Food / Dining

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French epicure and food writer, died in 1826, shortly after publishing his most famous work, "The Physiology of Taste." (Sierra Nicole Rhoden/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Brillat-Savarin’s Gastronomic Gem Resonates 200 Years Later

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin was a French judge and politician who managed to survive revolution, the Napoleonic wars and the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy, all the while exercising a considerable and nuanced appreciation for the pleasures of the table. He died at 70 in Paris in February 1826, shortly after publication of the book that would make him an immortal in the food world: The Physiology of Taste or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy. Immediately popular then and considered a classic now, the book is an influential and oft-quoted source for all things culinary, and more. “He is one of the most important figures in history, …

Super Bowl Spuds: Pub Inspiration for ‘Smashed’ and ‘Loaded’ Potatoes

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Baked, fried or mashed, the potato remains America’s favorite vegetable. We inhale, on average, more than 50 pounds of spuds annually, no doubt much of it in darkened cars parked in back alleys, far away from dietitians, spouses or even government nags who clearly don’t cave to human weakness when confronted with a …

Windsor Farmers Market Surveys Shoppers, Vendors

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Windsor — Organizers of the Windsor Farmers Market are asking would be and actual shoppers and vendors to take an online survey designed to improve the market. For the past few years, the outdoor market has been held on Sundays at about the same time. The survey asks whether changing the day or time, or other aspects of the market, would appeal to …

Made at Home, Cured Salmon Is Less Costly

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The trouble with cured salmon? We tend to treat it like, well... a treat. Cured salmon — with all its rich, salty, savory, lusciously fatty goodness — too often is relegated to the breakfast or brunch table, and …

California’s Record Three-Year Drought Takes Toll on Honey Production

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Los Banos, Calif. — California’s record drought hasn’t been sweet to honeybees, and it’s creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. The state is traditionally one of the country’s largest honey producers, with abundant crops and …

Potluck Planned in Weathersfield

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weathersfield — A free potluck to celebrate land use and stewardship is set for Sept. 18, at 6 p.m., at Weathersfield Center Church. The event, hosted by the Weathersfield Land Preservation Association, is designed to encourage people to share stories about their diverse land use experiences. Land use …

Repairing Lobster’s Identity Crisis

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lobster, you’re on a roll. Recent news reports have chronicled your rise — or fall? — citing sustainability, affordability and sheer bounty. In Maine alone, marine biologists are happy to report that your numbers have grown “unbelievably” over …

Basil Blight Wipes Out Crop at N.H. Farm

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Folks at Dimond Hill Farm in Concord don’t mince words when talk turns to one of their most popular crops. “We sell lots and lots and lots of basil every year,” said Jane Presby, a seventh-generation farmer who …

Look to Old World For the New Wines

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fancy some furmint? How about a nice glass of grillo? If you’ve never heard of either, chances are you will. Wine lists are getting a makeover as producers all over the world make a play for U.S. palates. …

Mysteries of Homemade Yogurt

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Making yogurt isn’t cooking. Not really. It’s more like conjuring spirits: You create the conditions that summon mysterious creatures, invisible to the naked eye, to do all the real work. In the case of yogurt, the “creatures” are …

You’re Doing It Wrong: Plumcake

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New York — With all due respect to William Carlos Williams, no one should be eating plums cold from the icebox. Forgive me, but a chilled plum is an inferior plum — like all cold edibles, it will hurt your teeth and numb your tastebuds. Should you find …

More Food Sometimes Adds Up to Less Value

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The trouble with writing about cheap eats — which I do as the $20 Diner in The Washington Post’s Weekend section — is that few can agree on what constitutes cheap. One person’s weekly helping of lamb biryani, at $16 a plate, is another’s semiannual indulgence. In a …

When Cooking Pizza on the Grill, Medium Heat Yields Maximum Pie

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Grilling pizza is like learning a new computer program. Those who know how to do it always say it’s easy. But it’s easy only if you know how to do it. The good news is that the learning …