Plum Tuckered

Today I learned something. I learned how to check the statistics on this site. I can learn what other sites lead people here, and how many people visit here each day. I can also see what keywords people are using to find the site. You would think it might be something like, say, ‘Chocolate‘ or ‘Paris‘. Or perhaps it’d be something broader, like ‘Recipe‘ or…

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Fleur de Sel

There’s been a lot of discussion about what is the best salt in the world. There’s lots of opinions, tastings, and scientific studies floating around. But I’m here to tell you, my absolute favorite salt is Fleur de sel de Guérande. I think there’s no finer salt available anywhere. When I was invited to visit the salt marshes and learn to rake the highly-prized, precious…

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Yesterday was Blog Day 2006, which I’m a bit late for. But here are my choices for 5 food blogs that were either newly created in 2006, or at least new to me this year, that I always enjoy: Check ’em out! Lucy’s Kitchen Notebook Matt Bites Candy Blog 18th Century Cuisine Food Beam (Oh, and in the Miss Congeniality category, Acme Instant Food and,…

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I recently got this message from someone asking… “It would be a great help to me if you would be so kind as to just note down some of the problems, bureaucratic and otherwise, you encountered while procuring visas, papers, lodgings, etc.” Since I don’t have the enormous bandwidth to describe the entire process, nor the urge to re-visit those repressed memories, the very short…

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In this month’s Hemispheres, the magazine of United Airlines, I was their guest author for their popular series, Three Perfect Days, where I share some of my favorite tips for three perfect days of travel, sightseeing, and…of course, eating. If you’re flying on United Airlines this month, be sure to pick up a copy. The article is also online at the Hemispheres web site, and…

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David: Hey Frederick, I remember meeting you years ago at a Food Show, and was really impressed with both you, and your exceptionally good chocolate. You were so friendly and open about what you were doing, and I saw in you such a passion for producing high-quality chocolate from organically-grown beans. I’m so glad we’ve kept in touch since then, and you’re happy to answer…

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Let’s say you’re cooking dinner. And you drop something behind the stove. Like a bit of meat, for example. Or a piece of broccoli. But it’s just out of reach. (Of course.) What would you do?

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France, one of the last countries to ban smoking in restaurants, is ready to ban smoking, alledgedly on January 1st, 2007. Like most things here, it’s not quite a ‘done deal’…(in French, there’s le conditionelle, a verb tense that gives politicians a bit of wiggle room, like shoulda-woulda-coulda). Restaurant and café owners feel the ban will hurt business. But I’m wondering: Won’t it help? People…

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Melissa’s list for Five Things To Eat Before I Die. While the last thing I wanted to think about when I got back from vacation was dying (well, until we hit le traffic bouchon returning to Paris on the autoroute), here it goes… The Salad Judy Rodgers Made For Me When we were both working at Chez Panisse, one evening Judy Rodgers asked me if…

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