October 01, 2004

Friday Fry #5 Save the Geese Here in California Gov. Schwarzenegger has signed a ban on the sale and production of foie gras. Curious about the impact from a French perspective I came across an Australian news source where I learned that the French Agriculture Ministry has recommended that the country's 6,000 producers come up with better living quarters for the geese by 2010. According to the article: Foie gras is big business in France, which accounts for 70 per cent of the 20,000-odd tonnes produced in the world each year. It employs 30,000 people, and the average French person eats foie gras at least 10 times a year. While I don't have the depth of experience or wallet to say that I'll miss foie gras this issue speaks to the foodie and the environmentalist in me. I've heard there are ways to produce the pate in a human manner. Stay tuned. Twinkie Times On the other end of the spectrum, lunch box staples Twinkies and Wonder Bread nearly dropped off the radar this week. Interstate Bakeries, the nation's largest wholesale baker, has run out of dough and filed for bankruptcy protection. Sales have been sinking due to the popularity of high-protein, low-carb diets such as Atkins and South Beach. Smuckers Stick Together Thinking of Wonder Bread brings me back to my childhood days of PB&J sandwiches on Wonder Bread. Businessweek's October 4 issue has two articles profiling the co-leadership model between the two Smucker's brothers. Yes, there really are Smuckers. The first...
Community Cookbooks "Everyone feels nourished and replenished, body and soul, no matter what else is going on in their lives. And in these moments they are reminded that food has always been--and will continue to be--the tie that binds people to the past, to the future and to each other." ---pg. 308 Celebration Cookbook Nancy Butcher, Saratoga Springs, NY It's not as intense as the annual wedding dress sale at Filene's Boston. It does reach it's own level of intensity. Be assured that here's always someone looking in your cart or peering over your shoulder to see if you hold something that they desire at the annual book sale fundraiser for the Friends of the SF Public Libary. Readers can be an idiosyncratic bunch. My annual outing is primarily for one reason--the ongoing expansion of my personal cookbook library, which has been at about 300 assorted volumes. As I walked the rows of old cookbooks I started to give some consideration to my collection and wondered if I could benefit with specialization. I need to be honest with myself; in this lifetime I am not going to collect every recipe and cookbook out there. Right? Many serious collectors have bents to their efforts. Building libraries around Pillsbury Bake-Off cookbooks, corporate public relations cookbooklets, single subject cookbooks or cooking method like baking or braising or children's cookbooks, just to name a few possibilities. Another area, which seems vast, is the category of community cookbooks. Several of my new weekend additions included these fundraising...


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