Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Culinate Newsletter: How to eat less meat, Peanuts, Chinese Fish Parcels

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Dear readers,

Hank Sawtelle found something familiar in Beaten, Seared, and Sauced, one man’s tale of, as Hank says, “ditching a perfectly respectable professional career” to attend cooking school. You see, Hank had done the same thing. In his review of Jonathan Dixon's book, Hank calls it a memoir about himself that he didn’t write. Pretty tricky, no?

Hank also writes, “Even without that extra frisson of the familiar, however, Dixon’s memoir is a satisfying read, weaving together the challenge of a midlife career change with the experience of learning to cook at the school.”

I haven’t read Dixon’s book myself, but I am intrigued. For many of us, midlife career changes can come without much change in our approaches to cooking. But reading about someone else’s journey — in or out of the kitchen — can bring inspiration to all parts of our lives.

Kim Carlson
Editorial Director

Featured Stories

How to eat less meat

Lynn Curry has eight suggestions for emphasizing taste over tonnage.

Peanuts, beloved

Shoshanna Cohen is nuts about these legumes. Plus, Mollie Katzen’s recipe for Gado Gado.

Featured Recipes

Chipotle and Roasted
Garlic Salsa

From the book ‘Truly Mexican’ comes this simple recipe with complex flavor.

Chinese Fish Parcels

The brilliant cooks at the River Cottage came up with this easy way to cook fish and vegetables together.

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Tastes Newsletter March 2012: Leap into Spring with the Top 10 Caribbean Resorts, Top 10 Small Cars, Top 10 Brunch Wines and More!

Leap into March!

MARCH 2012
Vol. XXIII, No. 3

Hotel Chocolat on St. Lucia, one of our Top 10 Caribbean Resorts


March madness? No, thanks. We'd rather escape to the Caribbean, home to pristine sands and glassy waters. From Anguilla to the Turks & Caicos, our list of Top 10 Caribbean Resorts includes our favorite hotels to help you plan the ultimate getaway!

For those who appreciate the benefits of a little Sunday morning culinary hedonism, we scoured the country to craft our list of the Top 10 Brunch Hotels in the U.S. where you can sip and sup in style.

Save up to $500 when you book your flight +hotel!

Macarons might just be the new cupcakes!


Bye-bye, cupcakes. Hello, macarons! French chef Eddy Rocq's Sweetheart Collection features four flavors ranging from traditional (dark chocolate and raspberry) to experimental (peach mango and red velvet with bourbon vanilla bean). All gluten-free!

Guinot Hydra Sensitive Face Mask, one of our Top 10 Spa Gifts


Don't let a busy schedule keep relaxation away. Everyone needs a little stress relief, and we have the perfect solution with our selection of Top 10 Spa Gifts

Also check out our other Top 10 lists such as Top 10 Detox Spas and Top 10 Wine Spas, as well as listings of the best spas across the U.S. and around the world!

The 2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe: a sleek and sporty new take on the Mini


Good things do come in small packages! We were stopped by drivers and pedestrians when we tested this hot little number. The 2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe is a '60s-inspired two-seater with a sleek, sexy and — dare we say — dangerous new persona.

For more compact options built with high feature content and loads of character, consult our list of the Top 10 Small Cars

And for high-performance sports coupes and value-oriented family sedans that don't take gas, check out our list of the Top 10 Electric Cars

Make the weekend special with one of our Top 10 Brunch Wines, which pair well with a variety of foods


Looking for a bottle to enjoy with weekend brunch? Our selection of Top 10 Brunch Wines includes a variety of wines all priced at $20 or less.

Also check out our Wine of the Week, a New Zealand offering from a California winery. Cobblestone's 2009 Pinot Noir "Te Muna" is a medium-bodied wine boasting racy acidity and cherry and red raspberry flavors. 

TeaVivre Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea is golden and light in taste


Do you love loose leaf tea? Brew a pot of TeaVivre's Yun Nan Dian Hong black tea from Fengqing in China's Yunnan province. It entirely lacks the bitterness displayed by many strong black teas, instead offering a delicious, rounded flavor.

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Coming on March 16: St. Patrick's Day Edition
St. Patrick's Day Pubs, Irish Beers, Castle Hotels and more!

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