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Seen & Read: June 20, 2013

Food Arts Staff / June 20th, 2013

Greenmarket to Gotham Recipe Journal by Alfred Portale
The team at Gotham Bar and Grill has collaborated on a beautifully illustrated recipe book depicting the 36 recipes and profiles about the farms where they sourced the ingredients. The recipes were crafted over the past three summers as part of the Greenmarket to Gotham program. Ten percent of book proceeds go to GrowNYC. —Abbe Lewis, associate editor

Fro-Yo is the New Go-To, The Wall Street Journal
The self-serve frozen yogurt (fro-yo) fad is finding its place nationwide, but particularly in New York City this summer. According to the Wall Street Journal, fro-yo spots are the “new bank branches” in cities. Maybe it’s the concept of deciding exactly how much you want and not having to abide by a predetermined size, or perhaps it's the multitude of toppings and flavors available—even the lower calorie and fat content, with appealing vegan, kosher, and Greek yogurt options. Whether your vice is 16 Handles, Pinkberry, or Red Mango, it's safe to say this is the summer for fro-yo in New York City, no matter which borough you call home. —Bentley Weisel, editorial assistant

Space-Age Underwater Hotel Planned for Maldives,
I’m curious to see the building process for this property, and how they can accomplish it without damaging the reef. —Abbe Lewis

Cue the Decanter. "If you’re really serious, if you want to become an M.S., you can’t do it alone," declares Eleven Madison Park sommelier Dustin Wilson. SOMM, writer/director Jason Wise’s documentary about four sommeliers—Wilson, Brian McClintic, DLynn Proctor, and Ian Cauble—as they prepare for, take, and receive their results for the Master Sommelier final exam, opens in theaters tomorrow. The film invites viewers along on the journey—a path hewn by passionate focus, peppered with humor, and fraught with consternation—as these "new rock stars of our industry" (chef/restaurateur Michael Mina) come to terms with the need to "know every single wine on the planet" (Proctor) and the recognition that "nothing else in my life has been this difficult" (Cauble). Read the review on—Kelley McClain, managing editor