Angela Hsieh

Table of Contents

Autumn 2017  |  No. 100

La Galette des Rois  James MacGuire
Epiphany Cake

Sugarplums  Derrick Schneider
Fruit + Nuts + Spice

 Honey and a Touch of Smoke  Edward Behr
How to Roast Chestnuts on an Open Fire

Pizza di Scarola  Tony Mastroianni
Neapolitan Light and Skinny

Holiday Gift Ideas 2017  Edward Behr
Ones We Hope You Haven’t Thought Of

American Restaurants in a Newly Gilded Age Tse Wei Lim
Building Character Through Cooking

Poem
“Onion”  Henry Rathvon

Cheese Anthology
Roquefort, the Most Classic Blue  Edward Behr

Why This Bottle, Really?
2011 Anatrino, Vino Bianco di Toscana, Carlo Tanganelli, Italy  Deirdre Heekin
2015 Scallop Shelf, Pinot Noir, Peay Vineyards, Sonoma Coast, California  Christie Dufault

Resources
Chestnut Roaster  Edward Behr
Skimmer Follow-Up  Edward Behr

Restaurants
El Capricho in Jiménez de Jamuz, Spain  Jordan Mackay
Beef Beyond Beef

Six Addresses
Naples: In the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies   Nancy Harmon Jenkins

Books
Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski’s State Bird Provisions  Emily Kaiser Thelin
Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya’s Modernist Bread  Jonathan Stevens
Peter Liem’s Champagne  David Schildknecht
Daniel Patterson and Mandy Aftel’s The Art of Flavor  Edward Behr
Shorts: Marc-André Cyr on Pantry & Palate
Edward Behr on Farm Food and The Wine Lover’s Daughter

This is the 100th issue of The Art of Eating. I write that, and I exhale deeply (not metaphorically). We might have reached this milestone long before now, but during a certain extended period I missed my deadlines far too often. I’m grateful to all AoE readers, longtime and brand-new.

From November 16, 1986, when the first eight-page issue appeared (devoted to bread, written entirely by me), until now, the world of food has opened wide. Where France, and to some extent Italy, were key reference points, now the reference points are so many and their importance so often changing, or uncertain, that we don’t often think that way at all.

And while the leap into fresher, higher-quality ingredients would have amazed anyone back in the 1980s, our standards for knowledge aren’t always higher. (I went to review a very hip New York City restaurant for The Financial Times, and the supposedly special “cultured” butter was emphatically rancid. I politely said so to the waiter, who spoke to the chef and came back to say that that is the way cultured butter tastes. The rest of the food wasn’t special, and I abandoned the idea of a review.) It doesn’t help that, for both chefs and hosts at home, evolving views about health, allergies, and aversions have created complications where before there were hardly any.

In the 1980s and 90s, when other publications mentioned AoE, they nearly always said, as something positive, that it stood out because the writing and point of view were “personal.” Today, what could be more commonplace than personal food writing? The content can even be wholly emotional without pretending to convey knowledge at all. That’s not necessarily bad, but it’s not AoE.

What’s wonderful for the future of The Art of Eating is that we’ve gotten our feet under us digitally. It’s encouraging that certain other digital publications that focus on high-quality information are doing very well. More than ever, we have outstanding writers who are pleased to contribute. We’ve added a substantial book prize. Our future looks very bright.

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Contributors

Edward Behr (“Honey and a Touch of Smoke,” “Holiday Gift Ideas 2017,” “Roquefort, the Most Classic Blue,” Books: The Art of Flavor, Resources: A Long-Handled Chestnut Roaster and Skimmer Follow-up, Shorts) is the author of The Food & Wine of France and the publisher of The Art of Eating.

Marc-André Cyr (Shorts: Pantry & Palate), who comes from an Acadian family, is a bread baker and the founder of A Taste for Grain, a Montreal-based not-for-profit that celebrates local grain and creates conversations among grain artisans, both locally and cross-border.

Christie Dufault (“Why This Bottle, Really?”) has been a sommelier at some of the best restaurants in San Francisco; she teaches wine and beverage studies at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

Deirdre Heekin (“Why This Bottle, Really?”) is co-owner with her husband, Caleb Barber, of La Garagista Farm + Winery in Vermont (they’re former co-owners of the restaurant Osteria Pane e Salute); her most recent book is An Unlikely Vineyard.

Nancy Harmon Jenkins (Six Addresses: Naples) is the author of many books and articles, mostly about food — growing it, cooking it, eating it. Her most recent book, written with her daughter, Sara Jenkins, is The Four Seasons of Pasta. She divides her time between a home on the coast of Maine and an olive farm in Tuscany.

Tse Wei Lim (“American Restaurants in a Newly Gilded Age”) was a co-chef and co-owner of Journeyman, a restaurant in Somerville, Massachusetts, which closed earlier this year. He has been published in The Boston Globe and is currently working on a book about his experiences as a restaurateur.

James MacGuire (“La Galette des Rois”) is a chef and baker, an expert in classical French cooking, and a leading authority on bread. He lives in Montreal.

Jordan Mackay (Restaurants: “Beef Beyond Beef”) writes about wine, spirits, and food; his work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Decanter. Among his recent books are Franklin Barbecue (with Aaron Franklin) and Knife (with John Tesar); he is at work on a book about beef.

Tony Mastroianni (“Pizza de Scarola”) lives in Naples; his writing can found in Lotus-Eater, Able Muse Review, Ambassador, Ink Publishing, The Bicycle Review, and more.

Henry Rathvon (“Onion”) creates crossword puzzles for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal with his partner Emily CoxHe is working on a collection of poems about food.

David Schildknecht (Books: Champagne), a former restaurateur trained in philosophy, spent 25 years in the wine trade. His tasting reports were a fixture of Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, then of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, and now appear in Vinous. He is a contributor to Wine & Spirits, The World of Fine Wine, and Vinaria; responsible for the German and Austrian entries in the fourth edition of The Oxford Companion to Wine; and a co-author of the seventh edition of Robert Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide.

Derrick Schneider (“Sugarplums”) is a programmer and writer; he lives in Berkeley, California.

Jonathan Stevens (Books: Modernist Bread) is head baker and co-owner, with Cheryl Maffei, of Hungry Ghost Bread in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Emily Kaiser Thelin (Books: State Bird Provisions) is the author of Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert’s Renegade Life (Grand Central Life & Style). A two-time finalist for James Beard awards and a former editor at Food & Wine, she is currently editorial director for recipes for the meal-kit delivery service Sun Basket and lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and daughter.


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