Friday Faves — notes from the new gastroconomy, No. 9

 a weekly round-up of our favorite finds from the front lines of food


  • Talk about a recipe that's set in stone, this ancient Babylonian tablet (left) contains 25 recipes for soups and stews intended for royalty or the gods.
  • "I spent the first two years of college with one question in mind – basically, how can I have the greatest impact in my life in the world. And the thing that I kept coming back to, that everyone connected to, was food." A great NPR story profiling the new, young crop of farmers. The word from an experienced farmer — to make it work, you have to be serious about running the business.
  • Is a caramel ever just a caramel? "Modern Britain is bizarrely food-crazed, and cultural indigestion is the sure result. What if we began to care a little more about what we put into our minds than what we put into our mouths?" asks Steven Poole in The Observer in a rant on the food porn phenomenon. Why should it be minds vs. mouth? Food, and the world of ideas it inspires, nourishes both.