- Cafes and food carts in the city of brotherly love extend the caring to farm animals by making meat- and dairy-free versions of the classic sandwichA few things are obligatory for visitors to Philadelphia: run up the Art Museum steps, Rocky-style; rap the entire Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme; and eat a Philly cheesesteak. What many do not realise is that Philly is also a centre for vegan dining – so much so that the vegan Philly cheesesteak is now a thing. Yes it sounds like a contradictio
- Vienna’s much-loved classic ‘heaven and earth’ dish is the inspiration for a delicious winter warmer
Late last year I took a trip to Vienna. I ate well enough – simply, heartily even – choosing my daily restaurant purely by the length of its queue. The most memorable meal of all was a straightforward plate of black pudding with mashed potato and apple sauce. It was a Viennese version of the much-loved German himmel und erde, the “heaven and earth”. I hav
- The one thing missing from this stretch of Yorkshire coast has been a good place to stay. This refurbished pub has rectified that, and is a boon for walkersThe stretch of coast between Scarborough and Robin Hood’s Bay must be one of England’s finest. And yet, despite those two places seeing plenty of visitors, this leg of the coastal path certainly isn’t overly busy. Why? It’s not for lack of loveliness: there’s the bay at Hayburn Wyke, plus geological marvels and e
- Britain’s Olympic diver on childhood broccoli dinners, training camp chicken claws and why wine is like a doughnutHaving two younger brothers, I learned to eat really quickly, because the first to clear their plate got first dibs on more. I was always in such a rush. Savouring the tastes and textures on my tongue is something I only got into 18 months ago.The slow cooker flips on at 3am to do my porridge and flips off at 6am. My alarm goes off at 6.15 and, to feel sane, I press snooze once
- Some wines have pseudo counter-cultural stylings, but give them a chance – you might just love themNow that hipster has come to mean anything vaguely to do with young people, you can add hipster wine to the clothes, music and coffee shops. But whereas in most cases hipster has, through overuse, become all but meaningless, when it comes to wine it’s actually quite useful. The word itself might be annoying, but in wine it sums up a genuine change in approach, a change that has been, fo
- Claudia Roden’s Book of Middle Eastern Food is as much an evocative set of stories as a list of great recipes. Yotam Ottolenghi introduces the cookbook that never fails to inspire himA Book of Middle Eastern Food was published in 1968, the year of my birth, yet I have only started using it in the past decade, 40 years on, when I began writing about food. I say use because this is what I do with Claudia Roden’s books. I use them. Beyond the evocative stories and buoyant style, beyond
- Bibendum has been a London landmark for 30 years. Now, with its relaunch, it is up to chef Claude Bosi to bring the stars homeIn the gutted upstairs room of Bibendum on London’s Fulham Road, I’m suddenly feeling my age. The flagship Conran restaurant is in the process of a makeover. Floors and walls have been stripped and the famous Michelin blue stained-glass windows and great arched conservatory glass roof look down on an interior of rubble and scaffold. The windowless kitchen behi
- This month we shout about our 50 favourite things in the food world, from Mangalitsa pigs to Honey & Co’s babka. Plus classic recipes from Claudia Roden and my own winter citrus dishesAbove all, this magazine likes to celebrate. We like to find the joy and shout about it. Which is partly why we publish our annual list of 50 things we love about food. Sometimes the list includes events, ingredients, people, places that are happening now, such as the tacos at El Pastor at London’s
- From a revered French chef to Singapore’s salted eggs, Monica Galetti’s new restaurant to Japanese vending machines: 50 of Observer Food Monthly’s favourite things (in no particular order) Continue reading...
