Fodder for Thought | Week 22

While you’re busy running service, we’re scouring the Internet in search of the latest and greatest stories to hit the airwaves. This week, Plate Magazine explores the tools of the trade behind open-flame cooking, Bon Appetit breakdown shift drinks, and Anthony Bourdain sits down with Eater to chat about the magic that is Parts Unknown.

Plate Magazine | Chefs Tell Us About the Grates, Smokers and Tools that Help Fuel the Fire
Wood-fired food is, excuse the pun, on fire, still. Plate Magazine explores not only the trend behind open-flame cuisine but the cooking gear behind it – including some awesome grills that can either make or break your dinner program. From Miller’s Guild’s “fire-breathing dragon” to Gwen’s plug-less kitchen, this is a story about the true unsung heroes of trendy food – the oven.

Eater | How Anthony Bourdain Picks the Destinations on ‘Parts Unknown’. How Anthony Turns out, there is a method behind the madness. Parts Unknown, hosted by the venerable Anthony Bourdain, is gearing up for their season 10 premier, and stopped long enough to chat with Eater about how they choose their far-flung destinations and locales. Turns out, a lot of late nights and grain alcohol comes into play, and the result is an award-winning series about great food, great destinations, and you guessed it, the unknown.

 Bon Appetit | 13 Chefs’ Go-To Shift Drinks at the End of a Long Night A chef’s drink of choice says a lot about their personality, and the ever-important shift drink practically defines your cooking style. So maybe/not really, but Bon Appetit’s cheeky take on the shift drink is a fun read, especially when David Posey of Elske describes the difference between “Dad Juice” and “Diet Dad Juice.” But our favorite drink of choice of the list? That honor goes to Chef of Chef Works alum Nina Compton, who loves her French 75 after a long day.

New York Times | Harvey and Irma Wiped Out Our Kitchens. Still, We Cook.The kitchen, they say, is the heartbeat of the home. So when that kitchen is underwater and your community is suffering, these home cooks have gathered together to help one another out – through food. Setting up shop on an upper level or in converted garages, victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are rebuilding – one brisket at a time.

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