The Umami Reader, vol.001

Noteworthy readings, websites, blogs and eats:

  • Bittman goes to Istria with Lidia Bastianich (note asparagus frittata recipe)
  • TMonkey recommends the wine documentary, Mondovino
  • A community of wine lovers on Cork’d
  • Batali and Bourdain on Adam Platt and bloggers on Grub Street
  • Bruni Showdown: yet another NY restaurateur shamelessly crying over a bad review (boohoohoo). Already the second this year!
  • Excellent NYer profile on diva chef Gordon Ramsey (some really f*%#ed up shit!)

It’s soft shell crab season!!! I like mine at Great NY Noodle Town— when I went this week, they were big, juicy and perfectly crunchy. Delicious! Wherever you might be in the world, the season usually runs from May to September– don’t put it off! What are you waiting for??

Editor’s Note:
This is the first in a series of posts that will be dedicated to fantastic readings and random other mind-numbing references and links on food we find throughout the week (it doesn’t matter how outdated it is- Umami Mart is clearly not about late-breaking news). I’m hoping this will be a bi-weekly entry– please email me when you read anything food-worthy! We’re at


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