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By Zester Daily | Zester Daily covers food, drink and travel for enthusiasts eager to discover what’s new and delicious in the world. Our mission is to promote spirited, intelligent dialogue about what we eat and drink — a critical step toward establishing a more healthful, environmentally sustainable and just food culture.

White Eggplant? This Oddball Bakes To Perfection | Clifford A. Wright

The exciting thing about buying a white eggplant is that it looks like an egg. Then once that ephemeral novelty evaporates you’re still looking at an …

Italian Food

Stick To The Basics: Simple Steps To Brew Loose Tea

Brewing loose tea is easy, and it is also one of the most crucial factors in drinking better tea, beyond starting with better loose tea in the first …

Beverages

Hearty Indian Dumpling Stew Banishes Winter Blues

When the weather outside turns cold and chilly, I reach for chickpea flour to make <i>Kadhi Pakora</i> in all its comforting glory. Kadhi is a slow, simmered …

Cooking

In Spanish Catalonia, A Cheese Maker’s Touch Is The Magic

High up in the Spanish Pyrenees in Catalonia, a new generation of artisan cheese makers is at work. Some were born and raised in the region, often …

Cheese

Swiss Syrah: Brilliant Wines Showcase An Alpine Secret

Swiss Syrah? Who would have thought it? When 15 wine professionals gathered recently for a vertical tasting of the top Syrah cuvée from the cellars …

Wine

Don’t Be Square; Try Sweet Lamingtons For Australia Day

After a season of baking and gorging on gooey cookies and cakes, the last thing I want to think about is more rich sweets. Yet parties still happen, …

Baking

New Languedoc Stars: La Livinière Wines Shine

La Livinière is a little-known French wine appellation that is a star in the making. Part of the Minervois, one of the bigger appellations of the …

Wine

Tsukiji Fish Market: A Fight For Tokyo Food Heritage

Located in central Tokyo, Tsukiji is the largest fish market in the world with separate wholesale and retail areas. Besides being the source for most …

Tokyo

Whither Belgian Beer? Rise Of U.S. Brews Hurting Old World Craft

For centuries, Belgium has been associated with beer. First brewed by abbey monks in the 12th century, today brands like Leffe, Duvel and Chimay sell …

Brussels

Ferran Adrià’s Disciples Put Their Spin On elBulli’s Legacy

As have other grand masters of the kitchen before him, Ferran Adrià has established a family of chef-disciples who have gone forth into the world to …

Restaurants

A Fancy, Guilt-free Finale: Pears Poached In Red Wine

The holidays wouldn’t feel complete without towering cookie platters and magnificent pastries, but crimson-hued poached pears boast all of the beauty …

Cooking

Japanese Mothers Know Best: Arrowroot’s Healing Powers

I watched the lined-up buckets fill with brackish brown water as they sat on a bare concrete floor, wet with icy cold water. Not far from them were …

Beverages

Soup Swap: Comfort Food Works Magic When It’s Shared

I don’t know about you, but this election knocked me off my feet. More than ever, I feel a strong need for community. Since Election Day, I want to …

Cooking

Rye Is Rising: The Age-Old Grain Spices Up Baked Goodies

Bakers are falling for rye, using the “it” grain in breads and pastries. Jennifer Lapidus of Carolina Ground, a flour mill in Asheville, North …

Bakeries

Wine And White Truffles: A Fall Trip To Bountiful Barolo

The tour buses have disappeared from the Langhe’s narrow, twisting roads, replaced by trucks bringing home the last loads of purple Nebbiolo grapes. …

Wine

A Kazakhstan Chef Celebrates The Horse: In Four Dishes

Out of the Central Asian steppe, Kazakhstan’s purpose-built capital, Astana, rises like Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. Though it’s only November, …

BBQ

Pop-Tarts Get Adult Treatment With Lobster

On special occasions and holidays, we want great food and we want fun. For chef Attila Bollok at Barton G. Los Angeles, every day is a celebration …

Lobster

All Night Long, Uncork Champagne’s Multiple Personalities

The holiday season brings many feasts for the senses, from the spicy aroma of freshly baked gingerbread to the rich, meaty flavor of Mom’s turkey …

Wine

Festive Pot Pies Celebrate Thanksgiving Leftovers

The only part of Thanksgiving better than the dinner itself is the next day, when we feast on leftovers. Sandwiches made with sliced turkey and …

Baking

Tips For Buying A Healthier Holiday Turkey

Before deciding whether to brine, deep-fry or spatchcock the Thanksgiving turkey, more Americans than ever are puzzling over a pressing ethical …

Agriculture

Easy Pairings: 7 Winning Thanksgiving Wines

Choosing wines for the Thanksgiving meal is a joyous task, calling for flexibility and creativity in equal measure. This is a time to bend the rules, …

Wine

Rich, Out-Of-The-Bird Chestnut And Sausage Stuffing

Our family’s Thanksgiving dinner, including the stuffing, is heavily inflected with New England themes. That’s because two of my children were born …

Chicken Recipes

Locavores: Early Thanksgiving Feasts Weren’t What You Think

We imagine the first Thanksgiving, in November 1621, as a groaning table filled with all the foods we love, but that feast and the one we look …

Thanksgiving

Mashed Butternut Squash Keeps Thanksgiving Sides Simple, Elegant

Thanksgiving side dishes can be a challenge for the host who wants to serve an impressive meal. It’s tempting to get carried away and choose …

Vegetarian Food

Beyond Wine: Sonoma’s Chill Food-And-Drink Scene Keeps Growing

When it comes to Northern California culinary destinations, San Francisco and Napa Valley get much of the glory, but if you overlook Sonoma, you’d …

Wine

Nuttier, More Decadent Brownies With Acorn Flour

As a wild foods enthusiast, it gives me particular pleasure to make a recipe with 100% acorn and to have it come out with excellent flavor and …

Dessert

Olive Oil: South Africa’s Liquid Gold

When Americans think olive oil, South Africa probably doesn’t leap to mind, but like South African wine, the country’s extra virgin olive oil is …

South Africa

Ancient Wine Making Brings New Flavors To Italian Wine

The defining white grape variety of Collio in northeastern Italy, on the border with Slovenia, is Ribolla Gialla, and Joško Gravner has given it a …

Wine

Custardy Pumpkin Flan Pays Homage To Portuguese Sweets

Enter a Portuguese pastry shop and you might think you’ve walked into a lab where a mad scientist had been imprisoned for years with nothing to …

Baking