Category Archives: Food for Thought

Food for thought: Lucky Peach

I love David Chang’s profane, irreverent approach to cooking that turns out some kick ass cuisine. I loved his collaboration with Peter Meehan that produced the original issues of Lucky Peach, a quarterly publication which initially seemed dedicated to the virtues … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Chef Jacques La Merde unmasked!

We have previously heaped praise on Chef Jacques La Merde, a wise guy who makes beautiful compositions out of junk food. Now it turns out the culprit/heroine is Toronto chef Christine Flynn. This interview on Eater explains how and why … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Phi Beta Phi Cookbook

My mother’s Phi Beta Phi Cookbook, published in 1936, is the source of the Turkey Wiggle (nee Chicken Wiggle) served at my grandmother’s holiday parties. It’s a popular download from Burnt My Fingers, particularly after Thanksgiving. I’m actually puzzled as … Continue reading

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LocalFlavor won’t honor credit requests

Like a lot of my readers, I use Groupon, LivingSocial and LocalFlavor (formerly DoubleTake Deals, and affiliated with Clipper Magazine) to save a few bucks when I go out to eat and try a new place. You pay in advance for … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: ChefSteps Premium

I’ve previously endorsed ChefSteps for their elegant and professional videos of food prep techniques and complete recipes. This page has enough free videos to keep you busy for quite a while… the old fashioned donut recipe definitely has a place … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Roadfood

The other day I got an email with some of the sweetest food writing I’ve seen, describing a phenomenon called Nashville Hot Chicken: “These quarters and halves are ferociously seasoned down to the bone; and their crust, which strips off in … Continue reading

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Food for thought… ChefTalk

ChefTalk is “a food lover’s link to professional chefs” where regular folk can ask questions and get detailed answers based on a lifetime of learning and practicing pro strategies. Here is an example–a thread in which a starving college student … Continue reading

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What a great meal!

I put together a Yelp list of my regular dining rotation in Saratoga Springs, New York, and was embarrassed to discover I’d used the word “great” in almost every review. This was painful because I pride myself on being very … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Chef Jacques La Merde

Hah! On this Instagram feed, a wise guy who calls himself Jacques La Merde creates food porn by disasembling junk food and reconstructing it with tweezers, then shooting it with a big lens. See if you can recognize the Pop-Tarts®, … Continue reading

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Food for thought: ChefSteps

I was introduced to ChefSteps while doing some work with Modernist Pantry. ChefSteps has short, elegantly produced videos of food preparation, typically modernist cuisine but also some old favorites like crème brulee and pan gravy. My favorite sequences are like … Continue reading

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