Archive for January, 2008

January 25, 2008

La Tartine Gourmande

The other day in my food writing class I had the joy of meeting the charming Beatrice Peltre, or Bea, of La Tartine Gourmande. For two hours she talked to us about her experiences as a blogger, her choice to go full time (!!!), and especially about her fabulous food photography.  As someone who is trying to get her blog up and running, improve hits, and generally make sure I keep the quality of my work constantly improving, it was amazing to meet a fellow perfectionist.

January 22, 2008



As I sat down at my computer this evening, I had every intention of starting my homework. I actually did start it by doing some reading for my food writing class. It’s taught by Sheryl Julian, editor of the food section of the Boston Globe, and promises to be a great course. One of our readings is to go over the Globe’s recipe style sheet. Under how to list butter and oil she tells us to always write “1/2 cup olive oil and NOT 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil (never extra-virgin).” Unfortunately (for the productivity of my homework), this statement started a little voice in my head to begin a rant about olive oil that I’ve been building up for the last few months.

January 17, 2008

New Year, New Blog!

Welcome to the newest incarnation of Beyond Burgers and Bratwurst.  I’m glad you made it over.  Please don’t forget to update your links and bookmarks to:

Check out my latest post on Graham Crackers below, and stay tuned for my new weekly series (details to come!).

January 17, 2008

The Graham Cracker, an American Classic


When I began studying at Smith, my friends and I discovered an excellent breakfast place called Sylvester’s. We learned from their menu that the restaurant is named after Sylvester Graham, Presbyterian minister and inventor of the Graham cracker. Aside from encouraging people to sleep with the windows open, take cold showers, and control their lust, he influenced the food world in a major way.