Full version of this article first featured in Cuisine Noir magazine, September 2010. You saw Julie & Julia, didn’t you? Meryl Streep in an Oscar-nominated role as Julia Child and Amy Adams portraying Julie Powell, a young woman committed to cooking 524 recipes from Child’s cookbook during a single year and blogging about it. If […]

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Full version of this column appeared in Cuisine Noir’s July 2010 issue. Once there was red wine, white wine, French wine, and anything pink was plonk. Then came the subtleties and these days, if you don’t know about appellations and terroir, and haven’t been introduced to wine flights and blind tastings, it’s like — where […]

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Cuisine Noir – Delicious Life: World Cup 2010 — the Planet’s Biggest Party

June 1, 2010

Full version of this column appeared in Cuisine Noir mag, June 2010. The feast is about to begin — of soccer, of music — and if there’s a party and it’s happening in South Africa, you can be sure that the beer is chilled, the charcoal is lit for the braai (think barbecue — it’s […]

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Cuisine Noir – Delicious Life: Culinary travel 101 for mouthwatering journeys

May 1, 2010

Full version of this Delicious Life column appeared in May 2010 Cuisine Noir mag. “Me, a culinary traveler? But I don’t go and eat at famous gourmet restaurants!” The lady does protest too much, I think. I’m paying a compliment to Meg Kiuchi, an Oakland painter, foodie — and yes, culinary traveler — who is […]

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Cuisine Noir – Delicious Life: Inspiring wedding feasts and fantasies

April 1, 2010

Full version of this Delicious Life column appeared Cuisine Noir mag, April 2010. Have you checked the bridal magazines section of your local bookstore lately? I did when looking for inspiring culinary trends and traditions for this issue of Cuisine Noir. The magazines are glossy and glitzy and there are lots of them. On seductive […]

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Cuisine Noir – Delicious Life: Slow Food recipes for sensual no-diet weight loss

March 1, 2010

(Delicious Life column, Cuisine Noir magazine, March 2010 issue) I have an abiding memory from childhood. It involves a vegetable garden that my dad planted one spring and a pumpkin seedling that I germinated, advised by my mother or my grandmother, on a saucer between layers of damp cotton wool. Once planted, like magic the […]

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Rabbit-proof food

February 25, 2010

The next time you want to serve a meal that is easy to prepare, needs no utensils and requires a lick of the fingers for cleanup, you might consider bunny chow. And no, this does not involve carving up and cooking Bugs, Roger or any other rabbit. In fact, in its original form, it’s about […]

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No-diet weight loss visualization podcast

February 14, 2010

Step One: Visualization (Audio to go with No-diet weight loss: Three simple steps to success.) Sit upright, close your eyes (or look down if closing your eyes is uncomfortable for you) and after a brief relaxation exercise, we’re going to visit the future. You in the future. Please click on the audio link to follow […]

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Cuisine Noir – Delicious Life: Feed your passion with edible aphrodisiacs

February 1, 2010

(Delicious Life, Cuisine Noir magazine, February 2010) What does a man do when he has stars in his eyes, Cupid sitting on his shoulder, and he wants to woo the woman of his dreams? Chances are, he invites her out for dinner. If he’s a wise man, there will be chocolates, champagne on ice, and […]

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No-diet weight loss: Three simple steps to success

January 12, 2010

How to eat exactly what you want, never diet again, lose weight, and be slim, sensual and happy with yourself. A couple of days before the New Year, I’m staying with a South African couple in Sonoma. “I had a terrible night. Felt ghastly. Couldn’t sleep. And my numbers are right out of the box.” […]

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