How Chicken Became a Global Food

How Chicken Became a Global Food

Who doesn’t love chicken? No, really: who doesn’t? Most cultures seem to have embraced this bird as an important part of their gastronomic traditions. No matter where you are, you can rest assured that the locals have come up with an unexpectedly delicious way to serve chicken. The numbers support the importance of chicken. Poultry…

Frequently Asked Questions About Tofu

Tofu: 5 Frequently Asked Questions

What is Tofu? First things first: What is tofu? This is a product of relatively neutral favor, very popular in the cuisines of Japan, China, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Tofu is made condensing soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into cubes. The traditional coagulant used to make this traditional food is nigari, or…

A Culinary History of Pineapple

A Culinary History of Pineapple

You may be familiar with a recent (and surprisingly heated) debate: Does pineapple belong on pizza? The jury is still out regarding this specific question, but pineapple is a fascinating ingredient that can add excitement to any dish. The earliest written references to pineapple are found in documents by Christopher Columbus, and Sir Walter Raleigh,…

Aioli, the soul of Provence

Aioli, a Condiment Worthy of a Poet

From sake to Mexican salsas, condiments have a way to concentrate and reveal the culinary personality of a country. Another good example of this phenomenon is aioli. This Mediterranean garlic sauce that has come to represent the soul of Provence, the historical and cultural region in Southeastern France. A Condiment Worthy of a Poet If…

What Is Braised Beef?

What Is Braised Beef?

“Braised”, “Braising,” and “Braised beef” are concepts you may have read poring over a menu or in cookbooks. These terms come from French cuisine, one of the world’s most interesting culinary traditions. “Live Coals” The French verb “Braiser” (a relative of the English word “Brazier”), means cooking food with vegetables and some form of liquid…