Reviews and Blog Posts: food

Brazilian Food from a Professional

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Chef Shellie Kark has been teaching people how to cook at Fresh City Life for four years now, and there's a reason for that. Many people can churn out a delicious feast, but instructing others how to do so is an art form all its own, and that's where Shellie excels.

Her line of cooking instruction DVDs called Kitchencue is phenomenal- rather than focus on specific recipes, this chef tackles cooking techniques instead.  Her three volume video set features sautes & pan sauces, soups & stock, and roasting.  Endless delectable combinations can be made using these simple techniques, from a basic pork loin roast to a complicated roux-based cream sauce.

Salsaleros from across the Border

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 A chef friend of mine headed south of the border four months ago to expand his horizons, have new experiences, live la vida del Southern Hemisphere and most importantly, explore the food.  He writes a blog called Nunca Acaba de Llegar - Never Stop Arriving, where he documents his culinary adventures.  

 The most recent post is devoted to the very best Salsas he's encountered in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Check it out!  Might give you some inspiration to submit a recipe for The Salsa Wars, our city-wide salsa recipe competition.

Happy National Doughnut Day!

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National Doughnut Day falls on the first Friday in June every year and was created by The Salvation Army in honor of the Salvation Army “Doughnut Lassies” who made donuts for homesick soldiers during World War I. Legend has it that although donuts were first introduced by Dutch settlers, it was the popularity of the doughnuts made by the "Lassies" that really made doughnuts a hit in America.

Doughnuts are certainly a hit with me! My dream doughnut feast would include doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Doughnut Plant in New York, and Walton Donuts right here in Denver. But who am I kidding? Any doughnut is a good doughnut! I'll definitely be heading out for my free doughnut from LaMar's or Krispy Kreme on National Doughnut Day.

Award Winning Cookbooks

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Each year the James Beard Foundation grants a few prestigious awards to venerate chefs and cookbook authors as well as other dignitaries in the field. Winners were announced on Monday, May 3 during a posh New York ceremony. These books are sure to be scrumptious!

2010 Winners include:

The garden

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A documentary about food justice that will infuriate and inspire you!

The fortune cookie chronicles : adventures in the world of Chinese food

by Jennifer 8. Lee

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Ever wondered about fortune cookies - where they come from and why? Those cute takeout containers? Why there are so many Chinese restaurants and why so many seem the same? This quick read helps answer those questions and explores other interesting factors related to America's love of Chinese (American) food.

King corn you are what you eat

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Can't get enough of these fine farm/food flicks.

The real dirt on farmer John

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What an amazing life this man has made.

My last supper : 50 great chefs and their final meals : portraits, interviews, and recipes

by Melanie Dunea

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Love to cook or eat? Here's a beautiful coffee-table book to ponder. Larger than life photographs and meal descriptions.

In defense of food : an eater's manifesto

by Michael Pollan

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A must read for all foodies and anyone concerned about his or her health and the increasingly sick world around us. Pollan writes so well - it's a compelling followup to The Omnivore's Dilemma.

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