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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

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 …

Vegetables

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 …

Tea

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 …

Recipes

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 …

Spain

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 …

United States

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 …

France

Tsukiji Fish Market: Fighting To Save Tokyo’s Culinary 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 …

Japan

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 …

United States

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 …

Spain

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 …

Recipes

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 …

Recipes