This post is not about Greek Mythology. But not everyone can subsist on food for thought alone.
This is a plug for Digital Dish, an edited collection of over 80 food blog posts from 24 excellent online food writers (Press for Change Publishing, 2005). All of the entries are currently found on the Web, but editor Owen Linderholm has organized them, indexed them, written nice introductions for each of the authors, and generally produced a fine little volume which can act simultaneously as a cookbook, a volume of creative nonfiction, and a handy reference to the best food blogs out there.
I love the international quality of Digital Dish. My favorite food blogger, Alberto, is an Italian living in Germany. Bloggers from South Africa, Australia, France, Singapore, and England, in addition to Americans, crowd these pages. Glorious unity in diversity: everyone here loves to cook and eat, and everyone has his or her own unique perspective. From chapati to chinotto, these guys have the chops.
The only drawback to Digital Dish: as I am leaving for the Fulbright Seminar in Greece in a few days, I will not be cooking my own food for several weeks. I will have to wait to make the boiled plantain dish, Platano Fufu. Fufu boo hoo.
PS: Mainstream food books do not represent the best writing out there. They represent the most marketable writing out there. If you want to spend $29.95 on a celebrity cookbook, be my guest. But if you like good food writing by real, accessible people who generously share excellent recipes you yourself can make (plus easy access to near endless further reading online), click through to Digital Dish and buy one.