HandPicked 8–Stuff That Matters

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There’s always a lot going on in the space we call ‘real food’, but not every story generates a whole post on its own.

That’s why we’ve created the HandPicked 8–to give you a quick idea of some of the things happening in the wide world of food.

June is here. What are you looking forward to at your farmers’ market? What’s got you excited about real food these days?

Here are some good things to check out–this week’s HandPicked 8.

1. What’s better than a perfectly chilled glass of rosé as a cocktail-hour drink or with a delicious meal? For our money, not very much. Over at NPR’s blog, The Salt they report that according to the French customs agency and the Provence Wine Council, exports of rosé wine to the U.S. from Provence climbed 40 percent in volume in 2013. Seems like some folks agree with us. Cheers.

2. Food people are creative people and lots of them have ideas for cookbooks. Having a great idea for that special book project and getting it produced always boils down to funding. Yahoo Food has put up a post about what it takes to get the backing for your book–social media and guts. Read on.

3. Over on modernfarmer.com they have put up several posts about farms and dogs. We love dogs. (We couldn’t get by without our Norwich terrier, LuLu.) It is amazing how much our canine friends contribute to farming. Sit! Fetch! Protect the flock!

4. Packing your lunch not only make economic sense, but it allows one to carry a lunch of delicious, real food. Businessweek.com has collected some ‘cubicle-appropriate’ lunch boxes that will have you eating like a gourmand. Bon appetit and there’s a meeting in the conference room at 2:00 o’clock!

5. Too often you have to wonder what the folks at the FDA are thinking. When this bureaucracy recently issued a rather idiotic ruling about aging and storing cheese on wooden boards, people immediately were up in arms. According to the NYTimes.com, it seems the FDA has had a change of heart. Read all about it.

6. Big Food, at long last have you no shame? Grist.org writes that in a suit filed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Snack Food Association, International Dairy Foods Association, and National Association of Manufacturers, the State of Vermont is being sued for requiring manufacturers to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients. The new rule won’t take effect for another two years, but these industry groups are already attacking it in court. What do you think they’re afraid of us knowing? Hmmmm.

7. Face it, if you have green plants in or around your house, you have pests. Apartment Therapy has a very informative article on the subject of getting rid of four of the most common pests. Plenty of links to show the way forward to identify and stamp out the little buggers that are bugging you. Good stuff.

8. Dan Barber has written a new book, The Third Plate, that everyone interested in food and agriculture should read. Food author Michael Ruhlman recently interviewed Chef Barber before a sold-out crowd at Cleveland’s MOCA. This is a must-read-book.

And that’s some of the good stuff on our plates, June 16, 2014!

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Photo credit: Craig McCord