Eater is rocking these days. If you don’t regularly log on to www.eater.com or subscribe to their national feed, you should. Their list of 2010 Fall Cookbooks alone is a great reason to do so. The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookboo k is a killer, and ditto the Ferran book by Colman Andrews. Harold McGee’s new book is his most accessible and I think it will open up a whole new generation of cooks and readers to his material.
Top Chef won the Emmy for Best Reality Show on Sunday, and I can’t think of a more deserving program. The Magical Elves folks are great to work with. I have been “backstage” on their programming several times, so I’m sending out a huge congrats to all my Top Chef friends who work in front of and behind the camera. Colicchio scored a nice double this season between the Beard Award and the Emmy.
State Fair has been sooo much fun this year; I have been there almost every day. And to follow up on my Korean Taco comment the other week, I have eaten them twice now and they were terrible each time. Korean food = Awesome. Tacos = Awesome. Korean Tacos = one of my fave guilty pleasures and I have tracked them down in many cities over the years (look for them in both my Bizarre Foods Chicago episode next year and in my www.msn.com Appetite for Life series reprising this fall). Kogi BBQ still makes the best, but Korean Tacos at the State Fair = disappointing.
I didn’t think I would like the fried pickles (love the combo pack), and yet I do in a dirty guilty pleasure way. And to all the folks who ask me every day if I have eaten the camel meat at the Fair, I can assure you I have no interest in eating it. It’s a gimmick, it’s a novelty, end of discussion. Now if you need any recs on good camel eateries in Africa or the Middle East, let me know best I ever had was in Damascus, but you have to tune in to BF in December to see that one.
Good news for those who are in NYC for the NYC Wine and Food Festival: The rumors are true, Michael White (Marea et al) and I are indeed going to be sharing a “booth” at the Cart in The Parc event I am hosting on Sunday evening of that weekend. He and I are currently figuring out what the offering will be, but with MW involved I know we will be slamming it. Check it out at www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com.
Friday morning I am live with the governor on his ‘CCO radio show at 9 a.m. I can’t wait to ask him about health care as it applies to the national food crisis we are in the middle of. And yes, between hunger, juvenile diabetes, the fat-ness of our citizenry and our food production, manufacturing and truth in labeling laws, it’s a crisis in my opinion.