Off the Shelf: Wines of the Southern Hemisphere

By Christopher Stewart | March 6, 2013

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In this new series we explore the books, new and old, that sit on our conference bookshelf. 

Wine has been around for thousands of years but now more than ever, wine is popular through out the entire world. Known wine regions such as the United States and Europe are where people generally go to when searching for a great bottle of wine, but now, other countries are producing wines that are gaining major recognition from wine enthusiasts, sommeliers, and chefs,  even down to the amateur wine drinker. Wines of the Southern Hemisphere: The Complete Guide  by known world wine guys Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen have put together a 592-page guide to everything you need to know about wines below the equator. Read More

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Lemonade Takes a Stand to Save a Library

By Diana Tsuchida | June 7, 2012

Students raising money for the Neighborhood School

The Neighborhood School, located at 121 East Third Street in the Lower East Side is an educational experience committed to increasing the diversity, tolerance and familiarity between underrepresented children of all ages. This progressive school stands by the belief that the more face-to-face lessons children have with their surroundings, the more understanding and compassion they have for the vibrant cultural richness that encapsulates New York.

Unfortunately, this severely under-funded school is facing a major setback–the loss of its library. Read More


Street Food In Pictures

By admin | April 13, 2012

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If it’s not obvious yet, I’m obsessed with street food. To me, street food is where the essence of a culture can be found. While the high-end restaurants in every country can show off their finest, it’s the home-cooked meals and vendor finds that can be a real window into a people and their daily lives.

I’ve been very fortunate to be able to travel to many places across the globe and I try to experience a particular city or country like a local does. All of the street food I’ve encountered inspired me a few years back write a cookbook in Swedish called Street Food, where I feature easy recipes inspired by street eats from all over the world. All of the photographs in the book were taken by my friend Paul Brissman and while you may not understand the text (unless you speak Swedish, of course), just the images alone are stunning and can motivate anyone to hit the road to try a new cuisine. Read More


“Weighing In”: An Interview with Author Julie Guthman, Part II

By admin | April 4, 2012

Julie Guthman

By: Michael Engle

With the obesity epidemic in news over the recent years, society is often quick to point to personal responsibility as a main cause to America’s weight problems. But in Julie Guthman’s book Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism, she proposes other causes like exposure to chemicals and under-regulation of these by the government.

We continue her interview here with her thoughts on the ways to address this epidemic. Read More


“Weighing In”: An Interview with Author Julie Guthman, Part I

By admin | April 3, 2012


By: Michael Engle

Last month, I attended the American Association of Geographers (AAG) national convention; the 2012 iteration happened to take place in New York City.  Of the countless seminars, discussions, and conferences I saw, one particular Saturday affair proved to be the most memorable.  I attended an “author-meets-critics” event, featuring Julie Guthman and her recent book, Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism.

Weighing In is Dr. Guthman’s second book. She received her Ph.D. in geography in 2000, from the University of California at Berkeley, and is now an associate professor at UC Santa Cruz.   I got the chance to interview Dr. Guthman to discuss her book, her thoughts on the American food industry, and how and why calories and diets are not the be-all-end-all to healthier lifestyles. Read More


“Lets Eat Out!” Book Helps Individuals With Food Allergies Enhance Their Dining

By Jeannette | March 20, 2012

let's eat out

By: Allana Mortell

There is no denying the prevalence of recent discussions about food allergies, gluten intolerances and treatment of both. We are all aware food allergies are on the rise but something less talked about is how restaurants are adapting their menus to deal with such allergies. Gluten-free menus are bursting onto the scene and those in the service industry are certainly becoming more knowledgeable on how to handle preparing dishes that are satisfying to the customer without compromising their health. With that said, proper communication between servers, kitchen staff, restaurant managers and the customer is absolutely vital.

For allergen and gluten intolerant individuals to have a complete dining experience, there must be a collaborative process between the guests and restaurants. In their 2005 book, Kim Koeller and Robert La France created a manual, the “Bible,” if you will, for those with allergies and intolerances looking to dine out of their home. “Lets Eat Out! The Allergy Free Passport,” was recently updated with a third edition this past year and features a whirlwind of tips, menu items, and questions all geared towards an objective of enjoying a safe experience regardless of restaurant, cuisine or location. Read More


Avoiding The Fat With Tips From Simon Doonan

By admin | January 9, 2012

Simon Doonan's book

By: Saira Malhotra

This week, Jeff Gordinier of the New York Times spoke to Simon Doonan of Barneys about his new book ‘Gay Men Don’t Get Fat’. As usual, Doonan brought his witty self to the interview and talked with Gordinier about the differences in food choices made by heterosexual and gay men.

The interview provides a tickle as you experience the conversation Gordinier and Doonan have over lunch. Gordiniers choice of dish – a Cuban sandwich with ham and cheese bursting at the seams and a generous helping of guacamole, Doonan’s choice – a black angus meatloaf paired with arugula rather than a traditional dollop of mashed potatoes. Gordiniers choice represents indulgent gluttony while Doonan’s choice represents indulgent balance.

As tongue and cheek as Doonan’s delivery might be, there is an underlying message here. We are presented with food and beverage choices throughout the day whether it’s from our very own kitchen or a restaurant. Why not make these choices consciously where we consider more than just palate and understand the wider impact on our health and personal goals. Read More


Freshly Brewed: Book Review of Brewed Awakening

By admin | November 7, 2011


By: Ashley Bode

Oktoberfest may be over but there’s no need to empty your pint glass now. Many people consider beer to be the refreshing drink of summertime barbecues and baseball games, but consider learning more about beer’s heartier brethren that is sure to keep you warm throughout the winter. Former New York Press columnist Joshua M. Bernstein released his first book Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World’s Craft Brewing Revolution last Tuesday. Inside, Bernstein offers readers an extensive knowledge on craft beer and the blossoming industry in both the United States and abroad. Read More


5 Travel Guides for a Food-Centric Road Trip

By admin | June 14, 2011

Photo: Slideshow Bruce


Photo: Slideshow Bruce on Flickr

A lot of people will tell you that to get the best crabcake, you need to go to Maryland or for the best tacos, you need to go to California. Sometimes that place will be right near you, but other times you might have to go on a bit of an adventure. Since it’s the summer, now might be a great time to start thinking about taking a food-centric road trip.

There are several ways to start planning an epic food journey. You could travel across the country to seek out one or two certain restaurants or just stop anywhere along the way and eat whatever looks good.  Chance can produce some great meals, but planning your road trip around food will inevitably make for a tastier vacation. To help get you started, check out some of these great travel books. Read More


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