Francis Lam

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    A Ban on Shark's Fin in New York

    New York may soon be joining seven other states to end the sale and possession of shark's fin -- an irresponsibly harvested luxury ingredient that has contributed to a serious decline in the world's shark population. The state Assembly has unanimously agreed to halt sales of fins and several environ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    3 Good Things, Including a Lobster Dress

    1 Harnessing the power of the sun to make dinner! Here's a nice bit about solar cooking, or concentrating sunlight and converting it into heat. NPR shows us how to heat a pot with reflective panels using some cardboard and aluminum foil. [NPR] 2 Francis Lam on food writing and the joy of talking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2012

    Blogroll Gazette: Lobster Rolls and Egg White Cocktails

    This week in food blogs ... Serious Eats eats 19 lobster rolls. [Serious Eats] Eddie Huang and Francis Lam talk about whether or not it is fair for chefs to cook other cultures' food. "A huge part of the reason I opened Baohaus is because everyone thought Momofuku pork buns were the original and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    When American Chefs Cook Immigrant Food

    If you read Francis Lam's story for the New York Times last week, maybe you thought about it for a few minutes: why do American-raised chefs who learn to cook the food of immigrant cultures often become so much more successful than the immigrants themselves? It's a very interesting question. I don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Top Chef Masters Will Have Women Chefs, Great Judges

    Bravo announced season 4 of Top Chef Masters today and the New York chefs competing include Missy Robbins of A Voce, Sue Torres of SueƱos, and Kerry Heffernan of South Gate.

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Blogroll Gazette: Exploding Food, Sushi Chef Flicks

    This week in food blogs... Food Republic shows us how amazing exploding food is when photographed up close. Gilt Taste remembers Biggie Smalls' death with an essay by Francis Lam on what the rapper's lyrics taught him about food.

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Year of the Takeout: Part Deux

    Day 2: General Tso's Chicken from King Dragon (1548 Madison Avenue, 212-369-6788) The identity of General Tso and the origin of his eponymous, ubiquitous chicken has long been a question nagging the American psyche, right along with queries like "Who is John Galt?" (spoiler: he's a total jackass w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Gilt Taste Launches, Selling Meat the Price of Your Mortgage and More!

    Gilt Taste / Marcqui AkinsRuth Reichl tweets sadly not featured​Gilt Taste, the epicurean arm of luxe Gilt Groupe, launched today, offering both an online marketplace for specialty foodstuffs and an online magazine led by Editorial Advisor Ruth Reichl (formerly of Gourmet) and Features Editor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Bear Eats Psychedelic Mushrooms, Trips in the Forest, Hallucinates

    Who knew that bears like to get high, too? Though we can't vouch for the scientific veracity of this video, it sure is fun to watch, and we're wondering where we can find mushrooms like that in the forest, too! Or maybe in the Union Square Greenmarket? It comes to us from Literal Bears I'm Jealou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Gilt Groupe Makes It Official With Ruth Reichl​After a month or so of speculation, it looks like Ruth Reichl is indeed collaborating with Gilt Taste, the new food version of Gilt Groupe, the website that bills itself as a provider of "invitation-only access to highly coveted products and experiences at insider prices."

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Numerous Americans Say 'I Love You' With Olive Garden

    ​If you are reading this and haven't made any Valentine's Day dining plans, you are screwed. Unless you are one of the millions of Americans who apparently think that Olive Garden is a desirable destination for romantic dining.

