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The Top 10 Most-Googled Recipes of 2009

Beans, beans. [Photograph: Robyn Lee] According to Restaurants & Institutions, the top 10 most-Googled recipes of last year were: Chili Meatloaf Cheesecake Banana bread Pancake Salsa Hummus Lasagna Apple pie Meatball Does that gibe with your own cooking-search behavior in 2009?... More

Video: Bento Box for the Google Chrome Icon Project

The Google Chrome Icon Project, promoting Google’s new-ish web browser, invites users to submit YouTube videos of themselves creating their own versions of the browser’s four-color icon. Unsurprisingly, a lot revolve around food—like this bento box, sculpted from bell pepper, broccoli, scrambled egg, and a few surprises. The video of its creation, in super-fast motion, after the jump.... More

Google Cafeteria Still Stocks It's-It Ice Cream Sandwiches

Despite recent budget-trimming at Google, the Bay Area's main campus still stocks It's-Its. Like the name, the institutional San Francisco dessert isn't complicated—just two chocolate-dipped oatmeal cookies sandwiching your choice of ice cream (strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, and mint). Kayoko of Umami Mart appreciated the cafeteria's Indian and sushi bars but knows where it's really at.... More

Thanksgiving Photos From 'Life' Magazine

Clockwise from top left: President Dwight D. Eisenhower carves a turkey, children in the U.K. eating Thanksgiving dinner, Thanksgiving at Byrd Station, foreign students experience the holiday. More holiday images from the Life Photo Archive on Google. From military children celebrating Thanksgiving in the United Kingdom to Thanksgiving dinner in Antarctica at Byrd Station in 1964, it doesn't appear this holiday's feast has changed. While the clothing is different and most of the photos are in black and white, the people and the food are the same. Families are still apt to welcome friends and foreigners to their tables, all the while sticking to the basic turkey and various accompanying side dishes. The image of Dwight D. Eisenhower's Thanksgiving... More

Historic Photos from 'Life': Thanksgiving Fruit Relish

Photograph from LIFE Magazine Google archives Earlier this week Google made the web a cooler place by adding historic photos from Life magazine to its image archive. We took a look around to check out how Thankgivings past looked. Today, here's a photo of different types of fruit relish from 1959. LIFE featured these dishes as a substitute for cranberries, which were banned at the time because of contamination. The berries had been dusted with a weed-killer called aminotriazole, which caused cancer in rats. This scare came two weeks before the holiday, causing desperate housewives (the 1950s kind) to seek other options. Lucky for the cranberry lovers out there, in 2008 our ruby-red side dish is safe to eat.... More

Some Notable Food Destinations with Labels on Google Maps

This is really cool. Serious eater maportofu started a Talk thread and points out that there's a handful of New York City food and drink destinations with labels on Google maps: "I find it funny that it actually has labels for Magnolia Bakery and The Bitter End. I also see a label for Lombardi's, Fraunces Tavern. Mysteriously, none for Shake Shack." My guess is that Magnolia gets one because it's a huge tourist trap for Sex and the City hauteheads while the rest get them for sheer historical value. I poked around to see if other historic or notable NYC food destinations appeared but no dice—no Katz's, no Old Town Bar, no Sylvia's, no Peter Luger, no Di Fara.... More

In Videos: Michael Pollan Lectures at Google

Michael Pollan gave a lecture last week at Google's Mountain View, CA, headquarters to discuss his book, In Defense of Food, and share simple advice about how to eat healthily and responsibly, but also for pleasure and community. The video runs for about an hour—half lecture, half Q&A with the Google crowd—but it's worth listening to if you're a fan of Pollan (or if you need an introduction to him). Watch the video, after the jump.... More

Behind the Scenes with a Google Chef

The blog Yumsugar has an interview with a chef at Google: ...we purchase everything top quality and everything we buy has a positive effect on the environment. We buy 100-percent sustainable, local ingredients. There is no pressure to make money on each plate, I don't have to cook what sells. Food is art and Google is my playground.... More

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