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Quick Bites

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Sep 18, 2008 3:50PM

What have the intrepid local food writers and bloggers of Our Town and elsewhere been up to this week?

  • Time Out Chicago's David Tamarkin is another skeptic of the Green City Market Localvore Challenge, but for different reasons than the Local Beet's Michael Morowitz. Tamarkin does an excellent job debunking some of the arguments of the localvore lifestyle. [TOC]
  • The Starchefs ICC Expo is happening in NYC this week. During a panel discussion moderated by Michael Ruhlman, both legendary original screaming chef Marco Pierre White and BOURDAIN criticized multiple-course tasting menus. White called them "cooking-by-numbers." [Serious Eats]
  • The criticism by White and BOURDAIN led Grant Achatz — also at the conference — to respond. "If what I do is pointless, then maybe what Wylie (DuFresne) does, what Andoni (Aduriz) does, what Jean Georges does, what Charlie Trotter does - maybe it's all pointless." Achatz then proceeded to prove White wrong whith a photo presentation of his dishes. [Gothamist]
  • When isn't Mike Nagrant writing something? This week, he posted an essay he wrote for the upcoming Alinea cookbook as a counter to Marco Pierre White's criticisms of progressive cuisine (aka "science food") [Hungry Mag]
  • Alan Richman of GQ takes a look at the Chicago-style hot dog, with an assist from Chicago Mag's Jeff Ruby At least Richman didn't slag it the way he did New Orleans cuisine two years ago. [GQ]
  • Carol Blymire, who blogged about her attempts to (and success at) cooking every recipe in the French Laundry Cookbook, is planning on doing the same with the Alinea cookbook when it's finally released (soonsoonsoonwehope) [MenuPages Chicago]