Just when you think a subject (the difference between "porn sex" and "real sex") has been run into the ground by a stampede of good intentions, you watch an airy three-minute video of fruits and vegetables and a crisp, soothing British voice explaining statistics that make you go WHAT? omg WHATTT, and you realize you don't know anything, and that life is a forest of the strange and unknowable. Mostly SFW, except for this one part where a banana emerges from a jar of chocolate with a truly alarming close-up on the choco texture.
Six-time novelist Kate Christensen has written another beautiful book, and this one's a memoir, out now from Random House. It’s called Blue Plate Special, after the home-cooked, simple but sustaining meals her mother used to make. As I read Kate’s “autobiography of appetites”—some food-based but others not; this is a story of life told through food in the venerable tradition of M.F.K. Fisher, Laurie Colwin, and Ruth Reichl, and its scope is much greater than what’s on a plate—I laughed and cried, and sometimes I snacked. As Kate writes in her prologue, “to taste fully is to live fully. And to live fully is to be awake and responsive [...]
From the NYT Well blog: "do rich desserts have a select ability to change our longer-term eating habits?"
To get a better idea, Dr. Ludwig and his colleagues recruited a dozen obese men and then fed them milkshakes on two different occasions separated by several weeks. In each case, the milkshakes were nearly identical: flavored with milk and vanilla, and containing the same amount of calories, carbohydrates, protein and fat. But on one occasion, the shakes were made with high-glycemic corn syrup; on the other, a source of low-glycemic carbohydrates was used.
What they found was that four hours after drinking the high-glycemic shake, blood sugar levels had [...]
A Manhattan bakery now offers the "cronut," which is like a doughnut-croissant hybrid that is filled with a cream filling, I guess? Dominique Ansel's shop only makes 200-250 a day at $5 a pop, and they're in such high demand that rich people reportedly pull up in SUVs and buy pastries off the line-waiters at a $30 markup. They must be good! Ansel himself doesn't really seem to understand the craze, which has already involved crying and lots of misplaced anger. From an Eater Q&A:
What I've learned is that it's very difficult to make everybody happy. What I've learned is that it's one thing [...]
In context of New York City's ambitious plans to compost 10% of its residential food waste and process much of that waste into biogas, the New Yorker has put up a slideshow of artistic perspectives on food decomposition, and NPR has another idea for what you might do with your leftovers, many of which are non-compostable to begin with: you could use an app called LeftoverSwap to barter them, or just give them away.
A few weeks ago we asked readers to create and send in photos of food art about the news (anything even tangentially "about" a current or past event, made mostly of food), for a gallery presented by the Samsung Galaxy S® 4, and here are the results. Thank you. It is truly like reading a newspaper.
I'm throwing a small dinner party. What are good things to make that have cohesive prep/ cook times? I always end up starting prepping or cooking items at the wrong time and then have to find ways to keep side dishes warm while waiting for the chicken to finish roasting.
The best thing to remember when hosting a dinner party is that everyone is already impressed with and loves you. These are, presumably, your friends, and you’re feeding them, so even if everything burns and you get drunk and order a pizza, they’ll still think you’re the best. Aside from that, the secret is appetizers. That way, if things take [...]
…is anyone ready for measurements like 1-30, 7-36 and 9-42?
Those are just three of 55 new sizes that a major American manufacturer has devised to address a lament as old as the bra itself: many don’t fit.
The undergarment industry, eager to sell its wares, has seized on the complaint, offering an ever-growing assortment of sizes and shapes — often at ever-growing prices — to entice women to buy that next bra.
-"A New Step in Wrestling With the Bra," The New York Times, May 30, 2013.