by Asinus Asinum Fricat
Fri May 30th, 2008 at 07:50:04 AM EST
I've been addicted to comestibles and their "relatives" since childhood. That's the price I was glad to pay being from a family of hoteliers and restaurateurs. At the tender age of seven I was taught how to differentiate a Burgundy from a Claret, and all my spare time was spent in the hotel kitchens, spying on the chefs, pestering all and sundry with endless questioning, poking my nose into this and that, checking out all the incoming supplies. My hard copy files, collected over the last thirty years or so, run into thousands of pages, and since the advent of the "internets", I have now several hundreds of thousands more, being subscribed to email alerts from all kinds of sites that are connected to food & beverages producers and odds and sods.
In this month's selection, I've added a treat: the top 50 restaurants in the world are listed in the link below, starting with the number 1. Click on each page to read a little about the chefs and their signature dishes.
Cross-posted on DKos & PolitiCook.net
The GSK weight loss wake-up call:
GlaxoSmithKline's petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban dietary supplements from making weight loss claims, has opened a cupboard and only the deluded would deny the presence of one or two skeletons rattling around in there.
The petition seeks to reclassify weight loss health claims as disease claims and by most accounts is unlikely to succeed, but it has brought into focus issues industry has not managed to lay to bed. Source
Chefs take center stage in developing future foods:
Chefs have long had a role to play in the food industry's development of new products, but ingredients companies are placing greater emphasis on how their sensory skills can be used to prepare foods that are more appealing to consumers, and to determine trends for the future. Source
Beans and Pulses are low glycemic Index Foods:
The glycemic index is a characteristic of foods that more and more people are looking at when making food choices. For people suffering from diabetes, heart disease or obesity, adding low glycemic index food to the diet may be beneficial. Source
Environment - GM Foods the Problem, Not the Solution:
The food crisis has prompted some looks towards genetically modified food production as a solution. That in turn has led to stronger warnings over the consequences of such food for health and the environment. These concerns have been raised in Bonn again as more than 3,000 delegates from 147 countries met for the UN conference on biosafety. The conference has sought to ensure safe use of modern biotechnology. Feeding the debate, scientists, farmers and environmental activists in many countries continue to warn that genetically modified agriculture presents a risk, and not a contribution, to food production. Source
The scoop on the miracle fruit:
A relatively tasteless berry with an amazing side-effect. After eating one miracle fruit, sour things will instantly taste sweet. Eating even the sourest of lemons, one will taste only sugary sweetness. The effect lasts an hour or two. The miracle fruit is a remarkable natural sweetener that is virtually unknown to much of the world. Source
In the "I kid you not" Department: The Perfect Hate Storm: Malkin vs. Rachael Ray and Dunkin' Donuts:
This flap is so chock full of objects of Internet scorn that it's hard not to get a little dizzy: Right-wing nutcase Michelle Malkin has won a victory over baby-talking Food Network personality Rachael Ray, who was hawking obesity-causing products for fast-food company Dunkin' Donuts while wearing what appeared to be a kaffiyeh, the cotton scarf that most Americans associate with Palestinian nationalists, especially the much reviled late Yasser Arafat.
Malkin called out Ray and Dunkin' Donuts on the faux kaffiyeh being visible in the online ads and got the conservative blogosphere buzzing about a potential boycott of the donut chain. And guess what: Dunkin' Donuts caved and yanked the ads. Source
Dispelling the myths about diabetes and diet:
Diabetics can't have sugar. Diabetics must buy and eat special foods. These misconceptions linger despite changes in nutrition guidelines. Now some new books are spreading the word. Diabetes has become a full-blown epidemic in this country and it's getting worse. Every day in the U.S., 4,100 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that one in three Americans born in 2000 will develop diabetes. Source
Wolff pledges to fight illegal honey claims:
Ingredients company Alfred L Wolff is vigorously denying accusations against two of its US executives who were arrested for allegedly importing honey from China mislabeled as coming from Russia and the Ukraine. Honey imported from China to the US necessitates anti-dumping duties to make up for alleged unfair influences on competition, as the exported product is lower in price than what is normally paid in the home market. Source
Some good news on the wheat front! Less Wheat Import by India to Impact Prices in 2008-2009:
With India expected to import no more than 500,000 metric tonnes of wheat in 2008-2009, international prices will witness some downward pressure, according to F.O. Licht's World Grain Markets Report. India imported 1.8 million and 6.5 million tonnes of wheat respectively, in the previous two seasons. This year the country is expecting a bumper crop and that along with a bumper procurement of 20.5 million tonnes will lessen the prospects of imports. Source
And finally the top 50 restaurants in the World, page by page, with a little history here.