Central

Central

Many top chefs have come to their profession by a circuitous route. Gordon Ramsey famously planned to be a footballer, while Daniel Burns and Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Torst/Luksus in New York came from careers as a philosophy and mathematics graduate with dreams of winning the Fields Medal, and as a teacher, respectively. Virgilio Martinez perhaps…

Archangel Gin

Archangel Gin

There’s a new gin on the market; not a shocker I know, but there’s something different about this one. Archangel is the most complete and rounded, full bodied gin to come to market in years. Most gins import their juniper and many of their other botanicals, and even the raw alcohol – I can name…

Miso Tasty: The Cookbook

Miso Tasty: The Cookbook

Fermented soybean paste? Sounds yummy! Well, OK, no it doesn’t, but call it miso, and suddenly it spirits your mind to that fragrant, mouth-watering, umami Japanese flavour loved by so many. Consumed in Japan for thousands of years, miso has been making an increased appearance in our diet in the UK as we seek out…

Book Review: Food & Beer

Book Review: Food & Beer

Beer has been undergoing a renaissance of late, or rather its underground resurgence of the last twenty to thirty years has become mainstream thanks to growth in microbreweries in Europe and the craft beer scene in the US. So powerful has this revitalisation been, that many of the multinationals have been buying up, investing in,…

Dining in Turin

Dining in Turin

When one thinks of Italy it is the traditional image that comes to mind, the one with beautiful romantically crumbling Renaissance buildings, churches, Roman ruins and large family lunches in the bright sun around a table laden with food. You can almost smell that balmy air and taste that whole grilled fish, roasted suckling pig,…

The World is Your Burger

The World is Your Burger

‘This is the final word on the mighty burger’ or so Phaidon’s press release would have us believe of David Michaels’ The World is Your Burger: A Cultural History. Ten years in the making, it’s certainly an impressive and comprehensive look at the subject of the world’s favourite fast food, a food that 40 billion…