Ari Weinzweig got a front-row tasting of Tunisian extra virgin olive oil five years ago, while visiting a sun-drenched Tunisian family farm that's been making oil since 1891. How did it taste? "Delicious," says Weinzweig, co-owner and founding partner of Zingerman's Delicatessen, now part of the Zingerman's Community of Businesses in
“Fire is a language all its own. It’s magical. Mysterious.” No, these are not the words of a committed arsonist, but rather Francis Mallmann, one of South America’s greatest chefs, a man famous for his deftness with this most elemental of cooking tools. Raised in Patagonia by an Argentinian father and
It's been more than 20 years since I moved from a suburb on the east side of Detroit to San Francisco, and there are a few things I miss about my childhood home. When I say "a few" I mean three: my family, warm summer nights and almond boneless chicken. If
In the springtime in Sicily a simply named dish reveals an explosion of flavor that belies its satisfying complexity. It is a dish special with spring vegetables -- fava, peas, scallions and artichokes -- and called frittedda (or fritedda). [aside] In western Sicily, where frittedda was born, it is served as a
Lobsters, crabs and shrimp are crustaceans and are not, strictly speaking, shellfish. They do not have shells, even though we call them that. Their "shells" are properly called carapaces. These hard carapaces have joints for movement and grow with the animal and can be sloughed off. When cooked, crustaceans will
You're busy and company's coming for dinner. Nothing's easier than tossing some chicken on the grill. Am I right? Not at all! Think about it: When was the last time you had a properly cooked piece of chicken from somebody's backyard grill? "Never" is my guess -- even from your own. Don't take
Tonight's the night. It's kippers for tea. I eat them about once a year, usually in the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness when I am consumed by a deep craving for the gently smoked herrings that were one of the mainstays of the British Empire. I thoroughly enjoy their
When the young teen superstar Mozart arrived in the Trentino region to play his first Italian gig, they had to call out the guards to protect him from being mobbed by fans. The Justin Bieber of his day, Mozart stayed in Rovereto, a small town that straddled the then-Italian-Austrian border.