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Mangoes have dazzled palates across the globe for centuries with their aroma, taste, texture, and seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and colors. In Miami alone there are over 250 varieties. Miami-based writer, critic, poet and educator Jen Karetnick is the award-winning author of nine books, including three this year alone: the recently published book Mango and two volumes  Prayer of Confession and Brie Season about to be released.
Jen’s nickname, Mango Mama, could not be more appropriate! Jen lives on the last acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children; three dogs; four cats; and fourteen mango trees!  By the time July comes around, Jen uses mangoes in the most unexpected ways, in just about everything, cocktails, smoothies, savory and sweet dishes.
Along with her own recipes which she has developed over the years, the book Mango features recipes from a group of Jen’s buddies who happen to be Miami's most celebrated chefs.
From smoothies to cocktails, from mango blintzes to jerked grouper with mango-fig chutney, and mangozpacho (mango-infused gazpacho)--this book is  the ultimate book on Mango. It is delightfully written, based on serious research and highlights  all those chefs and mixologists who are striving to use our local products in their cuisines.
Click here for Jen’s recipe for frozen mango sangría, or “Mangría,”

Big things come in small packages they say, and this is definitely true of lentils.  This tiny legume is not only a powerhouse of proteins and essential amino acids but is the stuff of legends. Who doesn’t know the story in Genesis  of Jacob and Esau who, some say was tricked into selling his birthright to his brother for a bowl of lentils? The metaphor of the power of lentils or of the character of human beings is there for us to stir and elaborate on.

Liz Carlisle, a journalist and fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center for Diversified Farming Systems, is a former country singer and a would-be organic farmer from Montana.  Is small, multi-crop farming a utopia? Or is it becoming a reality in Montana, a bastion of mega farms and genetically engineered wheat or other mono-crops?

Revolutions start from the ground up.

Liz’s first book, the newly released  Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, tells the story of a band of Montana farmers who have defied corporate agribusiness by reforming our agricultural system., with engaging but quirky characters against the background of the politics of the rural west and the ruthless power of the mega farms and corporations.   

lentil saladListen as Liz tells us about Montana Senator Jon Tester, why she titled her first book Lentil Underground , why she calls lentils the “Robin Hood” of the prairies" and which are her favorite lentil recipes.

The timeless lentil is back in the news as Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America  takes us into rural America and makes us rediscover the spirit of this indomitable democracy with a fresh insight into the people who make it all happen, from the ground up.      

 Lentil Salad. Photo: Simone Diament, SFG

 

 

 

 

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Mangoes have dazzled palates across the globe for centuries with their aroma, taste, texture, and seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and colors. In Miami alone there are over 250 varieties. Miami-based writer, critic, poet and educator Jen Karetnick is the award-winning author of nine books, including three this year alone: the recently published book Mango and two volumes  Prayer of Confession and Brie Season about to be released.
Jen’s nickname, Mango Mama, could not be more appropriate! Jen lives on the last acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children; three dogs; four cats; and fourteen mango trees!  By the time July comes around, Jen uses mangoes in the most unexpected ways, in just about everything, cocktails, smoothies, savory and sweet dishes.
Along with her own recipes which she has developed over the years, the book Mango features recipes from a group of Jen’s buddies who happen to be Miami's most celebrated chefs.
From smoothies to cocktails, from mango blintzes to jerked grouper with mango-fig chutney, and mangozpacho (mango-infused gazpacho)--this book is  the ultimate book on Mango. It is delightfully written, based on serious research and highlights  all those chefs and mixologists who are striving to use our local products in their cuisines.
Click here for Jen’s recipe for frozen mango sangría, or “Mangría,”

Simply Italian – Great Wines has become an annual event we are all looking forward to. Now in its 17th edition, it is brought to Miami as part of a grand tour by IEEM, International Event and Exhibition Management with headquarters in Verona, Italy and in Miami.  The objective is to showcase wines and winemakers from the renowned, the best and the newest wine-producing regions in Italy.  

Every year the Simply Italian Event is held in one of the iconic buildings in Miami. Last year it displayed its wines at The Historic Freedom Tower and this year, we are led to culture and the arts at the Adrienne Arscht Center (Ziff Ballet Opera House) in Downtown Miami . 

