You might be thinking that the easy option is better. After all, getting ready prepared fruit and vegetables should be the same as the vegetables you pick up from your store with the added convenience. Think twice next time before you grab that ready prepared package. It has far lower levels of vitamin C than unprepared produce.
On the same subject, the food industry deceives us about the nature of its products but we go along with it. Andrew M. Brown in the Telegraph writes that nearly everything in our consumer society works on the basis of this voluntary self-deception. This is the bargain we make in industrialised society. He says that if manufacturers told us what was really in their products and how they were made, we’d be so nauseated we’d never buy them.
There is an interesting, though controversial view, by David Chang of Momofuku and quarterly magazine Lucky Peach on how the internet has made the world’s food taste the same. It is a topic we have touched upon a few times on Food and Wine Gazette. The internet has opened a world of opportunity but it has also led to a seamless way of sharing which enables chefs to get information from all around the world. In this case, creativity ends up suffering if people take the easy way out.
We’ve linked to an article about Dan Barber’s pop-up restaurant wastED last week. Here are more details about the concept which is focused entirely on food waste. Barber is serving a menu of à la carte dishes – all at $15 – that utilize parts of vegetables and animals that cooks and producers often discard.
Here is a look at ancient grains which are being discovered again.
Giles Coren decodes restaurant speak in this article. It is sure to make you smile!
We love great stories. This interview with Chinese chef Peter Chang is really a must read. It is the story of a Chinese chef whose vision was to bring authentic Chinese cuisine to the United States. It is a story of hardship but also of success.
Here is an interesting article about how diet soda and zero calorie drinks can be linked to health risks for seniors. There is nothing like a glass of water.
Have you ever wondered who invented the first modern restaurant? The verdict is still open it seems.
This week’s city guide is Utrecht, a Dutch hidden gem we still have to visit.
Here is an interesting interview with Lisa Perrotti-Brown, the editor in Chief for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and eRobertParker.com. She speaks about how he got into the wine industry after struggling to be a playwright.
Here is an interesting read on how to judge a wine list.
And to finish there is an interesting interview (in Italian) with the McDonald’s Italian CEO Robert Masi.