Cookbook Review: Straight Up

Cookbook Review: Straight Up

Let’s say that you are in Helsinki, maybe covering an international summit. You need a drink — definitely if you were doing a summit. Is there good bar on hand? Maybe the best bar in all of Scandinavia? You can go to A 21 Decades. There you can enjoy classic drinks...
Rhubarb Syrup

Rhubarb Syrup

  Ah, that color. That taste! Rhubarb is one of those things that some of us use and most of us do not. That’s a shame for the flavor, which suitably adjusted with sugar, is immense. Delicate and distinctive. I’m presenting the syrup recipe here today. Cocktail ideas...
TBT Cookbook Review:  Dessert Circus by Jacques Torres

TBT Cookbook Review: Dessert Circus by Jacques Torres

The name Jacques Torres is synonymous with dessert and surely with chocolate. This 1998 book was a companion to a PBS television series where he had guest chefs, like Julia Child, elbow deep in chocolate. Many of these recipes comes from his stint as pastry chef at Le...
Bread Baking with Emile Henri Cookware

Bread Baking with Emile Henri Cookware

Burgundy is justly famous for its distinctive wines. The wines benefit from an exceptional terroir including mineral-rich limestone soils. You may not know it, but that soil has multiple uses. Like ceramics. Since 1850 the Emile Henri family has crafted ceramic...