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Henry "Hoby" Wedler, Host of Tasting in the Dark at Francis Ford Coppola Presents PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament and Carole Kotkin   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

 

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. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 21:00
 
Mireille Guiliano, Meet Paris Oyster: A Love Affair with the Perfect Food PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament and Carole Kotkin   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00

 

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.

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 22:25
 
Nick Malgieri: Pastry--Foolproof Recipes for the Home Cook. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament and Carole Kotkin   
Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00

 

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

Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 22:49
 
Kate Christensen: Blue Plate Special--an Autobiography of My Appetites PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament and Carole Kotkin   
Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00

 

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 .

 

Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 22:09
 
Jennifer McLagan, author of Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament and Carole Kotkin   
Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00

 

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,”

Compared to the other basic flavors — salty, sweet, sour and, the newest addition, umami — bitter is rarely something we desire. Jennifer McLagan, a renowned chef and food writer with a number of groundbreaking cookbooks under her belt, such as Fat which went on to win Cookbook of the Year from the James Beard Foundation, has now written Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes.

Jennifer McLagan, likes bitter foods; she explores this unsung taste in her new book and answers a wide range of questions from “What part of the tongue is most susceptible to bitter?” and  “We talk about a bitter life, or a bitter old maid… Why do we act so negatively to bitter?” to “What is the role of bitter flavors in cooking?” and “How do you perceive bitterness with your others senses, like hearing, sight, smell and touch.”

 

This compelling study and original boiok with its collection of seductive recipes -- from cocktails to desserts --  proves that bitterness is an intrinsic element is most cultures and that mastering bitterness is an essential part of learning to cook. 

 

Click here  for Jennifer McLagan's recipe Radicchio and Pumpkin Risotto

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 23:44
 
Allen Salkin: From Scratch: Inside the Food Network PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament and Carole Kotkin   
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00

 

Allen Salkin: From Scratch: Inside the Food Network

 

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

Back in 1993 Cable TV was in its infancy, the foodie fad didn’t exist yet, and no one thought that a little startup called The Food Network would go anywhere. Twenty years later, the Food Network is a billion dollar global powerhouse that's made the names and fortunes of stars like Emeril Lagasse, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray.

Former New York Times reporter and author Allen Salkin's newest book, From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, is a well-researched and witty behind the scenes look at the network from its unlikely beginnings, its dramas and panoply of characters to its current dominance — and the people who rose and fell along the way.   

Allen's credits include: New York Times reporter, TV reality show love interest, rubber ducky salesman, podcast host, marathon runner and restaurant prep cook. Besides writing for many outlets-- New York Magazine, The Observer, Details, Edible, New York Post... hell, even Cosmopolitan -- he has cast industrial films in Hong Kong, picked oranges in Crete, and peddled oil paintings door-to-door in Western Australia. Allen has a hobby of attending Summer Olympics: 7 so far plus two winters and a World Cup.

Allen Salkin will be in Miami for the 34th Annual Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival on November 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alper JCC, 11155 SW 112 Avenue, Robert Russell Theater, Admission $10.   The Festival runs from October 26 through December 10, 2014. For information on the event featuring Allen Salkin and for complete schedule of Book Festival events call 305.271.9000 x 268 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 October 2014 23:46
 
Janet Fletcher, Planet Cheese: Cheeses and Lactose Intolerance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament and Carole Kotkin   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00

 

Janet Fletcher, Planet Cheese: Cheeses and the Lactose Intolerant

 

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,”

Have you ever felt sick after eating a giant bowl of ice cream or over-indulging in cheese? Don’t freak out! It doesn’t mean you are lactose intolerant. However, this kind of dairy foods intolerance is much more common than you’d think. It has been estimated that up to 65 percent of the population has a reduced ability to digest lactose, the enzyme found in dairy products.

San Francisco Bay Area journalist, “Cheese Course” columnist, Janet Fletcher  joins us today to talk about , of course, cheese,  lactose intolerance and the good news that you can eat cheese if you're lactose intolerant.  

She answers questions such as: Do all cheeses have the same amount of lactose? What about raw milk cheese? …. As well as tell us all about rinds.

 

You can know more about cheeses by subscribing to Janet Fletcher’s free newsletter Planet Cheese. Log on to www.janetfletcher.com  

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:02
 
Jen Karetnick: MANGO PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament and Carole Kotkin   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00

 

Jen Karetnick: MANGO.  Everything you ever wanted to know about the fruit...

 

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,”

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,”

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 20:40
 
Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

 

Aarti Sequeira, author of Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul

AARTI PAARTI--An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul is Food Network personality Aarti Sequeira’s second cookbook, a collection of memories from her childhood all over the world and over 100 delicious and completely approachable recipes melding Indian flavors with the American dishes she’s grown to love.

Aarti is cosmopolitan – born a Christian in Mumbai, raised in Dubai where she went to a British school, schooled in the United States to become an American journalist – she quit her news job at CNN to focus on the important things in life: food for instance, which she regards  not only as nourishment but as a healing power, a lifeline, a tether to her family and cultural past.

After creating Aarti Paarti on You Tube in 2009, Aarti won Food Network’s Next Food Network Star in 2010 and went on to star in her own show, Aarti Paarti, which has aired for 3 seasons. She recently took a break to have her first child, but continues to host and star in a number of shows on the Cooking Channel, including Unique Eats, Taste in Translation, Iron Chef America Countdown, and Chopped.

AARTI PAARTI--An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul reflects the culinary melting pot that exists in California where she lives and in the world as seen through the prism of an Indian kitchen . The multi-cultural recipes include: Cornflake & Kaya French Toast, Real Deal Hummus, Mum's Everyday Dal, Quinoa Tabbouleh, Chickpea & Artichoke Masala, Tandoori Chicken, and Bombay Sloppy Joes.  

 

Click here for  Aarti's Massaged Kale Salad recipe

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 16:31
 
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Blind Tasting with Henry "Hoby" Wedler, Host of Tasting in the Dark at Francis Ford Coppola Presents

Mireille Guiliano: Meet Paris Oyster - A love Affair with The Perfect Food

   

Kate Christensen, author of Blue Plate Special - an Autobiography of my Appetites (Miami Int'l Book Fair, 11/16-23)

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