Yikes, I'm late on today's holiday gift recommendation! But this Bamboo Cutting Board is an easy, inexpensive present for your favorite cook or entertainer. It's great as a cutting board but stylish enough to put out as a cheese tray or dessert platter. I own two different sized boards, and I love the clean lines and interesting pattern of the bamboo. It's the hippest $15 present you'll find. $14.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond.
This year has brought an especially good crop of New York oyster varieties, reports Grub Street, and offers "three top places to slurp your share of the local abundance." I would like to do a comparison of some New England oysters and some Long Islands because Wellfleets are my favorite, but I can't say I've really tried Blue Points or some of the others mentioned in the Grub Street article.
Chicken Fried Bacon is all you need to know about this video. Hear about its invention, watch it being made, and then watch it being consumed. If you're not in awe of this man's genius and anxious to try some, you are dead to me. [via Metafilter]
Looking for a gift for a big beer drinker? What about a 5L Beer Dispenser? "A classy alternative to a keg, this contemporary beer dispenser keeps up to 5 liters of beer cool and right at your fingertips." What I can't figure out is how the beer gets in there (do you just pour a whole bunch of cans of Bud into it?) but I imagine a savvy beer drinker, before s/he's had too many, can solve the problem. And then you can just place this baby next to your sofa and refill without even getting up. Sunday football just got a little bit better. $99.99 from target.com.
The White House Menu for the 2006 Holiday Receptions includes such American classics as "Chicken Fried Beef Tenderloin with White Onion Gravy," "Asparagus Tier with Lemon-Garlic Aioli" , and "Warm MacIntosh Apple Cobbler." Yum, I wish I were going to a White House Holiday Reception, if only for the chicken fried tenderloin.
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The organic paradox: The movement's adherents have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, but success has imperiled their ideals. "It simply isn't clear that organic food production can be replicated on a mass scale." Business Week cover story from a few months ago about the threat to organic because of the ever-increasing demand. [via Jaded Vegetarian]
Does the choice to eat locally decrease the amount of carbon emitted? It seems like the answer is no. Interesting discussion at eGullet about the preceived benefits of a locavore (e.g. the 100 mile) diet.
Today's gift idea is for a true geeky food lover, Hervé This' Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor. If you know someone who loves McGee, they will enjoy this book. "In each short chapter This presents a piece of debatable conventional wisdom-such as whether it is better to make a stock by placing meat in already boiling water, or water before it is boiled-and gives its history, often quoting famous French chefs, before making scientific pronouncements." There's almost nothing I enjoy more than understanding why stuff happens in the kitchen, and seeing traditions wives' tales explained or disproved. Several reviews do warn that it's heavy on the science, so save it for a recipient who likes chemistry and physics, not someone who has trouble keeping up with Alton Brown. $19.77 from Amazon.com.
I hate being discriminated against because I'm skinny. "What often happens is that I'm standing in a pizza line next to a big guy and two pizza slices come fresh out of the oven for us. The server takes a look at me and then at him and gives me the smaller piece and him the bigger piece."