30 August 2009

Offbeat Traveler: Ithaa Undersea restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Well, for something new and different the Los Angeles Times:

"Ithaa Undersea restaurant sits 16 feet below sea level at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, a hotel resort in Hilton's luxury brand that occupies two islands. Maldives is a country of almost 1,200 islands about 300 miles from the southernmost points of India and Sri Lanka."

View the entire articles at Los Angeles Times.

10 August 2009

All about Julia Child

Julia Child is back in the news because of the recent release of Julie and Julia (with Meryl Streep, as if you didn't know). And the renewed interest has been reflected in the demand for her cookbooks and books about her.

So, it is a good time to revisit one her major works, Mastering the Art of French Cooking : 40th Anniversary Edition, by Julia Child, Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle.

From Barnes and Noble:

"Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere,” wrote Mesdames Beck, Bertholle, and Child, “with the right instruction.” And here is the book that, for forty years, has been teaching Americans how.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking is for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food and long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine, from the historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas...

...Since there has never been a book as instructive and as workable as Mastering the Art of French Cooking, the techniques learned here can be applied to recipes in all other French cookbooks, making them infinitely more usable. In compiling the secrets of famous cordons bleus, the authors have produced a magnificent volume that is sure to find the place of honor in every kitchen in America."

Mastering the Art of French Cooking : 40th Anniversary Edition
by Julia Child, Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Pub. Date: October 2001
ISBN-13: 9780375413407
Edition Description: 40th Anniversary Edition

And if you've seen the movie, there is Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell (Paperback - Media Tie).

The bestselling memoir that's "irresistible....A kind of Bridget Jones meets The French Chef" (Philadelphia Inquirer). Directed by Nora Ephron, starring Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia, the film Julie & Julia released by Sony Pictures on April 19, 2009.


See also, Behind the Scenes With the Dishes (The New York Times).

Both books, and many others available online at Barnes and Noble.

06 August 2009

Creating Your Own Recipe Book, by Shivani Vora

An article in the Wall Street Journal Online, Creating Your Own Recipe Book, by Shivani Vora, may be of interest to those of you with reams of recipes and how to highlight and share them with other cooking aficianados.

"Customized cookbook publishers have existed for years, but most have a large minimum number of orders and are best bets for fund-raising events. Today, a crop of publishers let home chefs inexpensively design and create a single book online for their personal use."

The prices are right. All you have to do is selects the service and assemble the creation.

View the entire article here.

03 August 2009

Meet the Food Bloggers

Meet the Food Bloggers

Can't get enough food-related blogs?

Expand your gustatory blog horizons by visiting this article in the TIMESONLINE (London), to find some blogs you may not easily stumble on. Some are familiar to hard-core blog foodies. All have a unique perspective; some dead serious, others quite entertaining. And all are done with enthusiasm. Visit at your own risk!

See for yourself at TIMESONLINE.

More Food Headlines

Photo: Los Angeles Times

Headline from the Los Angeles Times: "State pesticides department resumes review of methyl iodide"

Chemical to replace chemical. And none safe. And this is just one of many used in agriculture. Of course, if you're into organic produce, you have less to worry about.

"'As chemists and physicians familiar with the effects of this chemical, we are concerned that pregnant women and the fetus, children, the elderly, farmworkers and other people living near application sites would be at serious risk if methyl iodide is permitted for use in agriculture,' the letter stated."

What about the residue on food itself?

Read the entire article at the Los Angeles Times.