Listen as Marina Nedic, managing director of IEEM and a founder  of Simply Italian – Great Wines with partner Giancarlo Voglino   tells us what we can be looking forward to on Wednesday, February 11, in Miami;   to what parts of the world IEEM takes the Italian wines on tour; how the wine industry will be affected by the dollar/Euro parity; and all about the events taking place in Miami:    

10:00 a.m. “Friuli Venezia Giulia, Land of Caves, Land of Wine” a guided tasting and seminar led by James Beard Foundation award-winning food and wine writer, Lyn Farmer,   with wines from the region presented by the Friuli Grave Consortium.

11:30 a.m. “United Wines of Veneto” led by sommelier and star of the upcoming ‘The Duel of Wine’,   Charlie Arturaola, with Unione Consorzi Vini Veneti DOC.

1 p.m. “Traceability and Regulation of Italian DOC Wines” a seminar and guided tasting of prestigious wines.by Riccardo Ricci Curbastro, President of Federdoc. 

2 p.m.- 6 p.m., Simply Italian walk-around wine and food tasting

4 p.m. “Simply the Best Awards,” to recognize the contribution of women in the wine industry

 

Click here for additional details: http://www.southfloridagourmet.com/site/whats-cooking/on-food-a-wine.html

 

 

 

 

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James Beard Award winner Chef Charles Phan, author of The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Cuisine and chef/owner of The Slanted Door, S. Francisco

Since 1995, Charles Phan, owner and executive chef of San Francisco's famed Slanted Door, has been wowing palates and educating diners on the flavors and intricacies of Vietnamese cuisine, with which he has left his mark not only on the San Francisco dining scene but on the American fine-dining scene as well.

In 2004 Phan won the James Beard Award for Best Chef, California, and in 2011, he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America. The Slanted Door started out in a modest location in the Mission District in 1995 and 20 years later it is California's top-grossing independently-owned restaurant  at its current glam site at the Ferry Plaza Market Building.

charles phanPhan has just written his second cookbook, The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food  

Listen as Charles Phan describes his beginnings and how he defines himself as a glorified home cook today.

He talks about how the American food culture has changed from when he first opened the Slanted Door and about serving the president of the United States, several times, at the Slanted Door

The Slanted Door cookbook's chapters are divided into cooking methods like braising, steaming and stir-frying with gorgeous photographs throughout and filled with clearly written home-cook friendly recipes to please everyone. 

Click here for Chef Phan’s glorified Spring roll recipe, a best seller at The Slanted Door, of which he writes in p. 9 of his book: “  If my mother hadn’t come up with this recipe I’m not sure I would have had the inspiration – or the confidence – to strike out on my own with a restaurant.”  

 

  

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Mangoes have dazzled palates across the globe for centuries with their aroma, taste, texture, and seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and colors. In Miami alone there are over 250 varieties. Miami-based writer, critic, poet and educator Jen Karetnick is the award-winning author of nine books, including three this year alone: the recently published book Mango and two volumes  Prayer of Confession and Brie Season about to be released.
Jen’s nickname, Mango Mama, could not be more appropriate! Jen lives on the last acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children; three dogs; four cats; and fourteen mango trees!  By the time July comes around, Jen uses mangoes in the most unexpected ways, in just about everything, cocktails, smoothies, savory and sweet dishes.
Along with her own recipes which she has developed over the years, the book Mango features recipes from a group of Jen’s buddies who happen to be Miami's most celebrated chefs.
From smoothies to cocktails, from mango blintzes to jerked grouper with mango-fig chutney, and mangozpacho (mango-infused gazpacho)--this book is  the ultimate book on Mango. It is delightfully written, based on serious research and highlights  all those chefs and mixologists who are striving to use our local products in their cuisines.
Click here for Jen’s recipe for frozen mango sangría, or “Mangría,”

Extra-virgin olive oil is a pantry staple: We whisk it into our vinaigrettes, use it to fry our eggplants, and drizzle it over our pasta. But while our kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a bottle or two, the information about this essential ingredient can be conflicting — and answers can be hard to track down. Can you fry with it? How should you store it? How do you know which bottle to buy among a whole shelf of options? When faced with all these questions, it’s best to turn to an expert — and Nancy Harmon Jenkins is exactly that. 

