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The culinary high life Ancient Roman Apicius epitomized a life of excess

Friday, August 29, 2014

Apicius was such an over-the-top foodie, even by the grand standards of the Roman Empire, that his name not only became synonymous with the culinary high life but, so scholars believe, also the popular title for a cookbook formally known as “De re coquinaria” (On cooking). This work, the only known cookbook to have survived from the ancient Greco-Roman world, has for centuries intrigued scholars and cooks with its glimpse of Roman life. “I think if people look into Roman cooking at all, they go to ‘Apicius’ first,” said Rosemary L. Moore, lecturer in history and classics at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. … 0

Wine to try: 2013 Alta Maria Vineyards ‘Carbonic’ Pinot Noir

Friday, August 29, 2014

WINE TO TRY 2013 Alta Maria Vineyards ‘Carbonic’ Pinot Noir Region: Central Coast Price: About $22 Style: Lighthearted easy drinking What it goes with: Fish or fowl, salade Nicoise, pizza Alta Maria Vineyards makes mostly very serious and seriously delicious Pinot Noirs. This one, though, is lighthearted and fun. Made by fermenting whole … 0

A new look for your lunchbox: Hummus

Friday, August 29, 2014

What’s the first lunch lesson of the school year? Embrace hummus. Yes, it has a weird name (say it like we’re humming together - “hum us.”) And yes, it is usually made from ground-up chickpeas, which sounds like it should have all the joy of eating library paste. But stick with me on … 0

Valley Bounty: Corn

Friday, July 25, 2014

CORN Corn, the sweet king of summer, is here! Strip back its husks and sink your teeth into its juicy kernels. Corn season will reign from now until a hard frost. In my house, corn is boiled for … 0

A tuna sandwich by way of Mediterranean bruschetta

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sometimes the last thing you want to do at the end of a long hot summer day is turn on the oven and make a meal. So here’s a delicious solution that requires no more heat than is … 0

Ex-CEO wants Market Basket protesters rehired

Monday, July 21, 2014

TEWKSBURY — The fired longtime chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain is urging the family-owned company to reinstate workers who were fired for protests demanding his return. Arthur T. Demoulas’s statement Monday night was his first since he was fired last month by a board controlled … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Everyone’s got a favorite

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On a recent quiet, midweek evening, I stopped by the Tunnel Bar on Strong Avenue in Northampton. Kathleen was behind the bar, and I asked her what her favorite cocktail is. A Coconut Basil Gimlet, she told me, … 0

Health officials: Food label changes not enough

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don’t tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is necessary to help consumers make healthy choices … 0

French law stirs pot against bad restaurant food

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

PARIS — Restaurant-goers in France will start seeing a funny little symbol on their menus this week: a skillet with a house on top, indicating your menu choice is made in-house. It’s part of a new law meant … 0

State will end prohibition on wine shipments to consumers Jan. 1

Saturday, July 12, 2014

BOSTON — Whether it’s pinot noir, merlot, chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon, wine lovers in Massachusetts will soon be able to have some of their favorite bottles shipped straight from the vineyards to their homes. A provision in the new state budget lifts a long-standing prohibition on direct deliveries … 0

Preserved lemons, easy to make, make any dish special

Friday, July 11, 2014

If you close your eyes, you can imagine you are wending your way through the crowded streets of the casbah, with the camels and the open-air markets and the heady aroma of tagines cooking over charcoal fires. A … 0

Dude Food: Steven Raichlen talks man-made meals

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cooking may not be a gender-specific activity, but there are some characteristics that follow stereotypes more often than not (read on before you start to object). At least that’s what Steven Raichlen says — and we tend to … 0

Valley Bounty: Zucchini

Friday, July 11, 2014

Zucchini Zucchini in out in plenty right now, and is as versatile as your imagination. Great grilled in long strips, used on kebabs or stuffed, this summer staple is ready for your next culinary creation. Zucchini is a … 0