Why is the Chai Blue?

So you find yourself in a coffee shop one day and watch a guy ahead of you picking up a brilliant blue drink. It looks like Smurf blood with a swirl of foam, yet strangely appealing. You ask your barista what the beverage is. “It’s blue Chai, made with blue Matcha”, she answers helpfully. “What […]

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The Chester Plan

[From the Department of Utterly Fake News: Nutrition] The Chester Plan The government is working on a plan that promises to feed qualifying US citizens for years after a major disaster, such as a nuclear war, a White House source has divulged. This plan, which includes underground bunkers and covert gas stations converted to dispense […]

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A Culinary Person

In 1976, when I was 9 years old, my family was living in Liguria, Italy. My Mother, who had always been a good home cook, had a culinary epiphany during that period and I was at the right age to join her wholeheartedly. I grew up experimenting in the kitchen and reading James Beard, MFK […]

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Demystifying Low Sodium Diets: A Chef’s Explanation of Life Without the Salt

Yes, you’ve heard of low sodium diets. Unfortunately, most of us don’t understand them well, and there are a number of misconceptions about the topic. I know this from experience. I fought my nephrologists like a Tasmanian devil when they literally screamed “salt is poison for you!” Well, as I was in the hospital with […]

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