CK Friday Links--Friday December 16, 2011

Here's yet another selection of interesting links from around the internet. As always, I welcome your thoughts and your feedback.

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Could you feed a family of eight for a full day on $2 total? (Owlhaven)

A spectacular prep tip: how to peel an entire head of garlic in ten seconds. (Vimeo, via Nutmeg Disrupted)

For those who are really paranoid about bacteria on your fresh produce, here's an easy, inexpensive technique you can use at home. (Basically Vegan)

A wine blogger unearths a stunning pay-for-access scandal at the Wine Advocate, leading to the resignation of a well-known wine critic. Go citizen journalism! (Jim's Loire, followed by this follow-up story. See also: Wine Diarist, Gawker and The Baltimore Sun, and a bonus post: Why the wine world looks like a bunch of d-bags)

Recipe Links:
Drink this Nutella Hot Chocolate and all will be right with the world. (The Hungry Housewife)

Make Peter's Roasted Pork Shanks with Crackling and all will be right with the entire universe. (Kalofagas)

Wait. Did you just say Spaghetti in a Mild Curry Sauce? (A Life Of Spice)

Off-Topic Links:
This week's unsolicited book recommendation: The Investor's Manifesto: Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between by William Bernstein. The best investing book I've read all year by a mile. Short, blunt, insightful and incredibly useful. Use it and stop getting separated from your money!

A fashion blog's fascinating take on minimalism and clothing. (Chictopia)

Finding it pointless and wasteful to blow $20 on wrapping paper that's just going to be torn to shreds Christmas morning? Some alternatives. (The Simple Dollar)

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Stuart Carter said...

among the many reasons why I prefer beer is that the two main rating sites - beeradvocate and ratebeer - are so massively crowdsourced that "buying" ratings would become prohibitively expensive in no time flat.

Then the manipulation would be discovered and the brand responsible for the manipulation would be destroyed. The end ;)

Daniel said...

I hear you Stuart. This whole wine scandal thing really illustrates to me that the traditional leading publications in many fields simply don't have the authority they think they do. Not anymore.

To your point, I'd much rather follow somebody like 1WineDude's opinion on wine (or in the case of beer, a crowdsourced opinion from real beer lovers) than follow some context-free wine score from some blowhard who takes money for showing up to rate wines. Heck, from what I read, most people think this guy doesn't even have a palate.


Eleni said...

Nutella hot chocolate? I love you.