Category Archives: Food Writing

Spice of the Day

To distract my co-workers while WFH, I produced little pieces of spice lore: one a day for what was then a five day work week. Though they appeared in serialized fashion, they are here united for a slightly longer read. … Continue reading

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Out of French Colonial Contact

Fresh asparagus and crab soup (Súp măng tây cua) Loaded with asparagus and crab, this soup is elegant looking and delicately flavored. Vietnamese consider it special-occasion fare because it features asparagus, a pricey ingredient introduced by the French as an … Continue reading

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American Style Pasta

Noodlephant Written by Jacob Kramer Illustrated by K-Fai Steele Published by Enchanted Lion Books You will be enchanted by the creativity that goes into the pasta making and the endearing civil disobedience. After being dragged through kangaroo court, jailed in … Continue reading

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Autocorrect Greatest Hits

On a monthly basis I exchange food remarks with a friend. In some of the messages there is often a linguistic puzzle to solve. A veritable cornucopia of the deliciously memorable. Look how squash turned out: shush From an exchange … Continue reading

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The Sensual and the Intellectual

Why food matters Ruth Reichl’s 2005 Tanner Lectures https://tannerlectures.utah.edu/_documents/a-to-z/r/Reichl_2007.pdf When you eat with all your senses you open yourself to the glorious pleasures of taste and touch and smell as they go rushing through your body. That is no small … Continue reading

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Clearing

Nadiya Hussain Time to Eat I have a few rules I always tell myself: #3 The Freezer is My Friend I always have one drawer totally empty, having just that little bit of space means you have room to think … Continue reading

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Gravy & Garlic

The Breath of a Wok Grace Young and Alan Richardson The charming turns of this dedication to three people by Alan Richardson bring a smile to our lips. In memory of my mother, who gave me a taste for good … Continue reading

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Mise-en-place and Mindset

Thomas Keller Ad Hoc at Home On mise-en-place … Be organized in your mind too. Think ahead, and think one step at a time. Take sixty seconds to write down a list of the tasks you need to accomplish so … Continue reading

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Working the Angles

My Amazon review of Chèvre by Tia Keenan. An exercise in limits. It won’t melt I like the intro advice on goat’s cheese: “Chèvre does not melt — Think of chèvre as most similar to ricotta in the way it … Continue reading

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The Call to Risk

We beg to differ with Cecil Beaton Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Likely from his … Continue reading

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