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In the News 1/4/2010

In The News 1/4/2010

Top 5 iPhone Food Apps

“Considering how most of us enjoy a good meal, it should come as no surprise that many of the most popular iPhone applications have to do with food.” Out of the five apps they have listed, only one looks worthy and I already have one~~ Epicurious. I recently bought Serving Sizer, a .99 cent app that allows you to increase or decrease recipes to your liking. I put it to a test with Tuna Tetrazzini by Emeril Lagasse. And BAM!  It turned a mammoth dish designed to serve 10 to 12 people, down to a perfect serving for  two.

Weird Food News: Weird True and Freaky: Chimpanzee Cannibalism.

“Chimpanzees are aggressive pack hunters whose need to feed can sometimes lead them to cannibalism. Watch as a group of chimpanzees hunt down an unlucky monkey on Animal Planet’s “Weird, True and Freaky.”” Okaaaay…….

On Cooking Rice

Cooking is a pleasure. A creative oasis if you’re so inclined to believe but it’s also requires math and science. Uggggh.  If you haven’t cut carbs out of your diet for the New Year, and want to cook a good bowl of rice, Nick Anthis writes on his blog, “The Scientific Activist”, a far more serious and scientific way of cooking rice. I prefer to go the route of using my trusty Zojirushi rice cooker, which should be “a must have” appliance in any foodie’s kitchen.

The Taipei Times: Rice researcher promises to save housewives time

Researchers in Taiwan have created “A new rice variety with a distinctive taste, texture and aroma has been developed and named and its maker will soon apply for intellectual property rights (IPR) and distribute it to farmers, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said on Sunday.

The new grain, Taichung No. 194, was devised by Hsu Chih-sheng (?t) at a COA research farm in central Taiwan after 13 years of genetic engineering and modification, said Chen Jung-wu (陳榮五), director of the Taichung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Grocery stores go super in battle for

You will need that flatbed and new SUV to get all your stuff from the grocery store in the future

shoppers.

It’s only when I go to “super” grocery stores, that it boggles me to remember that in the US that more than a million children will go to bed hungry and 6.7 million are defined as having “very low food security” because they regularly lacked sufficient to eat. Nevertheless, grocery stores in Wisconsin are battling over turfs for customers.

As I visit all 77 neighborhoods, I’m actually interested in finding which neighborhood in Chicago has absolutely NO grocery stores. I’m certain there has to be one on the South side or the West side. Dawn Turner Trice writes about a West side activist’s effort to bring a grocery store to the West side.

The Balitimore Sun: In Baltimore, another food-poor area loses access to a grocery store because it hasn’t  been “profitable”.

“ “There are no other major supermarkets in the area, and the local residents will have to find transportation to the county; most don’t drive. It will be a hardship for the many elderly in the area.

“Perhaps,” Mr. Rombro added, “if you were to bring attention to this situation it could be prevented, or perhaps the city could offer assistance or incentives to Safeway to remain open.””

Stuff: In New Zealand, the elderly are teaching themselves new tricks.

“After starting weekly classes in October, Sturgess said he had learnt a lot about his nutritional needs and was using recipes for the first time.  “I wanted to improve what I was doing. I was stuck to the old routines of cooking the old-fashioned way. What we are learning here is new ideas,” he said.”


The Age: French bakery offers future to Afghan minority children

(c) Associate Press 2010

““At the Hiriart’s vocational centre in Kabul‘s southeastern suburbs, almost 200 Hazaras — not all of them children — learn to read and write before they take on the task of turning out fine French pastries and breads. The aim is to give them skills they can use to find jobs in the hospitality industry, said Jacques, though he concedes the day Afghanistan welcomes tourists from across the world is probably a long way off.”

The Old Foodie: Books and Food

“Today’s aspiring food writers have a real challenge in finding a new spin on any food-related topic. It seems that every approach, every angle, every theme has been used before – and multiple times at that. Lucky were the cookbook writers of over a century ago, when the genre was still in barely out of its adolescence, and there were still many avenues unexplored.”

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