That's Some Pig

Enroute

I just received a copy of the May issue of Air Canada's En Route magazine, which happens to include an article by David McGimpsey on Southern barbecue featuring one of my photographs (that's my shot of Abe's Bar-B-Q above).

The rest of the photographs in the article are by Amy Evans (more of her pork-tography can be found gracing this great Memphis BBQ oral history project published online by the Southern Foodways Alliance).

If you've been reading The Food Section for a while, you may even remember seeing the photo appear on this site when it was originally posted here way back in December 2003.

 


Agenda: 6/8 to 6/14

COMING UP NEXT WEEK

For the Main Course, A Blog, see food bloggers in the flesh at this panel discussion with Adam Kuban (Slice and A Hamburger Today), Alaina Browne (A Full Belly) and Josh Friedland (The Food Section [that's me]), moderated by food writer Andrea Strong, Thursday, June 16, 7:30 p.m., at Makor, Steinhardt Building, 35 West 67th Street. $12/person in advance, $15/person at the door (212.415.5500).

EVENTS THIS WEEK

1. Herring Festival, annual festival featuring fresh North Sea herring shipped daily to New York City from Scheveningen, The Netherlands, continues though Saturday, June 18, at the Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant in Grand Central Terminal (212.490.6650).

2. The History and Pre-History of Pigs, cookbook author, naturalist, and "hamthropologist" Peter Kaminsky will discuss hog history, with tastings of artisanal ham, presented by the Culinary Historians of New York, Thursday, June 9, 6:30 p.m., at the French Culinary Institute Theater, 462 Broadway, 2nd floor. $30/person (212.334.4175).

3. Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, third annual barbecue bonanza, including tastings, music, and seminars, will take place Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m., in Madison Square Park and on Madison Avenue between 23rd and 26th Streets. This year’s event includes a series of improvements (more space, more pitmasters, and a premium "Bubba Fast Pass") designed to speed service. Will these changes prevent the disaster of long lines that plagued the event last year? The proof will be in the pig snoots. Free admission (food, beverages purchased separately).

4. Taste of Times Square, outdoor food festival featuring tastings from midtown restaurants, Monday, June 13, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., West 46th Street between Broadway and Ninth Avenue. Free admission (food purchased separately) (212.768.1560).

5. Sake Tasting Dinner, five course dinner paired with five sakes, Monday, June 13, 7:00 p.m., at Komegashi Re-Construction Cuisine, 928 Broadway. $75/person (212.475.3000).

6. Wine and Music Lab: Mysterious Resonances, wine tasting paired with tapas exploring the relationship between music and wine ("You know that red goes with meat, but what goes with rock & roll or Debussy?"),Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 p.m., at Nolita House, 47 E. Houston Street. $50/person (212.625.1712).

7. Cocktails in New York, Anthony Giglio, author of Cocktails in New York, and Audrey Saunders, consultant at Bemelman's Bar at The Carlyle Hotel, will discuss the fine art of mixology, presented by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), Tuesday, June 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Tinker Auditorium, 55 East 59th Street. FIAF members/$40, non-members/$55, advance reservation required (646.388.6669).

ONGOING EVENTS

1. Have You Eaten Yet? The Chinese Restaurant in America, an exhibit exploring the Chinese restaurant’s origin and growth in America and its cultural significance, at the Museum of Chinese in the Americas (70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor). The exhibit continues through June 2005. Suggested admission is $3 (212.619.4785).

2. Cookin': A Sizzling Entertainment, "a fast-paced kitchen percussion show combining comedy, rhythm, and non-verbal performance," at the Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane (212.420.8000).

 


Five Favorite Books

I have been passed the baton by Pim to respond the Five Favorite Books meme which is currently traveling the food blog circuit. While the questions are open-ended, I've kept my answers food and cookbook focused (this is, after all, a food blog).

1. Total number of books I've owned

I have no idea as to the overall number, but when restricted to food and cooking, I counted 71. There are more in storage, so I would put the total somewhere over 100.

