Thursday, December 31, 2009

Oliver Awarded Top US Ideas Prize

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver will win the 2010 TED Prize next month for his work on a UK school dinners campaign, the Fifteen Foundation, as well as the television series "Food Revolution USA." The award, which lists President Bill Clinton, Bono and Dave Eggers among its previous winners, will see the chef receive $100,000 and be granted "one wish to change the world.”

Monday, December 28, 2009

Restaurants Turning Deep Fryer Oil into Energy Savings

Listen to James Peret, the inventor of the Vegawatt, on NPR's All Things Considered. The Vegawatt is a generator that turns the used oil from a restaurant's deep fryer and sends it right back into the restaurant as electricity.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Chestnuts at the Winter Table

Laura McCandlish from NPR reports that Thanksgiving is about the only time Americans cook with chestnuts, in stuffing for the turkey or with Brussels sprouts. There are, she says, more unusual preparations that could be part of any winter holiday feast or weeknight meal. Chestnut soup, chestnut flour latkes, maple-chestnut ice cream...

Friday, December 11, 2009

Back-To-Basics Leads 2010 Food Trends

A focus on building a menu from quality, basic ingredients leads the Food Channel's list of top food trends for 2010. This version of back-to-basics suggests a growing trend toward real, from-scratch cooking.

Friday, December 04, 2009

How to Uncook an Egg

Dr Hervé This has a novel suggestion for how to cook the turkey this Christmas: in the dishwasher. Presumably the founder of molecular gastronomy and the author of a new book entitled "The Science of the Oven" has thought through this efficient way of doing Christmas Eve’s dishes at the same time as tenderising the bird for the big day. But is it definitely going to be edible?