Category Archives: Food for Thought

The tyranny of leftovers

Tired of turkey? Sick of stuffing? I’m writing this on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and, if you’re still struggling with leftovers, I hereby give you permission to a/pick the remaining meat off the carcass and freeze in a zip-loc bag; b/make a … Continue reading

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Food for thought: Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook

If you are going to get just one book on Texas barbecue, Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook is a good choice. Robb Walsh is an active but impartial reviewer of the turbulent smokehouse scene who has commented on this blog from … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Koreatown a Cookbook

Koreatown: A Cookbook immediately repays your investment with the quick kimchi recipes in the opening pages: through some alchemy involving Asian pears, fish sauce and of course gochugaru you can get a pretty decent rendition in 24 hours instead of … Continue reading

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Food for thought: Lucky Peach

I love David Chang’s profane, irreverent approach to cooking that turns out some kick ass cuisine. I loved his collaboration with Peter Meehan that produced the original issues of Lucky Peach, a quarterly publication which initially seemed dedicated to the virtues … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Chef Jacques La Merde unmasked!

We have previously heaped praise on Chef Jacques La Merde, a wise guy who makes beautiful compositions out of junk food. Now it turns out the culprit/heroine is Toronto chef Christine Flynn. This interview on Eater explains how and why … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Phi Beta Phi Cookbook

My mother’s Phi Beta Phi Cookbook, published in 1936, is the source of the Turkey Wiggle (nee Chicken Wiggle) served at my grandmother’s holiday parties. It’s a popular download from Burnt My Fingers, particularly after Thanksgiving. I’m actually puzzled as … Continue reading

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LocalFlavor won’t honor credit requests [UPDATED]

Like a lot of my readers, I use Groupon, LivingSocial and LocalFlavor (formerly DoubleTake Deals, and affiliated with Clipper Magazine) to save a few bucks when I go out to eat and try a new place. You pay in advance for … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: ChefSteps Premium

I’ve previously endorsed ChefSteps for their elegant and professional videos of food prep techniques and complete recipes. This page has enough free videos to keep you busy for quite a while… the old fashioned donut recipe definitely has a place … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Roadfood

The other day I got an email with some of the sweetest food writing I’ve seen, describing a phenomenon called Nashville Hot Chicken: “These quarters and halves are ferociously seasoned down to the bone; and their crust, which strips off in … Continue reading

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Food for thought… ChefTalk

ChefTalk is “a food lover’s link to professional chefs” where regular folk can ask questions and get detailed answers based on a lifetime of learning and practicing pro strategies. Here is an example–a thread in which a starving college student … Continue reading

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