eating utensils a historical timeline

The History of Western Eating Utensils : A Timeline

Photo by Lohb As he wrote in The Evoluton of Useful Things, Henry Petroski argues that it is the dissatisfaction with the shortcomings of  a way of doing things that creates invention rather than the old adage “necessity is the mother of invention”. Hundreds of years of experimentation have resulted in contemporary eating utensils and […]

tea bushes

Tea, Anyone?

Photo by Windslash Tea is so varied in name, color and flavor that it is usually a surprise for anyone to discover that all the different types are made from basically the same tea plant. Of course, some are flavored with essential oils (Earl Grey, for example, has oil of bergamot, which is made from […]

barbecue ribs

To Barbeque

Photo by Jessica Merz Article by Keith Besonen If your dad is anything like mine, you’ve always known where not to find him — in the kitchen. Cooking is women’s work, after all. Indoor cooking is, at least. Now outdoor cooking, barbequing, that’s a man’s job. “Barbeque” for Dad is anything cooked over a fire. […]

restaurant front of house staff

Front of House Restaurant Staff

Photo by The Chain of Command : Restaurant Service Staff Maître d’Hôtel This is the person responsible for the overall management of service at a fairly elaborate establishment, often a hotel. Over time, the title — commonly shortened to maître d’ — has taken on a life of its own. The ideal maître d’ […]

how to use a napkin

How to Use A Napkin

Photo by Didriks Using the napkin at formal occasions, as with much else associated with etiquette, should be a delicate affair. It is meant only to be dabbed at the lips and should not get dirty in the process. It might seem that the napkin is provided precisely so that it can help the diner […]

James Beard Foundation Awards

James Beard Foundation/Perrier-Jouët Restaurant Awards 1997

Winners announced May 5, 1997 FARBERWARE MILLENNIUM COOKWARE OUTSTANDING CHEF AWARD The working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. Must have been a working chef for the past five years. – Award winner Thomas Keller The French Laundry 6640 Washington […]

Burmese Tea Leaf Salad

Beyond Rangoon: Burmese Cuisine

Burmese Tea Leaf Salad Photo by leesean  by Mary Elizabeth Williams Most of us enjoy our tea with a splash of milk or a dribble of honey, and maybe a few cookies on the side. But in Burmese cuisine, it’s served up with garlic, green chiles, and nuts — and it isn’t sipped, it’s chewed. Burmese […]

Chinese Year Of The Ox

Chinese New Year: 1997 A Tale of the Ox

The Chinese Zodiac Story In the distant past, Time was an illusion and chaos reigned among the animals of the earth. Every creature from the cunning rat to the arrogant tiger proclaimed that he alone was the most virtuous and unique. The Jade Emperor, Lord of Heaven, needed to restore order. He would hold a […]