HBO probes a food genius in A Matter of Taste -- Serving Up Paul Liebrandt.Chef Paul Liebrandt is one of those maverick foodies who elicits equal parts admiration and dissent, love, fear and loathing in his equally distributed coterie of fans and detractors. To his adherents, he is that proto ... More >>
One of my pet peeves about most cooking shows is how often a program's uber-foodies -- from the four-star guys in the starchy aprons to the home cooks who've lucked into a spot on television -- are reluctant to express any real emotion about how much they love the actual taste of good food.
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Just in case you don't know what frippery means...As a writer, I always keep one Internet tab tuned to Merriam-Webster's website, which is the best source I've found for the precise meanings of words (and the correct spelling of "simultaneously," which I regularly butcher so badly that Micros ... More >>
Ah, yes. The Top Chef fan's most beloved and anticipated episode: restaurant wars.But first, there was the tag team cook-off -- which, personally, I adore without restraint. It's stressful, it's frantic and it's a guaranteed opportunity for me to shout near simultaneous cheers and jeers at t ... More >>
As the food media world warms up for its busiest time of year, a trickle of new releases in television and print are whetting our appetites for the deluge to come. Here are a few of our favorite picks:
Apparently, Brian Boitano will show us how to make Froot Loops.WWBBD?
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Ian BrittonOf all the socially reinforced standards of behavior to which we must adhere, tipping must be the most, well, quietly awkward.
There's often an internal debate: was the service that good? Hell, not really. But I don't want to look cheap. Then again, I gotta pay the cell phone bill...On ... More >>
Dean Fearing, who clearly needs to work on his knife skills
Dean Fearing's eatery in the Ritz-Carlton has been the recipient of myriad kudos from the likes of Frank Bruni in The New York Times (who called it "overwhelming," but in a good way) to Esquire, which, couple years back, hailed it as its ... More >>