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Ina Garten, Andrew Zimmern Among 2017 James Beard Foundation Nominees

by in Food Network Chef, News, March 15th, 2017

Ina Garten, Andrew Zimmern Among 2017 James Beard Foundation NomineesEach year, somewhere between March entering like a lion and going out like lamb, the James Beard Foundation announces the nominees for its prestigious annual awards. Considered the culinary world’s equivalent of the Academy Awards, the accolades are bestowed in almost 60 (count them!) categories, spanning areas including cookbooks, broadcast media, restaurant design, and restaurants and chefs.

The 2017 nominees were announced Wednesday morning at a.o.c., in Los Angeles, over breakfast (Spanish fried chicken with cornmeal waffles; brioche with prosciutto, gruyere and quail egg; pastries) prepared by the restaurant’s James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin, and streamed via Facebook Live for the curious (and possibly hungry) masses.

If you missed it, no worries. You can find a complete list of nominees here. The winners of the 2017 James Beard Media Awards, honoring cookbook authors, food journalists, and culinary broadcast producers and hosts, will be announced in New York on Tuesday, April 25. Awards in the remaining categories, including Restaurant and Chef and Restaurant Design, will be presented at the James Beard Awards Gala, which will be held in Chicago on Monday, May 1.

Among the 2017 James Beard Foundation Book Award nominees is Food Network’s own Ina Garten. She has been nominated in the General Cooking category for her book Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (Clarkson Potter). The other nominees in that category are Cook’s Science: How to Unlock Flavor in 50 of Our Favorite Ingredients (Cook’s Illustrated), by the editors at Cook’s Illustrated, and Eat in My Kitchen: To Cook, to Bake, to Eat, and to Treat (Prestel), by Meike Peters.

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Starbucks Is Set to Release a New Item for Spring (and It Will Make You Smile)

by in News, March 15th, 2017

Starbucks Is Set to Release a New Item for Spring (and It Will Make You Smile)Rise and shine, Starbucks addicts. It’s a brand-new day — and a brand-new season of cups at Starbucks. That’s right. Adorable coffee vessels aren’t just for the holidays anymore. For the first time ever, Starbucks is amping us up for the springtime with pastel-colored cups in blue, yellow and green.

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Now You Can Run a Bar Tab Without Handing Over Your Credit Card

by in News, March 8th, 2017

Now You Can Run a Bar Tab Without Handing Over Your Credit CardRaise your hand if this has ever happened to you: You’ve opened a tab at a bar and had a few drinks with friends, only to realize, after you’ve responsibly made your way home, that, in your post-cocktail haze, you’ve left your credit card or ID with the bartender and have to find your way back to the bar to claim it. Bummer. Or, how about this: At the end of the night, you’re looking to settle up your tab with the bartender, but the bar is so packed with other revelers that you can barely get near it, let alone catch the bartender’s eye. (I, personally, seem to don some sort of cloak of invisibility every time I get near a bar. What is that about?)

Mastercard has just come up with something to solve both of those problems. “Open Tab,” a new feature on the company’s mobile order and payment platform, Qkr! With Masterpass, lets you to open a tab at a bar, club or restaurant without having to hand over your credit card or ID. (Qkr! With Masterpass, in use in several countries around the world, is expanding to the United States this year.)

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Favorite Breakfast

by in News, March 7th, 2017

9 Things You Didn't Know About Your Favorite BreakfastIt’s National Cereal Day! And to help you celebrate, we’re going to dish on some totally cool facts about your breakfast food of choice.

Cereal is one of those foods you just can’t help but associate with the good old U.S. of A. Invented in the United States in 1863 by James Caleb Jackson, according to reporting by The New York Times, and then popularized by the Kellogg brothers and beloved at our breakfast tables ever since, cereal is still a staple in most American homes.

