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FOOD NEWS: June 28, 2008 - National News @ GFC

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FOOD NEWS: June 28, 2008 - National News

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It's been an insanely long time since I've written a news update, so a lot of this is old news, but if you haven't heard it yet, it's still news to you. We're keeping this one limited to national news. We might post more local news this week if we get time.

Let's start with pork, shall we?

If you've noticed the price for prosciutto has jumped up over the past couple of weeks, don't blame it solely on the price of gas. The Italian Farmers' Association went on strike June 1. I haven't been able to find any news about a possible end to the strike, so start looking for domestic sources. (Maybe we'll blog about our secret domestic source shortly)

Or do what Sen. Barack Obama did and look to Spain. He thinks pata negra Jamón ibérico is "delicious".

Is Mangalitsa the new Berkshire? Read more at woolypigs.com. If you've had this, please share by commenting below!

Bacon Salt. Nuff said.

Wine news

Unfortunately we have to start with a bit of sad news. Legendary winemaker and benefactor Robert Mondavi died in May. He was 94 years old. I encourage everyone to read the article to learn about the extraordinary legacy he left behind.

Some unusual "art" in the form of 7 deadly wine glasses.

From the maker's of Wine Library TV...Gary Vaynerchuk's 101 Wines: Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World

Now for some science...

If you've ever disagreed with the reviews here on GFC, especially our Wine Reviews, Alder at Vinography, along with our good buddy Harold McGee might have some insight into the reason why.

Double dip and die. Well maybe not die, but at least put yourself in possible harms way from shared saliva. Don't believe me? I have the numbers to back it up.

Ted Allen has a new show on Food Network. It looks like Myth Busters for food - and honestly, I think a lot of the examples given in his promo video already *have* been answered. Odd choice in host I think. Anyone have a really tough question you think should be asked?

Speed Links for the producers to steal show ideas from:
* The science behind diet coke and mentos
* The Myth About Marinades: A Flavor Bath, In a Flash
* To Cook an Octopus: Forget the Cork, Add Science
* Be patient when sautéeing -- and don't shake the pan

In other food television news...

Kick ass. I've been waiting for one particular episode of A Cook's Tour to air forever and a day. "The French Laundry Experience" episode will be on this week! If you're impatient, you can watch The French Laundry section here.

Food blogging celebrity Pim was a guest judge on Iron Chef America. How cool is that!?

She was also on one of my favorite shows, Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie. Missed that episode? You can watch full episodes on their website.

And one of my other favorite shows, After Hours with Daniel Boulud, is now available online as well.

Burger King gets a whole section

Got $200 burning a hole in your pocket? Why not head to Burger King for "The Burger". A gourmet burger consisting of "wagyu beef, white truffle, pata negra ham slices, cristal onion straws, modena balsamic vinegar, lambs lettuce, seasoned with pink Himalayan rock salt, and garnished with an organic white wine and shallot-infused mayonnaise on an Iranian saffron and white truffle-dusted bun." Proceeds will go to the Help A London Child charity.

Seems a bit at odds with a recent marketing campaign:
* Veg City Red-light district and Veg City sniper
* An onion getting a cavity search

Speaking of fast food marketing...
Fast Food: Ads vs. Reality

Food photography articles

So you bought your dad a Rebel Xsi for father's day. Now send him this link so he can start taking great food photography and maybe bring some truth in advertising to those fast food ads.

Don't forget to check out this article by ulterior epicure done for Popular Photography

And one more to make sure we covered it all. Once you have it down, share some links with us of your work.

Odds and Ends food news

Black watermelon sold for a record $6,100

Deep Fried White Castle Sliders

Who knew cupcakes were so cool? Cupcakes!

Coffee maker is network security risk

Taste Test: 7 Healthy Ice Creams and Frozen Desserts

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