'economy' on Serious Eats

Critic-Turned-Cook Bounces a Reality Check

[Image: Bridget Sawicki] When I first started down this crazy path, radically turning the tables from being a restaurant critic to trying to cook, I took a vow: If this thing was going to work, it had to be fun. If I made money, well…that was just gravy. But half a year into this adventure, I’m having a financial freak out. Maybe it has something to do with the six-month anniversary of the newspaper I wrote for folding, which led to a dramatic decline in my bank account. My once-healthy nest egg now looks like something you'd find perched on top of a piece of sushi. My mortgage is underwater and I'm bailing as fast as I can. Oh, yeah,... More

Food in Iceland During the Global Economic Crisis

Fish market at Kolaportið in Reyjavik. In the latest episode of The Food Programme from BBC Radio, Richard Johnson investigates the impact of the global economic crisis on food in Iceland. There's more interest in eating local food and growing food locally in order to save money on importing from other countries and increase self-sufficiency. In an interview with Johnson, a fisherman says, "We are eating more traditional foods like meat pudding, sheep heads...now people are all of a sudden making haggis again. This was almost forgotten about. This is cheap, good, and nutritious food." Other topics include the fishing industry, whaling, and greenhouses powered by natural heat. Related Snapshots from Iceland: Grilled Whale from Saegreifinn Snapshots from Iceland:... More

Expensive Wine, So Five Minutes Ago

On Fridays, Deb Harkness of Good Wine Under $20 drops by with Serious Grape. This week, she stands up for cheapo wines. Photograph from filtran on Flickr In today's Wall Street Journal Tastings column, two of the country's most distinguished and level-headed wine journalists (Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher) announced their annual wine gift pick for the holidays. Usually, this wine is expensive, hard to find, or both. This year, it's a case of Gamay from the Beaujolais—one of the world's best wine bargains. Gaiter and Brecher explain why they made this unorthodox choice: "a single, very expensive bottle of wine seems as dated as bloated executive bonuses." Is America ready to put aside its love affair with $100-plus... More

Do You Know How Much You Really Spend on Food?

©iStockphoto.com/fotofrog The San Francisco Chronicle surveyed 30 Bay Area food shoppers to see how many actually knew their monthly food expenditures. While many wing it, throwing out random estimates, others could quantify to an exact dollar amount. My favorite part is when one woman munched on her "CCOF Certified Organic Shinko Asian Pear" for $1.45. While logging the steep price in her records, she listened to a report on credit default swaps. Which category do you fall under? The "wing it" or the "tally up receipts" crowd?... More

Economy Bad, People Eat More at Home, Food Magazines Prosper

From Wall Street Journal: Tighter budgets are encouraging more people to cook and entertain at home, feeding demand for recipes and advice. Everyday Food's newsstand sales rose 8.9% in the first half of the year, while sales of Everyday with Rachael Ray gained 6.2%, and Gourmet was up 3.5%, even as overall newsstand sales for consumer magazines fell 6.3%, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Despite the financial mess, we all have to eat. And to save a few bucks, our kitchens will become the most popular restaurants. If you can't afford that fancy meal out, you can at least afford a subscription to one of the 336 food magazines published this year. Let them eat glossy photos... More

'Cupcakes' Trump 'Financial Crisis' in Google Searches

We all love cupcakes, but this is a bit ridiculous. Mother Jones reports that more people searched Google for cupcakes this month than the financial crisis. The global economy is facing disaster, but according to Google Trends, what we're really interested in is wizards, cupcakes, and sex toys. [via Valleywag]... More

Boxed Wine Now Eco-Friendly, Less of a Joke

Boxed wine usually comes in the scoffable Franzia or Gallo forms, but the quality may improve and shed its tacky taboo. In lieu of heavy glass bottles, the lighter packaging (oftentimes nicknamed the "bladder pack") is more environmentally and economically friendly. According to Tyler "Dr. Vino" Colman in a New York Times op-ed piece yesterday: a standard wine bottle (holding 750 milliliters) that travels from a California vineyard to a New York store generates about 5.2 pounds of carbon-dioxide emissions, while a three-liter box generates only half the emissions per 750 milliliters. Perks of boxed wine: the box is good for table wines that don’t need to age (which includes all but a handful of top global wines); saving leftovers... More

Drinking Good Wines During Rough Economic Times

With the media full of advice on how to “recession proof” your wine drinking habits, entering “recession proofing wines” into a search engine yields pages and pages of tips. People keep asking me if the recession has changed what I am drinking or how often I am drinking it. But the answer is no. I drink like it’s a recession all the time. The Three Golden Rules Tightening your belt and cutting back on your wine budget during economic hard times doesn’t have to be a curse or an unpleasant chore—it can be a blessing and an adventure. There are three golden rules for drinking good wine regardless of the economy: don’t get sucked into the lemming-like hysteria surrounding wines... More

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