The television industry has the Emmys, the movie industry the Oscars, the theater industry the Tonys. In the food world, the James Beard Awards recognize the very best of what’s new and craveworthy, from cookbooks and food videos to what’s on the plate at big and small restaurants alike. Tuesday night the James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards took place at New York City’s Pier 60, where hundreds of culinary legends, industry newcomers and food fans came together to celebrate the role food plays in media of all kinds.
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Never had a kouign amann? Never even heard of one? C’est terrible! It’s also pretty understandable. Even in much of France, the buttery, flaky, caramel-y confection isn’t terribly well-known or widely available.
Space food used to be about freeze-dried ice cream and Tang. Now it’s all about the humble spud.
A fridge is a fridge is a fridge — the trusty kitchen appliance that keeps your food and drink pleasantly cool and fresh. Maybe it also makes your ice or dispenses water. But even if you love your refrigerator, you probably don’t consider it a work of art. Smeg and Dolce & Gabbana’s Frigoriferi d’Arte is, though.
If seeing the Aurora Borealis is on your bucket list, maybe you should put it on your “cup” list instead. Now you can see the Northern Lights — a natural phenomenon in which charged solar particles collide with gases in Earth’s upper atmosphere and create a colorful light display that stretches across the sky — emerge every day with your morning coffee.
By Lauren Haslett
We’ve got big news, friends! Though it seems like super-popular beverage purveyor Starbucks comes out with something new and exciting every other week, this announcement is absolutely huge. Starbucks will open a brand-new Roastery location on the East Coast, right smack in the middle of New York City’s trendy Meatpacking District.
You know how, as a kid, you used to try to catch raindrops on your tongue as they fell from the sky? Now there’s a food that seeks to help you recapture that sensation: the Raindrop Cake, which was created by New York chef Darren Wong and is taking the Internet by storm (only partly because it looks sort of like a giant silicone breast implant).
Wong, who is now selling the Raindrop Cake at Brooklyn’s trendy Smorgasburg open-air food markets and may expand to other venues, was inspired to create the gelatinous clear dessert blob by Japan’s traditional mizu shingen mochi, a food he had read about and was eager to try.