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 …

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, …

Genetically Engineered Salmon Ok’d by FDA

Friday, November 20, 2015

Washington — What’s for dinner? Before long, it may well be genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal cleared for human consumption in the United States. Critics call it “frankenfish,” but the Food and Drug Administration granted …

Food Writer Turns to E-Commerce

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

In September, Mark Bittman, the well-known food writer, authored his last column for The New York Times. After five years covering food issues as a columnist for the paper, he was leaving to embark on a new and undisclosed adventure. Now the details have emerged. This month, Purple …

New Produce Rules Aim at Preventing Illness Outbreaks

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Washington — The U.S. government on Friday outlined new produce safety rules designed to help prevent large-scale, deadly outbreaks of foodborne illness like those linked to fresh spinach, cantaloupes, cucumbers and other foods over the last decade. Under the rules, the Food and Drug Administration soon will have …

Author Celebrates 200 Years of African-American Cookbooks

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Toni Tipton-Martin was a food writer at the Los Angeles Times when she gazed at the cookbooks in the newspaper’s test kitchen and wondered: “Where are all the black cooks?” She decided to find out. Now, after years …

Book Features Famous Pullman Chef

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Rufus Estes was an African-American chef living in Chicago who published his own cookbook in 1911 titled Good Things to Eat, as Suggested by Rufus. The book, “a collection of practical recipes for preparing meats, games, fowl, fish, puddings, pastries, etc.,” gave Estes the opportunity to share many …

Duck Offers More Than A L’Orange

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

If you love the particular richness of duck — it’s more assertive than the blank canvas of chicken — but you’ve never tried to tackle it at home, it’s not as hard as you might think. Shop for …

How Do You Grow A 2,000-Pound Pumpkin? It’s Not Easy

Friday, October 23, 2015

Coventry, R.I. — Ron Wallace grows pumpkins nearly the size of a Fiat. From the pumpkin patch in his Rhode Island backyard, Wallace has become the rock star of giant pumpkin-growing. He was the first person in the …

The Oyster Is Their World

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Durham, n.h. — From seeding to slurping, what gets served on the half shell is not even half the story when it comes to New Hampshire oysters. A major effort is underway here and elsewhere along the East …

Chowhound’s Online Patrons Head for the Door

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Started in 1997, an entire generation ago, Chowhound was a food website for the interested, the like-minded and the obsessive, where you could discuss the latest Burmese restaurant in your city, the best sushi chefs and local spots for a great bowl of barbacoa. It’s a cultish site, …

New York City Art Exhibition Gives Food for Thought

Thursday, October 15, 2015

New York — There’s a whole lot of food for thought at a new art exhibition in New York City. “The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet” explores food production and access, environmental and agricultural sustainability and related issues. The multimedia exhibition opened last week at the …