2. Last book I bought

Amealobserved A Meal Observed, by Andrew Todhunter, takes place during one evening at the renowned Paris restaurant Taillevant. Course by course, the book's 240 pages chronicle the author's five-hour dinner, weaving in personal history, the meal, and what goes on behind the scenes in the restaurant's kitchen. I haven't read a single page, but I'm curious to see how the writer will pull this off.

3. Last book I read

ToastToast by Nigel Slater, which I highly recommend. The author describes his childhood in the suburbs of England in the 1960s through food memories. Each of the vignettes, which span just one or two pages in most cases, is triggered by a remembrance of a particular food -- from the most mundane to the delicious to the grotesque. Where some food memoirs can be syrupy, Slater's writing is completely honest and unpretentious.

4. Five books that mean a lot to me

I'm not so sure if these books hold a lot of meaning for me, but they stand out in my collection.

JacquespepinstableJacques Pépin's Table by Jacques Pépin. For those influenced by television cookery, Julia Child is probably the biggest star of all time. However, for me, Jacques Pepin was the main TV event when I got interested in cooking. The book is a collection of his recipes for his program Today's Gourmet, which I watched devotedly growing up. His basic technique for roasting chicken (browning the whole bird on two sides on top of the stove before transporting it into the oven) is ingrained in me.

Essentialsofcooking_1Essentials of Cooking by James Peterson. Like a television cooking show, only in book form, this book is a comprehensive guide to all of the major cooking techniques with step by step photos that leave nothing to the imagination (but in a good way).



EverynightitalianEvery Night Italian by Giuliano Hazan, son of Marcella Hazan. Every recipe I have made from this book has been a success . . . and they're easy. See my post for his Fusilli with Sausage and Leeks for an example.



AtuscaninthekitchenA Tuscan in the Kitchen by Pino Luongo. There are no measurements given in any of the recipes in this unusual book. While the method might seem a hinderance, the book places its focus is on the ingredients and techniques in making traditional Italian dishes which are open to individual variation and adaptation.

KitchenconfidentialKitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. This was such a fun read, particularly since it rang true to my limited experience in the restaurant world (a summer as a dishwasher; a year as a busboy).







5. Which 5 people would you most like to see fill this out in their blog?

I'd like to pass the baton to Alberto, Megan, Keiko, Jess, and Miss Ginsu.

 


Agenda: 6/1 to 6/7

1. Herring Festival, annual festival featuring fresh North Sea herring shipped daily to New York City from Scheveningen, The Netherlands, will begin Wednesday, June 1, and continue though Saturday, June 18, at the Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant in Grand Central Terminal (212.490.6650).

2. A Taste of Germany, a German food festival featuring samplings of German food, cooking demonstrations, and special tasting events will begin Friday, June 3, and continue through Thursday, June 9, 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m., at Grand Central Station's Vanderbilt Hall.

3. Art in Food & Food in Art, food historian Peter Rose will discuss how works by the 17th century Dutch Masters offer insights into 17th century food practices, Saturday, June 4, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., at the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, New York. Free admission (914.366.6200).

4. A Taste of Italy, tasting event featuring 40 pre-release Italian wines paired with food, Monday June 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at The Mark Hotel, 25 East 77th Street. $75/person, $65/members of Slow Food (866.562.7263).

5. Vertical Cheddar Tasting, cheesemaker Peter Mohn of Grafton Village Cheese of Vermont will discuss the process of making and aging cheddar, followed by a tasting paired with beer, Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, at Murray’s Cheese Shop, 254 Bleecker Street. $50/person (212.243.3289, ext. 25).

6. Mozzarella 101, learn about the taste and texture of mozzarella and how to make the fresh cheese, Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Artisanal Cheese Center, 500 West 37th Street 2nd Floor. $75/person (877.797.1200).

ONGOING EVENTS

1. Have You Eaten Yet? The Chinese Restaurant in America, an exhibit exploring the Chinese restaurant’s origin and growth in America and its cultural significance, at the Museum of Chinese in the Americas (70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor). The exhibit continues through June 2005. Suggested admission is $3 (212.619.4785).

2. Cookin': A Sizzling Entertainment, "a fast-paced kitchen percussion show combining comedy, rhythm, and non-verbal performance," at the Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane (212.420.8000).