of high fructose syrup for bees.
  • Should we buy walnuts from California? And how the drought in California will impact on America’s food supply.
  • The threat to bananas. And the cost of cheap bananas.
  • How ethical are your eggs?
  • An interview with Denmark’s agriculture minister.
  • The rise of discount supermarkets in the UK.
  • A bigger font on food labels.
  • Should you eat saturated fat?
  • Americans are drinking less orange juice.
  • Butter and soy.
  • How to peel a banana.
  • Against non-stick pans.
  • Make your own soil.
  • Medieval people drank water.
  • Eat more Brussels sprouts.
  • The all-pizza diet.
  • How to make a banhi mi sandwich.
  • The cragel.
  • An interview with the chef who invented the cronut.
  • Some very, very old cheese.
  • Hungarian dishes.
  • Make your own za’atar.
  • What Jesse Ball eats.
  • ‘He has made only one type of bread, a light rye sourdough, for 25 years.’
  • Strange tongues.
  • Food that speaks in the first person.
  • Tasty and quick mince.
  • What goes into a San Francisco burrito?
  • A new pizza cutter.
  • The built the world’s largest salad.
  • These links are courtesy of my mum:
  • The Bloomsbury Group’s relationship with food.
  • Designers, artists, and cooking.
  • The long history of marketing and branding.
  • Always know where your food comes from.

Food Links, 19.03.2014

  • ‘The days bled into years. Hang. Rehang. Pull guts.’
  • There is still widespread mislabelling of meat sold in the UK.
  • McDonald’s employees are suing the chain.
  • A photo essay on the fishermen of Kalk Bay in Cape Town.
  • Does it matter that there is azodicarbonamide in a lot of processed food?
  • ‘Behind the counter at a café sit two five-gallon tanks of bottled water hooked up to the coffee machines. At a local eatery, when I order a soda, the bartender explains that it comes from the tap. “Are you sure you don’t just want bottled water?” he asks.’
  • Nogales and America’s supply of vegetables.
  • The ‘meatification‘ of our diets.
  • The rising price of breakfast.
  • On Pizza Hut’s 2,880-calorie pizza.
  • ‘Thousands of young people in Britain have been forced to go without food or other essentials after their benefits were wrongly stopped under a “draconian” new sanctions regime’.
  • FoodCycle.
  • How common is salmonella in eggs?
  • Food waste around the world.
  • McDonald’s in Vietnam.
  • How to make strawberries delicious again.
  • The bacon-scented alarm clock.
  • The five-second rule is worth obeying.
  • It’s alright to eat sugar – in moderation (even is it the worst thing in the world).
  • ‘He had bet he could drink 15 absinthes in succession while eating a kilo of beef. After the ninth, Théophile Papin, of Ivry, collapsed.’
  • World’s End Pie.
  • ‘I used to say that all I had left in life was my integrity and my cleavage. Now it’s just my integrity.’ Rest in Peace, Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmeralda Dickson Wright.
  • The rise and rise of Japanese cuisine.
  • Why add chicory to coffee?
  • Hampton Court’s chocolate kitchen.
  • Cooking with Harper Lee. (Thanks, mum!)
  • The first ‘British‘ restaurant in China.
  • An appeal for help about potatoes.
  • Deborah Levy’s Diary of a Steak.
  • Why is caffeine so addictive?
  • Cookbooks as science fiction.
  • The significance of tea jars in Japan up until the end of the seventeenth century.
  • Lentil cookies.
  • How to be a vegetarian in Paris.
  • Eating terrible food with the super rich.
  • Maps of countries made of their national foods.
  • What to do with leftover mashed potato.
  • Where to drink coffee in Chicago.
  • The EU may ban foreign cheese manufacturers from using names like ‘feta’ and ‘Parmesan’.
  • Five ways to use one batch of bread dough.
  • Understanding umami.

