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    5 excellent books on food and cooking

    Graphic: Tana, covers courtesy the publishers Looking for a little inspiration in the kitchen? From tips on plant-based cooking from award-winning chef Jeremy Fox to the excesses and vices behind the closed kitchen door as told by late celebrity chef and TV show host Anthony Bourdain, here are five books about food to add to your bookshelf. The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit ‘A culinary encyclopedia for food-lovers with ADD and a dry sense of humour. This book came out in 2010 when wildly creative dégustation menus were all the rage and I wanted to know the how’s and why’s of flavour-pairing. Niki Segnit…

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    Starbucks officially nixes straws for iced drinks, debuts sippy cup lids | Food and Cooking

    The coffee company says it hopes to eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws per year. In 2018, a number of cities throughout the United States began banning plastic straws. Starbucks’ nix of plastic straws comes as the coffee giant continues its sustainability efforts of doing away with “packaging and plastics that end up in landfills” in favor of increased recyclable materials for their drinks. That includes Starbucks’ coffee cup, which the company pledged last year to make more “green.” In 2017, Starbucks distributed 3.85 billion paper cups, which were not recycled in most places. Along with other food brands including McDonald’s, Yum! Brands, Coca-Cola and Wendy’s, Starbucks committed to…

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    Recipe of the Day: Slow Cooker Beef Brisket | Food and Cooking

    Return to homepage × Please subscribe to keep reading. You can cancel at any time. No thanks, return to homepage. × Sign Up Today and Support Local Journalism Enjoy more articles from Central Illinois’ Most Trusted Information Source. Subscribers can log in for unlimited digital access Recipe of the Day: Slow Cooker Beef Brisket. ALLEKO/iStock via Getty Images Few meals are more versatile than brisket. It can be served as a weeknight dinner meal, on game days, holidays and more. But the best part about brisket? It keeps things simple. This recipe can be made in the slow cooker and requires only two ingredients. The Best Mac and Cheese Recipes…

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    Dining in the great outdoors, stylishly | Food and Cooking

    Outdoor spaces reap drama from an oversize mirror, too. “They’re great on side or back walls to add depth and reflect light,” says Griffin. Pillar candles in tall, clear, cylinder vases make inexpensive hurricanes. “Station these to illuminate the approach to your dining area for red carpet drama, flanking patio stairs and doors,” she says. Get a set of battery-operated ones with a remote control, and you won’t have to worry about wind or fire safety. If you’re using a tablecloth, make sure you’ve got anchors and clips to hold it in place in a breeze. On Etsy.com, there are cast-resin and metallic weights shaped like flowers, birds and shells,…

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    From exhilaration to fatigue, home cooks assess new normal | Food and Cooking

    After some fails, Navarrete Nagle has mastered it. Mostly, however, she relies on cookbooks these days. “I’ve always been intimidated by cookbooks; now they are my best friends!” John Wing, a travel agent in New York City, used to spend a lot of time in his car ferrying kids to and from activities. He was already the primary cook in his household of 5 people, but since March, when his driving duties abated, he’s been cooking more than ever. His everyday cooking style hasn’t changed much – he is sticking with his repertoire of chicken cutlets, fajitas, pasta, salmon and homemade pizza, balancing the different preferences of three kids living…

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    STL Partnership Business Finance Team Co-hosts the CDFA Food Systems Webinar Series

    Zack Folk, Credit Analyst for the STL Partnership shares insight on how food can be a powerful tool for revitalization Recently the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) held a third installment of the virtual event titled “Food Systems Finance Webinar Series.”  The webinar series illustrated the many positive impacts that result from financing food systems at a neighborhood scale, with speakers to showcase the versatility of projects and financing approaches. The webinar also focused on how many food-related enterprises are small businesses that keep dollars local and create jobs. Other topics of discussion included the importance of restoring food markets and preserving other historic structures and how celebrating local…

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