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    10 Things We Didn’t Know About Food

    10 Things We Didn’t Know About Food
    A surprise consequence of writing a book about food was that we lost our appetite. A month in, we realized we had underestimated just how devastating the effects of our industrial food systems are on our health, animal welfare, climate change and the earth’s resources. Thankfully, a few trips to some farmers markets with their good news story of artisan baking, ...
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    Sazerac: Possibly the First Cocktail Ever

    Sazerac: Possibly the First Cocktail Ever
    Our friend Erich at Foodproof visited New Orleans to bring us an original Sazarac cocktail recipe. Visit Foodproof for more articles by Erich and other Foodproof members! When I was in New Orleans last September I ate at a wonderful restaurant called Herbsaint. I decided to let the bartender choose my first drink by asking him, "If I'm only going to ...
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    Organic and Local Is So 2008

     Organic and Local Is So 2008
    Our industrial food system is rotten to the core. Heirloom arugula won't save us. Here's what will. A couple years back, in a wheat field outside the town of Reardan, Washington, Fred Fleming spent an afternoon showing me just how hard it's gotten to save the world. After decades as an unrepentant industrial farmer, the tall 59-year-old realized that his standard ...
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    Blumenthal Savaged by Health Watchdog

    Blumenthal Savaged by Health Watchdog
    Staff at the Fat Duck restaurant should not have been working when they were infected with the highly contagious norovirus, a Government health watchdog complained yesterday. In its first public criticism of the head chef and proprietor, Heston Blumenthal, the Health Protection Agency said it had identified "weakness" in the way his world-famous restaurant had dealt with ill staff, who should ...
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    Backyard Chickens

    Backyard Chickens
    With Easter in the days ahead, one thing has been on my mind this week: Chickens. We’re short a few chickens, so it seems time to add a few more chicks to our brood. With only six left from last years ten, the coyotes made their dent early on. But lately our six have been hangin’ tough, big breasted, and proud. ...
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    Are Fish Farms the Way to Meet Growing Fish Consumption?

    Are Fish Farms the Way to Meet Growing Fish Consumption?
    Friday night fish fries are a delicious staple of American life. Even the nation's fat phobia hasn't curbed the taste for crispy, golden fish and shellfish served right out of the fryer. The basics of a fish fry have remained unchanged, thank goodness, but there's fundamental change going on behind the scenes. Where generations once relied on the bounty of local ...
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    The Celebrity Nutritionist

    The Celebrity Nutritionist
    There are few people who could make the inner workings of the gut exciting , but the nutritionist Ian Marber is one of them. As he waxes lyrical on slow-release wholegrain s while drawing diagrams of things called mitochondria, his enthusiasm is so infectious you forget he is talking about things that would normally bore most of us silly. For the ...
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    Critics Taste 1825 Perrier-Jouët, The World’s Oldest Champagne

    Critics Taste 1825 Perrier-Jouët, The World’s Oldest Champagne
    One of the experts noted a whiff of mushrooms, a second thought he detected a hint of white truffles, while a third was struck by the flavour of honey and gingerbread. But on one thing they could all agree: it was an historic event as the world’s oldest bottle of champagne was opened — 184 years after it had been sealed ...
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    Obamas Plant a Garden on Their Lawn

    Obamas Plant a Garden on Their Lawn
    In 1943, in a time of war, Eleanor Roosevelt planted a victory garden on the White House lawn. On Friday, as America fights obesity and unhealthful eating habits, Michelle Obama will begin to plant an organic vegetable garden on the White House lawn. While the garden will provide food for the first family, the White House staff and important dinners, its ...
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    Farmed Exotic Mushrooms

    Farmed Exotic Mushrooms
    The first soup I ever made was a "black" mushroom soup. It seemed modish back then, compared to the canned, white slimy version that everyone thought fine to serve at dinner, jazzed up with parsley and a spot of cream. My soup contained flat mushrooms, whose ripe black frills gave it its darkly chic tone. A clove of garlic, a chopped ...
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    The Ethical Chef?

