So unfortunately, because I've been sick, I didn't make it to Ruhlman's talk at the Y on Monday evening. 😦 If anyone attended and has a report, I'd love to hear it. Shoot me an email with your thoughts.
So maybe it's time to move on and let Rachael be Rachael. If she's not for you, that's okay. Ed Levine says it's time to stop slagging Rachael Ray.
First free gastronomic university in France is an attempt to close the gastronomic fracture that is splitting France down the middle. "Their aim is to combat the notion that la grande cuisine is reserved for the middle and upper classes, while the poor eat fatty food that induces obesity and illness." Ingredients to include cardoon and cabage.
Watch the 'Hands of the Sun' in action: YouTube search results for Yakitate, the animated show about the baker from Japan I mentioned yesterday.
When the salad comes out, to our disappointment, we find that the bowl is about 2/5 full. 2/5!!! What kind of unlimited salad is that? An "unlimited" salad at Olive Garden is clearly not unlimited, and other salad stories at the all-salad blog, Salad Party.
You don’t have the tourists, the babies crying, the people who need their food cut up for them. Or why it's good to eat at one of New York City's late night restaurants, some of which are open until 4 or 5 AM. If I weren't a morning person, I'd go to a lot more of these spots!
Yakitate!! Japan is a comic (known as manga) from Japan about "an enthusiastic, slightly gullible young baker" named Kazuma Azuma who dreams of creating great bread for his country. An Amazon review also adds, "Aiding Kazuma in his baking quest are his legendary 'Hands of the Sun,' exceptionally warm hands that speed the fermentation of yeast." Awesome. Volume 2 is coming in November. [via the November Saveur]
I want to find out what it looks, feels, and tastes like to commit to the ultimate in dietary trade-offs: a lifetime lived as close to the brink of starvation as your body can stand, in exchange for the promise of a life span longer than any human has ever known. Julian Dibbell goes on the Calorie Restriction Diet for two months. CR may give you a longer life, but I'm not sure it's a life worth living.
Williams-Sonoma's Halloween Truffles are various flavors of ganache coated in chocolate. "The cat pairs a dark chocolate exterior with extra bittersweet chocolate ganache, the ghost combines a white chocolate exterior with a milk chocolate-toffee ganache center, and the pumpkins unite milk chocolate ganache with orange- and green-tinted white chocolate." These would be fun to make at home if you had the time. [via Outblush]
The FDA is set to approve milk and meat from cloned animals. You won't know if you're eating it though, the FDA's not "inclined to call for labeling of products from clones, as some have demanded. For one thing, clonal meat or milk would be impossible to authenticate, since there is no way to distinguish them from conventional products."