For the past two years, in a loft apartment in downtown Los Angeles, Craig Thornton has been conducting an experiment in the conventions of high-end American dining. Several nights a week, a group of sixteen strangers gather around his dining-room table to eat delicacies he has handpicked and prepared for them, from a meticulously considered menu over which they have no say.
posted by Egg Shen
on Dec 1, 2012 -
Chris Kimball prepares a 12-course meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 cookbook.
Using only a coal stove and other authentic Victorian-era kitchen staples, the chef, who lives in Fannie Farmer's former home
, recreated a classic holiday Victorian meal from her iconic 1896 cookbook.
The twelve courses included: "rissoles (filled and fried puff pastry), mock turtle soup with fried brain balls, lobster à l’Américaine, roast goose with chestnut stuffing and jus, wood-grilled salmon, roast saddle of venison, Canton punch, three molded Victorian jellies and a spectacular French-inspired Mandarin cake."
Chris Kimball is the creator of public television's America's Test Kitchen
) and Cook's Illustrated
. Naturally, he chronicled the experience in a book, aptly titled, Fannie's Last Supper
. In it, he offers some moden adaptations of Fannie Farmer's recipes. A film depicting the difficulties of authentically re-creating the meal airs this Fall.
posted by misha
on Oct 6, 2010 -
lived quite an an amazing life. According to his wiki
, he "was a French chef who became the most celebrated cook in Victorian England" who also "during the Great Irish Famine in April 1847, ... invented the soup kitchen and was asked by the Government to go to Ireland to implement his idea. This was opened in Dublin and his "famine soup
" was served to thousands of the poor for free. Whilst in Ireland he wrote Soyer's Charitable Cookery. He gave the proceeds of the book to various charities. He also opened an art gallery in London, and donated the entrance fees to charity to feed the poor." And then there is also the remarkable story of Soyer's Magic Stove
posted by puny human
on Jul 30, 2010 -
Vittles and verse - two great tastes that taste great together. Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the poetry of cookery.
As an appetizer, Chris Tusa
serves up a tasty bowl of gumbo
; next comes the entree, Mark Strand
's comforting pot roast
Meanwhile, Shanna Compton
imagines herself as the food itself -- eager ingredients in the skilled hands of Jacques Pepin
If you'd prefer to dine out, Charles Simic
presents the menu of Cafe Paradiso
, while Don Winter, a former night manager at a Niles, Michigan Burger Chef
, proffers a more downmarket culinary experience
. Bon appetit!
(Poemhunter.com previously on MeFi here
posted by GrammarMoses
on Apr 26, 2006 -
We know that the French take their food seriously, and restaurant ratings are a BIG deal
over there. But here's a sad illustration of that: famed chef Bernard Loiseau was found dead
yesterday of an apparent suicide, and speculation centers
around his downgraded rating from the influential GaultMillau guide. Shades of Vatel
posted by Vidiot
on Feb 26, 2003 -
Happy birthday, Julia!!
American cooking diva Julia Child turns 90 years of age today. She might be slowing, but she hasn't stopped ... and she certainly hasn't stopped eating butter and cream
Her contributions to American culinary arts, particularly in the area of home cooking, are nearly immeasurable. When you have a look at the way we were cooking
before "The French Chef" came along, you'll be doubly grateful for what she's taught us.
She's left her longtime home in Cambridge, Massachusetts for much smaller digs in Santa Barbara, California ... and subsequently donated her legendary kitchen and over 1,200 items from it to the Smithsonian Institution, who disassembled it and painstakingly rebuilt it inside the museum
. Julia's Kitchen at the Smithsonian opens to the public on Monday.
posted by chuq
on Aug 15, 2002 -
Food For Thought For Serious Foodies And Would-Be Pros: Egullet.com
is mainly written by
professional cooks for
professional cooks but
obsessive, perfectionist gastronomes like you and I can join in too. It's delightful and delicious; like a MetaFilter for fussy gluttons, over-curious gourmets and gastro-porn addicts. Today, celebrated chefs Dan Barber
and Michael Anthony
, currently wowing New Yorkers at the Blue Hill
restaurant, will be answering questions from hoi-polloi such as ourselves. My question's already in...[ From the August issue of Food and Wine magazine, where Michael Anthony was interviewed as one of the best new American chefs.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jul 25, 2002 -