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The Paralysis of Wine Analysis

Zester Daily | Posted 05.08.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

Like all objects of beauty, wine is more than the sum of its parts. If you're busily probing into technical minutiae, will you remember to consider how a wine makes you feel?

Cancer-Preventive Recipes: 6 Ways Cabbage Is Better

Zester Daily | Posted 05.05.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

Recently, researchers have begun turning their attention to a burning question in food science: Should you eat vegetables raw or cooked? The answers are evolving, and a lot more complex than a simple yes or no. It depends on what vegetable you're talking about and how you cook it.

White Sauce Deserves A Comeback

Zester Daily | Posted 04.24.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

Whatever happened to white sauce? Has that wonderfully comforting creamy sauce thickened with butter and flour disappeared for good from our plates?

Do Everything Wrong And Still Bake Good Bread

Zester Daily | Posted 04.22.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

There is nothing like a freshly baked loaf that is soft and springy in the middle with a crust so hard it cracks when you bite into it.

What Is 'Authentic' Food?

Zester Daily | Posted 04.17.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

The idea that the "authentic" in food is sort of a false one, full of imagined nostalgia.

Create Valentine's Day Aphrodisiacs

Zester Daily | Posted 04.14.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

Connections between food and sex are so ordinary that they have come to be a cliché.

Chinese New Year Treat With A Wild Translation

Zester Daily | Posted 04.09.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

During my eight years in Taiwan, I learned to adore Chinese food in all its permutations. One sweet snack I loved in particular would start showing up in the local pastry shops as Chinese New Year rolled around.

How Restaurants Lose Their Soul To 'Hottest Chef'

Zester Daily | Posted 04.08.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

"Vote for the best bartender!" Everyone in the restaurant industry was asking friends to vote. At least those categories were based on food. But the contest that pushed me over the edge was named "The Hottest Chef."

In-Your-Face Thai Hot Dips for the Super Bowl

Zester Daily | Posted 04.01.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

These vegetables and dips are usually served as part of a full meal, but in a non-Thai setting they work well as finger foods to go with drinks.

How to Record Your Culinary History (Before It's Too Late)

Zester Daily | Posted 03.31.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

You don't need to be a professional writer to record your own family history and recipes. Just spend some time with the person who cooks your favorite dishes.

Why The Best Diet Is No Diet

Zester Daily | Posted 03.18.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

Eat seasonally and you'll be able to practice one of the best pieces of nutrition advice ever to come along: Eat your colors. Buy orange produce such as winter squash, yams, carrots and oranges.

Japanese Omiyage Tradition Is A Gift For Food Lovers

Zester Daily | Posted 03.16.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

Omiyage is the tradition of gift-giving that permeates Japanese culture. Holiday celebrations. Business meetings. Travel abroad. The Japanese are a nation of gift-givers, and their stores are filled with exquisitely wrapped mementos of all shapes and sizes.

How To Cook WIth An Empty Pantry

Zester Daily | Posted 03.10.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

There was little in the house beyond a handful of scallops I'd bought the day before with the intention of turning them into some not-too-far-in-the-future supper. And that was it.

'Downton Abbey' Culinary Ties That Bind As Season 3 Begins

Zester Daily | Posted 03.05.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

One should never underestimate the American fascination with the British class system. We love to learn the details about the contrasting problems facing each class, and how they deal with them.

What's Hiding Behind Our Food Labels? Deceit.

Zester Daily | Posted 03.04.2013 | Home
Zester Daily

Pick up a pack of beef or a carton of eggs in any supermarket and the chances are the label will proudly display a bucolic farm scene and one of a range of positive sounding claims -- usually implying that the food is produced with animal welfare or the environment in mind.

Gluten-Free Holiday Party Tips

Zester Daily | Posted 03.01.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

I asked Shauna of "Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef" to share some tips on how to manage the balancing act of cooking for family gatherings when some folks are following a gluten-free diet.

Try Authentic Auld Lang Syne Scotch for New Year's Eve

Zester Daily | Posted 02.25.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

Two traditional things for New Year's Eve: 1) drink eggnog and 2) sing "Auld Lang Syne."

The Californians Who Are Shaking Up Wine's Mainstream

Zester Daily | Posted 02.22.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

A new generation of energetic California winemakers has helped bring new attention and respect to some of the old-guard producers whose reputations had been languishing.

GMO Apples: Coming Soon To A Plate Near You?

Zester Daily | Posted 02.16.2013 | Home
Zester Daily

What if you could buy a Granny Smith apple that tasted just like the real deal but wouldn't discolor if left on your plate? Would you care if the apple's genes were manipulated to reduce production of the enzyme responsible for browning?

The Wine Merchant Who Brought Us Terroir

Zester Daily | Posted 02.12.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

Forty years ago, Kermit Lynch abandoned the handmade purse industry and opened a wine shop in Berkeley, Calif., and in doing so, became one of the great innovators of the field.

Plan Now For The Perfect Holiday Cocktail

Zester Daily | Posted 01.31.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

To serve this piping-hot spiked cider for the winter holidays, get started now.

Had Enough Of Turkey? Try Pumpkin Risotto.

Zester Daily | Posted 01.26.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

My mother was an excellent cook but somehow Thanksgiving seemed to try her skills.

A Chef's Honest Turkey Tips

Zester Daily | Posted 01.20.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

Do I really need to give my 18-pound turkey an overnight beauty bath?

How Does Chocolate Grow on Trees? Expensively.

Zester Daily | Posted 01.14.2013 | Home
Zester Daily

Chocolate and its flavor begins with the work of farmers, not factories.

A Future for School Gardens

Zester Daily | Posted 01.12.2013 | Home
Zester Daily

Kimbal Musk has an audacious plan to destroy America's appetite for junk food. His big idea? Plastic.