James Beard Awards, Greek Yogurt, and Food Trucks: Eating & Reading

Every week, we'll let you know what the Washingtonian food staff is reading in the blogosphere and off the bookshelves.

Todd Kliman, food and wine editor:

• Fluke crudo with bone-marrow mayonnaise and trout roe—on the subway in Manhattan: Aboard the L Train, Luncheon Is Served.

• My friend Jeff Siegel asks smart questions about local and regional wine—an industry just two decades old that's being held to "quality standards set in places like California, with some 100 years of experience, and France, with 500 years." Regional Wine, and What Comes Next.

• HRH Winery? Looks like: Royal Family to Produce its Own Wine From Windsor Great Park Grapes.

Sophie Gilbert, assistant editor and Sophie at the Stove blogger:

• If you scoff at the sanitized term "corn sugar" for high-fructose corn syrup, you aren't alone: Sugar farmers and refiners have filed a lawsuit against the corn lobby for co-opting their brand: Sugar Farmers Sue Over "Corn Sugar" Campaign.

• That said, it looks like they don't have anything to worry about, according to this rather alarming report by UPI: Americans Eat 22 Teaspoons of Sugar a Day.

• The French take bread really, really seriously. Which is what makes the popularity of the Dukan diet so absurd: Best in Dough! French Bakers Battle to Bag Best Baguette Bounty.

Ann Limpert, food and wine editor:

• Former Saveur food editor Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirscheimer—she of the most beautiful food photographs on earth—talk about their latest Canal House cookbook, the secret to great crabcakes, and what you'll find in their pantry: In My Kitchen: Canal House.

• I pretty much love anything former Washington Post food critic Phyllis Richman writes. Case in point: this non-sugarcoated, daily-life look at Parkinson's Disease: Having Parkinson’s Disease Is Nothing to Celebrate.

• Because I'm sure there are many office James Beard Awards pools out there, Bon Appetit's Andrew Knowlton gives his predictions for the winners at Monday night's ceremony, and sees good things for José Andrés and Cathal Armstrong: The Foodist's 2011 James Beard Award Predictions.

Rina Rapuano, assistant food and wine editor:

• I wish our food section had thought of this one: Greek Yogurt Taste Test.

• An op-ed to ponder: Why Being a Foodie Isn't "Elitist."

Kate Nerenberg, assistant food and wine editor:

• And you wonder why restaurant entrées are creeping into the $40 range. They make no money. Crain's lays it all out: How a Pop-Up Eatery Feeds Creative Brand.

• Trouble in street-food paradise: Some longtime players on the food-truck scene in Los Angeles—one of the country's pioneers in mobile vending–feel that newbies are in it just for the money. As Washington's food-truck fleet grows, can the market become over-saturated? When does the trend jump the shark? A Wrong Turn for L.A.'s Food Truck Scene?

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