Cracker Jack Still Strong; Like Yukon Golds? Try Keuka Potatoes


Gourmet staffers have been invited to attend the annual Great Gathering of Chefs at the Mandarin Oriental on Sunday, where each will receive a Golden Fork Award and get to rub elbows with Emeril Lagasse, Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Michael Psilakis. [Page Six]

Cracker Jack has been a ballpark mainstay since 1908, and continues to be a bestseller despite gourmet food entering stadiums nationwide. Baseball fans can buy bull testicles in Denver and crab cakes in Baltimore, but many still opt for a Cracker Jack box. [NY Times]

Researchers at Cornell have developed a breed of potato similar to Yukon Gold that can handle this region’s volatile climate, short growing season, and divergent soils. Keuka Golds look and taste like Yukons, but many farmers are reluctant to grow them. [NY Times]

The Encyclopedia of Pasta by Oretta Zanini De Vita has information on every type, from Abruzzo’s abbotta pezziende to Puglia’s zumari. It also debunks the myth that Marco Polo found pasta in China. Apparently, dried pasta has been around since A.D. 800. [NY Times]

People who drink water instead of other liquids have healthier diets, according to a new report. Plain water drinkers tend to eat more fiber, less sugar, and less calorie-dense foods. Those who prefer juices and other beverages had less healthy diets. [Reuters]