Month: November 2013

Book Review: Mastering the art of soviet cooking
Book Reviews

Book Review: Mastering the art of soviet cooking

Anya von Bremzen, and accomplished writer and author of several cookbooks, has created an excellent history book that deals with Soviet style food and politics. There are only a few recipes, and most happen to be time consuming and complicated, but undoubtedly tasty. She explains in detail the foibles of […]

Book Review: Still Foolin’ ’em
Book Reviews

Book Review: Still Foolin’ ’em

Approximately 80 million people have either recently joined, or will soon join 65 year olds. Billy Crystal at 65 has written a fast-paced, funny and poignant book describing his life that provides “valuable” information on the workings and personalities of American entertainers, and the American psyche and shallowness. First and […]

Flavour and aromatic characteristics of popular grape varieties
Wine

Flavour and aromatic characteristics of popular grape varieties

Researchers established that there are more than 1400 grape varieties, but 80 per cent of world wine production is derived from 20 grape varieties. Wine drinkers are essentially being forced to enjoy the intrinsic characteristics of a miniscule portion of nature’s bounty. This is mostly due to the invention of […]

Beets (Beta Vulgaris)
Food

Beets (Beta Vulgaris)

This nutrition-rich root vegetable ought to be more popular than it is in North America. In most grocery stores, beets are “hidden’ in the remotest corners of the produce sections, and very few people buy them. Most people lack the knowledge to cook it, and more importantly, are not aware […]

Italian Food Specialties
Food

A gastronomic menu of Lombardy

Most gastronomes associate Italian cuisine with that of Tuscany and possibly Veneto. Yet there is no such thing as an Italian cuisine, but regional cuisines from each province of Italy. Sicilian cuisine includes touches of Arab cooking, who occupied the island for centuries, Piedmontese cooking shows French influences. Millions of […]

Apples (Malus Domestica) are good for you.
Food

Apples (Malus Domestica) are good for you.

This tree fruit originated in Central Asia *Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzistan, Tajikistan and Xinjiang (and today you can still see wild apple trees in these countries. Colonists brought seeds to North America during the 17th century, and ever since apple trees have been thriving on the continent. Over the millennia, apple flavour […]

2013 Napa Valley tasting – Toronto
Wine

2013 Napa Valley tasting – Toronto

California’s Napa Valley is arguably the best region for cabernet sauvignon, blends of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, varietal merlots, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, botrytised wines, and even sparkling wines. The valley is approximately 50 kms. long from south to north. The southern sub-appellation Carneros bordering the San Pablo Bay is […]