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.

Before I knew about local food or organic food or slow food, I knew about The Silver Palate Cookbook. It’s considered a staple for modern cooks. One of it’s authors, Sheila Lukins passed away last week. The New York Times remembers her.

Sheila Lukins, who, as an owner of the Silver Palate food shop and an author of four Silver Palate cookbooks, helped usher in the new American cooking of the 1980s, died on Sunday at age 66, at home in Manhattan.

The cause was brain cancer, diagnosed three months ago, said her daughter Annabel Lukins Stelling.

Click here to read the full story.


If you’ve been thinking about attending one of Slow Food USA’s Time for Lunch Eat-ins on Labor Day, but haven’t made up your mind yet, this map will let you know where the closest Eat-in is to you. Slow Food is hoping to get the attention of Congress and convince them to put real food into schools.


The September 21st issue of The Nation is dedicated to Food. The issue with a front cover that reads Food For All: How to Grow Democracy has articles written by Alice Waters, Michael Pollan and other leaders of the real food movement.


Finally, I bring not one, but two stories here on MNN that might interest you.

There’s been an Eggo recall and no writer would be able to resist using the words Leggo my Eggo in a title about it.

Leggo my Eggo! Several batches of Eggo waffles and cinnamon rolls are being voluntarily recalled, after inspectors detected bacteria at a Georgia plant.

Inspectors found traces of the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of Eggo buttermilk waffles manufactured at a Kellogg’s plant in Atlanta, according to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The discovery was made during a routine inspection of the plant, officials said, and before the waffles had been shipped out to supermarkets.

Click here for the full story.

And in the “Ewwww. That’s gross!” category, a Diet Pepsi drinker found a dead frog in his can. This should help me with my resolve to stay away from diet soda.

Fred DeNegri was grilling in his backyard when he cracked open a can of Diet Pepsi, took a thirsty gulp and immediately started gagging. The flavor of his Pepsi was rank and the texture was thick like slime. He immediately took it to a sink and shook out the contents until something resembling "pink linguini" slid out, followed by "dark stuff," said Fred's wife, Amy DeNegri.

Despite persistent shaking, a heavy object remained inside the can. Completely disgusted, the DeNegris immediately called poison control and the FDA, and the can was taken in for lab testing to identify the source of the sludgy mess.

Click here for the full, disgusting story.

Enjoy your holiday weekend (and stay away from froggy soda)!

Image: Matt Callow

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