It’s early Easter Sunday as I write this and I haven’t written for the past two days so a Happy Easter to all our readers of Food and Wine Gazette. From the wines of Liguria, to a balanced diet and the search for the perfect ragu there is no shortage of interesting articles even today.
So let’s start with our links to some interesting reads.
The first article is a long read about the search for the perfect ragu. If you speak to any Italian, they will probably tell you that the best ragu is the one which is either made in their family or else in their city. And while Bologna might be the place which gave the name to ‘Bolognese’ it is not necessarily the place where you will find the best ragu. The secret to a great ragu is time and the quality of the ingredients. So please take a dive. One day, I may be tempted to share my recipe of ragu. I don’t claim it is the best but it does work wonders.
I love Ligurian wines. Maybe it is the location of the vineyards perched over the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean sea. So I gladly share this article in Decanter about these exceptional wines.
Jancis Robinson have recently had to battle for a month with pneumonia which meant that it set her thinking about wines for invalids. Now many doctors will not appreciate drinking any form of alcohol when sick but what does it feel to drink when you are sick. And what is the best wine to drink? Robinson suggests that what worked in her case was Port.
There are two recipes I want to try in the coming weeks. The first is roasted chicken Provencal which is simple but looks delicious. The second is a kids recipe by Nathan Outlaw for cod burgers. The latter is appropriate given we are fast approaching barbecue season.
We share a lot in common with Jamie Goode’s perspective on Bordeaux and the system of tasting and selling wines when they are still in barrels (the so-called en primeur system). Here is his view. You really should take the reviews of en primeur wines with a pinch of salt.
We are always in search of great cookbooks and this one by French chef Anne-Sophie Pic promises to be a great one. It is being released tomorrow and includes 100 recipes. The extracts really look interesting.
It was only a matter of time before a French version of Eataly would open. Manhattan is now getting Le District which brings a taste of France to the United States.
Here is a short travel guide of what to do in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.
And to conclude, here is a very interesting view on red meat and why you should not necessarily consider it as bad. As with most things, balance is key.
Have a great week.