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Culinary Demarcation Agreements – “Stiff”, Shane Maloney

September 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on Culinary Demarcation Agreements – “Stiff”, Shane Maloney · Food, Multi-culturalism

By some obscure culinary demarcation agreement, Chinese restaurants are prohibited from serving decent coffee.

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Lunching – “An Education” – Lynn Barber

March 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on Lunching – “An Education” – Lynn Barber · Culture, Food, Politics

There were three-bottle, four-bottle, six-bottle lunches and it was a poor lunch indeed that finished before four o’clock.

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The Art of Cutting – “Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China”, Fuchsia Dunlop

March 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Art of Cutting – “Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China”, Fuchsia Dunlop · China, Food

The art of cutting is fundamental to Chinese cooking. We had to learn all the different knife techniques, and the myriad of different shapes into which food can be cut. There were ‘horse-ear’ slices of pickled chilli; slivers, cubes and chunks of meat and poultry, ‘fish-eye’ slices of spring onion, wafer-thin ‘ox-tongue’ slices of radish […]

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Cleavers – “Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China”, Fuchsia Dunlop

March 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Cleavers – “Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China”, Fuchsia Dunlop · China, Food

Every student would be casually carrying around a lethally-sharp cleaver, which took some getting used to. To begin with I retained my European view of the cleaver as a bloody, murderous knife – it was only later that I began to appreciate it as the subtle, versatile instrument that it really is. (The cleaver is […]

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Vegetarians – “Kitchen Confidential” – Anthony Bourdain

November 17th, 2010 · Comments Off on Vegetarians – “Kitchen Confidential” – Anthony Bourdain · Culture, Food

Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter-faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living. Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, an affront to […]

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