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Kickstarter Love: Sweets & Bitters Quarterly

By • July 11, 2012 • 2 Comments

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Each week in Kickstarter Love, Feed52 will feature a Kickstarter project that focuses on food and the community. Basically, it’s about cool people doing cool things with food. This week, a new quarterly to provide inspiration, and recipes, to home cooks.


To say that we haven’t been won over by the internet, fast involved in the throes of digital media, would be like saying we don’t like cake. (Completely, utterly untrue.) But there remains a piece of all of us (or a slice, if you’d rather keep the the cake metaphor alive) devoted to print media. We love tangible things, too. The ones that, when stained, add character rather than a fizzled hard drive. We love them especially in the form of food quarterlies, and especially when they explain their project through cake decorating.

Sweets & Bitters Quarterly is the newest tangible thing on our radar, and we can’t wait to stain its pages, even though they might be too pretty to do so. It’s the dream of Hannah Kirshner, a self-described baker turned Brooklynite, and it’s helped into reality by designer Isaac Gertman and photographer Kristen Blush. Together, they’ve created a quarterly where they hope cooks will find inspiration, tips, and more eye candy than they know what to do with. True to the name, each issue will feature desserts and cocktails, but everyday foods will be peppered through the pages as well. (We’d rather eat desserts every day, but the more wholesome recipes are included just in case you don’t.)

All of your contributions will go toward the printing of the first issue. Anything beyond their fundraising goal will go toward the next printing, and the next printing after that. Give a dollar, or 25; if you decide on the latter, you’ll get a VIP invite to the launch party, an issue, and your name printed in the issue. Which means, in essence, that you’ll be famous. It’s a small price to pay.


Sweets & Bitters Quarterly
from Kickstarter

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Kickstarter Love: Nomiku

By • June 27, 2012 • 0 Comments

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Each week in Kickstarter Love, Feed52 will feature a Kickstarter project that focuses on food and the community. Basically, it’s about cool people doing cool things with food. This week, a new device brings sous vide to the home cook.


Sous vide is taking the cooking world by storm. The method, involving slow cooking in a temperature-controlled water bath, produces moist, almost confusingly-tender food. And, because of the constant temperature, results are consistent, every time.

It’s no wonder that chefs are into this technology; white-linen restaurants have been serving up sous vide specialties for years now. But, due to the high cost and complication of machines, home cooks haven’t had such universal access, and by extension, have perhaps been missing out on the most tender steaks of all time. (That's not a comment on your cooking, we promise.) That’s changing. Enter the Nomiku: an immersion circulator made with all of the accuracy of the professional versions, but with a design and price point tailored to the home cook.

We can contribute to their success. All donations go toward component, mechanical, and testing costs: which is to say, basically giving the green light to production. Give $5, and the co-founding physics wiz will answer a physics question. (Here’s your chance to really test out his Ph. D.) Give $299, and you’ll get a limited edition Nomiku, the genius device behind this whole campaign.

Everyone should be able to bring a little sous vide to their kitchen. Here’s to the end of overcooked meat, everywhere.

Nomiku: bring sous vide into your kitchen from Kickstarter

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This is Just to Say

By • June 26, 2012 • 0 Comments

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This is just to say, that we’d like to start the day off a little differently than we normally do. Today, we have a food poem for you. Read it while you sip your morning coffee. Don’t worry, we have plenty of news (and tips, and recipes) to come, but for now, enjoy these words spun about harvest and sustenance and lentils. It’s a great way to wake up.

A Pot of Lentils
from The Poetry Foundation

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Blogs We Love: Food on Paper

By • June 22, 2012 • 1 Comment

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While you're waiting for the gorgeous print of FOOD52's 10 Essential Cookbooks, here's a food-related art project to keep you satisfied: in Food On Paper, artist Elizabeth Graeber draws and paints original watercolors of food.

What food, do you ask? Well, your standard beautiful beets, onions, and lemons -- you really can't go wrong with fresh produce -- but she doesn't stop there. Food On Paper also extends to pantry items and snack food -- gummy bears (as seen above), Bragg's apple cider vinegar, and sriracha all make appearances.

If that appearance by the world's greatest hot sauce didn't make your day, we have even better news: all of these prints are available for sale in Food On Paper's shop. I will happily give my address to anyone who wants to buy me the painting of a can of Vienna sausages.

