Side Dish: More Food on the Web

By: Julia Simon

Coffee Prices Drip Up: Here’s a surge that won’t do much for your caffeine levels. Due to poor crops in leading coffee-producing countries, bean prices have reached a 12-year high. Some companies can’t help percolating those rising costs down to customers. [ New York Daily News]

WWF (World’s Weirdest Foods) Roundup: There are thousands of recipes on, but not a single one for fermented shark. Evidently, the stuff’s a delicacy in Iceland. And in Southeast Asia, don’t even think about carrying durian with you in taxis or on municipal transportation—that spiky fruit is so stinky it’s been banned in many public spaces. []

Roger Ebert and His Rice Cooker: Roger Ebert is a seminal movie critic and blogger, and with the release of The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker, he adds cookbook author to his resume. But Ebert, who lost his lower jaw to cancer, can’t eat, so recipe development is based on what he knows things “must” taste like. “I can remember the taste and smell of everything, even though I can no longer taste or smell,” he tells the Times. “It’s all my experience, my visuals and friendly tasters.” [ New York Times] ['s Rice-Cooker Recipes]

The British Government Wants Your Waste: London’s Imperial War Museum will display vintage Ministry of Food posters in an exhibit that runs early next year. While the posters pay tribute to WWII-era food rationing, their messages—growing your own food, composting—resonate today. []

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