Wisconsin Microdistilleries @ Alcoholmanac

My collaborative article with Brian West is in the current issue of Alcoholmanac. You can find print copies at Milwaukee-area taverns and liquor stores. Continue reading Wisconsin Microdistilleries @ Alcoholmanac

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Milwaukee Profiles: Theresa Nemetz, Founder of Milwaukee Food Tours

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Theresa Nemetz, the founder of Milwaukee Food Tours. We discussed the everyday challenges of running a tour company, successful and not so successful tours, and future plans. Continue reading Milwaukee Profiles: Theresa Nemetz, Founder of Milwaukee Food Tours

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Commonplace Book: M.F.K. Fisher on canning

With us, for the first years of my life, there was a series, every summer, of short but violently active canning.  Crates and baskets and lug-boxes of fruits bought in their prime and at their cheapest would lie waiting with opulent fragrance on the screened porch, and a whole battery of enameled pots and ladles and wide-mouthed funnels would appear from some dark cupboard. All I knew about the actual procedure was that we had delightful picnic meals while Grandmother and Mother and the cook worked with a kind of drugged concentration in our big dark kitchen, and were tired … Continue reading Commonplace Book: M.F.K. Fisher on canning

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CCLaP Fridays: Anything That Moves, by Dana Goodyear

This week at CCLaP, I review Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture, by Dana Goodyear, that encompasses everything from anti-FDA crusaders to luxury chefs in Vegas to seekers of illegal whale meat. Continue reading CCLaP Fridays: Anything That Moves, by Dana Goodyear

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Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice, by Kazim Ali

Food is one of the essential requirements for existence.  One cannot go about one’s daily business without caloric intake.  However, beyond the needs food fulfils, one takes pleasure in eating.  That is why people read restaurant reviews or watch No Reservations.  Food also represents a mirror of a specific place, culture, and personality.  Why a book entitled Fasting for Ramadan has recipes in the back also requires explanation. Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice by Kazim Ali is a stunning literary jewel.  An extended meditation on the Muslim practice of fasting during the month of Ramadan has appeal … Continue reading Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice, by Kazim Ali

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