In 1927, a Parisian newspaper first reported on Soviet biologist Ilya Ivanov’s attempts to inseminate women with chimpanzee sperm. The Primate Research Institute he founded is still active in the forgotten land of Abkhazia. Writer Pawel Wargan and photographer Mari Bastashevski went inside. Today on Roads & Kingdoms.
It’s James Beard award time. If you don’t know the James Beard awards are like the Oscars of the culinary industry. Super excited that Matt Goulding won in the Journalism section this past Friday in the Cooking, Recipes or Instruction category for our ‘Southern Food Rises Again’ story for Mens Health mag.
The other member of our Southern Supersonic wrecking crew Sean Brock is nominated for the premier prize Outstanding Chef in the Restaurant and Chef Awards that take place tonight. Fingers crossed he gets a bronze medallion too.
I have to say that this gig is one of my all time favorite photo/life adventures. We started our 5 day road trip in Charleston before taking in Athens, Atlanta, Birmingham and New Orleans, eating high end and low end all along the way. See a portfolio of the project here.
Thats Matt on the left and Sean on the right above enjoying a low calorie lunch at our final stop Cochon in New Orleans. Without a doubt one of the tastiest meals ever. Great times …
From Andrew Hetherington, badass photographer and valued R&K contributor. Great seeing him and Sean Brock at the R&K Happy Hour-and-a-Half last night in the East Village.
Isaac Burns Murphy, an African-American rider widely considered one of the greatest jockeys in the history of horse racing, won three Kentucky Derbies in the late 1800’s.
More from Michael Lindenberger’s ode to the Derby and its complicated racial history:
When Meriwether Lewis Clark’s year-old track hosted the first Kentucky Derby in 1875, in front of some 10,000 fans, thirteen of 14 starters in the Derby were ridden by black jockeys, including the winning rider aboard Aristides. Black jockeys won many of the first 25 Derbies, but have long since dropped out. There hasn’t been a black winner since 1902.
[But] this year, against all hope, one of the leading contenders for the Derby is a horse named Goldencents that will be ridden by Kevin Krigger, a 110-pound jockey who is the first black rider in the Derby since 2000.
Team Roads & Kingdoms hit the James Beard awards last night. The final roundup: Matt Goulding, somewhat crowded out of the picture here, nonetheless won an award for the epic southern food crawl he wrote for Mens Health. Our two nominated stories lost out to worthy competition, but we’re still proud as hell of those stories and the writers who produced them: Oliver Bullough’s Adjika: Sauce of Glory, Pride of Abkhazia and Matt Goulding’s Palermo: Soul of a City.
White asparagus and black truffle ice cream, an earth-shattering plate from El Celler de Can Roca, last night named the best restaurant in the world.