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Food / Dining

Dan Barber

Farm-to-Table Pioneer Chef Turns Skeptic

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How did a chef who opened a restaurant on a Hudson Valley farm come to write a book questioning the very thesis of the farm-to-table movement? It started with a magazine’s prompt to illustrate the future of food on a plate. Dan Barber, 44, the co-owner and forward-thinking executive chef behind Blue Hill in Manhattan and the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, answered the question by sketching three philosophical plates instead of one, as he explains in his book, The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food (Penguin Press, 2014). The first two plates reflected the evolution of a steak-and-carrots meal, …

Book Teaches Budget Cooking

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Leanne Brown didn’t set out to write a buzz-worthy cookbook for people who want fine-dining taste on a food stamp budget. Because Good and Cheap, a beautifully photographed e-book packed with low-cost, fuss-free recipes, actually began simply as a master’s thesis for the 29-year-old NYU food studies program graduate. But after Brown posted …

Summer Crowds Flock to Alaskan ‘Hot Dog Nazi’

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Anchorage, Alaska — There’s no shortage of hot dog stands hawking that spicy, oh-so-Alaska treat, the reindeer dog, in downtown Anchorage. But only one of them has consistently long lines. M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs is owned by a guy with an attitude and seven types of tasty grilled dogs — including one with a …

Lucille B. Smith Blazed a Trail as an Entrepreneur

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lucille Bishop Smith was a chef, educator, entrepreneur and food corporation president who has been called the first African-American businesswoman in Texas. She is credited with inventing the first commercially marketed hot roll mix and establishing one of the nation’s first college-level commercial foods and technology departments. “She’s …

Beef Pollutes More Than Pork, Poultry

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Washington — Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more …

Floral and Citrusy, Gewurztraminer Is a Grape Like No Other

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The white wine grape gewurztraminer is a world of its own. No other grape, when made into a wine, can boast that it has perfume and flavor as fierce as gewurztraminer’s — of rose petals and orange blossoms, litchi fruit, citrus and bergamot peel, and juicy, ripe tropical …

Couple Remakes a Condiment

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Matt and Kori Wallace’s courtship is the stuff of preppy fantasies. The two, both 30, met on a coed soccer league in the District of Columbia in 2008, bonded over their shared Virginia roots and got married last …

Serving the Whole Fish: Cookbook Author Questions Why We Don’t Dine on America’s Catch 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Author Paul Greenberg was standing in his Manhattan kitchen, cleaver in hand. He had already fluidly removed two fillets from a gleaming red snapper, shipped overnight from the Gulf of Mexico. Now it was time to take off …

Martha Bakes, for a Crowd

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Norwich — As she mixed, stirred and kneaded, media magnate Martha Stewart talked animatedly about her methods and techniques. While scraping whisked eggs into a bowl, Stewart said to the class at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, “My …

Sides Are Essential for Cookouts, Especially for Barbecue

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Contributing a side dish to the Fourth of July cookout used to be easy. You might show off your family potato salad, bring corn to grill or shoulder-carry a big ol’ watermelon. Then America went and got all froufrou. Olive oil, lemon and fresh basil dressed Yukon Golds …

A Pair of Recipes for Classic Barbecue Sides

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Classic Central Texas Pinto Beans 12 to 14 servings (makes 8 cups) When accompanying barbecue, a side of pintos should be a little brothy and creamy-tasting, attributes of the beans made by columnist Jim Shahin’s central Texas-born-and-raised wife, Jessica. He says her rendition’s the best of any he’s …

Best Steaks for Grilling

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The weather’s cooperating, the coals are lit and you’ve got your mind on a juicy steak with perfect grill marks. But what type of steak should you buy? Well, rib-eye remains the favorite across the United States, the …

Tips on Buying And Cooking Steak

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

∎ Speak up. Tell the meat cutter or meat counter person what you’re looking for. How many people are you feeding? Do you want individual steaks or a big Flintstones-size slab to share? Does he or she have any tips on cooking it? ∎ Read the label carefully. …