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Food Traditions

Cooking with Great-Grandma

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 09.26.2016 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

And there we were, food writer Saverio de Luca and I trying to figure out how to cook my great-grandmother's handwritten recipes on a wood stove. I re...

Foie Gras: Traditions And Gastropolitics

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 09.12.2016 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

Maine Lobsters, Kona Coffee, Russian Valley Wines: local culinary specialties, heritage foods, and autochthonous wine varieties have become objects of growing interest among growing segments of consumers in the Global North.

From the Kitchen to the Page and Back

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 09.05.2016 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

Photo: Duccio Battistrada A bundle of yellowish brittle pages, written in a time-worn, careful handwriting, have been floating around my mother's kitc...

Tequila and Mezcal: Tradition in the Global Market

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 10.19.2016 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

Photo: Soy Mezcalero Over the past few decades, culinary traditions, heritage foods and local spirits appear to have acquired growing visibility in p...

Tracking the Origin of Food: The Intriguing Case of San Marzano Tomatoes

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 08.16.2016 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

Let's suppose, just for a moment, that you feel like trying a somewhat exotic delicacy beyond the flavorful bounty that your local CSA offers, or that you are experimenting with a recipe that calls for a specific product that does not originate in you area... Immediately, you'd be dealing with the puzzling ebb and flow of international food trade.

In God's Hammock: Cuisine and Water Filters in the Dominican Republic

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 05.27.2013 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

Many consider ongoing change as fundamental for economic success, but what happens when innovation is hard to envision, let alone implement? And what if innovation needs to overcome deeply rooted social and economic divides?

Fine Dining and Traditional Food in Santo Domingo

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 04.03.2013 | Home
Fabio Parasecoli

A growing segment of high-end tourism is showing interest in food and eating as an essential element of traveling, and more and more visitors want to enjoy local fare as part of their experience.

Coffee Life in Japan: The Exotic and the Apparently Familiar

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 12.09.2012 | Books
Fabio Parasecoli

When it comes to food, Japan has lost some of its mystery. Restaurant patrons are conversant with sushi, sashimi, and tempura. Still, there are still layers and layers that some Western foodies have yet to consider.

Eataly in Italy

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 11.06.2012 | Home
Fabio Parasecoli

In recent years, Italians seem to have rediscovered markets as places to reaffirm their local identity and reconnect with their past, and Eataly channels elements of the outdoor market atmosphere.

When One Man's Pet Is Another Man's Dinner

Jamie Schler | Posted 07.18.2012 | Home
Jamie Schler

The recent to-do about President Obama dining on dog meat when a child in Indonesia, as if he had been gobbling down Fido the neighbor's pet, struck me as unenlightened and ludicrous.

Barter, Food, and Recession in Italy

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 07.02.2012 | Home
Fabio Parasecoli

Many Italians might be forced to go back to the Mediterranean diet that their parents and grandparents were relieved to abandon during the decades of economic growth. It's unclear how these developments will affect the local food culture.

The Continental Divide On Food Trends & A Recipe For Far Breton

Jamie Schler | Posted 07.09.2011 | Home
Jamie Schler

The longer I live in Europe, the more I am aware that whereas Americans view food and cooking as a lifestyle choice, food and cooking in Europe is just a way of life.

Gâteau Nantais: A Secret Worth Knowing

Jamie Schler | Posted 05.27.2011 | Home
Jamie Schler

Mention France to anyone outside of the country and Paris will immediately jump to mind: the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, her panoply of restaurants, ...

Valentine's Day Flourless Chocolate Truffle Torte

Jamie Schler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jamie Schler

The month of February, cold and harsh, a blanket of white if we are so lucky, a breath of spring occasionally whispering in our ear, stuck unforgiving...

Holiday Food Faux Pas -- And How to Avoid Them

Laura Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Laura Weiss

While over-the-top foods may be out this year, there are some simple culinary steps you can take to avoid striking the wrong note during the upcoming holidays.