The Food of a Younger Land

The Food Of A Younger Land Edited and illustrated by Mark Kurlansky Riverhead Books; 397 pages; $27.95 Seasonal, local, traditional. Before a certain period in time, these were the only options. There were no cross-country distribution networks, no fast food chains. And vast countries like the US had true regional cuisine. Author Mark Kurlansky came […]

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Getting Grubby

Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces Gayla Trail Clarkson Potter, paperback, copyright 2010, 207 pages, $19.95 It’s a romantic notion to think that we could all move to the country and start a farm. The fact is, the majority of people live in cities out of necessity, and few of us have space […]

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Nose in a Book

It’s a sad fact that most of the reading I do nowadays is work-related. 200+ news articles a day to sort through for Save Your Fork and TasteTO, books to review, articles to edit. And even my “just for fun” stack of reading tends towards food theory. Before the holidays I combed the book guides […]

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Stupid Is as Stupid Does

The foodie intarwebs are abuzz about a recent post by cookbook author Michael Ruhlman claiming that Americans are being taught that they’re too stupid to cook. While I get Ruhlman’s point (lots of people are making a profit on processed food because people are scared to try and cook food themselves), there’s a condescension to […]

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The End of Overeating

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable North American Appetite David A. Kessler M.D. Rodale Books 2009, 336 pages, hardcover I am one of those people who cannot walk past a plate of cookies. I’m not a binger – I’d never dream of eating the whole plate at once. But over the course […]

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Down(town) On the Farm

Farm City Novella Carpenter Penguin Press, 2009, hardcover, 276 pages Idyllic dreams of moving to the country to become a farmer abound – in this era of local food and “who’s your farmer”, most people involved in the local food scene long for their own garden patch and flock of chickens. We tell ourselves it’s […]

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The Book Nook

As usual, I’ve got a stack of food-related books piling up here by the desk and I just can’t get around to reviewing them. To the point where it’s been so long I forget a lot of what is in them. So instead of full post reviews, I’m just going to do some brief recaps […]

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How Sweet It Is

Sweet!: The Delicious Story of Candy By Ann Love and Jane Drake; Illustrated by Claudia Davila Tundra Books; $14.99, 64 pp. softcover publication April 14th, 2009 (hardcover © 2007) Some might say that a book about candy, with kids as the target market, could be a little off-base in this era of childhood obesity and […]

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The Compassionate Carnivore

The Compassionate Carnivore: Or, How to Keep Animals Happy, Save Old MacDonald’s Farm, Reduce Your Hoofprint, and Still Eat Meat by Catherine Friend Da Capo Press, 2008, 291 pages I read this book over the holidays and it’s been sitting on my desk waiting for a review ever since. It’s not that I didn’t want […]

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On the Shelf – Book Edition

As I mentioned in yesterdays post – companies send us stuff. Often stuff that we can’t use in our regular articles because it’s not Toronto-specific. This includes books. Sometimes they just appear at my door unannounced. And while some readers might think this makes mine the dream job, keep in mind that I’m expected to […]

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Go West, Young Man

Some say Vancouver is overtaking Toronto as the ultimate Canadian foodie town. I don’t travel much, so I can’t vouch for that personally, but love of my city forces me to say, “Is NOT!!” However, Vancouver is definitely attracting some spectacular talent, and I was lucky enough to attend a luncheon recently featuring the dishes […]

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Words on a Plate

As an editor and a writer, I spend a lot of time reading the works of other published writers, working under the theory that only if you are exposed to great writing can you begin to emulate it. By noticing the tricks and tools that accomplished writers use, another writer can, without copying a particular […]

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Cooking the Books

Despite being what would inevitably fit into the classic definition of a “foodie”, I don’t buy a lot of cookbooks. As is obvious from this blog, I don’t post a lot of recipes, and while I do love to cook and try new things in the kitchen, I tend not to be a big cookbook […]

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The Land of Chocolate

Today I will write the post about the GD chocolate book!!! In fact, there’s no need for cursing. The chocolate book, aka. Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light by Mort Rosenblum was a magnificent read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Which is why I felt it was so important to review it here, and […]

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Tee-Totaler

A Social History of Tea Jane Pettigrew The National Trust Every afternoon at 3pm, I have a cup of tea. It doesn’t matter the weather or the season, if it’s hot I’ll have it iced, but every afternoon, barring some great calamity, I take a break from my day to have a cup of tea […]

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