Category Archives: food focus

Mastering Stocks and Broths

Of all the items on the menu, soup is that which exacts the most delicate perfection and strictest attention. Escoffier I used throw chicken scraps and vegetable peelings in a pot, boil it, do a bit of skimming, and then … Continue reading

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The Vegetable, Recipes that Celebrate Nature

The near end of the street was rather dark and had mostly vegetable shops…piles of white and green fennel…and great sheaves of young, purplish, sea-dust colored artichokes, nodding in their buds, piles of great radishes, scarlet and bluey purple, carrots, long … Continue reading

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Tea Time Redux

No, knock wood, I am not close to my last meal, but I am enjoying tea (among other things) in London this week. So pleased to be deliciously crumb-covered! I’ve just decided. I want my last meal to be tea. … Continue reading

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Savor the South–Ham

Carve a ham as if you were shaving the face of a friend. Henri Charpentier For a Yankee like me, there is a mystique surrounding Southern ham. Are they all cured and smoked and salty? Do you soak it and … Continue reading

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Real Pizza, Secrets of the Neapolitan Tradition

As a chef and as a father, I am very upset by what’s on the menu at most schools: chicken nuggets and tater tots and ketchup and pizza. Jose Andres He’s not talking about the pizza in this book. The … Continue reading

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Savor the South–Corn

A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine. Anne Bronte Corn has to be among the most American of foods. Corn is woven through Mayan mythology–marking calendar dates and shaping origin stories. English settlers called the … Continue reading

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Fruit

  It has so happened in all ages of the world that some have labored, and others have, without labor, enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits. Abraham Lincoln It’s easy to see how the wild and cultivated sweet produce … Continue reading

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