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Resources For Gourmet Lovers

Are you looking to take that leap into the world of Gourmet Food in 2012? If you’re just starting to think about it, or if you have been planning it for a while, you still may have lots of unanswered questions. The following resources will help you learn more about culinary arts, food & wine, the gourmet food industry including, media, restaurants, tourism, production, catering, and much more.

Gourmet food is defined as a cuisine with superlative quality, delicate making and creative preparation. The expression Gourmet is predominately French that means a wine broker hired by a wine seller. Moreover, a gourmet is an individual who is somebody with selective taste. They are well aware of the grounds that separate good food from regular food.

It’s quite obvious that Gourmet delicacies are rare and classy. The constituents are pretty costly and of high quality as they are uncommon. But what actually makes gourmet food different from all other types of food is the way that it is cooked. An in-depth study and immense look after is needed to make gourmet food. More than its taste, it is the manner in which the delicacies are prepared. Unquestionably, gourmet preparation is an exotic piece of art. Loads of hard work, sweat and thoughts are required to be put in while making gourmet food.

Rocco DiSpirito, Celebrity Chef

Rocco DiSpirito

Gourmet Chefs:

Celebrity Chef

Hesten Blumenthal

Gourmet TV

Everyday Italian With Giada DeLaurentis

Made In Spain With Jose Andres

Good Eats With Alton Brown

No Reservations With Anthony Bourdain

Molto Batali With Mario Batali

Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern

Hell’s Kitchen With Gordon Ramsay

Top Chef

Iron Chef America

Fresh Food Fast With Emeril Lagasse

Celebrity Chef

Jamie Oliver On Oprah

Luxury Foods

The how, what, where, and why of luxury foods. Expensive but sinfully delicious, luxury foods remain as popular as ever.


World’s 10 best gourmet restaurants:

1) Noma, Denmark

2) El Celler de Can Roca, Spain

3) Mugartiz, Spain

4) D.O.M, Brazil

5) Osteria Francescana, Italy

6) Per Se, USA

7) Alinea, USA

8) Arzak, Spain

9) Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, UK

10) Eleven Madison Park, USA

Top 10 Online Gourmet Shops

1. igourmet.com

The main focus of igourmet is their huge selection of cheeses, especially American-made cheeses (they have brands from every state!) They also carry a delightful warehouse full of other gourmet items. You’ll find aged balsamic vinegars, fine olive oils, hams, smoked fish, flours, spices, Starbucks coffee, caviar, and the list goes on.

2. Di Bruno Bros.

Here is an absolutely fantastic place to find gourmet foods! Di Bruno Bros. is a family business in Philadelphia that was started in 1939. They have a great assortment of premium foods like cheeses, charcuterie, caviar, pates, foie gras, olives (huge selection!), olive oils, vinegars, smoked fish, specialty meats, truffles, and much more. If they don’t have it, they’ll find it for you.

3. Dean & Deluca

One of the best around. Sometimes pricey, but they have great customer service and always deliver. Great overall selection: caviars, smoked fish, herbs and spices, truffles, oils, artisan cheeses, premium meats and seafood, foie gras, chocolates, honeys, sauces, pre-made hors d’oeuvres, and more. If you are looking for a gift, this is a good place to shop. They have a wide variety of premade baskets and food combinations.

4. Zingerman’s

Another big supermarket-like store for gourmet foods. Good selection of vinegars, olive oils, cheeses, and breads. Zingerman’s is very careful about choosing the products they carry. You will find a wide assortment of specialty foods you can’t find anywhere else. Great place to try something new! Lots of great product information is available on their website. Be sure to check out their ‘fresh finds’ section for great handmade, traditional foods.

5. Earthy Delights

Great place to find premium products to stock your pantry. Their specialty is fresh mushrooms (including morels and truffles) and wild harvest like ramps and fiddleheads. They also have a wonderful selection of fresh exotic vegetables, caviar, foie gras, oils, salts, cheeses, chocolates, vinegars, spices, and a lot more! Good stuff!

6. Zabar’s

Zabar’s is a New York City institution. In business for over 70 years, Zabar’s 16,000-square-foot store has everything from caviar and hand-sliced smoked salmon to cheesecakes and freshly roasted coffee. Other highlights include 600 varieties of cheeses, foie gras, olives, cured meats, smoked fish, specialty salts, olive oils, and much, much more.

7. Straub’s

Founded in 1901 in St. Louis, Missouri, this specialty food and grocery chain remains a family-owned business. Originally specializing in prime beef and dry goods, Straub’s now carries everything a person would need to stock an upscale kitchen. Shoppers can find prime beef, seafood, olives, honeys, pastas, vinegars, oils, chocolates, sauces, and more.

8. ChefShop.com

This is a great place to do your gourmet shopping! It’s more like a huge supermarket than a specialty store. They have it all. Fresh produce, chocolates, spices, oils, and more. Be sure to check out their selection of salts. Wonderful!

9. Stonewall Kitchen Specialty Foods

Stonewall Kitchen is a great New England company that sells a wide variety of delicious sauces, toppings, and condiments. Products include jams and marmalades, chutneys, salsas, mustards, grill marinades, pasta sauces, cocktail sauces, relishes, vinaigrettes, specialty oils, salad dressings, asian oils, honeys, dessert toppings, maple syrups, olives, gourmet cakes and other desserts, tableware, kitchen tools and appliances.

10. Formaggio Kitchen

A great selection of cheeses from around the world. They also have several other categories of gourmet foods like oils and vinegars, salts, chocolates, honeys, pastas and rices.



