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Thursday, March 7, 2019 12:00 am
During his appearance at the Oscars, activist chef and Nobel Peace Prize nominee José Andrés spoke of “the understanding and compassion that we all owe to the invisible people in our lives – imm
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Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 12:00 am

Why did it take me so long to get back to fermentation?

 Ten years ago I became interested in fermentation and bought a book entitled The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz. It was a fascinating read but I confess that I was hesitant to start making m
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Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 12:00 am
 “I know a guy who has a bus and likes to cook.” This comment from an out-of-town friend initiated a chain of events that landed me in a high school cafeteria kitchen in charge of preparing a
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Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 12:00 am

My adventures in Chicago's top kitchen

 The English poet and playwright Robert Browning wrote: “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp. Or what’s a heaven for?” This phrase has been cycling around in my head these past
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Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 12:00 am
 My in-laws used to tell a story about how they always cut a small piece off the end of the ham before roasting it. When someone asked what purpose this served, Great-grandmother replied, “I do
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Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 12:00 am
New Year's Eve is one of those holidays that I’ve always had a hard time getting right. My better judgment has steered me away from participating in activities that would require driving around on
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Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 12:00 am
 In my last Illinois Times column I reviewed the recently published The Noma Guide to Fermentation. During the past month I have been working my way through several of its recipes. However, I’v
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Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 12:00 am
 This past summer I received a Facebook message from my old musician friend Eric. He wrote: “You will have to meet my girlfriend Cathy … she works for a company called NuWave doing infomercia
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Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 12:00 am
For a long time, an old jar of tahini has resided in a lonely corner in the back of the fridge. It was one of those ingredients that I had purchased for one purpose only – making homemade hummus, wh

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