YouTube microwaves, "Top Chef," and burger secrets

Rounding up the week's most see-worthy Web food videos

By Thomas Rogers
December 11, 2009 11:01PM (UTC)
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  • Because we needed another way to destroy our cumulative attention spans: Ubergizmo blogged this week about the new CastOven microwave -- with a built-in 10.4 inch LCD screen, speakers, and the capacity to play random YouTube clips with the exact length of your cooking time. Finally, your dreams of watching iPod commercials while warming up instant noodles can come true.

  • In the past few days, the folks at Digg were all over this clip from "Buy Me That" -- a children's consumer awareness-program -- in which a food stylist explains how she sells hamburgers on TV using undercooked meat, branding, strategic cutting, and toothpicks. There's something about the tinted early-nineties glow of the footage that makes her explanation seem extra-perturbing.

  • This fall, the UK's Good Food Channel commissioned Carl Warner and a team of food artists to re-create London's skyline using 26 different kinds of fruits and vegetables (including asparagus, watermelon, broccoli and pineapples). The result is genuinely spectacular and oddly serene (via

  • The food TV moment of the week was unquestionably Bravo's "Top Chef" finale, which gave viewers the climactic Voltaggio brother showdown this entire season had been building up. In case you missed it, relive the Voltaggios' moment of reckoning (via NYMag):

Thomas Rogers

Thomas Rogers is Salon's former Arts Editor. He has written for the Globe & Mail, the Village Voice and other publications. He can be reached at @thomasmaxrogers.

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