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Moving Day

April 25, 2010

Save Your Fork has been migrated off of WordPress.com to a self-hosted website. We’ve got a snazzy new look – with lots more pie!

While all requests to saveyourfork.wordpress.com will redirect to the applicable page at http://www.saveyourfork.com, this may not be the case indefinitely, so please update your bookmarks to point to the new location.

Also, please excuse any glitches as we finish work on the new site.

Ethical Shopping and Hail Brittania!

April 23, 2010

This piece in the New Statesman is absolutely, astoundingly brilliant.

That is all.

More About Food Photography in Restaurants

April 19, 2010

Further to the piece I wrote on my writing blog last week about bloggers taking photographs in restaurants, this article from the L.A. Times speaks to the truly obnoxious behaviour of some people who show up at restaurants with not just cameras but tripods and a whole pile of gear. It’s not just Claudio Aprile who is getting pissed off, folks. We’ve all got to learn to have a lot more discretion and respect – for the chef, the restaurant staff and for the other diners.

Canadian Food Bloggers Unite!

April 18, 2010

If you’ve been curious about what Greg and I have been doing on our hiatus, I can finally tell you a little bit. One of the 3 projects we’ve been working on is ready to launch.

In July of 2009, we created a website called Beer and Butter Tarts. The original intent was for the site to be a cross between TasteTO and a Canadian version of Serious Eats; with people from across the country writing about food in Canada. But it was a lot more work than we had expected and we really couldn’t keep up both the quantity and quality. But we’ve always wanted to do something that celebrated food in Canada, and we loved the name…

So we’ve turned Beer and Butter Tarts into a food blog aggregator, where Canadian food bloggers can join and have their blog posts included on the home page. Since Beer and Butter Tarts only publishes an excerpt from each post, readers must go to the blogger’s own site to continue reading, which will build traffic and possibly ad revenue for that blogger.

To join Beer and Butter Tarts, bloggers must:

  • be based in Canada
  • have a food-exclusive blog (all posts must be food-related)
  • update their blog on a regular basis
  • agree to help promote the site on their own blog

For more information about Beer and Butter Tarts, or to join, please visit the website.

Trauma Farm

April 8, 2010

Trauma Farm
Brian Brett
Greystone Books, 320 pages, $21.95

I almost didn’t give Trauma Farm a chance. Salt Springs Island farmer Brian Brett is also a poet (it’s his main source of income, in fact, and he jokes throughout the book that it supports his farming habit), and the first couple of chapters came off as overly-flowery. After stacks of tomes on farming and sustainable food that are dry and full of statistics, Brett’s descriptive, poetic style seemed too disconcerting.

Likewise, the style of arranging the book – stories that comprise the “18-year-long day” of life on a B.C. farm, can be confusing at first, as Brett bounces back and forth to different points in the farm’s history, while loosely arranging the chapters along the lines of a typical day at the farm. A story about the death of a cherished pet or animal will be followed by another story on a different theme where the same animal plays a role. Until the readers gets all the characters straight, and accepts the non-linear train-of-thought style, the whole thing can be hard to follow. Settling in and pretending that you’re sitting on Brett’s back porch while he sips tea and shares stories of the farm seems to be the best way to approach the book.

Read more…

The Food of a Younger Land

April 6, 2010

The Food Of A Younger Land
Edited and illustrated by Mark Kurlansky
Riverhead Books; 397 pages; $27.95

Seasonal, local, traditional. Before a certain period in time, these were the only options. There were no cross-country distribution networks, no fast food chains. And vast countries like the US had true regional cuisine.

Author Mark Kurlansky came across the archives for a book that was never published. Meant to be entitled America Eats, the book was to be an anthology of works produced by the regional offices of the Federal Writers Project. Created in the mid-30s during the depression, the FWP was part of a make-work project to help provide some semblance of an income to people in the arts (imagine that happening today!). The FWP created a variety of regional guidebooks during its run, some are still in use today, and included notable authors such as Eudora Welty, Zora Neale Hurston and Nelson Algren.

America Eats was abandoned as the FWP wound down after the US joined the second world war. Submissions and files were gathered up – some, sadly, are lost, and nothing was ever done with them until Kurlansky stumbled upon them.

Read more…

On Hiatus

April 1, 2010

We’re taking a short hiatus over on TasteTO for the month of April – we need a break to rewind, relax and rejig some things.

In the spirit of actually experiencing some real R&R during this period, I will also be taking a break from the weekday Food For Thought column here on Save Your Fork. I may still be around with some original content posts during the coming month, but the round-ups will be suspended until early May.

Apologies for the inconvenience – I know some of you really dig the news round-ups – but I promise to be back with a better basket of fish once I’ve had some “Me time”.

See you in a month!

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