Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tuesday Megalinks

Wow. It’s feast or famine here, folks. After last week’s 24-link funfest, this week only yields 14. Still, they’re pretty great: Lifehacker’s covering coffee, the Kitchn comes through with tips galore, and Newsweek has a provocative article on momblogging’s wavering indie cred. Enjoy!

The Atlantic: How a Cruise Ship Feeds 4000 People
Neat little travel essay in which the head chef of the QE2 is interviewed. Did you know “the crew alone goes through 400 pounds of rice per day”? Where do they put it all?

Being Frugal: My Foray Into Nourishing Traditions
Lynnae’s attempting a total overhaul of her family’s diet with the help of whole foods-centric book called Nourishing Traditions. So far, the food is delicious and her grocery trips have been much shorter. I’m really rooting for this to work out.

Casual Kitchen: Does Healthy Eating Really Cost Too Much?
Dan surveyed five food bloggers to answer the titular question, and across the board, we say “absolutely not.” We say other things, too.

Consumerist: For Extremely Obese, Surgery Can Shrink Costs as Well as Pants Size
I feel so lame when I cut-and-paste article excerpts, but check this: Vincent Daswell dropped more than 100 pounds over the course of a year. “In the first five months of 2008, taxpayers provided Daswell with 17 medications for obesity-related health problems at a cost of $8,374.19. In the first five months of 2009, taxpayers provided Daswell with 13 medications for obesity-related health problems, many at reduced dosages, at a cost of $5,106.54.” That’s a $3000 difference.

Grub Street: How to Be a Regular
“#3: Lubricate the Staff.” No, not like that.

Internet Food Association: Is the Cheesecake Factory Gross?
As I’ve only been there once, it’s hard for me to say. The consensus seems to be: CF food tastes great, but each dish contains 46,000 calories and may not be tremendously environmentally sound. So … maybe … partly gross?

The Kitchn: 5 Things to Do in the Kitchen Before You Leave for Vacation
There’s nothing nicer than coming back to clean counters after a holiday. And don’t forget to use up your milk!

The Kitchn: How Do You Stay Cool in the Kitchen?
With August approaching, this is a super-timely and valuable post. Especially for those of us with no A/C in the galley.

Lifehacker: Assemble a Zero-Waste Dining Kit
Lunchboxes for grownups ensure little waste and cold beverages. My name is Kris, and I endorse this message. I will endorse it even more if I can get one with She-Ra on the lid.

Lifehacker: Top 10 Tips and Tricks for Better Coffee
Java lovers, behold! Lifehacker’s compiled the best in general coffee-making knowledge. Here’s my favorite: whenever you brew at home, make an extra cup and stick it in a thermos in the fridge. Later that day, *poof*, instant ice coffee.

New York Times: Foie Gras Palates, Hot Dog Pocketbooks
Downscale junk food (donuts, pizza, etc.) is more scrutinized than ever, but also more appreciated in these economic times. The Times explores how nitty-gritty the review system has become.

Newsweek: Trusted Mom or Sellout? How some mommy bloggers are being co-opted by corporate concerns.
I know a lot of you guys out there are mom bloggers (good ones), and I wonder what you think about this article. On one hand, it’s making a lot of sweeping assumptions, and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with making a little cash off blogging. On the other hand, it makes some really good points about corporate advertising and reviews – giveaways and free stuff don’t exactly promote objectivity.

Small Notebook: 20 Tips to Waste Less Food
Great tips, huge comment thread. I think you’ll throw out a lot less after reading this.

Utne Reader: Eating Meat for the Environment
Grass-fed meat helps ecosystems, apparently. Hey, those cows have to poop somewhere. (Thanks to Jezebel for the link.)

(Photos courtesy of Zimbio and The Green Head.)

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Chief Family Officer said...

It's funny to me that mom bloggers getting free stuff is suddenly a hot topic, because it's been an issue for me as a blogger since Day 1. I decided at the outset that the most important thing for me as a blogger was transparency, and I think that's true for me as an avid reader as well. If you give me enough information that I can make my own opinion about your opinion – that is, as long as I feel you're being straightforward and not trying to trick me – I'm all good. And the good review bloggers do that. It's the ones who seem like they're hiding something that make me run in the other direction.

Anne Stesney said...

I have no issue with bloggers being asked to be up front about getting free stuff for their reviews. But I have to ask...why are only mom bloggers being called out on this issue? Because I'm sure other bloggers (food, electronics,lifestyle even sex bloggers) get offered stuff as well.

Is it because mom are the most read, and therefore the most powerful? Maybe. I hope so.