But how much do you really know about it? Below, check out nine fun facts.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Organic Cafe Will Have a Room Dedicated to Selfies

by in News, March 6th, 2017

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Organic Cafe Will Have a Room Dedicated to SelfiesGwyneth Paltrow is expanding her empire and making it easier for the world to follow her food lead. The actress-turned-food-writer and healthy-lifestyle advocate is opening an organic cafe in New York, the next iteration in an endeavor that began in 2015 as a summer-in-the-Hamptons pop-up health-food purveyor.

Set to open in March adjacent to Paltrow pal and celebrity fitness trainer Tracy Anderson’s new private fitness studio — where membership will run you $900 a month, not to mention the $1,500 initiation fee — the new eatery, 3 Green Hearts, will offer coffee, juices, smoothies and healthy prepared meals. (The third member of the green-heart trio is Tracy Anderson CEO Maria Baum.)

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How Butter Was Born — and Why It Spread

by in News, March 5th, 2017

How Butter Was Born — and Why It SpreadNow that butter is back in our culture’s collective good graces, butter lovers (read: most of us, since butter consumption recently hit a 40-year high) may be ready to regard its past. That may be the thinking behind “Butter: A Rich History,” a new book whose author, food writer and former pastry chef Elaine Khosrova, has been making the rounds to dish about butter’s rise from its origins to its exalted place on our tables today.

The promotion of Khosrova’s book has provided those she has spoken with the opportunity to whip out their best butter puns. (“Spread” is a constant, but bonus points to Smithsonian magazine headline writers for shmearing it on thick with a double pun: New Book Clarifies Butter’s Spread …).

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Why a Waldorf Salad Is Called a Waldorf Salad

by in News, March 4th, 2017

Why a Waldorf Salad Is Called a Waldorf SaladThe Waldorf salad, with its sweetness and its crunch, is a classic for a reason. There’s a lot to love about its blend of apples, celery, walnuts and lettuce, with just the right amount of mayo and lemon, maybe some grapes. For most of us, the Waldorf seems like a salad staple, something that’s always been there. But, on the occasion of this week’s closing (temporarily, for renovations) of its namesake New York City hotel, the Waldorf Astoria, the New York Times has recalled the salad’s origins.

Here is the lowdown on how one of America’s favorite salads came to be — and why a Waldorf salad is called a Waldorf salad:

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What Do Amazon’s Most-Popular Grocery Items Say About Us?

by in News, March 3rd, 2017

What Do Amazon's Most-Popular Grocery Items Say About Us?While standing in line at the supermarket, it’s kind of fun (admit it) to sneak a peek into the shopping cart of the people around you and, perhaps (OK, definitely), piece together a portrait of who they are and how they eat based on the groceries they’re buying.

The rise of online shopping, however, makes it more difficult to do that. But Amazon has given us a little insight into the shopping behavior of others by revealing the best-selling items among its Prime customers from last year. And the revelations are kind of nuts, or, really, totally bananas.

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Would You Pay $18 for a Cup of Coffee?

by in News, March 2nd, 2017

Would You Pay $18 for a Cup of Coffee?Get this: A new coffee spot in Brooklyn (where else?) is banking that some people will shell out a full $18 for its premium bespoke brew.

Brooklyn Extraction Lab’s sticker-shock-inducing java is, Eater recently pointed out, the “most expensive coffee in the U.S.” It nudges into second place a $16 cup sold by a high-end San Francisco coffee purveyor, Blue Bottle, Gothamist notes. And that in turn unseated the $15 pour-over at Berkeley, California-based coffee joint Equator, which we’re sure unseated some $14 cup of coffee … somewhere.

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Italian Restaurant Owner Rewards Parents of Well-Behaved Children

by in News, Restaurants, March 1st, 2017

Italian Restaurant Owner Rewards Parents of Well-Behaved ChildrenHow do you say genius in Italian? Because that may be just the word for the one restaurant owner who came up with an inspired method of dealing with kids’ behavior at his upscale eatery in Padua, Italy. He simply rewards the parents — when their kids behave well, that is.

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