friday link love

The fringe benefits of writing an ice cream book. Thanks, @vlaic for the love.

Happy Friday, friends! I hope it’s been a good week and that the weekend is even better.

For my part, I’ll be going through the second pass edits (getting close) of the Marc Forgione cookbook, writing, testing recipes, and editing, and seeing a couple of friends in between. We’re trying to make some progress with our smallish kitchen renovations – hopefully we can move forward with it early next week (there are a lot of permits and whatnot we have to obtain first, find contractors, review plans). I’m also hoping to do sit down and read some new cookbooks on my shelf: Pok Pok, Ottolenghi, and Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book – before I cook from new books I like to read them through. Do you do that too, or do you just dive right in and find a recipe to make?

Whatever your plans are this weekend (and a long weekend for some of you!), I hope you get some rest and fun in the next few days.


The smarter you are, the stupider you are. Interesting.

US agency proposes regulations to protect bluefin tuna.

Stunning, beautiful, and sad – hard to describe unless you click and read through, but very much worth your time.

A hunger expert explains what happens now that the food stamps are cut.

How insurers are hiding Obamacare benefits from customers. If your insurance is canceling your plan and offering you a far more expensive one, this is a must read. There are other options.

A curious study on how quality of childhood affects aging.

Time Magazine’s Gods of Food list contains no women and it’s causing an outrage. It is, I agree, disappointing, but only if we endow Time Magazine with the notion that their list holds water. Folks, let’s make another, more inclusive, more comprehensive list – I know we can. Time Magazine, your credibility is at stake, and while no one expect you to pick a list that pleases the masses, I can’t imagine that not a single woman made it through based on influence and merit. Also, that bit about Barbara Lynch staying in Boston (and having not much influence because she was local) was obnoxious. She is cooking in her city, a city she loves, and keeping everything in close range allows her to be present in all of her restaurants, something international chefs cannot do.

Convincing millennials to “marry a nice Jewish boy”.

Remember Harry Rosen, the 103-year old man who dines out nightly and was recently profiled in the New York Times? GQ’s Alan Richman takes him to Eleven Madison Park and it is a moving, poignant piece very much worth reading.

Realistically colorized old photos are stunning and make the past look incredibly real.

And one last one… Marc Forgione talking to Fast Company on innovating on the every day.


  • lori g.

    I so agree that it was ridiculous of Time to dismiss Barbara Lynch because she stays local. I don’t see how that makes her less ambitious, accomplished, or influential.

  • Georgie

    I really love how you educate everyone with good reads as well as good food. I also like reading through a cookbook first… it’s one of the best parts, especially if there are accompanying photos.

  • olga

    Georgie – I’m so glad you like these posts! I am not as attached to food photos these days though. Good language and writing are good enough for me.

    Lori G. – Rubbish about Barbara Lynch not having influence or impact. Why – because she wants to be intimately involved with all her restaurants? I’d say that alone makes her all the more relevant in the age where a lot of famous chefs have international presence. But there’s more to that article that rubbed me the wrong way – and I’m having a hard time placing my finger on it. But like I said, why we all endow that list with relevance is beyond me – let’s make our own, more egalitarian and better represented one!

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