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March 29, 2010

CNN Scribbling - Jamie Oliver Recap #1

Jamie Oliver Doesn't Want to Cook You a Salad

The crumply Cockney teddy bear is not here to South Beach, Atkins, Master Cleanse or Michael Pollan your Cheez Doodle dimpled butt into starvation or Whole Foods-based bankruptcy. He just wants you and your kids to know what a fresh tomato looks like. And maybe eat one once in a while. Or he'll cry.

In his native England, Jamie Oliver - dyslexic, erstwhile Naked Chef, husband of Jools, father of Daisy, Poppy, Petal and another to be named upon his (fingers crossed for "Stamen") or her September arrival, and self-proclaimed "professional s**t-stirrer" - has made a cottage industry of calling foul on vile school cafeteria fare and teaching plain ol' British folks not to murder their families with processed food. In the course of this, he's set up community cooking centers and classes, exhorted Parliament to address national obesity issues, campaigned to ban junk food in schools and garnered Prime Minister Tony Blair's approval for £280m in financial support for improved school kitchens and "dinner lady" education.

Oh, and he's sold approximately seventy five squillion books, owns a couple of restaurant chains (albeit one of them, Fifteen, is non-profit), regularly ranks on annual lists of richest Britons and was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2003.

He, with the aid of BFF/show co-producer Ryan Seacrest, has decided to bring his manifesto of fresh, clean, from-scratch cooking to Huntington, West Virginia - cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Associated Press to be one of the unhealthiest, most obese cities in the US. This should go well.

Read the rest at CNN's Marquee Blog

March 26, 2010

CNN Scribbling - The Week's Food Stories from My Team

3/22 – The Oscars of the Food World (Kat Kinsman)

3/22 – A ‘dude’ explains why salad is ‘man food’ (John DeVore)

3/22 – Vegetarian activists try in-your-face tactics (Steven Stern)

3/23 – National chains turning to free food on Tuesday (Sarah LeTrent)

3/23 – Cupcake passion more than a trend (Sara Bonisteel)

3/25 - Latest high-fructose corn syrup study generates buzz, debate (Hanna Raskin)

3/26 – School lunch gets an upgrade (Hanna Raskin)

3/26 – Brand-placement marketing targets huge airline traveler audience (Sarah LeTrent)

3/26 – ‘P’ in P. Diddy gets a new meaning (Sarah LeTrent)

March 23, 2010

CNN Scribbling - James Beard Awards

CNN: Nominees for 'Oscars of the food world'

March 22, 2010

James Beard Journalism Awards Links

Newspaper Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs

Tim Carman
Washington City Paper
"How Not to Hire a Chef/The Canning Process"

Jared Jacang Maher
“A Hunger to Help”

Kevin Pang
Chicago Tribune
“Plan D”

Newspaper Feature Writing

Sarah DiGregorio
The Village Voice
“Is Foie Gras Torture?”

Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
“The Real American Pie”

Mike Sula
Chicago Reader
“The Charcuterie Underground”

Newspaper Food Section

Sheryl Julian
Boston Globe

Jon Bonnι and Miriam Morgan
San Francisco Chronicle

Joe Yonan
The Washington Post (sign-in required)

Magazine Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs

Alan Richman
“American Pie”

Anya von Bremzen
“Soul of a City”

Francis Lam
“The Last Chinese BBQ”

Magazine Feature Writing With Recipes

Dana Bowen
“The Wonders of Ham”

Francine Maroukian, Jon Reiner, Staff
of Esquire
“How Men Eat”

Matt Goulding
Men’s Health
“The Beauty of the Beast”

Magazine Feature Writing Without Recipes

Alan Richman
“Hillbilly Truffle”

Barry Estabrook
“The Price of Tomatoes"

Rafi Khatchadourian
The New Yorker
“The Taste Makers” (subscription required)

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Reviews

Jonathan Gold
LA Weekly
“Sauced”; “Hot Birria, Cold Cerveza”; “Hare Today”

Patric Kuh
Los Angeles Magazine
“Border Crossing”; “Peru Calling”;
“The Classic”

Jason Sheehan
“White on White”; “Wonderland”; “Mourning”

Reporting on Health, Environment or Nutrition

Monica Eng
Chicago Tribune
“Nacho Lunch? Yes, Every Day”

Daniel Engber
Slate Magazine
“Throwing out the Wheat"

Rowan Jacobsen
“…Or Not to Bee”

Food Blog

Aileen Gallagher, Daniel Maurer, Alexandra Vallis
Grub Street New York

Ed Levine
Serious Eats

Hank Shaw
Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Food-related Columns

Colman Andrews
“Veni, Vidi, Vetri”; “It's up to You, New York, New York”; “Smoke and Miracles”

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
Minnesota Monthly
“The Doughnut Gatherer”; “Capital Grills”; “Pizza Perfect”

Rachel Wharton
Edible Brooklyn
“Back of the House - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter”

Writing on Spirits, Wine, or Beer

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
Minnesota Monthly
“Chardonnay Uncorked”

Jonathan Gold
LA Weekly
“The New Cocktailians”

Lettie Teague
Food & Wine
“Is Grόner a Great Wine or a Groaner”

Website Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurants, or

Jane Goldman

Tanya Steel

James Oseland

Multi-media Food Feature

Antoinette Bruno, Amanda McDougall, Jonathan J. Proville
“The Art and Economics of Charcuterie, Parts 2, 3, 4”

Kevin Pang
“The Cheeseburger Show”

Robb Walsh
“Not So Clear Cut”

M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

John T. Edge
Oxford American
“In Through the Back Door”

Alan Richman
“Le Petit Gourmet”

Francine Prose
“Faith and Bacon”

March 19, 2010

CNN Scribbling - The Week's Food Stories from My Team

3/17 – TV chefs whose shows burned to a crisp (Kat Kinsman)

3/18 – Shrek coming soon to a produce aisle near you (Sara Bonisteel)

3/18 – iReport : Bake Sale USA – Your Recipe for Success (Kat Kinsman)

3/19 – Did Jamie Oliver really shape up town? (Hanna Raskin)

March 17, 2010

CNN Scribbling - Guy Fieri

Wherein my first CNN byline (under my real name) goes live.

TV chefs whose shows burned to a crisp