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Ike Jime: It Only *Looks* Like a Snuff Film

by in View All Posts, August 13th, 2009

The French Culinary Institute (my culinary alma mater, though I do have to admit it was not nearly this cool when I was there) has a fascinating two-part article up on their site today about the Japanese Ike Jime method of killing fish, and its effect on fish’s neurobiology (and thus taste and texture).

It’s a little CSI: Fish, but entirely worth the read: Part 1 and Part 2. [via]

Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer

This

by in View All Posts, August 12th, 2009

is why I live in fear of messing up at work — wouldn’t you, if this were your boss?

grrrrrDanielle LaRosa, Assistant Culinary Producer

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by in View All Posts, August 11th, 2009

Too Hot to Cook?

by in View All Posts, August 11th, 2009

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August is No-Cook Month on FoodNetwork.com, and we worked hard to find 31 recipes that don’t require any heat to prepare. (We didn’t want it to turn into 31 days of tuna sandwiches.) But, with a lot of surfing around, we ended up with a nice selection of gazpachos, salads and sandwiches, mixed in with some great side dishes and no-cook desserts (check out Paula’s Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding).

claire-robinson_med_medMy favorite no-cook option is always a salad, and one of my favorite new shows on Food Network is Claire Robinson’s 5 Ingredient Fix. Luckily, Claire actually did a No-Cook Dinner episode of her show recently, so I put together Claire’s Antipasti Chopped Salad for a quick, light dinner. It was fantastic!
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Soylent Green is Sustainably-Raised People

by in View All Posts, August 10th, 2009

So I’ve been moving further and further into this strange, semi-justifiable food-fascist bubble, and it’s really started to color the way I see things. Since the vast majority of my groceries come from my CSA, the Union Square greenmarket, or Chelsea Market, my occasional trips to regular — or even bougie — grocery stores have turned me into the sort of person, usually a recent arrival from a Communist country, who shuffles around awkwardly in the produce aisle, baffled by the phenomenon of choice.

Except so: I write this as I try, as I have been trying for the last 13 minutes, to stir chocolate-flavored soy protein isolate into water in a manner such that it doesn’t clump. This appears to be well-nigh impossible, or at least out of my reach. Why am I drinking chocolate-flavored soy protein isolate? Because, well, recently-acquired weightlifting obsession = massive, gigantic protein needs. Would it be delightful to be able to fulfill my protein needs with trust-fund chicken from Violet Hill? Of course. Can I afford that? No. Is chocolate-flavored Soylent Green preferable in my mind to non-trust-fund chicken not from Violet Hill or similar? Hate to say it, but yes.  And so chocolate-flavored Soylent Green it is.

Though this office is a weird place to be drinking chocolate-flavored Soylent Green. I’m debating a brown paper bag for my next round.

Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer

Quick Vote – Melissa’s New Show

by in View All Posts, August 10th, 2009

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Chefs vs. City

by in View All Posts, August 7th, 2009

chefvscity1I know you’ve been counting down to the Chefs vs. City premiere tonight. In each episode, Food Network chefs Aarón Sánchez and Chris Cosentino challenge two local foodies to locate that city’s biggest, boldest, most unexpected food places.

When we asked super fast runner and Chefs vs. City co-star, Chris Cosentino, how to describe this new series in five words or less, he shot back, “exciting, funny, humbling and super competitive.”

Here’s a two-fer interview with Chris, and Photo Coordinator for Food Network, Melissa — two people who just happen to share a home city (keep reading to find out where), and spent an exciting day at a photo shoot. Like the stars on Chefs vs. City, let’s get things running.

SOMMER: Each Chef vs. City episode is in a new town with a new set of challenges. Which city was the most difficult to compete in and why?

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Not entirely true

by in View All Posts, August 7th, 2009

but still somewhat genius in light of the giant absurd 3-to-5-NYT-stories-a-day marketing blitz:

One thing less interesting to me than a story involving Julia Child is two stories involving Julia Child

[via someecards]

Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer

Susie’s Answers – Finale!

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, August 6th, 2009

The Going Gourmet

by in View All Posts, August 6th, 2009

A couple years ago, at a party, a colleague of my husband’s spent a long time urging me and Jonathan to convince FN to take its own name seriously — which is to say, make a show about the digestive process. We never managed to talk programming into it (ok, frankly, we never tried), but now there’s a cookbook that purports to handle, well, all ends of the process. This SF Chronicle interviewer is far, far, maturer than I would be — his entendre-to-sentence ratio is a downright civilized 1:1.

Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer