Category Archives: Food News

Souk el Tayeb, Lebanon’s First Farmers’ Market, at the 2013 MAD Symposium

A perfect collaboration between the amazing women of Souk el Tayeb and MAD's hard working team of volunteers.

The word “tayeb” translates as both something that is “good” and “tasty” in Arabic. It also means “good hearted” when used to describe a person. At the first lunch served at this year’s MAD Symposium in Copenhagen by members of Souk … Continue reading

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At Home on the Ardeche with Stephane Reynaud for The Wall Street Journal.

Chef Stephane Reynaud at home on the Ardeche. Photo credit: David Orme for The Wall Street Journal.

Being assigned to interview one of my favorite chefs and cookbook authors about his home kitchen in the Ardeche region of France for The Wall Street Journal was a dream job. I’ve admired Stephane Reynaud for ages, long before I was fortunate … Continue reading

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Finding the Heart on All Things Considered

On Air on All Things Considered

I’ve listened to NPR since before I was a kid, jump starting countless conversations with the phrase, “On NPR…” used by public radio fans the world over. The programs are stitched into my day as succinctly as Terry Gross’s interview … Continue reading

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Join Us For Our Inaugural Culinary Tour of Iceland: August 16th-23rd

Breathtaking Iceland

We are excited to announce our inaugural culinary adventure in Iceland, a nation that has become a second home to me over the years. Its extraordinary people, landscape and cuisine never cease to amaze and inspire and I am thrilled … Continue reading

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Julia Child and Baobab Trees: Recipes and an Interview with Senegalese Chef Pierre Thiam

Pierre Thiam at the CIA World of Flavors Conference in St. Helena, California

Chef Pierre Thiam grew up in Senegal, where he spent his childhood in the thriving Western port city of Dakar enjoying an umami-rich cuisine informed by the culinary traditions of Senegal, Morocco, Portugal, France and Vietnam. During the summers he … Continue reading

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An Interview with Ferran Adria & Dinner at elBulli

Ferran Adria during service at elBulli.

I ate at elBulli this year which means there is only one answer to the question: “What was the best meal you experienced in 2011?” It’s an obvious choice. And a truthful one. After diligently submitting my annual reservation request … Continue reading

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A Wild Fermentation Epiphany at Ubuntu

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I visited northern California a few months ago with Art Culinaire to profile chefs Corey Lee, former chef de cuisine of The French Laundry, now owner and executive chef of Benu in San Francisco; Charles Phan of The Slanted Door … Continue reading

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