“Southern food is so hot…What’s next? Antarctica?”

by ABCCmain on March 16, 2012

Cool. In Macleans by Jessica Allen, Eat it Up, Thurs Mar 15, 2012

“…But I’ve also noticed another contender for southern food supremacy: Antarctica. In the third issue of Lucky Peach, the magazine launched by chef and restaurateur David Cheng in collaboration with McSweeney’s last year, there’s a charming interview with the dinner production line cook for the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. (In fact, the entire issue is a keeper.) And in the current issue of CityBites magazine, there’s mention of a limited edition book about to be published called, The Antarctic Book of Cooking and CleaningIt’s the story of a Russian-Canadian clean up project told by the two women in charge of the well-being of the volunteers, who culled their journals, recipes, menu plans and photographs for the book.

Of course, the south needn’t actually worry about Antarctica stealing their status. The continent has a population of zero permanent residents; most food can’t actually grow there (although, according to the website Cool Antarctica, “some stations grow fresh vegetables on a hydroponic system where the plants grow in slowly circulating water with nutrients dissolved in it,”); ice makes it hard to harvest whales, seals, fish and birds for dinner, and The Antarctic Treaty forbids the import of soil because of the risk of introducing non-native insects, fungi or bacteria. So the chance of the South Pole coming up with a regional cuisine that could compete with southern cooking is, well, nil…”

Dumplings in Antarctica

by ABCCmain on March 16, 2012

Online news and blogging about The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning storytelling at the inaugural Reel Eats event “Eat Drink Man Women” event Jan 29, 2012. “A monthly gastronomic, film and story-telling event that brings together Toronto’s finest chefs, raconteurs, and food-lovers on one gloriously delicious night.”

•Vacay.ca Food and Drink Reviews, Feb 7, 2012 Celebrating food, film and storytelling in Toronto

The second storyteller of the evening was Carol Devine, author of “The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning,” who made us laugh with her story of Russian scientists spending too much time with penguins … Living an isolated life on that continent meant food was of utmost importance, culturally and socially. She fondly recalled Chinese cooks teaching Russians how to make dumplings as the different nationalities learned to live together in the desolation of Antarctica. And we appreciated our dessert of fried bananas with ginger ice cream all the more.

•Kyla Zanardi Feb 17, 2012 Reel Eats Blog Post Chronicles of Montrose

…Our resident foodie Kyla went to represent the Montrosians at last Sunday’s Reel Eats event. Host Mary Luz Mejia weaved together food (thank you Chef Yeung!), film (Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman), and storytellers, shared amongst a rowdy crew of Toronto foodies.

Yes, the cucumber chicken salad was out of this world, and yes, the lucky Chinese New Year envelopes were tons of fun. However, nothing captured Kyla more than Carol Devine and her tales from the Antarctic. Kyla was sold once Carol mentioned that the Antarctic is a territory governed by solely by research and justice (and you know how anything political or research oriented gets her going, let alone both combined). She’s spent the past week trying to convince us to pack our bags and take two weeks off to trek through the Antarctic.