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Jacques Medecin Cuisine Nicoise
Cookbooks / Nice

La Cuisine du Comté de Nice by Jacques Médecin

Jacques Médecin, the former mayor of Nice wrote an important cookbook about Cuisine Nicoise (the cuisine of Nice) because he was concerned that the recipes were being forgotten.

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France

Septime: A Favourite Restaurant

Introduction to Septime Septime is a lovely restaurant in a relaxing space in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. Here produce is king and the chef, Bertrand Grebaut, has the confidence not to contort the food to be what it isn’t. Rather he adds touches and twists that help the produce […]

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Cookbooks

Cooking by Hand by Paul Bertolli: Powerful recipes

Introduction We thought that we should provide some background to Paul Bertolli so you can better appreciate why we regard his seminal book so highly. We first heard of him as a chef when we visited Chez Panisse in 1985. He spent quite a few years at this venerable establishment […]

United States

Chez Panisse: An outstanding organic pioneer

Introduction to Chez Panisse We were preparing for an overseas work trip in mid-1985, when Sue added a complication into our proposed itinerary. We were originally planning to fly first to the United States to attend an IT conference in Norfolk, Virginia. We also had IT contacts in Washington DC, […]

Outside sign for Krua Apsorn
Thailand

Krua Apsorn: Stunning Thai food

Background to Thai Food in Bangkok We have visited Bangkok many times over the past two decades and always enjoyed the Thai food on offer whether it be at small, humble food stalls on the street, in tiny restaurants or in lavish hotel restaurants such as David Thompson’s Nahm at […]

Brawn Restaurant, London
United Kingdom

Brawn: Intelligent Cuisine

Brawn is a wine-focussed restaurant in London. The wine list is loaded with an interesting selection of natural wines including some smaller producers that have not received much exposure. We also very much enjoyed the food here on our recent visit. It is owned by Ed Wilson, a chef whose […]

Only in Tokyo Ryan & Burgess
Japan

Only in Tokyo: Michael Ryan and Luke Burgess excited by the city

Michael Ryan and Luke Burgess, both incredibly talented chefs, use their book Only in Tokyo to tell their personal stories about this fascinating city. But before delving into this fascinating book we should add our warning which is reflected in Michael’s introduction as well. The warning is that if you […]

Fes View over the Medina
Morocco

Fes and Fava: A Great Moroccan Experience

Introducing Fes This is the story of our quest to try the famous bessara dish in Fes, Morocco while, at the same time, thoroughly enjoying a meal prepared by our friend Analiese Gregory who was cooking at a restaurant in that city. Fava bean soup (Bessara) is a specialty of […]

Holland

De Kas: Greenhouse restaurant

Situated in a converted glasshouse in a park on the edge of Amsterdam, Restaurant De Kas has captured the imagination of locals and visitors alike. It has become one of THE places to dine when visiting this city. The place came about as a sequence of happenstance events. Chef Gert […]

Eliza Acton - Modern Cookery
Cookbooks

Modern Cookery for private families by Eliza Acton

Eliza Acton, the 19th century British cookbook author, wrote the classic Modern Cookery for Private Families and codified recipes with quantities and cooking times.