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Five on Food: Articles from the Wednesday Dining Pages

Posted in General Interest by melissamccart on December 13, 2006

200px-latkes_frying.jpg1) At Hanukkah, It’s All About the Oil.  Fried Savories– They’re Fair Game on Hannukkah  San Francisco Chronicle.  I didn’t realize that frying in oil had any greater significance for the holiday, but according to this writer, it does:

Now, we eat latkes fried in oil as a symbolic gesture of this miracle. But just as we simplify our explanations, we also get stuck in our simple traditions.

The oil is what actually denotes the holiday — not the latkes. That means anything fried is fair game, whether it’s sweet sufganiyot — the little jelly doughnuts associated with Hanukkah — or other fried savories, like today’s recipes for sweet potato and leek fritters, crispy cod cakes, and latkes that venture beyond the traditional potato.

2) One, Two, Three, Reveal!   Los Angeles Times. Platter service awkwardness and timing issues at Wolfgang Puck’s new restaurant, Cut. 

3) Book of the Year: Soul of a New Cuisine.  Chicago Tribune. Marcus Samuelsson’s cookbook explores the nuances of African cooking, from his homeland of Ethiopia and beyond.

4) For Nothing but Bones, Go Early.  New York Times.  Eating crunchy bones for snacks at Yakitori Tory’s.

5) They See Tapas in your Future.  Washington Post.  a new Gastropub, courtesy of the people behind Sonoma and Mendocino.

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  1. Wonkette said, on December 13, 2006 at 7:33 pm

    Metro Section: Work All Week

    New Rockville library is nicer, has better service than Tryst. [Creative DC] The significance of the lattke is the oil, so make this Hanukkah about funnel cake. [Counter Intelligence] More DC is expensive chitchat: “You have to make $25…


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