Link Buffet

Rather than keeping a static page for links to articles of interest that I don’t address in posts (the former “Quick Bites” page), I will now purge my link collection once or twice a month to keep y’all in the loop about what’s being said about food elsewhere on the internet.

And why not start with some self-linking? I’ve started an additional blog to keep track of my more textual interests as a reader and writer, a marketer and designer, a scholar and, I suppose, a gentleman. It’s called Scribal Tattoo. I’m also reading a poem a day for NaPoWriMo and posting my progress there: the first week features poems about food and cooking.

On my Press’s blog, you can read about my (successful, I think!) attempt to recreate Pennsylvania Dutch mock scrapple.

We were going for artistic more than authentic with this one.

We were going for artistic more than authentic with this one.

As I’ve confessed, I’m not much of a recipe-follower, but mock scrapple is a good fit for the frugal cook who wants to use up what’s on hand. Besides, I wasn’t cooking alone–my neighbor and I made the scrapple while preparing numerous other dishes for a dinner party, so she kept me reasonably faithful to the recipe.

Fried scrapple is delicious, no matter what it’s made of.

Fried to a crisp and served with sweet, tart apple butter. SO GOOD.

Fried to a crisp and served with sweet, tart apple butter. SO GOOD.

Grubstreet, New York Magazine’s food site, listed 12 gorgeous, first-rate food journals if you’re interested in print. There’s something about food writing that makes it a good fit for pretty print mags, I think–I really enjoy getting Gastronomica in the mail for its vivid, colorful artwork and glossy pages. But I hope Grubstreet does a follow-up for gorgeous online food journals–I may be biased, but I think Table Matters is rather pretty.

Food Riot just officially opened their digital doors, although I’ve been entertained by their tweets for several weeks now. Enjoy their list of 5 fanciful words for drinking and eating.

Sociological Images posted about the marketing of Rolling Rock beer and its attempt to distance itself from its former working-class appeal. It’s been a lot of years since I enjoyed $1 Rolling Rocks at the Balcony Bar in New Orleans, but now I’m curious whether the product as well as the promotion changed after Anheuser-Busch acquired it.

I wasn’t sure how to tackle this #longread from The Atlantic about serving convenience food versus homemade meals at home; it’s all over the place, as pretty much every conversation about convenience food seems to go. It appears that the occasion of the article is the measurement and discovery that convenience foods don’t actually save people much time on cooking food at home (although they are not tallying up time spent learning, planning, and choosing that goes into a homemade meal), but they dip into numerous other related issues: most relevantly (in my opinion) that kids want more autonomy in choosing food and that parents often aren’t equipped with sufficient knowledge about nutrition to argue with them.

Finally, I learned about it too late to participate in the Food Bloggers Against Hunger post donation on April 8th, but I’d like to call attention to The Giving Table, a food philanthropy push organized by the blogger behind Eat This Poem. You can subscribe to the newsletter or download the eBook Recipe for Good to learn about what form of food philanthropy might work for you.

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