Friday, October 1, 2010

Top Ten Links of the Week: 09/24/10 - 09/30/10

Sweet readers! Hi!

Rome, in a nutshell.
It’s me, Kris! I’m back from my Italian honeymoon! And I’m married! To the Husband-Elect! Of course, this means he will henceforth be referred to as … something else … but in the meantime, yay! It’s so good to be home!

How are all of you? Good? Okay, cool. What a relief. I heard about that tornado in Brooklyn and was all like, “Uh oh. I hope the readers and the falafel are okay.”

I’ll have much more about Italy, its stunning proliferation of pasta, and its even stunning-er lack of iced drinks on Monday. But first, three quick things:
  1. THANK YOU, LEIGH ANGEL for running CHG while I was out of the country/getting all nuptial. Your last name is not false advertising.
  2. Thank you also to Jaime Green, Cindee Weiss, Amy Dickenson, and Michele Laikowski for writing sweet pieces for the site. I give you metaphorical noogies of love, my dearies.
  3. Hey! It’s the links! They’re a little abbreviated today, as wading through my Google Reader was much like the first ten minutes of Platoon. They wade a lot during that. If you haven’t seen it, trust me. There’s wading.
And with that, here you go. Yay, marriage! And eating!

1) Politics of the Plate: Aboard the Vegetable Express: Getting Fresh, Organic Produce to the Neighborhoods that Need them Most
Wondering how to transport fresh veggies to neighborhoods lacking ‘em? Take a cue from the ice cream man. Great piece.

2) Food Politics: Colbert on Farm Workers
First, watch the clip of Stephen Colbert’s recent statement to Congress about immigrant farm workers. (“This is America. I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American, then sliced by a Guatemalan, and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian.”) Then, check out Marion Nestle’s take on it.

3) Yahoo Green: 25 Things Chefs Never Tell You
This will make you alternately gag and celebrate, especially for: “The most unbelievable tale: ‘Someone once ran a steak through a dishwasher after the diner sent it back twice. Ironically, the customer was happy with it then.’”

4) Epi-Log: When to Get Rid of a Cookbook
Short and sweet tips on when to cull your collection. Looking at mine: Daniel Boulud’s Braise, it might be your time.

5) The Atlantic: The Evils of Corn Syrup – How Food Writers Got it Wrong
In which it’s argued that HFCS isn’t so much a problem as is putting some form of sugar in dang near everything.

6) Seattle Times: Save Money, Eat Better by Using Scraps Creatively
Want to bank some extra cash? Use all your food – every part of it – when you cook. Here are tips on how. (Tomato water as fish broth? Genius.)

7) Casual Kitchen: Price is Just a Number
Dan’s running a short series on Understanding the Consumuer Products Industry. This, his first entry, concentrates on how price points are devised. Best line: “Companies love, and will take maximum advantage of, consumer enthusiasm for new popular items. … In some instances, consumer products companies will even go so far as to create real (or imagined) shortages of goods in order to stoke consumer fervor and drive still more perceived value for their products.”

8) Get Rich Slowly: Swapping Convenience for Low Costs
A tenet of frugality: If you have time, you will save money. (Also, if you build it, he will come.)

9) Money Saving Mom: How to Deal with Not-So-Friendly Cashiers
They need to post this at my Key Food. Hell, they need to bronze it.

10) Food Politics: FTC Says No to Wonderful POM Advertising Claims
Oh, thank goodness. While I dig the free drinking glasses we have, POM is pretty much glorified Juicy Juice. And you can punctuate it.


344 Pounds: Avoid Mistakes When Counting Calories
Re-measuring every so often is a biggie, especially when it comes to liquids

The Atlantic: The Unlikely Way to Fight Obesity
More in the Atlantic’s ongoing series. This one focuses on marketers

Marketplace: Best Celebrity Cookware
Winnahs: Emeril, Giads. Losah: Jamie Oliver.


It Gets Better
Columnist Dan Savage started the “It Gets Better” initiative after the suicide of Billy Lucas, a 15-year-old gay kid who was finally teased too much. (More about it here.) (Incidentally, three more kids have killed themselves for similar reasons since then.) My friend Michael submitted this video, which is just over the moon with empathy, hilarity, and insight. Enjoy, and send it to a teen who might be having a similarly tough time. (Obligatory bloggy heads up: Rated PG for a few epithets and sexual references.)

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