Read Up On It – For February 10th, 2012
In this week’s roundup of food stories, we find North Americans trying to sell “Chinese” food in China, lovers of lard and Alice Waters gives backhanded compliments to Momofuku Milk Bar and Joe Beef. Read Up On It.
- Did Galen Weston, the permanent fixture of Superstore and Loblaws commercials put his foot in his mouth? He was recently quoted as saying, “Farmers’ markets are great… One day they’re going to kill some people though.” Oh. (via The Globe & Mail)
- It looks like that stalwart of Montreal’s culinary scene, Schwartz’s has been sold. Both the G&M and the CBC look into this mecca of smoked meat.
- The Daily Beast heads to China seeking an elusive and strange treat: General Tso chicken and fortune cookies. How do you say “WTF” in cantonese?
- Speaking of WTF, in a recent cookbook competition on Food 52, Alice Waters delivers a weird comment about the two finalists, Momofuku Milk Bar and Joe Beef’s cookbooks. “I have to admit that I am more than a little disappointed in the two finalists for this year’s Piglet. Not because the authors are not talented, both obviously are, but because both books seem to contribute to feeding our addiction to sugar and fat.”
- On the other side of the culinary coin, if Momofuku and Joe Beef are exercises in gluttony, than Le Bernardin is an exercise in restraint. Their former pastry chef reflects on his last day in the pages of The Atlantic.
- The CBC looks into the world of migrant workers on farms in Canada.
- Forget wine. Mead is possibly the greatest expression of terroir, or so says the New York Times.