Links #7: sugar, supermarkets, posh books, fruit platters

Credit to Susan Lutz for her Zester Daily article The Great Sugarcane Experiment. Lutz hopes to help her children make more informed choices about what they eat by showing them where food comes from, and she has even gone so far as to transform sugarcane into granulated sugar at home. With all the current scaremongering about the dangers of sugar consumption, I agree it’s important to put this into perspective: that sugar, like many things, is good for you as long as it is eaten in moderation. As Lutz says in her article: “Sugar isn’t bad. Sugar is sugar.”

A bit of old news here, but I enjoyed Simon Usborne’s piece in The Independent about the tricks and technologies that supermarkets employ to make us spend money. I’m not a massive fan of supermarkets but like most people I use them every week, so I was pleased to hear that Waitrose have banned their fruit and veg suppliers from using chemicals linked to declining bee populations. I hope the other supermarkets will follow suit, it shouldn’t be left down to individual consumers to make ethical (often expensive) choices – corporations should bear the weight of this responsibility.

When a friend pointed me in the direction of this post on Brain Pickings about the 1961 Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook it reminded me of my failure to take home the gorgeous copy of the Savoy Cocktail Book I found at the market recently. The 350-page Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook is illustrated with drawings and engravings by the likes of Marcel Duchamp and contains recipes and menus contributed by artists, writers and poets. I wonder if it is an inspiration behind the new MEATliquor ‘anti-cookbook’ which will be released by Faber in November. With contibutions from Man Booker winners, celebrities and musicians the book had better be inspirational, since it’s priced at £30, and £200 for the limited edition. Hmn, I have heard say that the future of book publishing is high end…

I thought I’d end this links post with a spot of shopping because, being someone who loves bright colours, I was pleased to hear that Leon restaurants now have an online shop. And as someone whose fruit bowl has a tendency to get filled with coins, pens, screws, sticky stuff and ephemera, I also like the look of this fruit platter by French product desgner Caroline Gomez. Thanks to Graphic Foodie for the link.

That’s all for now!

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About Chloe King

I'm a freelance writer, designer and webby type. I live with my husband and daughter in the south of England. I like to cook and can throw a good party.

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4 comments on “Links #7: sugar, supermarkets, posh books, fruit platters

  1. April 20, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Loads of really interesting stuff here Chloe, thanks. Mentioning your interest in vintage cookbooks, I gave our friend Tim a copy of a pamphlet produced by a Margarine Company, produced in the 1950s(?)and as a birthday treat cooked ‘Baked spaghetti with Margarine’. I followed the recipe closely…you can imagine what a taste sensation that was, though It was illustrated beautifully.

    Look forward to your review of MEATliquor.

    • April 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Bleurgh! Baked spaghetti with margarine, that sounds awful Sarah. Must try it 🙂 xxx

  2. April 27, 2013 at 8:14 am

    There’s something marvellous about old books sometimes, especially those which are design classics of their time.

    • April 27, 2013 at 9:24 am

      I agree, I have a load I want to post up here, just have to find a moment! What are your favourite vintage cookbooks? (If you don’t mind me asking!)

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