Top 10 Food Blogs Good Enough To Eat

Blogs (or web logs) are an interesting phenomenon. Anyone with a computer and an opinion can start a blog, a sort of online diary, for the entire world to read. Food blogs generally relate the dining adventures or cooking experiments of the writer. Many of these blogs are very well written, extremely interesting, and can be addictive. Here are some food blogs. Explore these and you may want to start your own. Surely someone out there cares what you had for breakfast.

1. Food Blog

This quirky food blog is a good example of the genre and the passion some people have for food. Chocked full of the daily dining exploits of the writer, there are interesting adventures and restaurant reviews along with a healthy list of links to other food blogs.

2. Chez Pim

Pim Techamuanvivit, originally from Bangkok, resides in San Francisco but spends a great deal of her time travelling the world. Her blog, Chez Pim, has garnered a great deal of accolades and has been featured in several media publications including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Chez Pim is a wonderful diary of Pim’s dining adventures around the globe with some really good (or at least interesting) photography.


3. A Hamburger Today

A Hamburger Today attempts to discover the world’s best hamburger (an obsession I also share). A group effort with writers based in New York and Los Angeles, every juicy detail of their globetrotting dining is covered in their burger escapades. If you love a good burger like I do, you will enjoy reading the exploits of these meat-eaters and their consuming hunger for America’s favorite sandwich.


4. Deep End Dining

This hip, off-center look at food and eating is a group effort by writers in New York and Los Angeles – great writing that is fascinating, poetic, sometimes crude but always stimulating.

5. Kate Hill’s French Kitchen Adventures

Kate Hill is a writer and cook living in Gascony, France. She holds cooking classes at her farmhouse in Camont and also owns a 100-year-old barge which she uses to travel the waterways of Europe. This is a very interesting look at French food and culture.

6. Andrew & Karen’s Web Log

Blog page of the brilliant writing team of Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page (husband and wife). Dornenburg and Page are authors of Culinary Artistry, Dining Out, Chef’s Night Out, The New American Chef, and Becoming a Chef (this book was partly responsible for my own desire to become a professional chef). As you would guess, Andrew and Karen dine out a lot. This page is a diary of their dining experiences, chats with chefs, opinions, and useful restaurant information – a pleasure to read.

7. Cornichon

Named one of Seattle’s best blogs, Cornichon is written by Ronald Holden and covers everything from Seattle’s great Pike Place Market to four-star restaurants to neighborhood delis.

8. Cooking Fire

Written by an American freelance food writer living in Mexico City, this fascinating blog is full of in-depth stories of food, particulary traditional styles and old world cooking methods. Recent posts relate the authors travels to the United Kingdom, including a stint on a goat farm and making cheese. He states his next culinary journey will be to China in January 2006.

9. David Lebovitz

It’s been my experience that pastry chefs have a good sense of humor (at least compared to other chefs). David Lebovitz, an extraordinary pastry chef (formerly of Chez Panisse) and cookbook author, has created this wonderful food blog that is both amusing and intelligent.

10. Noodlepie

Noodlepie relates the musings of British freelance journalist, Graham Holliday. This blog is mostly about the food of Vietnam (where she is based), both the good and the bad, but Graham does occasionally cover other venues. This blog is a very interesting read even if you don’t enjoy Vietnamese – lots of great photos, too.




5 Surprising Things You’ll Find in The Foodist’s Pantry

Photograph by Levi Brown1. Japanese Tea
It’s been almost a year since I gave up coffee, and I’m still alive! I’ve had help, though: from tea. Especially the tea from Ippodo, a Kyoto-based company that’s been around since 1717. I love their matcha (powdered green tea) and other green teas. In warmer months, I ice their barley tea and drink it nonstop. Prices vary; tortoisegeneralstore.com2. Pumpkin Seed Oil
What do Arnold Schwarzenegger and pumpkin seed oil have in common? Both hail from Graz, Austria, where people drizzle the deeply nutty oil on just about everything–salad, spaetzle, even dessert. I can’t go a week without a Bibb lettuce salad with toasted pumpkin seeds and a bit of the oil. My daughter likes it on ice cream. Note: It’s highly perishable and extremely powerful–a little goes a long way. $17 for 8.5 oz.; latourangelle.com3. Brown Cheese
After marrying a Norwegian, I’ve had to buy into a few questionable maxims: Cross-country skiing is a better spectator sport than American football, a-ha had hits other than “Take on Me,” and a block of brunost (brown cheese) is a kitchen essential. When it comes to brunost at least, I’m a believer. Somewhere between cheese and fudge in taste, it has a satisfyingly sweet and salty flavor. Breakfast at home usually involves a few slices on top of toast (you’ll need a cheese plane, something Norwegian babies are born holding). It’s sold in the U.S. as gjetost under the Ski Queen brand. $7 for 9 oz.; amazon.com

4. Yuzu Pao
Like most Americans, I have several bottles of hot sauce crammed into my refrigerator door. Lately I’ve been returning to Yuzu Pao. It combines two of-the-moment flavors, yuzu citrus and Sriracha chili sauce. The result is slightly sweet, with welcome floral notes from the yuzu and just the right amount of heat. I use it with abandon on eggs, rice dishes, and soups, as well as in marinades. $6 for 8 oz.; earthy.com

5. Canned Fish
If you’re used to eating canned tuna, the new four-star stuff will be a wake-up call for your palate. I stock tins of smoked wild mackerel, Portuguese sardines, and apple-smoked rainbow trout from Cole’s, which supports sustainable fishing practices. $6.50 each for 4.4-oz. tins; shoporganic.com

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