In between harvesting her own olives on her farm in Tuscany, Nancy Harmon Jenkins has written her seventh and newest book, Virgin Territory, Exploring the World of Olive Oil . We are lucky to have her with us today to educate us on this indispensable ingredient. Welcome back to Food and Wine Talk,.

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Listen as she tells why she decided to focus on olive oil at a time there is an olive oil crisis in Europe.   In this interview Nancy dispels the most common misconceptions about olive oil, explains how to choose a good olive oil among so many bottles of extra virgin olive oil lining the shelves of our supermarkets or specialty food stores.

Learn what does extra-virgin really mean; how to keep the oil, which one to use for frying and cooking and which for finishing (including a great tip on simple but delicious tomato sauce); how to bake or poach fish and more.

Virgin Territory isn't only about recipes, but also about the history, culture and science of olive oil.

 

Virgin Territory, Exploring the World of Olive Oil  is a thing of beauty with stunning photographs of exquisite dishes as well as of Nancy’s own Tuscan olive tree grove; it  captures the delights of cooking with olive oil in dishes that are healthy, delicious, and beautifully presented .

Click here for Nancy's delicious and healthy gluten-free Olive Oil Muffins

 

 

 

 

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Mangoes have dazzled palates across the globe for centuries with their aroma, taste, texture, and seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and colors. In Miami alone there are over 250 varieties. Miami-based writer, critic, poet and educator Jen Karetnick is the award-winning author of nine books, including three this year alone: the recently published book Mango and two volumes  Prayer of Confession and Brie Season about to be released.
Jen’s nickname, Mango Mama, could not be more appropriate! Jen lives on the last acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children; three dogs; four cats; and fourteen mango trees!  By the time July comes around, Jen uses mangoes in the most unexpected ways, in just about everything, cocktails, smoothies, savory and sweet dishes.
Along with her own recipes which she has developed over the years, the book Mango features recipes from a group of Jen’s buddies who happen to be Miami's most celebrated chefs.
From smoothies to cocktails, from mango blintzes to jerked grouper with mango-fig chutney, and mangozpacho (mango-infused gazpacho)--this book is  the ultimate book on Mango. It is delightfully written, based on serious research and highlights  all those chefs and mixologists who are striving to use our local products in their cuisines.
Click here for Jen’s recipe for frozen mango sangría, or “Mangría,”

Is Chablis a wine? A place?

 

It is both; the village of Chablis which is situated geographically between Burgundy and Champagne, close to Paris and to Champagne, and the wine.  Nowadays, the abundance of wines from different regions of France makes us forget that the easy-to-pronounce, easy-to-drink white wine imported by Gallo in the 80’s, was the white wine everybody drank in America, before we even learned to pronounce chardonnay. 

Chablis has come a long way since then.  Even if you can’t find the word Chardonnay on the front label, Chablis is actually Chardonnay from  Chablis, in Burgundy, France.  But who can better tell us about Chablis than Louis Moreau, President of the “Union des Grands Crus de Chablis”, a winemaker and head of Domaine Louis Moreau, his family’s vineyard since 1814?  

Listen as Louis Moreau explains that Chablis is Burgundy's northernmost wine growing district and one of the region's largest vineyard areas with over seven Grand Cru appellations, and 40 Premier Cru appellations, and the task of the Union des Grands Crus de Chablis.

 

chablisWhile chardonnay grapes are grown throughout the globe, Chablis is the world’s most distinctive chardonnay and an example of the idea that good wine speaks deeply of its place of origin. Louis Moreau talks about  the characteristics of this wine, what makes it so special and about the differences between Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis 1ers Crus and Chablis Grands Crus.   He also talks about what foods pair well with the different types of Chablis.

