Thursday, July 12, 2012

Paper's Super Duper Market

Signed: For Beth, (candy)
 Maira Kalman
This afternoon Paper Magazine hosted a very happening press opening for their Super(Duper)Market. This is  a three-day pop-up store featuring food and related goodies. 

Liz from Liddabit Sweets got excited to talk about her new book, due out in October, over Ricotta caramels. Tartine Bakery from San Francisco came to sample granola and brownies on the East Coast. Maira Kalman signed a copy of the Michael Pollan FOOD RULES book for me. Her illustrations are glorious and even the endpages come alive with the first crack of the book. The pictures were possibly meant to be a deterent to "bad food" but with her gouache paint she makes sugary grape soda and Hostess Cupcakes look whimsically delicious. I purchased a German egg slicer from her and  expressed my deepest love for her artwork.

Beth and Clare treat talkin'
Author and food rocker Clare Crespo of the YummyFun Kooking Series, was preparing for her kid's food workshops sponsored by Target. She's demonstrating banana dogs and pretzel butterflies. Kindred spirits in sweets, we had a delightful time talking treats.

Should you find yourself at Chelsea Market this weekend, have a stroll and enjoy the fare!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Americandy The Beautiful

A coast-to-coast tour of America's regional candies.
Regional candy favorites have long had a hold on our hearts. In this interview I explain how the growing local-food movement is raising the profile of locally produced candy and confections. 

This story looks at the history of many local favorites. Read Linton Weeks essay on National Public Radio.

From Poland, With Love

Poland may not be the first country you think of when you think of cutting edge cuisine or classic confections, but set those preconceptions aside for a moment. Our officemate Nika recently went on a trip to Poland and she came back with an array of glorious goodies. 
With quirky packaging and funky, difficult to pronounce names, selecting a Polish treat to try was intimidating. But amongst the bunch, there were a few standouts. If you ever find yourself faced with a deliciously daunting selection of Polish sweeties (like we did this week) look for the following: