Books & Films, Food & Drink, United Kingdom, What's Happening

Food & migration celebrated in London museum

The story of migration is often confused with urgent, immediate crises that are too framed in political arguments and priorities. But the movement of people, whether across country borders or crossing continents has been witnessed for millenia, and with that flow comes food and drink. The routes of these issues and many more can be […]

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Books & Films, Food & Drink, United Kingdom, What's Happening

Gathering to nourish the beauty of artisanal craft

Food production is the single biggest impact that humans have on nature, says Tristram Stuart, founder of the UK-based Toast Ale and activist for sustainability across the food and drink world. Stuart’s words can be found in a new book, Gather & Nourish, put together by a niche publisher carving a name for itself for […]

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Food & Drink, italy, Review, What's Happening

Silently maturing cheese wheels reward patience

With one family name and two Christian names the history of the Cravero family of Bra, Piedmont is told in cheese – towers of golden, ripening rounds of  Parmigiano-Reggiano. Through five generations of affineurs (alternately named Giacomo and Giorgio) the current head of this Italian family business Giorgio Cravero is an engaging enthusiast for the […]

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About Me, Food & Drink, italy, United Kingdom, What's Happening, Wine

A feast for the eyes at Pompeii’s Last Supper

When burning hot ash rained down and swirling clouds of toxic gases spewed out of Mount Vesuvius some 2000 years ago, the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum were covered and forgotten.  Early last year I was travelling through southern Italy around Naples with a group of university classmates on a study trip visiting pasta makers, […]

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About Me, Food & Drink, France, What's Happening

Biting into tradition and galette for an Epiphany

Flaky, sweet, shiny and irresistible the tradition of eating a ‘Galette des Rois’ in early January brings a delicious end to the Christmas season. It’s January 6th and after a quick stop to see family in Paris, I’m driving through a frosty, chilly France en route back to Italy and my life in Piedmont, northern […]

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Food & Drink, Japan, Recipes, Review, What's Happening

Memories of Kabu and a Japanese masterclass

A vigorous swirl of finely battoned turnip in a generous splash of vinegar, rice is best, and chemistry takes over. The once clear bowl is suddenly vivid purple. Let it rest for a few minutes and then a forkful of this fresh, bright vegetable is irresistible. Taking small bites, you feel energised, fresh and wanting […]

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Food & Drink, France, Review, Travel & Places, What's Happening, Wine

Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 est arrivé

Excited shouts of  ‘Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé’ in dodgy French accents will be ringing out today from bars and restaurants around the world from Lyon in France to Toyko and New York as the annual launch of this miracle of wine marketing hits the streets. Simple, fruity and perhaps tasting of bubblegum and figs […]

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Food & Drink, italy, Review, What's Happening

.The Lucca restaurant making its point through innovation

Chefs have a choice. Run with the new, the unknown and the experimental, or fill their menus with dishes that cemented their early reputation. Yes, the favourites remain on the list – why would you want to disappoint long term fans of the dish seeking out signature dishes – think Riccardo Camanini at Lido 84 […]

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