Listen as Louis Moreau explains that Chablis is Burgundy's northernmost wine growing district and one of the region's largest vineyard areas with over seven Grand Cru appellations, and 40 Premier Cru appellations 

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Mangoes have dazzled palates across the globe for centuries with their aroma, taste, texture, and seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and colors. In Miami alone there are over 250 varieties. Miami-based writer, critic, poet and educator Jen Karetnick is the award-winning author of nine books, including three this year alone: the recently published book Mango and two volumes  Prayer of Confession and Brie Season about to be released.
Jen’s nickname, Mango Mama, could not be more appropriate! Jen lives on the last acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children; three dogs; four cats; and fourteen mango trees!  By the time July comes around, Jen uses mangoes in the most unexpected ways, in just about everything, cocktails, smoothies, savory and sweet dishes.
Along with her own recipes which she has developed over the years, the book Mango features recipes from a group of Jen’s buddies who happen to be Miami's most celebrated chefs.
From smoothies to cocktails, from mango blintzes to jerked grouper with mango-fig chutney, and mangozpacho (mango-infused gazpacho)--this book is  the ultimate book on Mango. It is delightfully written, based on serious research and highlights  all those chefs and mixologists who are striving to use our local products in their cuisines.
Click here for Jen’s recipe for frozen mango sangría, or “Mangría,”

Recently Carole and I participated in Tasting in the Dark, at Smith & Wollensky on South Beach, Florida. a blind tasting of wines led by Henry “Hoby” Wedler. The Sonoma County native, a UC Davis graduate student in organic chemistry, wine aficionado, and legally blind since birth, opened our senses to new heights.


Blind tasting’ , the literal term, usually refers to hiding the identity of wines and being essentially “blind” to the appearance of wines during sensory examination, and then revealing information like varietal, blend, region and producer once the tasting is complete.  It is practiced during wine competitions. 

But movie director and wine maker Francis Ford Coppola has taken blind tasting to another level for guests at his Geyserville winery. He proposed that the lead host should, in fact, be blind and that participants be blindfolded during the tasting, temporarily removing their sense of sight.

This is how  the program Tasting in the Dark began in April 2011.  Like many before us in the USA and world wide, we and the other participants were blindfolded then led upstairs to the dining room where Wedler guided us through a series of sensory exercises and a pre-selected flight of Coppola wines. It was quite a revealing experience.

Listen as Hoby Wedler explains his method and talks eloquently about how each whiff, each drop of wine  produces unforgettable images and creates exciting  inner movies. 

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Mangoes have dazzled palates across the globe for centuries with their aroma, taste, texture, and seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and colors. In Miami alone there are over 250 varieties. Miami-based writer, critic, poet and educator Jen Karetnick is the award-winning author of nine books, including three this year alone: the recently published book Mango and two volumes  Prayer of Confession and Brie Season about to be released.
Jen’s nickname, Mango Mama, could not be more appropriate! Jen lives on the last acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children; three dogs; four cats; and fourteen mango trees!  By the time July comes around, Jen uses mangoes in the most unexpected ways, in just about everything, cocktails, smoothies, savory and sweet dishes.
Along with her own recipes which she has developed over the years, the book Mango features recipes from a group of Jen’s buddies who happen to be Miami's most celebrated chefs.
From smoothies to cocktails, from mango blintzes to jerked grouper with mango-fig chutney, and mangozpacho (mango-infused gazpacho)--this book is  the ultimate book on Mango. It is delightfully written, based on serious research and highlights  all those chefs and mixologists who are striving to use our local products in their cuisines.
Click here for Jen’s recipe for frozen mango sangría, or “Mangría,”

 Mireille Guiliano, a former chief executive at Champagne Veuve Clicquot, has been called the “ambassador of France and its art of living” by Le Figaro. She is the author of French Women Don’t Get Fat, the #1 New York Times bestseller, of French Women Don’t Get Facelifts, and three other books.

In her latest book, Meet Paris Oyster: A Love Affair with the Perfect Food , she will have you wanting to eat oysters at least every week—forget about saving them for special occasions only. The book is a personal narrative about the French appetite for oysters, the characters who harvest and serve them, and the compelling reasons why we should all enjoy them.   

In this slender volume, Meet Paris Oyster,  Mireille Guiliano shares information about the best oysters around the world, their nutritional value, the best wine pairings with them, and a dozen mouthwatering recipes that will have readers craving, buying, and preparing oysters with confidence.

Listen as she explain why she’s focused on the oyster for her new book; why is the oyster the "perfect food"? Why are oysters so seductive? What are her favorite wine and oyster pairings,  her favorite oyster restaurants in New York and her favorite oyster recipes.

