Turkey Day is right around the corner (we're pretty excited for that tryptophan-induced nap after stuffing our faces), and heritage turkeys are the talk of the town. You may be wondering what the deal is with these birds: Why is everybody talking about them? Why should we leave our old supermarket turkeys behind? Do they taste better? How should they be cooked? Fret not, because we've got some answers for you.
In contrast to wine bibles like The World Atlas of Wine, this tome evaluates wineries based on ethical practices in vineyard cultivation and vinification styles. And unlike ratings books such as Parker's Wine Buying Guide, Slow Wine 2011 eschews points-based ratings for a more qualitative appraisal.
The 2011 edition covers only Italian wines, but I think it has the potential to broaden its reach to include so many other wines, too. Would you be inclined to turn to a sustainable wine guide for advice?
With the new collection, the British chef aims to highlight the authentic food traditions of small-scale artisan producers. But are the pricey products actually any good? To find out, we tested the jams, jellies, preserves, and biscuits; see what we thought when you keep reading.
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Wondering what to get your market-obsessed mother-in-law or locavore love-of-your-life this year? Thankfully, there's lots of loot to choose from, whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or Slow Food International's first-ever Terra Madre Day on Thursday, Dec. 10. It's an occasion geared toward supporting good, clean, fair, local food, small-scale production, and fair-trade food practices around the world. From farmers market accessories to locally grown goodies, we've got suggestions that will make any slow-foodie smile.
Eating veal has long been an animal-welfare issue, with opponents pointing to calves confined in stalls so tiny that livestock are unable to move. But producers of pasture-raised veal argue that the meat comes from hormone- and antibiotic-free calves who drink their mother's milk, consume pasture grass, and freely roam pastures.
Animal-rights activists are against the slaughter of young animals who have strong maternal bonds — yet according to veal proponents, calves are the same age as lamb and older than pigs when they're slaughtered. Where do you stand? Would you be more likely to eat pasture raised veal?
The visitor that drew the most attention was Michelle Obama, who encouraged Americans to get to know the farmers that grow the market's food, and stressed the importance of fresh markets, particularly in urban deserts.
Located at 810 Vermont Avenue, just blocks from the White House, the market runs Thursday afternoons through the end of October, and accepts food stamps. It sells pasture-raised meats, artisan cheeses, milk, yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, flowers, and preserves. DCers, have you had a chance to visit?