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2010 CULINARY TRENDS: Huitlacoche a super food? Curried oatmeal; Keller a winner

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff

Reported by AP:
For years, scientists have assumed that huitlacoche (WEET-LA-KO-CHEE) — a gnarly, gray-black corn fungus long-savored in Mexico — had nutritional values similar to those of the corn on which it grew. But test results just published in the journal Food Chemistry reveal that an infection that U.S. farmers and crop scientists have spent millions trying to eradicate, is packed with unique proteins, minerals and other nutritional goodies. And here’s a bonus: agro-economists have found that smut can sell for more than the corn it ruins. “We had no idea huitlacoche could actually synthesize significant nutrients that don’t even exist in corn,” says Octavio Paredes-Lopez, one of Mexico’s leading food scientists. We’re talking about an epicurean wonder here, an exquisite delicacy both nutty and earthy with a hint of fruity sweetness.

Reported by Eater.com:
Winner of the 2010 James Beard Foundation Media & Book Awards include:
• Television Segment: ABC News Nightline
• Food Blog: Serious Eats
• Cookbook of the Year: The Country Cooking of Ireland by Colman Andrews
• Newspaper Food Section: The Washington Post
• M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award: Francine Prose, Saveur, “Faith and Bacon”
• Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Reviews: Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly
• Website Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurant, or Nutrition: Chow.com
• General Cooking: Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller

Reported by tastingtable.com:
On the menu at:
Sweetgreen, a frozen yourt truck in Washington, D.C.: oatmeal with red and white quinoa with brûléed brown sugar. Toppings: cinnamon-baked apples, scone crumbles
Los Angeles’s LA Mill: creamy, cinnamon-spiced polenta with cajeta, candied pecans and whipped cream
Bloop food cart in Portland, Oregon: oats with almond milk, agave nectar and pie spices; oats with peanut butter, banana and almonds

Reported by AP:
“A year ago at this time, all we talked about was the recession and whether we were going to become cavemen because the economy was collapsing. I think we’ve returned to a time of business as usual, in the sense that we will survive.” – Panera Bread Chairman and CEO Ron Shaich

Who’s a foodie?: http://yellowscene.com/2010/04/14/who%E2%80%99s-a-true-foodie/

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