In food news this week, we acknowledge the passing of Marion Cunningham, who took on the daunting task of updating the “Fannie Farmer” cookbook, first written in 1896.
Why was her work important? Many reasons, but a few stand out in particular. Like her colleague Julia Child, Cunningham helped home cooks become better cooks. She elevated the simple, homecooked meal to a place of honor. And she had nothing but praise, encouragement and a perfectly roasted chicken for the food community who came to her seeking advice.
More good news in the wine-with-benefits department: A study conducted by researcher Urszula T. Iwaniec at Oregon State University suggests that one or two glasses of wine consumed daily by women in their 50s and 60s actually improved bone mass stability. According to an NPR report, the alcohol slows the resorption of bone proteins into the blood stream. The study group was small and warnings have been issued that this beneficial effect does not extend to younger drinkers or heavier drinkers. Iwaniec hopes to conduct the study again with a much larger group of women.
Dire warnings of an anemic corn crop this year has supermarkets and restaurants around the world braced for food price increases. (Scarcer and more expensive corn means more expensive beef, pork and poultry.)
And if you’re planning a trip to this summer’s Olympic Games in London, be prepared to eat McDonald’s fries–and no others. According to The Atlantic, McDonald’s has a lock on the french fry concession and has demanded that the LOCOG (London 2012 Organizing Committee) forbid any other vendor to sell standalone fries. An astonishing snippet of a flyer within the article beseeches sports fans not to “give the staff grief, this will only led (sic) to us removing fish and chips completely.”