Seeking to distance itself from bad writing and flash-illuminated pictures of the latest of-the-moment dish (but enough about Perez Hilton...heyoo!), The Farmer General's a just-launched online culinary-lit mag rocking a tone that's "James Beard crossed with a French aristocrat after he's had a few", edited and written by an ex-adult-movie-reviewing culinary school grad and the food-obsessed creator of the web comic Achewood, also what adult-movie-reviewing might give you. What to expect when navigating their hunger-inducing domain:
Humor: Distancing itself from gee-whiz foodie sincerity, General offers smart yuks in selections like "101 Ways to Ruin Your Supper or Fast Bites for the Ill-Informed", or the pro-carb manifesto "Eating Bread: A Venerable Tradition Getting Its Ass Handed To Itself By Psychopaths".
Memoir and Essay: There's also plenty of (still funny!) thought-provoking writing, like an in-depth exploration of affinage (the aging and refinement of cheese), or "Down and Out in Disneyland", a culinary journey through the Magic Kingdom that involves chicken "painted with what must be one part soy sauce, one part the renderings of a spavined equus" and carafes of "mild red alcohol", which one can safely say are not filled with Pete Rosé.
Recipes: Even though writing stands in the forefront, many of General's pieces include recipes, with an eye towards dishes that have been abandoned to history, like the Lost Pie series featuring weirdness like vinegar pie, or goodies from the "helpful hint staff" supplying directions for bites like an almondy sugary butter concoction from 1578 called Maids of Honour, which are usually pretty easy to make if everyone's had enough Champagne.
This 5-Pound, 2-Foot Burrito is Wrapped in Bacon