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7 posts from July 2006

26 July 2006

Blogging Gaggia

I was impressed to see that the UK arm of Gaggia, the coffee machine maker, has started its own blog.  It is early days for the site, it has been up less than a month, but it will be interesting to see what comes of it.

I just hope Raj Beadle, the author and MD of Gaggia UK, refrains from too much more of the sort of syrupy management speak of the Disney World post.  I've never worked at Gaggia UK but I'm guessing it is very much a company and definitely not a theme park.  However, Martin Lukes would be proud.

Bread: Daily and Divine

From the website alone, the Israel Museum's exhibition "Bread: Daily and Divine" looks fascinating.  The exhibition appears to analyse the fundamental nature of bread in our social, religious and political lives.

From this piece in Ha'aretz, it seems the catalogue might be as good as the exhibition itself.

For anyone interested in going, the exhibition is on until 15 January 2007.

23 July 2006


Probably the funniest take-away menu in the world.  Make sure your volume is turned up high.

17 July 2006

Ageing cookbooks

Today's post landed with a thud on my desk and I was very excited.  The two main culprits were books I have been eyeing up for some time: Escoffier's The Complete Guide to the Art of Modern Cooking and Hervé This' Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavour.

It is pretty well known that some wines get better with age.  Some men (and women) argue that women improve with age as well.  It would seem the same might be true of cookbooks.  Escoffier's tome was first printed 103 years ago and remains the lodestone of French cooking.

Although as with some wines, some books are best left unopened.  Nonetheless, I am confident that the likes of This and McGee are authors whose works will enter into the pantheon of books that mature gracefully.

12 July 2006

The Soup Nazi cometh

Al's Soup Kitchen is on its way over to the UK according to The Times.

Make sure you've got your change ready or there will be no soup for you.

10 July 2006


There are currently some interesting discussions in the foodosphere about the bizarre and contradictory ethical dilemmas regulators seem to be having when it comes to food.

The article on Megnut is particularly interesting because it has been written by Michael Ruhlman.  In what he himself describes as a rant, he rails against the pandering of US legislators to those calling for more regulation of food, especially of premium food products like foie gras and lobsters.  It seems insane that politicians are willing to go to the effort and expense of banning foie.  Whereas, they turn a blind eye to the torture of poultry by Big Agribusiness.  The former is small with a limited market, the latter has billions of lobbying dollars behind it.

Aki at Ideas in Food, does a similarly good job of arguing for the live and let live then eat, school of thought and unsurprisingly, Tana at I Heart Farms, is vociferous on the matter.

Michael is right in his call to arms.  We should work to create an environment where benefiting from agribusiness is as morally dubious as benefiting from the tobacco industry.  I fear this will take time, especially whilst American legislators see the devil's hand in gavage but salvation in caged, de-beaked chickens.  Hopefully, the UK and EU will maintain their more enlightened approach and continue to tighten rules on cruel farming techiques.  If they don't, I suppose somebody will need to get off their arse and do something about it.

02 July 2006

Nigel Slater

Silverbrowess is regularly foxed by the enjoyment I get from cooking.  Her feelings are compounded when I explain that I find it so relaxing.

To date I have been thoroughly unsuccessful in communicating why I feel the way I do.  Thankfully, Nigel Slater does a beautifully eloquent  job in today's Observer.  I just hope she reads his article.