Food and Art
|Keith Haring pancakes, by Matteo Oliverio|
One of the best things about a physical copy of a cookbook is the illustrations. From breaking down a duck to how to truss a roast, there are some things that make so much more sense when illustrated instead of explained.
Recipelook.co.uk blogs for visual learners with their drawn-out recipes, ranging from elementary (baking a potato) to avant-garde (Keith Haring pancakes). The site's creators, Tom Ballhatchet and Amelie Labarthe, welcome submissions from those who can wrangle "a pan in one hand, and a pen in the other."
I'm sending in the visual version of one of my favorite Mark Bittman recipes, Grilled Eggplant Salad with Yogurt. Send your entry to email@example.com.
It's not local, and I can't sustain regular shopping there on my income, but MoMA Store still wins my heart (and money) with their sleek kitchen toys.ï¿½ The new fall catalog has me wishing for a fiancï¿½e, soley for the wedding registration possibilities.
Clockwise from top left: Once you get a nice table, you need a nice trivet.ï¿½ This Alessi crinkled, stainless-steel number ($70) can be flipped to keep small or large hot pots a safe distance above the tabletop.ï¿½ Add clear elegance to the coffee ritual with Liz Dubois' glass half-pint creamer; giftable at $14.ï¿½ Speaking of gifts, this pair of inside-out champagne flutes ($65) is both striking and sensible: the double layer of mouth-blown borosilicate glass has an insulating effect on the bubbles within.ï¿½ A silicone pig lid from Destination: Japan ($18) can be placed directly over ingredients in a pot or microwave; steam vents through the swine's snout.
Members of the Museum of Modern Art get 10 percent off non-member prices; all the more reason to join up and see the James Ensor's 1891 painting, Skeletons Fighting over a Pickled Herring, before it departs September 21 for the Musï¿½e d'Orsay, Paris.
Philadelphia illustrator and Drawing For Food blogger Hawk Krall paints the many faces of hot doggery around the nation for Serious Eats.ï¿½ Now, tubesteak fans can adorn their walls, as well as their arteries, with the salty confections.
Hot Dog of the Week giclee prints by Hawk Krall, $27 a pop and guaranteed to last longer than late-night dog indigestion.ï¿½ Pick them up in his online store.
The world has been consumed by buttercream and obsessed with 70/30 lean-to-fat ratios ever since two of the biggest and most enduringly edible food trends came and stayed: cupcakes and cheeseburgers.
The clever photog has inspired legions of copycats who post their efforts on Flickr, but so far not a one has topped her for eye appeal.ï¿½ Pencil in a few hours to try it at home, but don't offer us any mid-rare.
Excerpted from THE REGULARS by Sarah Stolfa (Artisan Books).
Before Sarah Stolfa was an award-winning photographer, she was the fast-but-surly bartender at classic Center City dive McGlinchey's. Over her 10 or 11 years (she's not quite sure) distributing shots and cheap beer, she went through the cycles familiar to anyone who has spent significant time serving the public. The initial thrill of making sweet, sweet cash gives way to nightly drudgery, which eventually morphs into smoldering resentment of pretty much everyone on the other side of the bar.
When Stolfa returned to school to study photography, she used the subject matter close to hand ï¿½ her McGlinchey's patrons.ï¿½ Turning the lens on her subjects, always photographed alone, restored their humanity to the grizzled bar vet, and The Regulars series transformed her from a surly barmaid into a famous artist.
The series, first shown in 2006 at Gallery 339, has just been released as a book. Best-selling author Jonathan Franzen, who takes a dim view of both bars and his failed time in Philadelphia, provides a suitably existential forward to Stolfa's portraits.
Tomorrow, July 14, Gallery 339 will host a reception and book signing with the artist at the debut of The Regulars Revisited, which runs through September 5.
Read more about The Regulars and two other tavern-centric Philadelphia books in Justin Bauer's Shelf Life column here on CityPaper.net.
