It is rather exceptional that we start our weekly round-up with the printed word. It’s not because we don’t love print but rather because many seem to have given up on this medium. I could count myself as a news junkie but cannot remember the last time I bought a newspaper.
I read considerably more books than the average reader and much as I love printed books, I cannot recall the last time I sat down and read a printed book from start to finish. The last time I tried to do so, I ended up buying the ebook version to be able to finish it on the go.
Why do you need this background? Because, the latest issue of Fool, the magazine on food insanity brilliance and love is worth buying and reading. I got the latest issue yesterday and it is a superb read. It is called The Fusion Issue and has compelling content, excellent photography, excellent design and beautifully printed. There is a great interview with Inaki Aizpitarte of the famous Parisian restaurant Le Chateaubriand among others but also many more in-depth articles. What else would you wish for? I know what I will be taking with me to the beach in the coming weeks.
Going back to our weekly round-up, here are some of the things we found interesting this week.
We’ve written about Gelinaz! Shuffle before. If you’ve missed it, then take a look at our previous posts. Sierra Tishgart of Grubstreet interviewed Massimo Bottura as he took over Momofuku Ko’s kitchen in New York this week.
People in the culinary world were mourning the death of Juli Soler, aged 66. He was the restaurateur that put Ferran Adria in charge of what became a legendary kitchen in Catalonia, el Bulli. Adria announced the death in a post on Twitter last Monday.
Alain Passard, chef of restaurant L’Arpege can be considered the artist of French cooking. He is considered a master and three of his former sous chefs are Pascal Barbot, Mauro Colagreco and Bertrand Grebaut, all with highly reputed restaurants now. Here is a splendid interview with this great chef. By the way, if you don’t follow him on Twitter make sure you do. He is constantly showcasing his vegetable inspired dishes which he is serving at his restaurant.
As a father of two young children, I know what it means to go to a restaurant with children and particularly toddlers. A restaurateur has banned children from his restaurant in Australia saying people should know that it not acceptable to have kids running around screaming in a small space. He says it is a question of social etiquette. What’s your view?
CNN has released their list of the best destinations around the world for eating and Taiwan has come out on top. Do you agree with the list?
We are not sure these are the best Italian recipes but here is a list of recipes that were published this week in the Guardian. But there is enough inspiration for your next cooking ventures. Part 1 and Part 2.
Here is a list of places to eat like a Local in Europe’s top tourist spots. And if you have missed our article on how to plan where to eat when on holiday you may want to take a look here.
Roads & Kingdoms have an interesting article about the other Spanish cured meat, Cecina.
In France, the French criminal court has launched its first ever criminal investigation into the death of a winemaker caused by sustained pesticide use over four decades. James-Bernard Murat died of lung cancer in 2012 having spent 40 years spraying carcinogenic pesticide on his Bordeaux grapes.
There is a fascinating article about terroir written by Jane Anson on Decanter. She was speaking to Xavier Choné a terroir specialist whose particular skill lies in drawing maps of vineyard soils that explain exactly what is happening below the surface.
Did you know that Soy Sauce could be as complex as wine? And did you know that what most westerners enjoy is the equivalent of boxed wine? The Guardian has the story.