Food Links, 12.03.2014

  • Gas companies are putting Mozambican fishermen out of business.
  • The GOP has abandoned farmers.
  • A tale of two food bank vouchers.
  • The Thai seafood industry uses slave labour.
  • The crisis in California’s agricultural sector.
  • Alcohol and apartheid.
  • How China became the world’s largest pork producer.
  • A woman designed the paper bag.
  • McDonald’s tries to encourage Europeans to buy its breakfasts.
  • Pepsi was perceived by the population as a Soviet product, and Soviet products were truly bad. While Pepsi was reasonably good, it was not as good as Western Pepsi.’
  • More people are making moonshine in the US.
  • Why did adult humans start drinking milk?
  • Salted caramel cream puffs with warm chocolate sauce.
  • With a pinch of salt.
  • Eat more roadkill.
  • Eat more grapefruit.
  • An amazing pizza box.
  • How to make your own butter.
  • Egg puns.
  • The town which grows half of America’s mushrooms.
  • How well do you know your ancient grains?
  • A sandwich for each state in the US.
  • How not to get fat.
  • The evolution of pastrami in New York.
  • Making mozzarella.
  • The etymology of ‘hangover‘.
  • Dutch food is the best in the world.
  • Make your own kimchi.
  • How rotten food has changed history.
  • Who drinks what.
  • On Lee Miller‘s enthusiasm for cooking.
  • Soon it’ll be possible to buy Soylent.
  • The Kit Kat shop in Tokyo.
  • On marmalade. (Thanks, dad!)
  • Repurposed Pizza Huts.
  • Cooking with Frida Kahlo.
  • What if every state in the US has its own meat?
  • How to cook with teff.
  • A list of women in the food world for International Women’s Day.
  • Make your own preserved lemons.
  • Degeneration and drink.
  • What people ate and drank in Pompeii. (Thanks, mum!)

Food Links, 05.03.2014

  • ‘An estimated 174 million people in southern Africa – almost two thirds of the total population – lack access to basic latrines, while more than 100 million go without clean drinking water.’
  • Sugar does not kill more South Africans than HIV/AIDS.
  • The implications of the crisis in Ukraine for global grain prices.
  • A diet high in protein and animal fat may not be very good for you.
  • ‘Starving and drenched journalists ate 250kg of chips and 700 pieces of chicken on the opening day of the Oscar Pistorius trial.’
  • On Food4Patriots.
  • Class and sustainable food.
  • Organic and non-organic produce have the same nutritional value.
  • Why is thinness the ultimate female ambition?
  • Using Instagram to sell sheep in Kuwait.
  • The adulteration of Italian olive oil.
  • The marketing of yogurt to women.
  • A response to Tim Noakes.
  • Substitutes for egg.
  • The trials and tribulations of running a stall at a farmers’ market.
  • Creating a market for skimmed milk.
  • American beer is getting better.
  • A recipe for baked feta.
  • Durian has gone on sale in the UK.
  • Food textures.
  • ‘He complained that his wife was “unable to lunch elsewhere” because she was wearing a tiara.’
  • A Renaissance recipe for panzanella.
  • Make your own coffee creamer.
  • China’s growing enthusiasm for food museums.
  • A breakfast menu as a Venn diagram.
  • The return of the soufflé.
  • Tips for biscuit baking.
  • Chinese charcuterie.
  • The chemistry of Sriracha.
  • Terrible food photography.
  • Diet fads.
  • Birkbeck’s wine society.
  • The man who delivered pizza to the Oscars was tipped $1,000.
  • Teff, the new fashionable grain.
  • The first cat cafe in North America is in Montreal.
  • Americans prefer mayonnaise to ketchup.
  • The Kitchen of Tomorrow.
  • London’s best new chocolate shop.
  • Pancakes in the shape of parasites, and butterflies.
  • Facts about (mainly processed) food.
  • Bindaetteok.
  • A brief history of marshmallows.
  • A brief history of popcorn.
  • How best to make Buffalo wings.
  • Rembrandt‘s ‘The Pancake Woman.’ (Thanks, mum!)
  • Mary Beard on her milkman.
  • Pizza feminism.
  • A coffee in a cake.
  • New breakfast trends in London.
  • A custard recipe inspired by the Geffrye Museum in London.
  • How to make a King Cake for Mardi Gras.

