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August Favorites

A few of my favorite finds and reads for August:

~ Food pic wars. Does this remind you of anyone you know?

~ 31 ways to use lemon peel, and I’ll add my own #32: roasted lemon zest powder.

~ Paris for kids: where to take them, what to feed them.

~ Singing in support of artisan milk producers.

~ Born again in a second language: about writing in a language not your own.

~ A fascinating look at how bento boxes are made.

~ I am coveting this coconut-shaped lamp.

~ Frederick Kaufman on the commoditization of food.

~ Is this the future of coffee shops? Reserved seats for non-laptop-using customers.

~ A good-looking loaf of bread baked 2000 years ago.

~ What do 200 calories look like?

~ Why we should all keep a spark file.

~ Using active verbs in recipes: what’s your preferred style?

July Favorites

Beehive Honey Squares
Beehive honey squares by Lucy Kuhn.

A few of my favorite finds and reads for July:

~ Intrigued by this zucchini hummus and this lentil granola.

~ “If we lived in 1913″ is a series broadcast daily (in French) on France Inter radio, in which historian Antoine Prost talks about daily life in France one hundred years ago. I was particularly interested in this one: “If we lived in 1913, we would eat mostly bread.”

~ Finally all is revealed, and I am tickled to know that long-time fellow blogger Josh Friedland was behind Ruth Bourdain all this time.

~ Fun to play with: 60 Years of French First Names.

~ Who could resist buying these honey squares?

~ An incredible edible Rubik’s Cube by Cédric Grolet, the new pastry chef at Le Meurice.

~ New online addiction: The Geoguessr.

~ Want to know the truth behind the friendly-faced producers displayed on French supermarket products (in French)?

~ The BBC’s Food Programme, one of my favorite food podcasts (see full list here), had this fascinating episode on tree-to-bar chocolatier Mott Green (who died tragically a few weeks ago).

~ In the mood for some ice cream?

~ Depressing: a new EU regulation bans the sale of heritage seeds.

~ How French chefs are glamorizing tofu (in French).

~ Fool Magazine asks chefs and food writers, Who’s the world’s most underrated chef?

~ 35 beautiful recipe book designs.

May Favorites

Grandmothers and their signature dishes
Photography by Gabriele Galimberti.

A few of my favorite finds and reads for May:

~ A French Tastespotting-like site devoted to vegetarian and vegan recipes.

~ I am intrigued by these Miso Almond Brownies.

~ A gorgeous sun-shaped spinach pie.

~ A photo essay by Gabriele Galimberti celebrating grandmothers and their signature dishes.

~ Roti prata being shaped and cooked at Namnam restaurant in Copenhagen.

~ DIY polka-dot tablecloth.

~ How cheap canned tuna is made (in French).

~ My Life in Sourdough, a mini-series about dating and cooking in NYC, directed by my friend Marie.

~ Other people’s kitchens, photographed and edited by Erik Klein Wolterink.

April Favorites

Hot Cross Bun Croquembouche
Photography by Sarah Mather of Noisette Bakehouse

A few of my favorite finds and reads for April:

~ How to cook perfect Japanese rice.

~ About family-owned food businesses: Mark Russ Federman on his Russ & Daughters book.

~ Female chefs weigh in on what it’s like to always get asked about being a woman.

~ Avert your eyes if foul language bothers you. Otherwise, enjoy.

~ MRIs of fruits and vegetables.

~ Taking hot cross buns to new heights.

~ How to create a style guide for your blog.

~ Haiku detection in the New York Times.

~ 100 rules of dinner.

~ Julie Lee’s gorgeous food collages.

~ Making flatbread in Lebanon.

~ Foolproof poached eggs.

~ Scrollable baklava.

~ Thirteen things you can do in 2013.

~ Five years of hand-drawn sandwich bags.

~ Park Slope-style food coop comes to Paris.

March Favorites

Stamps

A few of my favorite finds and reads for March:

~ Interested in community composting in Paris? The mairie can help.

~ French stamps with illustrated idioms (more French idioms).

~ The Washington Post’s food editor comes out as a vegetarian.

~ The Scared is scared, a video made according to a six-year-old storyteller’s specs (warning: this will make your day).

~ Paris restaurants cooking local ingredients can now get a special label.

~ I gave tips on French restaurants for the Weight Watchers website.

~ How writers can prepare for the rise in using mobile phones to read websites and blogs. (Note: Chocolate & Zucchini is available in a mobile-friendly version.)

~ This year’s skiing season in Montmartre.

~ Economics professor finds a strong link between optimism and how many fruits and vegetables one consumes.

~ Sheep to help keep Paris lawns tidy.

~ The Helsinki bus station theory for creative careers.

~ Impressive: how Cassie Johnston preps food for the week.

What about you, any recent find you’d like to share ?

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