Archive: Food Media

'Emeril Green' Comes Out of the Oven

A few months ago in this space, we told you about a casting call for Emeril Green, celeb chef Emeril Lagasse's new show on Planet Green, the 24/7 eco-channel at Discovery. Now the show is ready for prime time, and it's coming out of the oven Monday, July 14, at 8 p.m. Emeril has cooked up a batch of 80 shows, each of which profiles a "cooking-challenged" home cook from the Washington area, including a handful of Mighty Appetite blog readers. Deepening the Washington connection is the Whole Foods in Fair Lakes, Va., where the entire first season has been taped, according to producer Marie Ostrosky. Typically, the show will air Monday through Friday at 8 p.m., but the debut will be a "mini-marathon running six shows back-to-back, " says Ostrosky. "Then it's two shows a night for the first two weeks." Two MA readers are part of Monday's lineup,...

 

By Kim ODonnel | July 11, 2008; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (11)

A Field Trip to Yonkers

Yesterday, I crossed the Hudson River in a Consumer Reports (CR) test car and spent the day in Yonkers, N.Y. (go here for some cool historical tidbits) for a blogging conference on the campus of Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of the monthly magazine. At the front entrance of the CU entrance in Yonkers, N.Y. (Kim O'Donnel) I was one of 20-some bloggers from various parts of the country, media organizations and content disciplines. But the one connecting thread among this diverse group of writers is a focus on the consumer. Whether it was Viet Do, who writes personal finance blog Stopbuyingcrap.com, MSNBC.com correspondent Bob Sullivan who pens The Red Tape Chronicles or Leslie Hatfield, who updates Green Fork, Eat Well Guide's blog on sustainable eating, we gathered in one room to talk about our collective passion for "speaking truth to power," as keynote speaker Craig "Craig's List" Newmark so...

 

By Kim ODonnel | June 26, 2008; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (2)

December Food Mags, Part Two

We pick up where we left off yesterday, a look at what the food magazine world has to offer this holiday season. Yesterday, I assessed the state of four special issues; today, I follow up on the three remaining in my pile. As always, comments and discoveries are highly encouraged in the comments area below. MARTHA STEWART LIVING Can you judge a book by its cover? It's all about Martha, with a holiday twinkle in her eye, standing next to a cake decorated with elaborately stenciled, Old World-looking (natch) gingerbread village houses. Caption reads: "Martha with a cake that evokes a town square in Prague, surrounded by bead ornaments." Theme "The Most Magical Holidays Ever," offering a mix of crafts, decorating, entertaining and baking. It's beginning to feel like a lot like Christmas, but not really in the kitchen. Seasonal produce emphasis? None that I can see. Gift guide Edible...

 

By Kim ODonnel | November 30, 2007; 09:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

December Foodie Magazine Roundup

Ever since I compiled a roundup of Thanksgiving special issues at the end of October, I've been receiving requests for a similar overview of the food mag world's annual holiday spreads. As November winds down tomorrow and makes room for the most festive time of the year, here's my take on December-centric food issues you may find at your nearest check-out counter or magazine stand. Today, I take on four magazines; tomorrow, I'll finish with another batch of three. And as usual, comments and magazine-y tidbits are most welcome in the coments area below....

 

By Kim ODonnel | November 29, 2007; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Thanksgiving Magazine Roundup

If you've waited in a supermarket checkout line lately, chances are you've caught up on the dedicated-to-Thanksgiving special issues from food magazines. I rounded up six of them during a recent checkout, and have since leafed through, scribbled notes and made an assessment: Not one stands above the rest or inspires me to take this year's Thanksgiving feast to a new level. Thank goodness for my back issues from years past, which seem to cover the basics and have more of an instructional focus. I know, it must be challenging for mag editors to come up with a new Thanksgiving theme year after year, but I gotta say, I'm left feeling un-wowed. Below, my notes; please weigh in and offer thoughts on additional magazines that have either helped or hindered this year's preparation. BON APPETIT Can you judge a magazine by its cover? Focus on the contents of the plate...

 

By Kim ODonnel | October 29, 2007; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (29)

Sunday Night Food Fight

This Sunday is April Fool's Day, and I can think of no better reason to start a food fight -- or at the very least, watch one. After a day of foolin', pranksters can head over to Jaleo Crystal City Sunday night for the really big show on the really big screen. If you haven't already heard, the commotion in question is Iron Chef America, the Food Network series which brings celebrity chefs into the Kitchen Stadium to duke it out. In Sunday night's episode, Iron Chef Bobby Flay goes to battle with D.C.'s own Jose Andres, Jaleo maestro chef and a culinary rock star in his own right. Fight night kicks off at 8 p.m, with complimentary samples of paella and Spanish jamon. Admission is free, but reservations are required (703/ 413 8181). As this piece was being written, all tables had been claimed, but SRO space remains. By...

 

By Kim ODonnel | March 29, 2007; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gourmet TV

Gourmet Magazine, the 65-year-old monthly glossy devoted to all things epicurean, now has a TV show. The 10-episode series, "Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie," launched last week on public television stations around the country; locally, it rolls out this Saturday, Oct. 14, on PBS affiliate WETA (Channel 26) at 4 p.m. An early look at the show's first three episodes has me in viewer limbo-land. According to an official press release, the idea behind the show is to "look at the world food first," which I guess is a way of saying it's a food-travel show. The debut episode travels to China, from remote villages where dumplings are made by hand, to the fancy kitchen of a big-city restaurant serving up pan-Asian plates. The photography is stunning; in fact, it's likely the first time I've seen food treated like a movie star -- and that's a good thing. If the...

 

By Kim ODonnel | October 10, 2006; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (13)

 

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