Food Links, 26.02.2014

  • Do high food prices predict political upheaval?
  • There has been a 43% drop in the obesity rate among two- to five-year-old children in the US.
  • ‘In a survey of 522 GPs [in the UK], the magazine Pulse found that 16 per cent had been asked to refer a patient to food bank in the past 12 months.’
  • Food poverty shames Britain.
  • ‘doctors are having to prescribe food supplements to HIV patients ensure that their medication works’.
  • Spanish farmers battle invasive snails.
  • Residues of drugs found in meat.
  • Artificial sweeteners are used extensively.
  • Denmark bans kosher and halal slaughter.
  • China has given up its policy of being self-sufficient in grain.
  • The Freedom Bakery.
  • Brick Lane in under threat.
  • Cooking on a budget.
  • Chinese internet companies are investing in organic agriculture.
  • The best doughnut shops in the US.
  • The joy of Spam.
  • Julia Child ‘edits‘ video tape.
  • Standard household measures.
  • Vegan cheesecake.
  • How to cook meat.
  • Should we return to the diets eaten by our ancestors?
  • How to save money on your food shopping.
  • The Vegetable Orchestra.
  • A Walkman sold inside a bottle of water.
  • Music guaranteed to increase cows’ milk production.
  • A sheep table.
  • Zadie Smith on ordering food in New York.
  • Why Long Beach in California fought to save a giant doughnut.
  • A craft beer quiz.
  • Budget bistros in Paris.
  • What to do with a Buddha’s Hand.
  • Recreating recipes from the 1950s.
  • What does camel milk taste like?
  • Art remade as cake.
  • Predicting the future of Hershey’s chocolate.
  • Chef and cooks’ favourite recipe books.
  • A photo essay on the fridge.
  • How does caffeine work?
  • Neil Gaiman reads Green Eggs and Ham.
  • Homemade reese bars.
  • Milk in your coffee?

Food Links, 19.02.2014

  • Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s claims that child hunger has reduced significantly in South Africa, are incorrect.
  • Chevron Appalachia compensates residents for an explosion with … pizza.
  • Cocoa-nomics.
  • Urban agriculture in downtown Joburg.
  • A Lucky Fish and reducing rates of anaemia.
  • Another fake food scandal in the UK.
  • ‘What has been the staff of life is now perceived as the spirit of disease’.
  • Don’t drink too much water.
  • On alcohol brands and art.
  • Sexually transmitted food poisoning.
  • Why do Americans eat so little rabbit?
  • Some vitamins and supplements worth taking.
  • Three people were arrested after a brawl over a pork pie at a Bradford wedding reception.
  • The queen of borscht.
  • How to cook with insects.
  • Do you drink Beaujolais?
  • What to do with cocoa nibs.
  • Gourmet butter.
  • Criticism of the Michelin guide.
  • British and American bacon.
  • Delicious food from Taiwan.
  • What it’s like to work at Tartine in San Francisco.
  • Food in fiction, a quiz.
  • ‘Louisiana Congressman Robert Broussard proposed importing hippopotamuses from Africa and settling them in the bayous of Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana to assuage America’s carnivorous ills’.
  • How to force strawberries.
  • ‘John Dando’s insatiable appetite frequently put him in prison.’
  • Eating zakuski.
  • How to roast a goat in the ground.
  • Food as art.
  • Rumbledethumps.
  • Why do we tend to underbake?
  • Twenty uses for banana peels.
  • A 123 year-old recipe for apricot jam.
  • How to turn a chicken into a dinosaur.
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