Food On Paper and the Food On Paper shop

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Kickstarter Love: The World's Fare

By • June 19, 2012 • 0 Comments

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Each week in Kickstarter Love, Feed52 will feature a Kickstarter project that focuses on food and the community. Basically, it’s about cool people doing cool things with food. This week, it's about a massive, roaming dinner party.

Family dinner has been given a lot of credit for keeping kids off drugs and parents connected. Sitting down to eat with the people you love is an age-old tradition, one that often spawns new relationships, ideas, and connections. Eating with a group—whether it's family, friends or strangers—is perhaps the most basic communal experience you can have. And one of the most fruitful.

The Feast Conference is a cross-disciplinary series of discussions dedicated to changing the world through innovation and entrepreneurship. Organizers describe the event as a "feast on big ideas" that seeks to address some of "today's toughest challenges." They ask participants to "bring their best to the table" in order to help change the world.

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Kickstarter Love: Deconstructing Dinner

By • June 12, 2012 • 0 Comments

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Each week in Kickstarter Love, Feed52 will feature a Kickstarter project that focuses on food and the community. Basically, it’s about cool people doing cool things with food. This week, we bring you a food mini-series from an award-winning filmmaker.

We try to be as conscious as possible when we eat. More often than not, we buy organic, we buy local, we favor small producers. Somehow, our asparagus tastes better if we can call the farmer who harvested it by name.

These are all contributions to our food system on a local level, but can we do more? Before we can play a role in redefining it, though, we must first understand what it is, how it works, and the changing of hands our food experiences in going from plot to plate. We’ll soon have help.

In a new, on-screen reincarnation of the internationally syndicated radio show, Deconstructing Dinner aims to “inspire all of us to question the origins of our food, and in doing so, stimulate the emergence of new and vibrant food cultures.” Its six-episode series will focus on ways that we, as conscious eaters, can play a more involved role in the food system from which we are nourished. Watch as world-renowned chefs and experienced farmers explain how to raise your own chickens, or make your own sausage, all in an effort to fortify your investments in your own dinner.

Contribute twenty-five dollars, and in return, you’ll receive a digital download of the complete season. One hundred will get you a whole slew of rewards, including a signed photograph from a set, a Klean canteen, and the entire first season. All pledges will go toward Deconstructing Dinner’s production budget, so that funding-willing, they can teach us how to eat smarter with their series by the spring of 2013.


Deconstructing Dinner - A Mini-Series on Food
from Kickstarter

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Apps We Love: Planning Lunch With Your Little Monster

By • June 8, 2012 • 9 Comments

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Between Nicholas Day's family cookbooks, tips for trying new foods, Amanda's kids' lunches, and eating by example, we talk a lot about eating with and cooking for kids here on FOOD52. Today we have a digital solution to your lunchbox woes: LaLa Lunchbox, a new app for iPhone that brings parents and kids together to plan and pack lunches.

With the philosophy that kids who plan their own meals grow up to be better eaters, LaLa Lunchbox combines adorable graphics with truly helpful tools for busy families. Kids feel empowered because they get to choose their own meals, parents save money (the app generates a grocery list for you -- no more wasted, unwanted food), and everyone saves time -- both in the mornings when packing lunches and at the store.

It's interactive, it's educational, and it can be 100% personalized to your pantry. You can easily add your kids' favorite dishes -- whether that's mac and cheese or pickled ramp and cream cheese sandwiches -- to the database, and you can share your children's lunch ideas via Facebook, Twitter, or email. ("You'll never guess what our oldest picked for lunch -- maybe yours will like it too!")

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DIY: Cleaning Your KitchenAid

By • June 7, 2012 • 2 Comments

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Maybe your KitchenAid mixer -- that most beloved of kitchen tools -- has started making funny noises when you whip up a batch of pizza dough. Maybe you nabbed yours from your mom's basement, where it hadn't been used since burnt sienna was a popular tile color. Or maybe -- like me -- you found your KitchenAid on the sidewalk while walking to dinner one day. (True story!)

In any case, check your warranty at the door and roll up your sleeves: it's time for your KitchenAid to get an oil change! It takes just an hour and "yields a lot of satisfaction" according to these instructions from the blog Artisan Bread Baking. With clear instructions and plenty of photos, the tutorial has everything you need to know. Basically, you're removing the mixer apparatus, cleaning it, re-lubricating it, and putting it all back together -- easy enough, right?

Maintaining a KitchenAid Mixer from Artisan Bread Baking

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