Whaddya Know? Science for Foodies

Whaddya know? Olive oil contains a compound called oleocanthal, which mirrors the anti-inflammatory benefits of ibuprofen and potentially protects against some cancers and Alzheimer’s disease. I think my brain might burst. Is that possible? I am 100-percent stuffed with thoughts and information since last week’s excursion to MIT. I wasn’t entirely sure where to begin, […]

Wisdom in the Kitchen

Lumpy, bumpy Kaffir limes I’ve been meaning to do this for a very long time: compile a list of culinary tips I’ve accrued through years of shadowing Asia’s cooks—from the hoity-toity kitchen classrooms of luxury resorts, to the dirt-floor huts of mothers who carry on their ancestors’ recipes.  Take a gander at that list, now […]

The Goodwill Balinese Chicken

Fishing in Bali It’s crazy cold here in Colorado! We’re covered in fresh layers of snow and ice. Schools are closed. And I’m sitting here shivering. So once again my thoughts go tropical. I am fulfilling my promise to post the recipe for that Balinese chicken I mentioned on my Facebook page last week. Garlic, […]

New Year Peace in a Pot of Peas

Happy New Year, everyone. I wish  peace, health and happiness for all in a brand spanking new 2011. I don’t know about you, but 2010 was one heck of a mixed bag for us. Highs and lows that peaked and plummeted all year long. I’ve written a wrap-up for The Faster Times. It explains what […]

Can a Civet Really Poop Out a Great Cup of Coffee?

We did a blind taste test to discern the flavors and aromas of civet coffee (or its best approximation), with surprising results. Turns out, there might be some substance behind the hype. Read the story in The Faster Times. Then consider getting yourself a coffee tree and a friendly civet.

7 Reasons for the Conscientious Cook to Visit Burma

The junta has eyes over an Immigration office. Burma is gearing up for historic elections on Nov. 7. Few people expect change. Many Burmese people hope foreign visitors will experience their country, then return home to tell the world what they saw. I’ve compiled a list of 7 reasons to visit Burma—especially if you aim […]

From Chez Panisse to Thailand—and Back

Kyle Cornforth, Thai corn Now in The Faster Times: Kyle Cornforth tells all about her year away from Berkeley’s Edible Schoolyard, her forays into Thai farming and cooking, and her deep worries about the future of Thai food. Read the story. Some of Kyle’s students learn that lemongrass helps deter snakes from gardens.

Banning the Cluster Bomb

A farmer in Sepon, Laos, stands in his field, which he cleared of ordnance by himself. He said he found many munitions. The small banana behind him grows in a bomb crater. An international treaty banning the cluster bomb takes effect today. Cluster bombs are large weapons that hold up to several hundred small explosives […]

How to Eat Asian Food

A taxi driver eats noodles at his regular coffee stall hangout in Phnom Penh. In The Faster Times today, I have a primer on Asian eating. I get a lot of questions about etiquette from people traveling to Asia for the first time, wondering when to use chopsticks, what to do with sticky rice, and […]