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Not Yet Touched By The Mild Boredom of Order

by in View All Posts, March 27th, 2009

Today, we in the FN Library would like to offer our heartiest congratulations to one Phillip M. Parker of the UK.

If, dear reader, the name means nothing to you, then perhaps his most recent book ‘The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-Milligram Containers of Fromage Frais’ will. Perhaps not.

Well, Mr. Parker may have once labored in obscurity, but no longer. As of today, he is the winner of the prestigious 2009 Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year, sponsored by the UK’s The Bookseller magazine.

Mr. Parker’s magnum opus (it retails for a mere $795) edged out stiff competition from “Curbside Consultation of the Colon,” “The Large Sieve and Its Applications,” “Strip and Knit with Style” and “Techniques for Corrosion Monitoring.” Bravo!

The success of ’60-Milligram Containers…’ and the genius of this book prize (past winners include: “Versailles: The View From Sweden,” “Weeds in a Changing World” and the essential “How to Avoid Huge Ships”) prompted us to look at our library with a fresh set of eyes.

As we browsed the shelves, we noticed more than a few books that could in their time have contended for a Bookseller/Diagram and decided to begin compiling a list. We strongly suspect that books such as ‘A Social History of the American Alligator,’ ‘The Contented Poacher: Tales and Recipes from an Epicure in the Wilderness,’ and ‘Science Experiments You Can Eat’ never got the recognition they were due.

We hereby wish to restore the following titles (if not the works themselves) to their rightful place in the canon:

Beautiful Napkins
Remembrances of Things Passed
Meat and Other Loaves
Onions Love Herbs
Uniform Retail Meat Identity Standards
Melons for the Passionate Grower
A Short History of the American Stomach

There you have it: the FN Library Shortlist. If we’ve neglected any titles of particular merit, we sincerely hope you will bring them to our attention in the comments section below.

Jonathan Milder, Research Librarian

I’m seeing (Next Food Network) stars…

by in View All Posts, March 27th, 2009

All the connecting I’ve been doing with old friends via facebook (shhh….really should be working) got me thinking…what the heck is going on with some of the alums of Next Food Network Star? After doing a little digging and investigating, here is what I’ve uncovered:

1. JAG (Joshua Adam Garcia), Season 3 - Still spicing things up with Latino cusine, Jag is heading up the kitchen at the new Tampa restaurant, Posh 27. Word is the restaurant/night club will open this summer and will be sizzling.

2. Kelsey Nixon, Season 4 – The perky Ms. Nixon is sure to be around somewhere, but I can’t spill the beans yet. All that I can say is that you should keep checking in on the Food2 website.

3. Reggie Southerland, Season 2 – The charming, Reggie recently appeared in an episode of Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade, and you’ll also see some of his original recipes designed especially for one of my favorite kitchen gadgets – the micoplane!

4. Hans Rueffert, Season 1 – Hans just published his first book, “Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow” (I love this title)– reserve your copy now on Amazon

5. Nathan Lyon, Season 2 – Nathan landed the role as “Food Expert” on the new TLC show, Real Simple Real Life. (OMW – Would I love my very own FE in my amateur kitchen!)

So, there you have it….dear readers. See, you don’t have to be a Star of NFNS, to have one find you. If you are still curious about your favorite NFNS past contestant, no fear! A little birdie has also told me to stay tuned for “Where are they now” videos launching on FoodNetwork.com May 1st. And of course, we’ll all meet an entire new batch of contestants when the season five premieres on June 9th!

What NFNS tid bits are you curious about? Let me know.

Oh and by the way, if you are on Facebook….join the Food Network Group. I just joined, uh, this afternoon…

Till next time, here’s to keeping it hot!
Secretary Confidential

Recessipes

by in View All Posts, March 26th, 2009

Whole-Grain Pasta

Earlier this week, I appeared on Good Morning America Health with the lovely Sarah Copeland from Food Network Kitchens. We tag-teamed a segment on saving money by cooking at home with our “recessipes.”

Check out the video on ABC News Now and find our our best budget-friendly dishes.

Angela Moore
VP/Site Director

Food & Finance – Kids Survival Guide

by in View All Posts, March 26th, 2009

Winter’s gone by the wayside (hopefully) and the great outdoors await – after you finish your grocery shopping. You’ve followed my tips and made a detailed list. You have your coupons and your cash. But you’ve also got a car full of kids with a knack for wreaking havoc on your financial prudence.

Each one wants a different cereal, ice cream, lunch snack and juice box. One is hungry, another tired and yet another needs to go to the bathroom. You just throw everything into the cart in an effort to emerge from the store with your sanity, but you are also vastly over budget, having broken the cardinal rule of sticking to your list.

The stress that frequently accompanies taking children on a trip to the supermarket often results in additional pounds on the hips and fewer dollars in the bank. But this does not have to be the case!

Roni’s tips for grocery shopping with kids

Operation Garden

by in View All Posts, March 25th, 2009

It’s that time of year and I cannot help being excited to get outside and play in the dirt!  Last year I was a little too ambitious and started my garden way too early, alas, it taught me patience, and I’m applying that lesson now. 

I’ve started my seedlings at home on my porch and am growing oregano, parsley, basil, thyme, pumpkins, heirloom tomatoes, squash, and garden beans!  I can happily report that they are growing strong and will hopefully be fruitful.  I’m also sharing a piece of my small yard with my good friends so that they can cultivate the earth as well.  It’s a wonderful excuse to have friends over for harvesting parties and BBQ’s!

I’ve also tried to plant some herbs here at my FN desk… as of now I still have 2 big pots of dirt.  Perhaps I’ll give it another try next week.  It would be a shame to go all summer infront of this window without anything green to stare back at me.

What are you planting this year?

Cheers!

Kendra, Operation Foodie

Do you spy what I spy?

by in View All Posts, March 24th, 2009

I must confess: I took a vacation this weekend, and still thought about work. You see, I went down to Austin, Texas for a friend’s wedding, and while perusing through a neat art gallery there called Yard Dog Art, I happened to do a double take on these interesting pieces for sale by former Austinite, Mike Miller.

When we shot the Food Network Tour video, I remember noticing this same art from Sunny Anderson’s Cooking for Real set, and here they were again creeping up in my vacation (perhaps to remind me to get back to the office?). Can you spy the art I’m talking about behind Sunny? I’ll give you a clue: It’s right above the big, red arrow I pasted on the image:

When I first looked at these pieces on Sunny’s set, I even remember saying to myself, “Oh that art is neat,” but I had no idea the history behind the pieces….until now!

Continue reading about Sunny’s set art.

Every day can be FRYday

by in View All Posts, March 23rd, 2009

Being a northern gal, I don’t have any family fried chicken recipes passed down to me, so I’ve never had the impetus to make it at home. But when I saw Sunny Anderson make her Cider-Brined Fried Chicken on Cooking For Real, I knew I had to try it. Naturally Sunny makes everything she cooks sound delectable, but I could tell this recipe was going to be special.

Coincidentally, I also happened to have the Emerilware by T-fal Deep Fryer in my kitchen, a sample that the vendor had sent about two years ago and one which, I’ll sheepishly admit, I hadn’t ever used. (I’ll also sheepishly admit that I’m somewhat afraid of deep frying things because of the high potential for disaster, even though I know the Emerilware fryer makes it virtually foolproof.) Sunny’s recipe has glowing reviews on our site, and Emeril’s fryer is one of the most popular products in the Food Network Store, so I decided that these two were a match made in heaven, and that it was time to kill two birds with one stone and inaugurate the fryer by testing out the fried chicken recipe.

Continue for Emily’s frying results.