Miss Ginsu: About/Bio


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Okay, so maybe you're not thinking that. And maybe the world doesn't really need another website.

But this isn't just any new website. This is a sensory explosion of beauty, passion and color wrapped up in an efficient 5-7-5 line structure. Lush photos. Tasty haiku. And a new post every week. What's not to like?

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Meanwhile, this site will be featuring some tasty recipe stuff this week, including a high-stakes barbecue sauce throwdown. Excitement... stay tuned!

Miss Ginsu

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This Is Just To Say...

The Season's First Tomato

This is Just to Say

I have eaten
the tomato
that was on
the fire escape

and which
you were probably
for your return

Forgive me
it was delicious
so rich
and so ripe

Apologies to William Carlos Willaims

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Food Quote Friday: David Budbill

Purple Grapes in the Hand

Sometimes when day after day we have cloudless blue skies,
warm temperatures, colorful trees and brilliant sun, when
it seems like all this will go on forever,

when I harvest vegetables from the garden all day,
then drink tea and doze in the late afternoon sun,
and in the evening one night make pickled beets
and green tomato chutney, the next red tomato chutney,
and the day after that pick the fruits of my arbor
and make grape jam...

David Budbill from "Sometimes"

More colorful food quotes can be found within the food quote archive.

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Food Quote Friday: Christine Rhein

Wild Parking Lot Raspberries

if we could hear bread rising, dew forming, the budding
of raspberries, the tear of a cocoon, a minnow's pulse,
our own cells growing, dying."

Christine Rhein from "Tuning"

More dewy, pulsing food quotes can be found within the food quote archive.

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Food Quote Friday: David Shumate

Combo at Cafe Katja

"In the early spring I get together with all the people I've been in my past lives. We sit around the table at my grandfather's farmhouse — mashed potatoes, creamed peas, cornbread."

— David Shumate in "Welcome Home, Children"

More food quotes can be found within the food quote archive.

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Food Quote Friday: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Maple-Bacon Lolly

"The Pennycandystore beyond the El
is where I first
     fell in love
          with unreality
Jellybeans glowed in the semi-gloom
of that september afternoon
A cat upon the counter moved among
              the licorice sticks
          and tootsie rolls
      and Oh Boy Gum"

Lawrence Ferlinghetti from "The Pennycandystore Beyond the El"

More sticky-sweet food quotes can be found within the food quote archive.

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Food Quote Friday: Ronald Wallace

Morning Table
Buckets of thanks for the photo to Flickr user jackrusher.

"Sometimes I wish I had habits a man wouldn't kick,
faults a good man could be proud of.
I'd be an expatriate from myself,
all ink-pen and paper in a Paris café
where the waiters were elegant and surly,
the women relaxed and extravagant
with their bobbed hair and bonbons,
their perfumed Galoises,
their oysters and canapés,
and I'd be writing about war and old losses —"

Ronald Wallace from "Literature in the 21st Century"

More extravagant food quotes can be found within the food quote archive.

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Food Quote Friday: Gary Fincke

"Whatever the Sunday, the sorrows kept the women in the kitchen,
My cousins and their mothers, my grandmother, her sister, all of them
Foraging through the nerves for pain. They sighed and rustled and one would
Name her sorrows to cue sympathy's murmurs, the first offerings
Of possible cures: three eggs for chills and fever, the benefits
Of mint and pepper, boneset, sage, and crocus tea."

Gary Fincke from "The Sorrows"

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Food Quote Friday: Marge Piercy

Espresso in Paris

"Mornings you go off in my mouth like an electric
siren, radiating to my fingertips and toes.
You rattle my spine and buzz in my brain."
Marge Piercy from In Praise of Joe

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Food Quote Friday: Kevin Fanning

Add Bacon
Illustration by Kean Soo

"In order to increase renoun, add 'bacon' to most any noun."

Kevin Fanning in Baby's First Internet

(Ladies and gentlemen, the defendant is guilty as charged.)

More salty food quotes can be found within the food quote archive.

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Food Quote Friday: William Butler Yeats

Vino at Baron Rouge

A Drinking Song

Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.

William Butler Yeats

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Food Quote Friday: Baron Wormser

a farm-fresh dozen

"What a person desires in life is a properly boiled egg. This isn't as easy as it seems."
Baron Wormser from A Quiet Life

More food quotes can be found within the food quote archive.

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Food Quote Friday: Anne Sexton


"Someone once said:
Don't bite till you know
if it's bread or stone.
What I bite is all bread,
rising, yeasty as a cloud."