- I associate Neapolitan cooking with my dear friend Mario Cassandro, co-founder of the famed Trattoria Terrazzo. He demonstrated the wonders of real Italian food to me and swinging 60s London. I turn 88 when this publication goes to press. For 2017’s cookstrips featuring Italian regional cooking my son Alex – a talented artist and cook – is helping.Watch the BBC this month for a TV series of Len Deighton’s novel SS-GB. Deighton is also the author of the Action Cookbook and
- For wine lovers, and particularly those who like French wine, Bandol produces some gorgeous bottles. Here are two to treat yourself with. Plus, a cheaper week-night offering using the mourvèdre grapeDomaine Tempier Bandol, France 2013 (from £23, The Wine Society; Lay & Wheeler; Uncorked) For a certain generation of foodies, Provence’s Domaine Tempier will always have a special significance. The estate was a favourite of those celebrated shapers of the British and American
- Jian Wang’s Chinese restaurant is a shrine to the most perfect little dumplings…At a time of great political uncertainty it’s natural that we should search for the things that unify rather than divide us. There are the obvious markers, like our desires: for safety and warmth, for belonging and the type of sex that doesn’t make us cringe when we recall it. There’s language in general, and inventive expletives in particular, and a ravenous hunger for products made by
- Audits carried out at more than 300 abattoirs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland find major hygiene failings in more than a quarter of meat plantsOne in four slaughterhouses are failing to take basic hygiene precautions to stop contaminated meat reaching high street butchers and supermarkets.An analysis of government audits carried out at more than 300 abattoirs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland identified major hygiene failings in more than a quarter of the meat plants. The failings co
- Ready, steady, wok… Create a stir in the kitchen with a Taiwanese feastIwould love to feast the night away at one of Taipei’s many food markets. Freshly made dumplings, bowls of hot noodles, fried chicken, sticky rice, Chinese tea eggs, oyster omelette, fermented tofu, mochi balls… I’d be the one arriving very early and leaving very late. But I recently experienced the next best thing when my friend Garry Bar-Chang (whose mum is Taiwanese) cooked a bunch of chilli-, gin
- Store enjoys a surprise revival after taking Aldi and Lidl’s lead in offering cut-price luxury to lure in the middle classesZuppa di Pesce, 28-day matured steaks, asparagus spears, and a £35 bottle of champagne to wash it down. This may not sound like your typical shopping basket from Iceland, but the UK’s homegrown cut-price chain is experiencing a revival in sales after taking a tip from Germany’s Aldi and Lidl by offering luxury foods that broaden its appeal.After abou
- The chef and former MasterChef winner is happiest cooking at home. In an exclusive extract from her new book, she shares her favourite starters and main coursesOver the years, I have spent thousands of happy hours – as a child, student, twentysomething singleton and now a mother of three – in the company of those I love, sitting around a kitchen table. I have thrown last-minute parties for 40 people to celebrate my birthday, dinners that have grown from six to 14 in the space of a da
- Serving beef bourguignon for €12.50, Bouche à Oreille temporarily found itself among France’s finest thanks to mix-up Waiters at a cheap and cheerful restaurant in central France have been worked off their feet since the eatery earned a coveted Michelin star – by mistake, the daily Le Parisien reported on Friday.“We’re swamped,” Veronique Jacquet, who runs the Bouche à Oreille [Word of Mouth] bar-restaurant in the town of Bourges, told the paper.
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My late grandfather, Leonard Macdonald Baldwin, was a stretcher-bearer in the first world war and was awarded the Military Medal for having worked “for 26 hours with unfailing energy although often subject to heavy machine-gun and shellfire … It was entirely due to their devotion to duty that all casualties were cleared.” Continue reading...
- Cook asked four of our favourite chefs to give us the recipe for their favourite sweet pie for cold days, with three seasonal variations so you can now indulge in it all year round ...Imen McDonnell, farmette.ie Continue reading...
- Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, cooking for the Governors Ball afterparty for the 23rd year in a row, unveils his luxurious menuOscar nominees Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep will tuck into lobster corn dogs, spicy tuna tartare and baked potatoes with caviar at the ceremony’s official afterparty.Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck unveiled the luxury food to be served at this year’s Governors Ball in Hollywood, where the menu also includes gold-dusted truffle popc
- Ease yourself into the day with thisA mild take on the bloody mary that swaps the usual heat and spice for more mellow flavours, making it an ideal start to a long day. Serves one.4 cherry tomatoes3 basil leaves (save 1 to garnish)
1 small pinch ground coriander
1 small pinch celery salt
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
3 chives, roughly chopped25ml vodka (Stolichnaya, for preference)
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- Kraft Heinz's takeover bid for Unilever came as something of a shock today - not least because of the seeming unlikely pairing of the 3G-owned condiments group and the European food-to-personal care company. just-food asks whether the takeover offer should be taken at face value.
- Dutch-Anglo food giant Unilever has rejected a $143bn (€134bn) merger proposal from US company Kraft Heinz as being too low.
- Romania is set to amend a law requiring retailers to buy at least 51% of food and agricultural products from local producers, after the European Commission launched infringement proceedings saying the country had breached EU laws.
- Snyder's-Lance has invested in natural and organic food specialist Snyder's-Lance Natural Foodworks Group.
- General Mills has cut its full-year sales and earnings outlook for the 12 months to end-May.
- General Mills has cut its full-year sales and earnings outlook for the 12 months to end-May.
- Kraft Heinz has indicated that it is still working towards a merger with Unilever after the company revealed today (17 February) that the European consumer goods giant has turned down its initial approach.
- The interest in stool transplants or faecal microbial transplants has gathered momentum in recent years giving rise to the concept of faecal biobanks.
- Swedish snack maker Cloetta said today (17 February) it had signed an agreement to acquire 100% of Swedish confectionery supplier Candyking Holding, as well as 100% of Candyking's outstanding bond and other debt.
