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Favorite Links – April 2010

I read a lot about food on the internet. Here are three sites I’ve enjoyed so much that I wanted to share them with you.

Kenji Lopez-Alt at Serious Eats:Kenji has been on a roll in his The Food Lab and The Burger Lab series over at Serious Eats. It’s no surprise I love him. He was a test cook and editor at Cooks Illustrated, and his writing style makes me think of an (even more) obsessive-compulsive Alton Brown.
*Yes, you heard that right. Even more obsessive-compulsive than Alton. Or, maybe even me. Yikes.

My favorite recent post was How often should you flip a burger? One flip only, or keep the burger moving? Years ago, I read an article by Harold McGee, the OG food scientist, where he said you should flip every 15 seconds for best results.
*Yes, every 15 seconds.

This contradicted a lot of what I’ve read, and I always wondered about it. Kenji tested that question (his answer: for best results, flip often, preferably every minute.) He has a number of other posts with a similar funny, obsessive food science slant, and I’ve been enjoying every one of them.
*I’m going to try his substitution of a thermos cooler and hot tap water for a sous vide system when cooking rack of lamb very soon.

Three Many Cooks:
I’ve sung the praises of Pam Anderson’s cookbooks before, but the blog that she’s writing with her daughters is also a delight. Sharon posted a recipe for Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry was a huge hit when I made it a few weeks ago. Maggy’s article about her trip to Penzey’s spices had me nodding along, and saying “yep, that’s me..”. And Pam’s article about her Ikigai made me say “awwww….”

Casual Kitchen:
Dan over at Casual Kitchen posts his thoughts on food and food politics on Tuesday, and he always has an idea that gets me thinking. Some recent favorites of mine include his Food Absolutism, and his post about Eight Myths about Vegetarians and Vegetarian Food had me laughing out loud.

My favorite was when Dan had his Week of Eating Raw. Better him than me…but I’m sure glad he did it, and told us all about it. I couldn’t stop reading.
*Oh, and his Friday Links are always worth looking at. In fact, I kind of borrowed the idea for this post…

Any articles about food that you’ve enjoyed reading? Tell us in the comments, below.

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  1. Hi Mike, happy that I was able to give you an idea or three, and grateful that you saw fit to share Casual Kitchen with your readers. Thank you!

    And, yeah, that archive of posts on my raw food trial gets a LOT of traffic–apparently you weren’t the only one who (vicariously) enjoyed it. 🙂

    Casual Kitchen

  2. And thanks for spotlighting three many cooks too. Honored to make it in your April favs. BTW, I love that steam/saute technique almost as much as you do. There’s not a week that goes by I don’t use it.

  3. @Pam:

    Thank you for teaching me that steam/saute technique. I do love it – it’s my default “weeknight vegetable side” technique.

    I hadn’t realized how often I’ve posted it until I just checked – Green beans, chard, leeks, asparagus…and I was worried I was being too meat heavy in the blog!

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