 

 

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Mangoes have dazzled palates across the globe for centuries with their aroma, taste, texture, and seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and colors. In Miami alone there are over 250 varieties. Miami-based writer, critic, poet and educator Jen Karetnick is the award-winning author of nine books, including three this year alone: the recently published book Mango and two volumes  Prayer of Confession and Brie Season about to be released.
Jen’s nickname, Mango Mama, could not be more appropriate! Jen lives on the last acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children; three dogs; four cats; and fourteen mango trees!  By the time July comes around, Jen uses mangoes in the most unexpected ways, in just about everything, cocktails, smoothies, savory and sweet dishes.
Along with her own recipes which she has developed over the years, the book Mango features recipes from a group of Jen’s buddies who happen to be Miami's most celebrated chefs.
From smoothies to cocktails, from mango blintzes to jerked grouper with mango-fig chutney, and mangozpacho (mango-infused gazpacho)--this book is  the ultimate book on Mango. It is delightfully written, based on serious research and highlights  all those chefs and mixologists who are striving to use our local products in their cuisines.
Click here for Jen’s recipe for frozen mango sangría, or “Mangría,”

 

 "Whenever you are feeling down, bake something--you'll feel better," says  Nick Malgieri, who, just in time for the holidays, has released a new cookbook, simply titled  Pastry--Foolproof Recipes for the Home Cook.


This is the time of the year when we are most interested in pies and tarts and in his new book Nick has  taken the fear out of making pastry dough with what he calls a whole new generation of doughs and techniques to roll them into perfect pies and tarts.

 

There are over 125 recipes in Nick Malgieri's Pastry along with beautiful photographs-- pies, cobblers and crisps; and tarts; strudels, puff pastries, including those with cream, and brioche. This book is destined to become the new definitive pastry bible.  


Nick has been at the pastry game for decades. He's been teaching classes on the topic all over the country for nearly 20 years. He is currently director of the baking program at The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, and is the author of 12 cookbooks. Nick was the pastry chef at Window’s On The World restaurant, and recently voted one of the Ten Best Pastry Chefs in America by  Pastry Art and Design and  Chocolatier magazines.  

 

Click here  for Nick Malgieri's fabulous Raspberry Cream Pie

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Mangoes have dazzled palates across the globe for centuries with their aroma, taste, texture, and seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and colors. In Miami alone there are over 250 varieties. Miami-based writer, critic, poet and educator Jen Karetnick is the award-winning author of nine books, including three this year alone: the recently published book Mango and two volumes  Prayer of Confession and Brie Season about to be released.
Jen’s nickname, Mango Mama, could not be more appropriate! Jen lives on the last acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children; three dogs; four cats; and fourteen mango trees!  By the time July comes around, Jen uses mangoes in the most unexpected ways, in just about everything, cocktails, smoothies, savory and sweet dishes.
Along with her own recipes which she has developed over the years, the book Mango features recipes from a group of Jen’s buddies who happen to be Miami's most celebrated chefs.
From smoothies to cocktails, from mango blintzes to jerked grouper with mango-fig chutney, and mangozpacho (mango-infused gazpacho)--this book is  the ultimate book on Mango. It is delightfully written, based on serious research and highlights  all those chefs and mixologists who are striving to use our local products in their cuisines.
Click here for Jen’s recipe for frozen mango sangría, or “Mangría,”

Author Kate Christensen is one of the famous writers attending the Miami International Book Fair this coming November 16 to November 23.  After writing 6 novels,  she  has turned to the memoir to tell her own story, from her unorthodox childhood in 1960’s Berkeley as the daughter of a legal activist who ruled the house with his fists to her extraordinary success as a PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author in 2008 for her book, The Great Man. 

In Blue Plate Special--an Autobiography of My Appetites , food is inextricably part of her life and she writes of her hunger.  Hunger for food, for love, for a sense of belonging.  While Christensen writes about her struggle to find the contentment she has always yearned for, she also writes recipes… like the recipe for the cottage cheese pancakes piling up on the cover of her book.

"To taste fully is to live fully," says Kate Christensen as she talks about love, cooking, existence, weight, pain and joy.

 

Blue Plate Special, will fill you with delicious pleasure.  

You can meet Kate Christensen at the Miami International Book Fair. For information on the many readings and events you can log on to  www.miamibookfair.com .

 

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James Coleridge, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Abdelrahman Al Teneji, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Matthew Lee, Austin, Texas
Ahmed Abdullatif, Kingdom of Bahrain
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