Anne Sexton from Snow

More food quotes can be found within the food quote archive.

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Food Quote Friday: May Sarton

The Mangosteen

"Now for a little I have fed on loneliness
As on some strange fruit from a frost-touched vine—
Persimmon in its yellow comeliness,
Of pomegranate-juice color of wine,
The pucker-mouth crab apple, or late plum—
On fruit of loneliness have I been fed."

May Sarton, from Encounter in April

More sweet and bitter food quotes can be found within the food quote archive.

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Foodlink Roundup: 04.14.08

Cupcake's Link Roundup
Last week, Cupcake was, as surmised, in Bryant Park, Manhattan. Where in the world is Cupcake this week? Post a guess in the comments.

Cookie Monster: Is Me Really Monster?
McSweeney's takes a peek inside the mind of an addict.

Pacific Coast Salmon Fishing Shut Down
This year's low fish stocks mean bad news for salmon lovers.

This Is Just To Say
So long, and thanks for all the fish. One of my favorite food poems, re-imagined.

Ever Had a Nice Bottle of Greenpoint?
Garage bands, underground art scenes... and now, warehouse wine. (via WineHazard)

pintprice.com: the price of beer anywhere
A handy tool for comparing the true cost of living.

Carl Warner: Photographer
Click the orange box for the fantasy food photos. (Via MUG)

Who knew there were enough films and docs on food justice to fill up an annual fest?

Aqua Ban at NY Hot Spots
Bottled water, is like, sooo last year...

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Food Quote Friday: Gary Johnson

Mango-Glazed Mahi Mahi

"How simple life is. We buy a fish. We are fed.
We sit close to each other, we talk and then we go to bed."

— Gary Johnson from You made crusty bread rolls...

More simply delicious food quotes can be found in the archive here.

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Food Poem Friday: Edward Lear

cheese at the ferry market

"They sailed to the Western Sea, they did,
To a land all covered with trees,
And they bought an Owl, and a useful Cart,
And a pound of Rice, and a Cranberry Tart,
And a hive of silvery Bees.
And they bought a Pig, and some green Jack-daws,
And a lovely Monkey with lollipop paws,
And forty bottles of Ring-Bo-Ree,
And no end of Stilton Cheese
Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a Sieve."

Taken from The Jumblies by Edward Lear

Going to sea? Take along a few choice food quotes.

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Food Quote Friday: Ray Nargis

charming coffee cup

"When I am old I'll drink whiskey in the morning
And coffee at night
And laugh and spit and swear wherever I want.
When I am old I'll help Girl Scouts across the street
Even if they don't want to go
And I won't have a car
And I won't have a bike
And I'll walk everywhere."

— from Ray Nargis' poem "When I am Old"

Love food quotes? Read more here.

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Food Quote Friday: Pablo Neruda

Tomatoes in the Barcelona Boqueria

"the tomato offers
its gift
of fiery color
and cool completeness."

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) "Ode to Tomatoes"

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Food Quote Friday: Eleanor Lerman


"So life lets you have a sandwich, and pie for your
late night dessert. (Pie for the dog, as well.) And
then life sends you back to bed, to dreamland,
while outside, the starfish drift through the channel,
with smiles on their starry faces as they head
out to deep water, to the far and boundless sea."

From Starfish by Eleanor Lerman

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Food Quote Friday: Andrew Marvell

Fruit at the Atwater Market in Montreal

The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons, as I pass,
Ensnared with flowers, I fall on grass

Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) from "Thoughts in a Garden"

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Food Quote Friday: Parisian Street Hawkers

Brassica capitata alba, et viridis = Cauolo Bolognese = Chou
Brassica capitata alba, et viridis = Cauolo Bolognese = Chou from the rich files of the NYPL Digital Gallery

"Choux gelées, les bons chou gelées!
Ils sont plus tendres que rosée,
Ils sont crû parmi les poirées
Et n'ont jamais été grêlées!"

"Frozen cabbages, good frozen cabbages!
They are more tender than the dawn,
They have grown amongst the white beet
And never been struck by hail!"

- Parisian street hawkers' cry, circa 1220-1900 (via the Larousse Gastronomique, of course)

More tender food quotes may be found here.

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Hello, Summer! Goodbye, Summer!

Fresh Currants
black currants

Bing Cherries
sweet bing cherries

Sour Cherries
tart cherries

Haiku for a Fleeting Moment

A flash of color!
berries strut in the market's
sweet summer moment.

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