We have come across a number of very interesting articles this week on food and wine. We hope you have time to read a few of them.
It is always great to read inspiring stories and this one on French chef Anne-Sophie Pic in eater.com by Lesley Chesterman is fantastic. It is long but really worth a read.
Noma’s pop-up restaurant in Tokyo has served its last dinner this week. The Guardian has a stunning photo reportage of Noma in Tokyo, in pictures.
We’ve come across a list of top five restaurants in the South of France published by Oliver’s Travels as well as a list of 5 best value restaurants. While some like Mauro Colagreco’s Mirazur Restaurant, who we interviewed for Food and Wine Gazette, are on our bucket list, others are extremely interesting to note.
Bone broth is becoming more trendy according to this article in the Guardian. Bone broth has been made for centuries and is made by simmering animal bones (usually beef or chicken) for a very long time to extract maximum flavour and goodness.
One of our all time favourite recipe books is the Complete Robuchon by Joel Robuchon. He has a new recipe book for a zero-deprivation diet together with Dr Nadia Volf. Here it is reviewed by Wine Spectator. We will give it a try.
On the subject of eating healthy, there is an article in The Independent saying that dietary advice issued by health officials to millions of Britons almost 40 years ago to reduce fat consumption was not based on solid scientific evidence and should not have been issued according to researchers.
Bordeaux wines have been out of favour with wine lovers but it seems like collectors and investors are returning to buy Bordeaux according to merchant Bordeaux Index and Liv-ex trading. The wine magazine Decanter is reporting that bordeaux is ‘returning to favour’ among fine wine buyers. This might not necessarily be good news for wine lovers of this wine region, given the great increase in prices experienced over the past years.
And on the subject of expensive wines, we could also include Burgundy. Eric Asimov of the New York Times has a brilliant article about the ‘cheaper’ wines from Burgundy which come from the Cote Chalonnaise. Among the regions he reviews are Rully, Givry and Mercurey.
Travel reviews are always among our favourite reads particularly because we like to take notes for future trips. So here we include one by Decanter on the French region of Jura. This region is small in size but big in taste. We love produce from this region from the Comté cheese, the amazing Jura white wines like the Savagnin and the beautifully smoked sausage of Morteau.
And for our Italian readers and those who can read Italian we link to a few great articles. One is about the importance of hosts and waiters in restaurants, with great interviews with the likes of Giuseppe Palmieri from Osteria Francescana, Alessandro Pipero from Pipero al Rex and Luca Vissani from Casa Vissani. The other is about Massimo Bottura’s presentation at Identita Golose 2015 about food waste, the importance of raising awareness about the issue and of leading by example.
There has been a great controversy in Italy after chef Carlo Cracco added garlic to an Amatriciana sauce. Here are some great pasta dishes inspired by some of Italy’s best chefs.
And to end, a link to a trailer of a new film on Champagne, A Year in Champagne.
Have a great week.