- The old Croatian city, which inspired Annabelle Thorpe’s first novel, weathered the war of the 1990s and has emerged as glamorous as beforeDubrovnik is as eternal as Venice. There are those who say it has become a victim of its own success – flooded with cruise ships and Game of Thrones fans. To me, this misses the point: at different times it has been Roman, Byzantine and Venetian; it’s withstood wars and sieges, and emerged as glamorous and unbowed as ever. Ridiculously beaut
- The Campbell Soup Co. booked a drop in sales and earnings for the first half of this year today (17 February), with share losses in its fresh segment hurting the group result.
- US grocery retailer Kroger said it has bought the equity of Murray's Cheese for an undisclosed sum to merge the two companies.
- Titanium dioxide, a common food colouring used in sweets and chewing gum may affect the intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients and protect against harmful pathogens, a study has determined.
- Who knew an obscure breakfast cereal would be the vital ingredient to avoid a sludgy pud?I’ve invented a new dish: it’s called Delia’s key lime pudding. What you do is, you make the filling to Delia’s key lime pie, try to make the base, fail, try again, fail again, cry, eat the filling and pronounce it a success.Yes, Delia’s key lime pie is a game of two halves. The filling is simplicity itself. Put your egg yolks and lime zest into a bowl, whisk for two minutes, ad
- Nutrition labels do not seem to be adapted to battling public health issues such as obesity, the French food safety agency ANSES has concluded – but this is because they should not be used alone, say campaigners.
- Quorn Foods, the UK-based meat-free business owned by Philippines group Monde Nissin, is expanding its range to include new Chilli & Lime Fillets.
- Handmade pork pies are a far cry from the shop-bought version, says specialist Sarah Pettegree. Made with fresh meat and hand-filled, they’re an utterly different animal.See below for Cook’s supermarket pork pie taste test!
“Do different” is a Norfolk motto: based on the old Norfolk adage “the people of Norfolk dew things different”. If I had a tattoo, that might be it.I actually grew up in the Midlands – traditional pork pie country – beside a can
- With food-to-go taking a bigger bite of grocery markets around the world, Gavin Rothwell, senior retail insight manager at grocery research organization IGD, identifies the top five trends he believes will shape this sector in the future.
- Sales of free-from and organic foods have rocketed in Europe as more and more shoppers spend time looking at labels in order to identify “guilt free” purchases, according to new data from Euromonitor International.
- Romania and Hungary's laws on promoting domestic food over imports are in breach of EU law, according to the Commission which has launched infringement proceedings against both countries.
- Young, healthy men are more likely to actively avoid, rather than be attracted to, products with prominent health claims such as reduced-fat or high-fibre, according to new research in Spain.
- The chaos of eastern Ukraine has taken a heavy toll on this Soviet-era winery, which once supplied more than half the countryYou would not know from Yuri’s calm demeanour, as he describes the bubbles rising in his champagne flute, that that we are only a few miles from the frontlines in eastern Ukraine. Related: Violence flares in war-weary Ukraine as US dithers and Russia pouncesContinue reading...
- Italian pasta group Barilla is to invest "in excess" of EUR50m (US$53.2m) in the expansion of its pasta sauces plant in Rubbiano, in Italy's Parma province.
- WhiteWave Foods booked higher full-year sales and earnings but conceded issues at its fresh foods unit remain challenging.
- UK food retailer Morrisons said today (17 February) it aims to recruit more than 200 new suppliers to support its "priority of sourcing more local food" and to reduce the distance that food travels from producer to store.
- France’s gastronomic capital is famous for traditional cooking, but a new wave of chefs is now reinventing the classics. Chefs and insiders select their favourite Lyon restaurants old and newSan Sebastián’s best restaurants – the experts’ choiceLocals carry knives in Lyon, not for a fight but to cut off a slice of cured sausage, taste some pheasant pâté, rosette or a creamy St Marcellin cheese. Sunday mornings are reserved for a stroll around Les Halle
Food market quotes of the week - Nestle's new CEO, Mondelez's latest plant closure, Germany's organic pushNestle's new CEO, Mark Schneider, this week set out his plans for the world's largest food maker. Elsewhere, Mondelez International announced plans to end manufacturing in New Zealand. And Germany set out a move to invest in organic farming.
Food market news of the week - Aryzta management overhaul, Hain Celestial faces SEC probe, Nestle's new CEO to step up restructuringUnder-pressure bakery giant Aryzta this week announced the resignations of its CEO and CFO, Hain Celestial said it would miss a deadline to file its latest numbers - and announced the SEC would investigate the business. And Nestle's new CEO announced the food giant's 2016 results, while also giving some indication of his plans for the world's largest food maker.
- Mars is eyeing "leading retailers" in the UK and Ireland after deciding to launch its CocoaVia food supplements in the two markets.
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