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February Favorites

A chart by Chasing Delicious's Russell van Kraayenburg, reproduced with permission.

A chart by Chasing Delicious's Russell van Kraayenburg, reproduced with permission.

A few of my favorite finds and reads for February:

~ About the word “just” and whether to prune it from your communications.

~ Paris restaurateurs (finally!) decide to do some recycling (in French).

~ The science behind fonts and how they make you feel.

~ The best temperatures and uses for common cooking oils, one of several gorgeous info-charts by Russell van Kraayenburg — also available as a print for your kitchen!

~ A biochemistry start-up is working to find a plant-based replacement for the eggs that are used in processed foods.

~ My article on five-ingredient desserts is published in the new issue of Vegetarian Times, and in it you’ll find the recipes for my mango pistachio cardamom ice cream, my lemon almond soufflés, my apple and date crisps, and my pear and lavender charlottes. Do give them a try and report back!

~ Chef Peter Nilsson leaves his Parisian Gazzetta to return to Stockholm.

~ Client feedback turned into posters.

~ Dried persimmons, homemade.

~ What career should you really have? (I got “writer”, so I assume the algorithm works okay.)

~ Misunderstanding orange juice as a healthful drink.

~ March 4 is Mardi Gras, and in France the occasion is often celebrated by making crêpes, so whip up a quick batter and enjoy!

Any favorites of your own to share this month?

January Favorites

A few of my favorite finds and reads for January:

~ Green tea granola with chestnuts? Yes, please!

~ What do London Underground stops taste like?

~ A gorgeous photo-report on how the Japanese make dried persimmons.

~ My friend Shauna over at Gluten-Free Girl names her favorite cookbooks for 2013.

~ Pay by the hour at L’Anticafé, a co-working space in Paris. Would you go?

~ Scientists create a map of human emotions.

~ The best and worst errors and corrections for 2013.

~ Adorable teabag cookies for the tea lovers around you.

~ The Paris by Mouth team selects their favorite new restaurants for 2013.

~ A new food coop opens in Paris’ Goutte d’Or neighborhood.

~ 100 verbs to liven up your recipe writing.

~ The nerdiest food articles of 2013.

~ The twenty-one habits supremely happy people cultivate. How many have you adopted?

December Favorites

A few of my favorite finds and reads for December:

~ What has Ferran Adrià been up to lately?

~ The power of cookbook writing.

~ How to have a beach body.

~ The Parisianer project.

~ The New York Times’ 100 notable books for 2013.

~ How to make chocolate-covered almonds (I recommend this alternate method for easy candying).

~ And a bunch of cookbook round-ups for 2013 that have done me the honor of including The French Market Cookbook: Love and Lemons’ Favorite cookbooks, by region, Eat Chic Chicago’s Best Healthy Cookbooks for 2013, Simply Recipes’ 2013 Recommended Books List, Red Online’s Best Cookbooks of 2013, Yoga Journal’s 10 Best Cookbooks of 2013 and The Corner Kitchen’s Gift guide for cookbook lovers.

November Favorites

A few of my favorite finds and reads for November:

~ 11 Chocolatiers worth traveling for, a piece I wrote for FlipKey.

~ Ten household items to improve your food photography (a follow-up to these ten other items).

~ Alice Medrich shares her favorite technique for melting chocolate.

~ A photo series depicting bread illustrating this article (in French) in M Le Monde.

~ How hipsters ruined Paris, and all the ways people disagree with that op-ed, including this rebuttal: For Whom the Kale Tolls.

~ The cult of the French pastry chef.

~ Are food blogs helping or hurting your waistline?

~ Where to find independent farmers in Paris?

~ Why do female chefs get overlooked?

~ And yet: the new generation of female French chefs (in French).

October Favorites

A few of my favorite finds and reads for October:

~ Paris’ very first food coop needs your help.

~ Tempted by these coconut and potimarron squares.

~ Luisa featured my tomato mustard tart on The Wednesday Chef.

~ A behind-the-scenes look at Bones, one of my current favorite dining spots in Paris (see my post about it).

~ Medieval Paris, a before and after.

~ I was a guest on Adam Robert’s Clean Plate Club podcast.

~ Do you fantasize about writing your own French novel? Here’s a cover to get you started.

~ Using whey to extend the life of homemade condiments.

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