Cooking in Italy

Instead of forking out thousands of lire for a cooking class in Italy, take a look at these videos. Buon appetito! Cooking  Sicilian  with Mamma Agata Amalfi Coast with Mamma Agata (Looks like somebody got into the wine a bit early on) Lezione di cucina dl ristorante La Finestra a Padova (Italian Cooking Class at…

Food In Art: Giuseppe Arcimboldo

One of the most  intriguing artists I know of went by the name of Giuseppe Arcimboldo (also known as Arcimboldi, 1527 - 1593). A series of four paintings hangs in the Museé du Louvre in Paris and every time I see the paintings, I wish they belonged to me. This Italian artist painted these Mannerist…

Strawberries, a Meditation

The following poetic musings by Alison Luterman come from Bread, Body, Spirit: Finding the Sacred in Food (edited with commentary by Alice Peck; quoted here with permission of Alison Luterman): Strawberries are too delicate to be picked by machine. The perfectly ripe ones even bruise at too heavy a human touch. It hit her then…

“Food,” by John Updike

The other day I discovered a delightful book, small, about the size of  a deck of Tarot cards, adorned with one of those old-fashioned ribbons for marking favorite passages, like a tiny red tongue sticking out. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Poems about Food and Drink, selected and edited by Peter Washington (Everyman's Library Pocket…

The Inauguration of 2009 Rendered in Art

Artist Maira Kalman turned the Inauguration of 2009 into an artistic rendition of universal experience. Antoine Vollon's eggs and butter caught my attention. I am offering this link in the spirit of the artist, as a celebration of America. And, of course, of food and community. Dine with your friends and sup with your enemies.…

The New Yorker’s Food Issue: “Tea & Wallaby”

Appropriately, since it was Thanksgiving week, the editors of The New Yorker dedicated their entire November 24, 2008 issue to food. And they included a fantastic slide show on their Web site --- "Tea & Wallaby" --- in which photojournalists discuss their most memorable meals.

FOOD IN ART: Exploding Strawberries and Bursting Eggs

A whole new way of looking at food! Check out WebUrbanist and the article on high-speed photography. Many of the "subjects" are common, everyday foods that we eat without thinking of how they break down under the pressure of our jaws and knives. Amazing stuff ... (Caveat: I am not crazy about the use of…

Yin-Yang Beans

Yin-yang beans, also called Calypso or orca or black calypso beans (Phaseolus Vulgaris), resemble nothing more than the ancient Asian symbol of "yin-yang," even to the point (no pun intended) of the eternal black dot. The beans take 70-90 days to produce "fruit." According to gardening catalogs, these hyrbids grow to be fifteen inches high.…