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    And in Case You Missed It: Sandra Lee's Kwanzaa Cake

    Of course, you didn't miss it. It's the racially-charged semi-homemade cake recipe phenom that won't die. But, is Sandra Lee's Kwanzaa Cake racist? Salon Food's Francis Lam points out that it has little do with culinary traditions associated with Kwanzaa. And now, the recipe writer Denise Vivaldo' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    The Spaghetti Taco Craze Explained; Colony Collapse Research Yields Results

    ​Days after Our Man Sietsema pitted the McDonald's Snack Wrap against the BK Breakfast Bowl, Francis Lam admits that the Southern Style Chicken at McDonald's is actually pretty good. [Salon] In case you missed it, spaghetti tacos are all the rage among kids these days. Yep, that's spaghetti t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Gourmet Makes the Case Against Tipping While Salon Ponders It

    Gawker​Like a grease trap's lingering odor, the tipping debate will never really go away, at least not until journalists stop writing about it and anarchy rages in the streets and diners are momentarily distracted from dwelling on percentages. The latest salvo comes from an article our intrepi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    The Asian Feastival Comes to Queens This Monday

    Robert SietsemaM&T's sautéed pine nuts and corn.​If you don't have any Labor Day plans, consider yourself lucky: that means you'll have the opportunity attend the Asian Feastival, a culinary fantasia taking place in Queens.

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    RE: Children in Restaurants, Our Man Sietsema Advises Parents to Go With the Lamb Testicles

    Emborg/FlickrFood for thought.​Much has of late been said on the topic of children in restaurants, and much more will undoubtedly be said, but we're pretty sure that Our Man Sietsema, whom Salon's Francis Lam interviewed for a story about the subject, is the first to offer some perspective by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Beard Awards Media and Journalism Finalists Are Announced

    The man himself.​The James Beard Foundation is announcing its James Beard Awards finalists via Twitter this morning. The list of chefs has just started rolling out (currently, regional finalists are being named), but the list of final nominees for the foundation's Media and Journalism Awards a ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 9, 2010

    Hand-Pulled Noodles in Chinatown

    Get your dough stretched like taffy at a new spot

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Future of Food Journalism Is Fragmented, Niche-Oriented, and Possibly Too Concerned With Keith McNally's Ass

    As good a way as any to determine food journalism's future.​Last night at the Gabarron Foundation, Culintro hosted a panel discussion about the future of food journalism. The overall message? Food journalism does actually have a future. In a discussion moderated by New School food studies prof ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Francis Lam Enjoys a Hand-Pulled Noodle Crawl

    Kuai An's special hand-pulled noodles.​We at Fork in the Road have long been enamored of hand-pulled noodles. Salon's Francis Lam is, too: today on Salon's Food Section, he devotes a few hundred choice words to a recent hand-pulled noodle crawl he conducted through Chinatown. And over the cour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Sietsema and Others Muse on the Future of Food Journalism

    In this month's Columbia Journalism Review, Robert Sietsema pens a feature on the history of restaurant reviewing; the importance of anonymity; the increasing number of writers not only identifying themselves, but also accepting free meals; and how food blogs and sites like Yelp have changed the lan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Ruth Reichl Reveals What's in Her Fridge

    ​Ever wonder what the editrix of the now defunct Gourmet has in her icebox? Salon's Francis Lam asked his old boss to open her refrigerator door for all to see what dwells therein.

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Salon Debuts Its Food Section

    ​Gourmet's excellent website may be suspended in purgatory, but one of its erstwhile staffers has moved on to try to fill the void: Earlier today, former Gourmet contributing editor Francis Lam published the first post on's new food website, called, appropriately, Salon Food. Promisi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Things We Hate--Overused Food Words

    Certain words are so overused in food writing, that they make our skin crawl. Which is not to say that we don't use them ourselves, we just don't like it when other writers do. Maybe you know some food words that put your teeth on edge. Dollop Slathered Homey Wilted Nosh Drizzled Crispy Ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Goodbye Ganda

    The Solitary Cyclist at Monkey Town Food blogging luminaries turned out Saturday night at Monkey Town in Williamsburg to bid farewell to Ganda Suthivarakom of She's leaving this week for a six month stint in Stockholm. The band she fronts as lead singer -- The Solitary Cyc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Strange Snacks of the World -- Duck lower jaws

    I was hanging out in Flushing with my friend Francis Lam, who writes a weekly column for We'd been on the usual run to Golden Shopping Mall, Roosevelt Food Court, and the Peking duck window at Corner 28. We'd gotten a scallion pancake under the LIRR, and copped a lamb kebab ("with spic ... More >>