Food / Dining

Raise Your Glass: Wine Giant Makes a Nice Little Cab

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Trapiche Oak Cask Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Mendoza, Argentina, $10.99 I appreciate the effort that goes into making a high-quality wine, and there are a number of great small winemakers across the world who are producing excellent wines, carefully attending to the vines, hand-picking the grapes and fermenting the juice to perfection, often at affordable prices. Those small batch wines can be tricky to find, but they are out there on the U.S. market, many in the $10 range, prices held down by the strength of the dollar abroad or the weakness of originating country’s economy. Most wine sellers have at least one or two to …

Winter Vegetables: There’s Plenty of Produce That’s In Season

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Everybody assumes that local produce isn’t available come winter, and those people cannot be more wrong, says Michael Anthony, author of the cookbook V Is for Vegetables (Little, Brown and Co.; October 2015; $40) and executive chef of the restaurants Gramercy Tavern and Untitled in New York City. “It’s charming to eat in …

Strategies for the Soup Pot: Famed Eatery Sparks Love of Mulligatawny

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The first time I had mulligatawny soup was at Herren’s Restaurant, an Atlanta landmark for more than 53 years, where I occasionally had lunch with my father. Herren’s, which was the place to be seen in the city, particularly if you were a mover and shaker, was owned and operated by Ed Negri, …

Chef Puts a New Spin on a Seasonal Classic — Winter Squash

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

After Thanksgiving, with all its orange purees and mashes and soups, it’s easy to tire of winter squash. But if your diet depends on seasonal vegetables — particularly local ones — you owe it to yourself to explore …

Raise Your Glass: A Wine That Riffs on a Colorful History

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

19 Crimes Glenrowan, Australia 2013 Red Wine, $12.99 A wine with a good back story is one thing, but when you find a good wine with a great back story, it makes the drinking all the better. The …

A Chef’s Favorite Holiday Cookie

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

For someone who has concocted, and named, a compost cookie and crack pie, Christina Tosi of Washington, D.C.’s Milk Bar has a surprisingly simple holiday go-to cookie. It’s the one that she brings every year to her staff’s …

Nation’s ‘Food Deserts’ Still Barren analysis finds

Sunday, December 13, 2015

St. Louis — As part of Michelle Obama’s healthy eating initiative, a group of major food retailers promised in 2011 to open or expand 1,500 grocery or convenience stores in and around neighborhoods with no supermarkets by 2016. …

New Cookbooks Spotlight Nordic Cuisine

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

As new books pile up on my desk each fall, in the predictable publishing rite that anticipates holiday buying, there are always surprises. This year was no exception as seven — yes, seven — cookbooks on Nordic cuisine …

Calif. High Court OKs Organic Labeling Lawsuits

Sunday, December 6, 2015

San Francisco — Consumers have a right to file lawsuits under California law alleging food products are falsely labeled “organic,” the state Supreme Court ruled. Last week’s ruling overturned a lower court decision that barred such suits on the grounds that they were superseded and not allowed by …

E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Chipotle Now in 9 States

Sunday, December 6, 2015

New York (ap) — An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle has expanded to nine states, with a total of 52 people being sickened. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday there were seven additional illnesses, including in three more states — Illinois, Maryland and …

Writer Asks Agriculture Experts: How Do We Fix Our Food System?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

I have a theory. It’s a theory about why we’re having such a misguided, unconstructive discussion about several hot-button food-related issues, GMOs first among them. It begins with the premise that our food supply has some very big …

A Pox on the Thanksgiving Bird?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Before the two of us waste too much time on the subject, I ask J. Kenji López-Alt, the respected managing culinary director for the website Serious Eats, how much experience he has with pop-up timers. He says he …

Thanksgiving Staples Could Cost a Bit More

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Minneapolis — Bird flu took a bite out of the turkey supply. Heavy rain washed out the pumpkin crop. Yet Thanksgiving groceries likely won’t cost Americans much more than last year, and nobody should have to miss gobbling down their favorite holiday foods. The holiday season perennially generates …