Food politics, ethics and issues

Food and cooking is a tricky business. There’s plenty to think about, plenty to discuss. Here’s a collection of posts dedicated to discuss the thorny issues around food ethics and politics.

The dawn of the supermarket meat counter

July 21, 2014
The dawn of the supermarket meat counter

“In his way, the meat cutter is an artist”. Here’s a wonderful little American promotional film from the Fifties, that walks through the process of butchering a side of beef into cuts suitable for selling shrink-wrapped in those new-fangled supermarkets. Just look at the marbling on that beef. Try to ignore the naïve sexism about […]

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How to kill and cook a lobster

May 7, 2014
How to kill and cook a lobster

Every time I wander through Kirkgate Market in Leeds, I end up walking up the row of fishmongers towards the exit to Vicar Lane, and past the very last fishmonger, the best of the lot, the one with the stall laden with bright, clean fish and shellfish, packed in ice. There’s always a box of […]

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Casa Espresso’s Barista Basics and Latte Art courses

April 6, 2014
Casa Espresso's barista and latte art training courses

I spent a year abroad n the mid-Nineties, backpacking around the world. We headed east, through India and the South Pacific, and ended up in New Zealand, then Australia, and then across the ocean into the Pacific Northwest of North America, to Vancouver, Seattle and Portland. This journey around a big chunk of the Pacific […]

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Slow cooking in the sand

March 19, 2014
The importance of slowness in food, and food in celebration.

It started with a text message. “Chris says can you pack a tie. You’re off to a wedding or something”. I looked down at the carefully packed bags at my feet and realised that ‘bring a tie’ actually meant ‘bring a whole set of smart clothes, including shoes, not just a tie’, and started to […]

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WIN a copy of The Taste of America, by Colman Andrews

January 20, 2014
COMPETITION - WIN a copy of The Taste of America, by Colman Andrews

Here’s a chance to win one of two copies of Colman Andrews’ superb book Taste of America. It’s a fascinating insight into American cuisine, and the food that built and shaped a nation. Here’s my full review. There are no strings with this giveaway – it’s  exactly that … a giveaway. Just use this form […]

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Salmon and sustainability

November 2, 2013
Salmon from Scandinavia

Next time you’re at the supermarket, have a look at the fish counter, or gaze into the plastic wrapped cartons. Chances are, there’ll be a few different species of white fish, some trout and lots and lots of salmon. There’s a reason for that. Salmon is relatively affordable, in fish terms, it’s very versatile, and […]

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