The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals for Family and Friends

Elizabeth Minchilli, who has lived in Italy for a quarter of a century, has created a way for all of us to experience certain special food events that comprise the country’s heritage in much the same way as their monuments (think The Colosseum, St. Peter’s and the Leaning Tower of Pisa) are must-sees for visitors.…

The 1845 Brass Tavern Inn Cookbook

Vintage recipes from a historic stagecoach restaurant and inn. In 1845 when the Brass Tavern and Inn first opened its doors on the corner of Old Pike and Old Highway in what is now Munster, the journey from this section of Northwest Indiana into Chicago took about a day. Because the journey was hard (travelers…

50 Ways to Love Wine More: Adventures in Wine Appreciation!

Jim Laughren wants to keep it real when talking about wine. No pretensions, no superciliousness. It’s about what you like, not what the big time wine critics say you should like says Laughren, author of 50 Ways to Love Wine More: Adventures in Wine Appreciation! (Crosstown Publishing 2018; $26.95), an NYC Big Book Award winner…

Very Valloladid Indeed

The heat of a Yucatan summer day is peaking as we walk stairs carved out of stone to swim in the refreshing waters of Cenote Dzitnup with its magnificent rock formations, dripping stalactites and sprouting stalagmites. Floating on our backs, we can see shafts of daylight far above us pouring through the domed rock ceiling…

Glory Days

So posh it needs only two words in its name, The Getty is really two places, the much better known Getty Center and the magnificent Getty Villa, a recreation of a Roman country house circa 1 A.D. The latter is all-ancient Roman and Greek art—running the gamut of paintings, pottery, sculptures, glass and all that…

So Sweet: Michigan Maple Syrup

            Early spring is sweet in Southwest Michigan when the sap rises ready to be harvested and turned into sticky sugary and wonderful maple syrup.            Surprisingly, there are many maple syrup producers in Southwest Michigan, some who market their syrup throughout the state and beyond and others who are known locally and sell just…

The Indian Slow Cooker: 70 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes

              Known for her cookbooks which make Indian cooking easily accessible for home cooks, Anupy Singla says that her mother never taught her to cook.               “She didn’t want me to get stuck in the kitchen like she did,” Singla tells me as we chat on the phone about her cooking.  So instead Singla, who…

Danielle Walker’s “Eat What You Love”

I love the premise of Danielle Walker’s latest cookbook, Eat What You Love: Everyday Comfort You Crave, with its idea that even if you’re gluten-intolerant (which so many people seem to be), have a dairy allergy, suffer from an autoimmune disease, are following a Paleo diet or just want to incorporate healthy eating a few…

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