Accidental Food Writing

One of the most memorable pieces of food writing is said to be Proust’s description of a madeleine from Remembrance of Things Past – quite possibly the most unintentional pieces of food writing out there. Actually, there’s very little about the madeleine in there, it’s mostly about the tea if anything, but that’s not how it’s remembered. (ForContinue reading “Accidental Food Writing”

Media Review: Salt

A day late again! Eventually I’ll get back on track… in the meantime, I’m glad it’s only by one day. Quite a lot has been written about salt in recent years – from Mark Kurlansky’s best-selling book, Salt: A World History, to New York City’s proposed “ban on salt“. Despite the public’s mixed feelings about saltContinue reading “Media Review: Salt”

Media Review: Perfect Pairings

In preparation for the wine classes I’ve been teaching this week, I’ve been reading a great book that one of my students brought in –Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier’s Practical Advice for Partnering Wine with Foodby Evan Goldstein (click the link to find it on Amazon).  I took a class with Evan Goldstein many years ago.Continue reading “Media Review: Perfect Pairings”

Wandering: The Brooklyn Library

I love books… I love the way they feel, the way they smell, the way they look on the shelf – colorful invitations to journeys ready for the taking; and of course I love reading them. For all these reasons, libraries have always been favorite destinations for solitary wanderings – especially when there’s a chill in the air. While IContinue reading “Wandering: The Brooklyn Library”

Honoring the Past

There are two gastronomic institutions that I am mourning today. First, the loss of the grand food and culture periodical Gourmet, and second, the anniversary of the passing of one of the best food writers ever, R.W. “Johnny” Apple, Jr.  I was too stunned yesterday to write about the passing of Gourmet magazine. Gourmet was my first “food porn”Continue reading “Honoring the Past”

More Armchair Traveling – Italy to Vietnam

On rainy days when I have to get up and go to work, I wish that I could grab a cup of coffee, a good book or a stack of magazines and curl up in my cozy chair. I love the experience of being transported to new and exotic places through stories, photos and recipes.Continue reading “More Armchair Traveling – Italy to Vietnam”

More on Japanese Grilling

Today I spent a bit more time researching the grilling technique I wrote about yesterday, so today’s “Been There, Read That” will take us a little further into this subject (this may actually be the beginning of a new food tangent for me). I will admit that until the bincho-tan demonstration last week, my experience withContinue reading “More on Japanese Grilling”