Reception for The Regulars Revisited, Tue., July 14, 6 p.m., Gallery 339, 339 21st St., 215-731-1530, gallery339.com
Local illustrator Hawk Krall, our fave dude who draws food, contributed a "Hot Dog Of The Week" illo and writeup to Serious Eats. He talks up what's known colloquially as the Philly Combo, the one-of-a-kind frankfurter/fried fish cake snack native to the area:
The Philly Combo is a hot dog variation unique to the Philadelphia area. Believed to have originated at Levis Hot Dogs, which was open between 1895 and 1992 on 6th and South Streets, this kosher-inspired concoction consists of an all-beef hot dog and a potato fish cake topped with mustard and onions. Moe's Hot Dogs here in Philly still serves up this classic, and even has Levis Champ Cherry soda to wash it down.
Check out HK's pic and piece here.
|The view from the top of the lawn.|
Do you love to host parties with themes and costumes? Does planning a menu based on Star Wars or Mozart make your skin prickle? Then the Mann Center for the Performing Arts wants you to come out this summer and show them how you take your show on the road.
Three concert dates will host this year's picnic competitions. Costumes, props, culinary excellence and commitment to the theme of the evening all come into play, with "celebrity judges" making the rounds and noting the contenders. Here's your schedule:
- Tue., June 30: the program is Mozart and a Midsummer Nightï¿½s Dream, with the theme of ï¿½Animal Night.ï¿½
- Tue., July 21: the Philadelphia Orchestra will be performing Hollywood Classics Under the Stars: Star Wars and More and the theme is ï¿½Star Wars.ï¿½
- Tue., July 28:ï¿½ the orchestra will perform Verdi and Rachmaninoff.ï¿½ The theme for this eveningï¿½s competition is ï¿½Fall in Love Again.ï¿½
Register for each nights' competition at the PECO Plaza at the Mann from 6-7:15 p.m.; judging will take place from 7:15-7:45 p.m. Three winners for each night will be announced from the stage, with prizes to include tickets to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Please Touch Museum and The Franklin Institute, along with a set of designer picnic dishes courtesy of Mottahedeh.
Tickets range in price from $10 lawns to $50 in the lower pavilion, visit manncenter.org for more information and to purchase.
The Illadelph puts us on to some Philly food still lifes from local painter Mike Geno. The artist (here's his site and his Etsy) talks about his relationship with regional eats in this Eat Me Daily interview:
EMD: Scrapple, Tastykakes, and pretzels ï¿½ you're obviously influenced by your Philly surroundings ï¿½ so tell us, whereï¿½s the cheese steak?
Mike Geno: Excellent question. It seems inevitable but so far I've not been successful in ordering one that holds up for a few hours while I paint it. I always work from life with my food and other still life paintings. Honestly, I don't know if I'd hold up that long smelling it without eating it. I've developed a plan though. I may have to go to a good source, which alone is a Philly debate, and eat one before taking another one home to paint. That may just work.
He can't paint a cheesesteak because it smells too good to just let it sit there. Mike Geno, you are OUR BOY.
Grid, that homegrown magazine with a sustainability/do-it-own-your-damn-self bent, came out with its new issue at the beginning of the week. As usual, it's got a theme, and this one's food.
It's a good read: Will Dean has a very easy-to-understand article on how to make your own compost (throwing in fruit peels is good! tossing in milk is baaaad!), Dana Henry wrote a piece on a 17-year-old girl from West Philly who is naysaying her peers' poor eating habits and growing healthy crops, and finally, finally, Sarah Grey acknowledges that even though we're reading Grid doesn't mean we're rich enough to shop at Whole Foods, and details how to eat well on food stamps, cooking clubs and CSAs instead.
But not all the writing waxes philosophical about food. I liked the section with recipes the best, namely because they came from Philly chefs like Tria's Nick Mezzina and Pumpkin's Ian Moroney. The latter's beet and lentil vinaigrette, with wine, shallot, sherry vinegar, olive oil, one beet and cooked lentils, is a simple and tasty topper. Check out the online version of the mag for more recipes here.
|grickily on Flickr|
The cinematic version of the lauded graphic novel drops two weeks from today, Friday, March 6.
Check out all the foodie Watchmen on Goodsell's Flickr page.
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