It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

At the start of summer, I gave you a suggested summer reading list. has their own summer reading list for foodies that I thought I’d share with you. Foodies, people pleasantly preoccupied with all things food-related, stick to their obsessions, even on vacation.

The perfect foodie beach rental has a well-equipped kitchen, access to markets selling fresh fruit, produce, and fish, and proximity to restaurants where accomplished city chefs have established outposts.

Likewise, the perfect foodie beach bag contains prime kitchen lit: books on food history, essays on sustainability, food-centric fiction (call it foodtion), and sentimental food memoirs, or foodoirs.

For the full list, click here.


Speaking of foodies, apparently there are some foodie bloggers who are slamming the new movie Julie and Julia and Julie Powell herself. Valleywag explains why Prissy Food Bloggers Hate Food Blogger Movie (me, I’m expecting to thoroughly enjoy it).

Julie Powell blogged her way through cooking every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking; a book deal and movie followed. Are food bloggers thrilled for her? Hardly; Powell is a foodie infidel who must be stopped.

Powell's movie is part blogger story and part Julia Child biopic; Meryl Streep plays Child, the famous home-cooking guru.

Click here for the full story. Click here to see the trailer for Julie and Julia which comes out August 7.


A report was released earlier this week in United Kingdom that said that organic foods are really no better for you than conventional foods. MNN had a piece about the results of the report yesterday. As expected organic food proponents are jumping all over this and pointing out flaws in the report (didn’t consider pesticides, didn’t talk about the environmental impact). Paula Crossfield of the fabulous Civil Eats blog has her own thoughts on it.

A report issued yesterday by Dr. Alan Dangour of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the UK, claims that there is no substantial difference in nutritional content between organic and conventional food. The report was based on the review of fifty years worth of research papers on the subject. But reading it makes one wonder if influence caused a misreading of the findings, and in addition, if the agency has addressed the wrong questions entirely.
Click here for the full story.


Finally, Newsweek gave a shout out to urban gardens this week.

A little garden between the skyscrapers and busy streets of a metropolis is no longer a luxury only for those with deep pockets and great patios. Urban farms and gardens are being planted in major cities throughout the U.S. thanks, in part, to an increasing need to lower the cost of locally grown, organic food. While it's impossible to gauge just how many urban farms and gardens there are across the country (they range from personal plots to full-scale farms with viable acreage), many are found in urban epicenters, often in low-income neighborhoods lacking grocery stores and farmers markets. They're wedged between government housing, abandoned buildings, halted construction projects and streets known more for their crime problems than their heirloom tomatoes. And as the economy fails to thrive, advocates say the benefits of these gardens are even more pronounced
Click here for the full story.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.