Friday, January 29, 2010

New Phone Food Apps

Gizmodo reports that MenuPages has launched a new iPhone app.

According to Gizmodo, restaurant pages can be pulled up by your current location, and reservations are available for select restaurants via an affiliation with OpenTable.

The app is free of charge.

Also, if you've been eyeing that sleek, new Droid phone by Verizon, you'll be happy to know it has a similar app for restaurants in your current location –- whether you're in the mood for Chinese, Greek, Italian, Japanese, or just some plain old "diner" style fare.

Ah, technology.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Eat Your Feelings

Pitched as "Amy Sedaris meets a warped Martha Stewart," Heather Whaley's
Eat Your Feelings: Recipes For Self-Loathing,
seems to have it all. Recipes for self-loathing…and just in time for Valentine's Day.

This hilarious cookbook offering (well, okay...spoof) by this very funny actress and playwright serves to reminds us, that unlike a bunch of fake friends and fleeting sources of reliable income, food will always be there for you. And for each of life's rainy day moments, she provides the perfect recipe to cheer you up. Whether you've just been dumped, fired, found naked pictures of yourself on the Internet, or you're over forty and living with your parents, Eat Your Feelings offers up just the right comfort food for the most uncomfortable situations.

From Sky High Banana Cream Pie Because You're Dating A Married Guy, to Little Sister Earns More Than You Ham-and- Cheese Toastie, to Unwanted Pregnancy Kielbasa and Sauerkraut – this book is a total laugh out loud hoot and a must-have for all of life's little unexpected curves.

Check out this book trailer, featuring...(oh, this poor guy): Hamburger Casserole For When Nobody Loves You -- And Never Will:

Friday, January 15, 2010

Haitian Earthquake Relief

On January 12, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit outside of the capital of Haiti, causing widespread destruction to homes, hospitals, schools, government buildings, roads, and lives. Emergency responses from the U.S. Department of State, the American Red Cross, Mercy Corps, and others have been quick, but they need your immediate support to provide food, shelter, and other relief supplies. As the UN’s Special Envoy to Haiti, President Clinton is asking everyone to give what you can to help the people of Haiti respond and recover from this disaster.

Click here to donate to the Clinton Foundation, a "legitimate" humanitarian effort to help ease the suffering of so many, who were already living in poverty far more devastating than anyone could ever image.

And, if you think you have a strong stomach, watch here to see prior to this week's earthquake, how some Haitians had learned to survive on a mere diet of mud cookies made from dirt, water, butter, and salt. Mind-boggling stuff.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Will Write For Food

The food writing craft is in transition, or at least, it certainly is since the days when yours truly made a fairly decent living at it.

And clearly, if observers and technologists are to be believed, many more changes are soon to come. Therefore, several top food writers will examine food writing trends and the future of food writing.

So if you happen to be in or around the NYC area, a food writing conference featuring leading journalists, cookbook authors, and other food media insiders will take place at the Roger Smith Hotel (501 Lexington Ave.) in New York City on February 12 to 14.

Topics for discussion: the craft of food writing, the future of food writing and cookbook publishing, and in a world that's almost 99.99% controlled by cyberspace: How (and where exactly) to make a living as a food writer in this new day and age.

The price for this conference is $195 per person, plus additional fees for the writing workshops.

Check it out. I'll be there.

Tickets are available here: