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May 12, 2019

Trani 12 May 2019

I’m just wrapping up my first week in Trani (and so Puglia). I managed to visit five different properties/olive groves and conduct four taped interviews. The properties lie in the provinces of Andria, Trani, Bitonto and maybe Barletta (I wasn’t always...

November 21, 2017

            Milling of the olives began the morning after they had been harvested. The mill, Pacific Sun, is located in Tehama County in the northern end of the Sacramento Valley. For reasons that merit exploring, this region has an established association with olive g...

November 21, 2017

            There are days in the fall and winter months in northern California that are especially brilliant. Normally they come after a rain storm has washed the sky clean and the sun comes out to accentuate colors in a way not seen the rest of the year, both the gre...

September 18, 2017

I spent Sunday as a judge for the Good Food Awards in San Francisco. I arrived at the venue, a multi-use office/meeting space in the Mission, at 9am after weaving my way though the informal flea market set up on the sidewalks outside. Following some introductory remark...

July 22, 2017

IU Food Project report on Slow Food Nations in Denver

I attended Slow Food Nations in Denver over the July 14-16 weekend. It was a spectacular affair. Following up on the San Francisco Slow Food Nation of 2008 (for some reason it has now become plural), this new initiat...

April 20, 2017

Following nearly 5 years of planning, Alice Waters came to Bloomington for three packed days in April. She arrived Wednesday evening for a glass or two of rosé and a quiet dinner at home, hopefully a bit of a respite after a busy few days in Chicago and a chance to cat...

April 8, 2017

This is a curious review in that about half is taken from my book and about half consists of the author's own anecdotes - I confess that I had not heard previously of Jolly il gatto che fuma. But I'm not complaining! [The highlighting was made by SUP on the pdf they se...

March 24, 2017

My career as a blogger has languished throughout this (busy) academic year. Now as it gets busier still I will have a few things worth blogging about (not necessarily including what follows) so I'll attempt resurrection with a new post. Spring is indeed the season of r...

August 22, 2016

I have been a lazy blogger since getting back from Italy. But our academic year starts today so perhaps it is time to revive this page. Today also coincides with the preparation of some excerpts from my book for a seminar I'm giving at Columbia in a couple of weeks. I'...

June 16, 2016

Italian food magazines, at least the four I looked at during my recent stay, are a disappointing lot and all seem to follow a pretty standard formula. First they have more recipes than anyone could conceivably explore before the next issue comes out. I counted as many...

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