The Last Days of the London Eel
The Last Days of the London Eel: After centuries as an iconic Cockney ingredient, the always slithering, often jellied eel has fallen on hard times.
Food and Fortune in Singapore
How a raucous, festive dish created by four Heavenly Kings conquered Singapore and became an essential Chinese New Year ritual.
Dining in the Soviet Style
In central Moscow, a famous and slightly foreboding institution is finding new life under restaurateur Alexei Zimin, where he is reviving classics of Russian and Soviet cuisine.
Just Don’t Call it Turkish Coffee
It’s dark and rich, with that trademark sludge at the bottom of the cup. But in a part of the world where rivalries run deep, everyone has their own name for Turkish coffee. Maxim Edwards reports on the past and present politics of the bitter drink:
A Journey to the Edge of Europe
A remote island fortress in the Faroe Islands with a handful of inhabitants, puffins, a single cow named Gerda, and a stunning Nordic setting. Chef Magnus Nilsson travels to Stóra Dímun, where ancient and modern practices collide:
"It’s like garnishing a dish with money" —Allison Adato hunts for white truffles in the slow-food heartland of Italy.
[Photo by Kelly Marshall]
If you know what this picture is, you know why we are indulging in a celebratory drink right about now. We started on Tumblr a little over a year ago, and today we got nominated for two of these bronze beauties. The full list of finalists, which includes many of our heroes, is here.
The Year in Food
The world reveals itself to us one bite at a time. Want to better understand the explosive relationship between Georgia and Abkhazia? Swirl a bit of adjika into your next beef stew. Trying to get a grasp on the complexities of Chile and Peru’s shared political history? Drink a pisco sour. Looking to see how American culture has impacted the lifestyle of Mexican immigrants? Order a carne asada super burrito.
By that measure, we’ve covered quite a bit of ground in 2012, from the barbecue pits of Lockhart, Texas to the ice cream parlors of Mogadishu. Many tasty dishes have been consumed along the way, but deliciousness isn’t always the measuring stick when we talk about the meals that matter most.
To better understand the people and the places we’ve come to know this past year, we’ve compiled a list of the most memorable meals from 2012. These aren’t necessarily the best things we ate this year, but these dishes tell important stories about the people who dedicate their lives to feeding others, about regions that give birth to remarkable feats of taste and texture, and about a little online magazine taking shape one bite at a time.
From The Year in Food on Roads & Kingdoms
It takes almost no effort at all to eat well in Sicily. Stumble into a gas station off the autostrada and you’ll find panini lined up like runway models and an old man playing a $3000 espresso machine like a fine violin. In fact, it’s safe to say it takes more effort to have a bad meal in Sicily than it does to have one you’ll still be dreaming about months later. The only problem? Where to put all that food.
The full gallery: Around Sicily in 41 dishes