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This week UNESCO added borsch (aka borscht) to its list of endangered intangible cultural heritage, saying that the war "threatened" the cooking of borsch. Ukraine claims the soup as its national dish, and the country's Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko said "Victory in the war for borsch is ours!" Many different varieties of borsch are served, but the most common prominently features… read more

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Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) for our readers, we failed to report on a limited-edition popsicle flavor that was available earlier this week in Canada. The flavor was certainly not run-of-the mill: the condiment company French's created ketchup-flavored ice pops and distributed them at three different Canadian locations from 22-24 June. If any of our readers was able to snag one,… read more

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Today is Juneteenth (although it will be officially celebrated tomorrow), which commemorates the day of June 19, 1865, where in the aftermath of the bloody U.S. Civil War, slaves were declared free under the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. Author Nicole A. Taylor recently released the first major cookbook dedicated to the holiday, Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black… read more

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Jane and I have returned home following a whirlwind weekend in Chicago, where we attended the James Beard Media Awards ceremony. Today the JBF announces the winners of its Restaurant and Chef Awards and yesterday they honored recipients of the 2022 Leadership Awards. I was a little star struck when the elevator doors opened and standing right in front of… read more

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If you are over 50 and lived in the United States from the 1960s to 1980s, chances are good that you ate at a Howard Johnson's restaurant or stayed in a Howard Johnson's motel. The orange-roofed buildings are part of Americana - or at least they were, since the sole remaining Howard Johnson's restaurants has closed its doors for good.… read more

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If you live in the UK or are planning a trip there, The Evening Standard has just published a list of the best food festivals happening this summer. Highlights include the Kew Gardens' Food Forever Event which "is an art exhibition, food festival and sustainability lesson rolled into one," and a picnic social at Lincoln Castle. Jean-Georges Vongerichten's influence on the world… read more

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Chef and philanthropist José Andrés is always in motion. Whether he is flying to the latest disaster scene or hosting a bipartisan gathering of Senators to discuss ways to solve world hunger, he is busy trying to find solutions to seemingly intractable problems. Veteran Hollywood producer Ron Howard followed the globetrotting chef for a year to make a documentary on… read more

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Mario Batali's trial for sexual misconduct wrapped up this week in Boston, with a jury issuing a not guilty verdict. The charges stemmed after a woman accused Batali of forcibly kissing and groping her at a Boston bar in 2017. Batali still faces a civil trial in the matter, but he will not face any jail time. Will the former… read more

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For those worried that we are living in a dystopian future straight out of a sci-fi novel, here is something to add to your concern: a team of scientists has created a robot that can taste. The device, which is "trained to taste a dish’s saltiness and the myriad of ingredients at different stages of chewing," aims to help chefs… read more

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Have you been watching the HBO special about Julia Child? Reviews have been mixed, with some people enjoying the behind-the-scenes drama and others who take issue with some of the bending of the truth for purposes of better storytelling. One of those expressing dismay is Sara Franklin, who is writing a book about legendary editor Judith Jones, who is a… read more

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Adventurous cooks have a drawer or cupboard filled with a variety of spices. Although some folks have a large selection from which to choose, most of us have a few favorites that get used in a multitude of dishes. If you had to pare down your spice collection to just 11 essential spices, what would you choose? Compare your list… read more

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When Nigella Lawson tells you to read something, you read it, and you are not disappointed. A few days ago she posted a link to an article in The Paris Review where writer Valerie Stivers offers a story that involves the intersection of food and the stories from Soviet dissident writer Sergei Dovlatov. Stivers attempts to recreate the foods in… read more

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Have you ever watched America's Test Kitchen and thought "I should be working there?" If so, here is your chance: Casting Crane is casting for a reality show called America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation. Not only is the grand prize a job at ATK, it also comes with an option on a cookbook. Applications are accepted until April 15.… read more

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It was only a matter of time before cryptocurrency and the food and beverage industry collided. Global restaurant group Chotto Matte is selling a specialty cocktail this April (timed to coincide with the Miami Bitcoin 2022 conference) that can only be purchased with bitcoin. The cocktail will sell for the bitcoin equivalent of $50. Classic guacamole [Roberto Santibañez] from Food52 Genius… read more

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Yesterday I wrote about how foods fall on a continuum, making it difficult to have hard and fast definitions for food. Today I spied an article that makes a counterpoint to that argument. A recent poll of amateur chefs in Spain found that there was broad consensus about the unwritten rules for paella. For starters, seafood is a no-no. Cookbook… read more

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One of the first things many people learn to bake is cookies, standing at their mother's or grandmother's side, maybe on a chair or stepstool depending on how little they are. While kids and cookies are a natural match, one young woman has taken her cookie baking to the next level. Tamia Hawkins-Coleman of Florissant, Missouri, now age 15, started… read more

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Jerry Seinfeld is busy creating a new movie that revolves around food. The film from the famed comedian is tackling a subject that you might not think merits full cinematic treatment: titled Unfrosted, the comedy explores the origin story of Pop Tarts, the sugary breakfast toaster pastry. Delia Smith has had a long and storied food writing and television hosting career.… read more

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Let's start off this week with a timeline cleanse. This one comes to us from Taste of Home, which recently assembled a pairing of classic American desserts with zodiac signs. As a Boston cream pie-loving Aquarius, I concur with the match for my sign (but really, I would have been okay with most of them). Ukranian stuffed cabbage (Golubtsi) from… read more

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After two years of shuttered events, people are beginning to come together for festivals of all types. One Australian event that is coming up in a couple of months is Tasting Australia, presented by RAA Travel, a showcase of South Australian produce and culture. Held each autumn since 1997, it blossomed into an epicurean destination. Head over to the Tasting… read more

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Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. If you are not the type to plan ahead, don't worry, we have your back. Good Food (Aus) has 22 last-minute Valentine's recipes that are simple yet impressive. Likewise, The Guardian features a bevy of recipes that are sure to impress. One of my favorite food shows of the late 90s/early 00s was Two Fat Ladies.… read more

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The next time you sit down to drink a refreshing Pimm's Cup or cool and soothing martini, you should take a moment to thank the people who invented cocktails. The history of this craft is murky, but David Wondrich (author of the amazing Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails) dives deep into lore and vintage newspaper clippings alike to unearth… read more

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Last week Jenny compiled yet another amazing gift guide, this time for Valentine's Day. In the spirit of fairness, I am going to post a gift guide from another source, Epicurious. They gathered a list of 27 "actually good" gifts for cooks instead of the same old, same old things like flowers or lingerie. Jenny's guide is arguably better not… read more

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Reading Jay Rayner's recent Observer column uncovered a sweet surprise: news of a free cookbook. Tucked away toward the end of the article, under News Bites, was a tidbit about The Marine Stewardship Council publishing a free online cookbook. The free tome includes recipes from famous chefs from around the world and focuses, as you might imagine coming from a… read more

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We will start out the new year with several cooking tips in case your New Year's resolution was to learn more about or level up your cooking. First up is King Arthur Baking Company, which provides a beginner's guide to baking with miso. Tatiana Bautista explains how using miso can add more complexity and richness to your baked goods and… read more

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All of us at EYB hope our Members enjoyed a delicious holiday meal this weekend. If you made a large feast, you might be eyeing a lot of leftovers - there is a ham bone in my refrigerator getting ready for a long bath in broth to become a calico bean soup. Over at The Happy Foodie, you can find… read more
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