Bloggers, Nuts, and a Food Fight in the Sunday Times

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Extra! Extra! The Sunday New York Times carried almost as much food coverage as a Wednesday Dining section. No matter what day of the week it is, if The Times is writing about cooking, we're blogging.

Sharp Bites: Restaurant bloggers, including The Amateur Gourmet and Laren from Gothamist, were on the cover of the Sunday Styles section. Gawker was quick to diss this article, while Cleaner Plate Club says these bloggers are "part of trendy food, while I’m trying to return to it’s more old fashioned roots." The article briefly mentions "an earlier wave of food blogs focused on home cooking," but does not explain that some of these bloggers write about cooking at home too.

Decorating with Food Packaging: A bathroom in Malibu is decorated with packaging from mushy peas, Mac 'n Cheese and more.Elizabeth Tashjian, 94, an Expert on Nuts, Dies: There's something to learn from life-long dedication to a single ingredient. Tashjian was an artist and curator of nuts, including the Coco de mer. The obituary says she gave free cider and coffee cake to everyone who visited her museum. I wish they posted her coffee cake recipe.

Hunan Resources: The long history of General Tso's chicken and a recipe for a sour, spicy Taiwanese version of the dish. How something not-so-sweet still be called General Tso's?

For Starters, a Food Fight: Hidden between the wedding announcements is this piece about meeting dietary needs of wedding guests. Useful reading for cooks facing crowds with special dietary and religious food requirements.

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