    The Ethical Chef?
    What is a chef’s responsibility to their community and sustainability? When John Besh, chef of August, fed his city with rice and beans after Hurricane Katrina, he didn’t have to. He didn’t have to be the first to open after Katrina or rebuild other restaurants in his neighborhood. Judy Rodgers, executive chef and co-owner of Zuni Café, and Alice Waters, founder ...
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    Drink More Beer: A Wine Buyer’s Guide.

     Drink More Beer: A Wine Buyer’s Guide.
    Earlier that day, we had nearly died together in a highway tunnel on the Ligurian coast. The car ahead of us began spewing opaque smoke from its exhaust and soon the entire tunnel was black – there was no way to gauge our car’s distance from the one in front, and no way for the car behind us to see if ...
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    Ode to The Urchin and A Well-Foraged Feast

    Ode to The Urchin and A Well-Foraged Feast
    The Napa Valley is home to many fine foods and some great sushi, but there are those times when nothing but the best will do and so it was we found ourselves on an excursion last week. A 45 minute drive with my fiancé from our home in the Napa Valley all the way over to one our favorite sushi houses ...
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    The Fat Duck Reopens After Health Scare

    The Fat Duck Reopens After Health Scare
    LONDON - Lovers of snail porridge, mustard ice cream and jelly of quail, rejoice. Britain's most famous restaurant reopened Thursday, March 12, more than two weeks after it shut due to a mysterious outbreak of sickness that left 400 people reporting bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. That kind of bad publicity could kill an ordinary restaurant, but The Fat Duck and ...
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    Gin: A Fresh Look on an Old Favourite

    Gin: A Fresh Look on an Old Favourite
    Across from me sits Tom Nichol, distiller of Gordon's Gin, and one of only four people in the world to hold the secret recipe to one of England's oldest spirits. Next to him sits Tom Soden, head barman at Geo Bar in central London. Both are extolling the virtues of gin, but from completely different angles. According to Nichol, the only ...
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    Restaurants Find Ways to Buy Farm-Fresh

    Restaurants Find Ways to Buy Farm-Fresh
    The gap between farm and fine dining is narrowing. Though touting the use of local foods has become all but ubiquitous at many of the nation's better restaurants, finding and getting those brag-worthy foods can be a hassle for restaurateurs and chefs. That's one reason chef David Swanson started Braise RSA, which stands for "restaurant supported agriculture" and creates a business-to-business ...
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    How to Start a Kitchen

    How to Start a Kitchen
    Our friends at Foodproof have compiled a list of kitchen essentials. Visit their website for more articles by Lara and other Foodproof members! Considering it's been a good ten years now, I remember the day I moved into my first apartment exceptionally well. I was 19 years old, starting my second year at UC Santa Barbara, and my dad had driven ...
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    High on Hemp?

    High on Hemp?
    In a cluttered storefront on Main Street in the quiet Mennonite community of Blue Ball, Pennsylvania, Shawn Patrick House pulls a faded print from a stack of old magazines, sales brochures and posters. The print, from a photograph taken on September 24, 1908, shows a farmer in a broad-brimmed hat, long sleeves and suspenders, riding along on his mechanical mowing machine ...
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    Jamie Oliver's New Computer Cookbook

    Jamie Oliver's New Computer Cookbook
    I own a signed first edition of Jamie Oliver's debut The Naked Chef which, one day, I thought, ought to be worth a bit of money – perhaps when he's knighted? But these days I'm not so sure. Ten years on, there are Jamie jars of pasta sauce in the supermarket, Jamie pots and pans in John Lewis, Jamie's face on ...
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    "Terroir" from a Rockpile

    "Terroir" from a Rockpile
    Some might say that terroir is the most important thing in making great wine. Its elements—soil composition, sun exposure, wind exposure, slope, drainage, etc.—determine how a vine will grow, contributing to the specific personality or characteristic of the vine’s wine. Terroir varies from vineyard to vineyard, creating different flavor profiles in wine. Clay Mauritson, owner and winemaker of Mauritson Family Winery, ...
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