What We're Reading This Week

 

Super Bowl food can be delicious and filling for veggie lovers, too. [Bon Appétit]

 

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz brings French fries into the debate. [MUNCHIES]

 

A simple purée is the “building block” of a marvelous dish. [Saveur

 

Revisiting our roots: foods that delighted Americans a century ago. [Washington Post

 

NASA has invented a “plant pillow” to grow lettuce in space. [Modern Farmer] ... Read more >

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What We're Reading This Week

 

JBF Award winner Michael White lays out his pasta commandments. [First We Feast

 

An H5N1 bird flu has struck in France, leading to possible shortage of foie gras. [MUNCHIES

 

Could coffee flour be the key to managing your sugar intake? [Bon Appétit

 

Starbucks pulls the plug on their Teavana tea bar experiment. [Grubstreet

 

Tips and tricks to perfect your winter roasting. [... Read more >

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Beard House Recipe: Oyster Crudo with Prosecco Mignonette

 

Oyster Crudo with Prosecco Mignonette / La Dolce Vita

 

Emmy Award–winning chef Giada De Laurentiis is known for many things: her celebrated Food Network shows, elegant California-inflected Italian cooking, and contagious smile, among them. Now with an eponymous Las Vegas restaurant under her belt, the petite powerhouse’s brand continues to grow ever more fierce—and New York City diners were treated to an evening of Sin City decadence when the celebrity chef brought her iconic fare to the Beard House at the end of November. The evening was a culinary slam-dunk from start to finish, from her delicate lemon–crab arancini to her hearty ... Read more >

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What We're Reading This Week

 

Doughnuts for decades: the enduring, cream-filled appeal of Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop. [NYT

 

Bring on the bran flakes: a new study suggests that low-fiber diets could be devastating to overall health. [The Atlantic

 

Global food destinations to save your vacation days for. [NYT

 

JBF Award winner Dominique Ansel is opening a shop in London, promising cronuts for the Queen and commoners alike. [Grubstreet

 

Restaurants are doing all they... Read more >

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What We're Reading This Week

 

Put an egg on it: the complete guide to poaching, scrambling, and boiling your way to egg heaven. [NY Times]

 

One giant underwater leap for mankind: a Hawaiian distillery is using deep ocean water to craft premium vodka. [MUNCHIES]

 

Want some charcoal with your acai bowl and kale juice? How this surprising ingredient is quickly becoming the next superfood. [Grub Street]... Read more >

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Beard House Highlight: Melted Leek Toasts with Stracciatella and Pickled Fresno Chiles

Photo by Ken Goodman

 

Melted Leek Toasts with Stracciatella and Pickled Fresno Chiles​ / Italian-Inspired California Soul​

 

The holidays may be behind us, but that doesn't mean we stop entertaining friends and family. Menu-planning for even the most casual dinner parties can sometimes feel daunting, especially when it comes to canapés. But at Michael Fiorelli's recent Beard House dinner, the chef and partner at Love & Salt reminded me that easy-to-prepare, drool-worthy appetizers are not so far out of reach.

 

Fiorelli started... Read more >

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What We Read in 2015

 

Here are some of our favorite food reads from 2015. Catch up on this year’s trends, treats, and more while you count down to the new year.

 

Beef—it's what’s for dinner, and lunch, and breakfast: how the meat industry has influenced nutrition guidelines. [The Atlantic

 

A peek into the eternally inquisitive mind of Ferran Adrià. [NYT

 

The haphazard science and unlikely history of artificial flavors. [FWF

 ... Read more >

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Beard House Recipe: Chicken Wing Tacos with Salsa Macha

Photo by Ken Goodman

 

Chicken Wing Tacos with Salsa Macha​ / Inspired Mexican

 

Okay, I’ll confess—when I hear peanuts and chicken wings, I’m more likely to think of Thai food than tacos. Fortunately, chef Alex Stupak of the acclaimed Empellón restaurants wrote his new cookbook, Tacos: Recipes and Provocations, exactly for those of us who are curious about but admittedly a little limited in our knowledge of the wide world of Mexican cuisine. At his recent Beard House dinner, Stupak showcased an assortment of the book’s recipes, including this addictive appetizer that the chef asserts deserves a space on your next game-day menu. This taco was at once exotic and deeply familiar, grounded by pieces of crisp-skinned, moist chicken that... Read more >

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Beard House Highlight: Bananas Foster Pot-de-Crème with Toasted White Chocolate Bread Pudding

Photo by Tom Kirkman

 

Beard House Highlight: Bananas Foster Pot-de-Crème with Toasted White Chocolate Bread Pudding / French-Creole, Modern and Classic

 

With a culinary reputation as established as New Orleans’s French-Creole cuisine, the successful reimagining of any classic dish is a tall order. Thankfully, Nathan Richard and Neal Swidler were more than up to the task during their Beard House dinner, turning out course after course filled with familiar components creatively transformed into elevated yet satisfying modern fare. For the final course, Swidler presented this play on the Big Easy mainstay bananas foster, trading the table-side flambé for a more refined riff on the traditional French pot-de-crème. The delicate custard conjured comforting memories of banana pudding, contrasting with the gooey top layer of foster sauce, just boozy enough to take your... Read more >

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What We're Reading This Week

 

A bean-to-bar nightmare for one Brooklyn-based chocolate company. [Washington Post]

 

Why throw your Christmas tree to the curb when you can cook with it? [MUNCHIES]

 

Changes in international labeling laws could make it harder for consumers to identify where’s the beef (coming from). [NPR]

 

How one vegan butchery is grinding up a batch of meatless controversy. [Eater]

 

The former president of Trader Joe's is making a... Read more >

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