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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 …

Culinary Teachers Find Students Often Don’t Know the Basics

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Processed and convenience foods and shortcut cooking methods have become so entrenched in our culinary culture, it’s easy to forget just how much we have forgotten about real cooking. But cooking instructor Darina Allen knows all too well. …

Frozen Food Makes Push As Sales Flag

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

New York — Frozen food makers planned to launch their first national TV ad in defense of their products on Tuesday as the category fights to boost slipping sales. The ad will include the tag line “Frozen: How Fresh Stays Fresh” and is intended to address negative misconceptions …

Vt. Is First With GMO Labeling

Friday, May 9, 2014

Montpelier — As hundreds cheered, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a law Thursday that puts Vermont on the path to be the first state to require labeling of genetically modified foods and promptly announced an online fundraiser to battle expected legal challenges from the food industry. The Vermont law …

Make Your Own Granola: It’s Better, and Costs Less

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

I love breakfast. Lately it seems every article I read on healthy lifestyles promotes eating a good breakfast. As we finally emerge from the hot cereal time of year, I always start hankering for good granola. There’s nothing …

Top Chefs Recognized, Cronuts, Too

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

And you thought the lines to get a Cronut were bad before. Last year, New York pastry chef Dominique Ansel needed crowd control and rationing to handle the frenzy over his trademarked doughnut-croissant hybrid that became a viral …

The Right (and Wrong) Chardonnay With Food

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Perhaps chardonnay is the world’s most popular fine white wine grape because its wine just tastes so delicious all by itself. For years, shorthand for “a glass of white wine, please” has been the word “chardonnay.” But, to …

Copenhagen Restaurant Rated World’s Best

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rene Redzepi’s daringly innovative Danish restaurant Noma has reclaimed the title of world’s top restaurant. Noma — which has a meticulous focus on simple, indigenous ingredients such as snails, moss and cod liver — held the No. 1 …

Building Better Bagels, Far From New York

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What’s brown and sticky? When I was young and innocent, this was the setup to my favorite joke. (The punchline: “A stick.”) Now that I make my living as a cooking curmudgeon, the first answer that comes to mind is barley malt syrup, the ingredient that makes bagels …

Stories of Culinary Greats, And Then an Age of Celebrity

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It’s hard to believe that only 50 years have passed since Julia Child set foot on the new continent of American Foodlandia. And yet in that short period, it seems we’ve already seen the full cycle of colonial …

Vt. House Passes GMO Labeling

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor. The House voted 114-30 on Wednesday to support the bill, which would require the GMO labels …