writes How To Talk Like A French Chef
I’m not learning the kind of French I intended to.
The other night on one of my days off, I ordered a cocktail at an upscale restaurant that I had never heard of before. It was a mixture of rum and spirits with fruit juice. It sounded interesting but a little too sweet for my taste. I asked the server if it was dégueulasse (deh-guh-lass), which I thought meant ‘gross’.
and The Chocolate Chip Caper
My hands are permanently blood stained (out out damn spot!) and no matter how much bleach or hydrogen pyroxide I use it won’t go away. They are swollen from gutting hunted animals by hand and getting pricked by tiny bullet shattered bones – so much so, that I can’t even get my engagement ring over my knuckle let alone make a tight fist. The scars on my hands, wrists and arms from cooking and accidents (like the time I tripped on a box left on the floor and landed hands first onto our massive hot plate stove burning the entire side of my hand and wrist) are obscene. [more inside]
Conservative bon vivant
Michael Anton writes
about the thrill of cooking in an haute cuisine
restaurant, as well as the rise of celebrity chef culture and personalities like Anthony Bourdain and Michael Ruhlman.
For the past two years, in a loft apartment in downtown Los Angeles, Craig Thornton has been conducting an experiment in the conventions of high-end American dining. Several nights a week, a group of sixteen strangers gather around his dining-room table to eat delicacies he has handpicked and prepared for them, from a meticulously considered menu over which they have no say.
, a webcomic about an adventuring chef.
Tomorrow would have been Julia Child
's 100th birthday. To celebrate, PBS Digital Studios offers: Julia Child Remixed
. They also have created a celebration page
, complete with an infographic
and more. [more inside]
You have only 128 days left
to eat at Charlie Trotter's
in Chicago. [more inside]
The Swedish Chef (Muppet Wiki)
is the incomprehensible preparer of foodstuffs for The Muppet Show. A rather literal variation of the Live-Hand Muppet concept, the Swedish Chef is a humanoid character, with human hands rather than gloves. An annotated list of every televised appearance of the Swedish Chef is after the fold... Børk! Børk! Børk! [Click here to view the thread translated fully into Mock Swedish] [more inside]
shows Gordon Ramsay
helping restaurants make miraculous turnarounds. Ramsay helped relaunch
Austin, Texas's El Greco
, but the restaurant still ended up closing
. Some people are saying that Ramsay's interference
may have been the final nail in the coffin
for the restaurant
Food Fight: Does Healthy Food Have to Be More Expensive?
In which the blog Get Rich Slowly chronicles an argument about nutrition vs cost and then invites readers to chime in.
Chris Kimball prepares a 12-course meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 cookbook.
Using only a coal stove and other authentic Victorian-era kitchen staples, the chef, who lives in Fannie Farmer's former home
, recreated a classic holiday Victorian meal from her iconic 1896 cookbook.
The twelve courses included: "rissoles (filled and fried puff pastry), mock turtle soup with fried brain balls, lobster à l’Américaine, roast goose with chestnut stuffing and jus, wood-grilled salmon, roast saddle of venison, Canton punch, three molded Victorian jellies and a spectacular French-inspired Mandarin cake."
Chris Kimball is the creator of public television's America's Test Kitchen
) and Cook's Illustrated
. Naturally, he chronicled the experience in a book, aptly titled, Fannie's Last Supper
. In it, he offers some moden adaptations of Fannie Farmer's recipes. A film depicting the difficulties of authentically re-creating the meal airs this Fall.
She’s an Iron Chef
. The Executive Chef of Bon Appetit Magazine. The founder of Chefs for Humanity
. A UNICEF spokesperson. The winner of a 'Hero Visibility Award' from the Human Rights Campaign. And now, celebrity chef Cat Cora
is teaching the Muppets to cook. Two new video series have premiered online: "The Muppets Kitchen
" and "Hasty Tasty Cooking Tips with Cat Cora and the Muppets.
" (Warning: autoplaying videos.)
The series are "designed to inspire kids to get involved in the kitchen and to help moms prepare simple, nutritious and most importantly delicious dinners
." [more inside]
lived quite an an amazing life. According to his wiki
, he "was a French chef who became the most celebrated cook in Victorian England" who also "during the Great Irish Famine in April 1847, ... invented the soup kitchen and was asked by the Government to go to Ireland to implement his idea. This was opened in Dublin and his "famine soup
" was served to thousands of the poor for free. Whilst in Ireland he wrote Soyer's Charitable Cookery. He gave the proceeds of the book to various charities. He also opened an art gallery in London, and donated the entrance fees to charity to feed the poor." And then there is also the remarkable story of Soyer's Magic Stove
Gordon Ramsay cooks up a cup of tea
, drinks Spunk with Ricky Gervais
, and teaches Jonathan Ross
to cook a lobster properly (language NSFW).
Vittles and verse - two great tastes that taste great together. Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the poetry of cookery.
As an appetizer, Chris Tusa
serves up a tasty bowl of gumbo
; next comes the entree, Mark Strand
's comforting pot roast
Meanwhile, Shanna Compton
imagines herself as the food itself -- eager ingredients in the skilled hands of Jacques Pepin
If you'd prefer to dine out, Charles Simic
presents the menu of Cafe Paradiso
, while Don Winter, a former night manager at a Niles, Michigan Burger Chef
, proffers a more downmarket culinary experience
. Bon appetit!
(Poemhunter.com previously on MeFi here
We know that the French take their food seriously, and restaurant ratings are a BIG deal
over there. But here's a sad illustration of that: famed chef Bernard Loiseau was found dead
yesterday of an apparent suicide, and speculation centers
around his downgraded rating from the influential GaultMillau guide. Shades of Vatel
Happy birthday, Julia!!
American cooking diva Julia Child turns 90 years of age today. She might be slowing, but she hasn't stopped ... and she certainly hasn't stopped eating butter and cream
Her contributions to American culinary arts, particularly in the area of home cooking, are nearly immeasurable. When you have a look at the way we were cooking
before "The French Chef" came along, you'll be doubly grateful for what she's taught us.
She's left her longtime home in Cambridge, Massachusetts for much smaller digs in Santa Barbara, California ... and subsequently donated her legendary kitchen and over 1,200 items from it to the Smithsonian Institution, who disassembled it and painstakingly rebuilt it inside the museum
. Julia's Kitchen at the Smithsonian opens to the public on Monday.
Food For Thought For Serious Foodies And Would-Be Pros: Egullet.com
is mainly written by
professional cooks for
professional cooks but
obsessive, perfectionist gastronomes like you and I can join in too. It's delightful and delicious; like a MetaFilter for fussy gluttons, over-curious gourmets and gastro-porn addicts. Today, celebrated chefs Dan Barber
and Michael Anthony
, currently wowing New Yorkers at the Blue Hill
restaurant, will be answering questions from hoi-polloi such as ourselves. My question's already in...[ From the August issue of Food and Wine magazine, where Michael Anthony was interviewed as one of the best new American chefs.