In the online recipe empire, Epicurious is the culinary equivalent of Alexander the Great, an online conqueror of our weeknight stockpots in unprecedented proportions. A press release for the just-released The Epicurious Cookbook even dubs the entity a "digital food brand," not merely a website, wi ... More >>
There's another contender in L.A.'s ongoing burger-chain war, expect this time you'll have to visit Thousand Oaks to get a taste. Denver-based chain Smashburger, which derives its name from the way its patties are smashed into the grill to, according to a press release, "seal in the juices," will be ... More >>
The Guardian: In Greece, consumers save money by buying straight from farmers. It's called the "potato movement."
The Daily Meal: The 60 "coolest" chefs, restaurateurs, bartenders, farmers and food writers. Plus a food performance artist (think cheese block sculptures; a room stuffed with cotton c ... More >>
Forewarning: If you ever want to buy a grocery store tomato again, you should not read this review. Tomatoland by Barry Estrabrook is a contrasting story of McMansions and crumbling shacks, the bright red, beauty pageant-worthy orbs on your $8 Angus burger versus the fruit sprayed with so ma ... More >>
Thanks to Mediabistro for this one, which is a hilarious want ad from Craigslist in Boston. If you read (past tense) Gourmet magazine, you may remember this lovely ode to square cheese. Although a working knowledge of Proust, irony, and actual cheese may or may not ... More >>
There are two types of food bloggers, says Patti Londre, who runs Camp Blogaway, a boot camp for food and recipe bloggers. There are those who don't care all that much about how many hits they get but are more interested in the content, and there are those trying to make a few ... More >>
Gourmet Magazine, you will remember, closed last November. The late, much lamented publication is not, sadly, being resurrected, but it will live on, at least on your iPad. Gourmet Live will be "coming to your favorite devices" (for free) this fall, bringing together "content, social and location-b ... More >>
Tuesday night, Zócalo hosted a tribute to Gourmet Magazine at the Skirball Center, with Laurie Ochoa, Jonathan Gold and Ruth Reichl in discussion with Evan Kleiman. Bloggers sat braced with their phones, calculating the perfect 140 character report. Their tweets, after the jump.
Sarah GoodfriendBaker Jim LaheyBaker Jim Lahey, owner of New York's Sullivan Street Bakery and author of the recently published cookbook My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method, was in town the other day on a brief 2 day leg of his current book tour. He sat down with us to talk a ... More >>
The vast Condé Nast recipe database Epicurious.com is a phenomenal resource for both home and professional cooks, kind of like The Beatles catalog for food people. With the closing down of Gourmet Magazine (this month is the last issue), Epicurious became even more valuable, as it now functions as ... More >>
Los Angeles is a social media capital (Beverly Hills is home to MySpace headquarters) and epicenter of Hollywood's tweet-crazed narcissists. So we thought we'd take a look at the hottest, social-media-inspired costumes for the quasi-holiday that's tailor-made for L.A.Twitter's dreaded Fail Whale. ... More >>
Bon AppétitSince Condé Nast made their Sophie's Choice decision last week to keep Bon Appétit and shut down Gourmet magazine, there has been much speculation about how this is going to affect the former publication, the editorial offices of which are here in Los Angeles. Bon Appétit Edi ... More >>
Alhambra native Rickmond Wong considers himself a ramen shaman. According to Jonathan Gold, when Wong was in high school he was already emailing our food critic to brag about his superiority in the field of the often understated noodle. Wong's food blog, Rameniac, pays homage to the history and trad ... More >>
SapphireBlue22stack of newspapersWhat's the country reading today food-wise? Here's a roundup of some of the food-related stories from other newspapers, many of which print their food sections on Wednesday. And remember, even if you don't actually buy papers these days (or not; this paper is ... More >>
Gourmet Magazine is closing, according to reports from the New York Times. The Condé Naste magazine will reportedly announce this morning that it will stop publication after its November issue. The magazine, which was first published in 1941, has seen sharply declining ad revenue and there had been ... More >>