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The 40 or so wine growers of La Livinière hope to soon stand on their own. Credit: Courtesy of La Livinière

La Livinière is a little-known French wine appellation that is a star in the making. Part of the Minervois, one of the bigger appellations of the Languedoc, La Livinière’s vineyards are east of the walled city of Carcassonne. La Livinière stands out from the mass of the Minervois for its

The age of Belgian beer may be over, as competition increases from American microbreweries. Credit: Copyright 2017 Jo Turner

For centuries, Belgium has been associated with beer. First brewed by abbey monks in the 12th century, today brands like Leffe, Duvel and Chimay sell to beer connoisseurs worldwide, largely banking on the name "Belgium" to move their products. But two prominent beer experts in Brussels say all this is changing,

A food counter serving tuna bowls at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. Credit: Copyright 2016 David A. Latt

Located in central Tokyo, Tsukiji is the largest fish market in the world with separate wholesale and retail areas. Besides being the source for most of the fresh fish served in Tokyo’s sushi bars and restaurants, Tsukiji is the best food court imaginable. [aside] On a recent trip to the market, like

Chefs Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas worked in the famed elBulli kitchen and now own and operate multiple acclaimed restaurants in Spain. Credit: Copyright 2016 Maribel R. de Erenchun

As have other grand masters of the kitchen before him, Ferran Adrià has established a family of chef-disciples who have gone forth into the world to perpetuate his groundbreaking deconstructionist philosophy and aesthetics.  The challenging, frequently surreal innovations that made his elBulli five-time winner of the best restaurant in the

Ossobuco. Credit: Copyright 2016 Nancy Harmon Jenkins

Julia Child and I became good friends late in her life, when I moved to Boston and met her in person for the first time. Of course, I had known about her for a very long time -- she was the first television food personality I ever saw. One summer,

Rye stars in these gingerbread cookies. Credit: Copyright 2016 Ellie Markovitch

Bakers are falling for rye, using the "it" grain in breads and pastries. Jennifer Lapidus of Carolina Ground, a flour mill in Asheville, North Carolina, ran out of rye last year and had to find more. A baker herself, Lapidus has long been a fan of rye's flavor and heartiness

Poached pears are so elegant that they can be served as a holiday dessert. Credit: Copyright 2016 P.K. Newb

The holidays wouldn't feel complete without towering cookie platters and magnificent pastries, but crimson-hued poached pears boast all of the beauty and drama of the season without all those pesky calories. I have a sweet tooth that goes into overdrive during the holidays, distracted by every decadent goodie tempting me at

Winter Holiday Cobbler made in the newly acquired replacement Pyrex casserole dish. Credit: Copyright 2016 Barbara Haber

I recently broke a favorite Pyrex covered-glass casserole I’ve had for years, and I was surprised by how upset I was over the mishap. Things break, and every cook has dropped and smashed dishes and glasses or ruined frypans and other kitchen tools from time to time, so I was