1. What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio At the movies, a sequel usually doesn’t bode well for your evening’s enjoyment. AlthoughWhat I Eat may be a follow-up to the blockbuster Hungry Planet—a coffee-table book that documented what families around the world eat—it’s just as good as the first. …

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I knew I’d contracted a foodborne illness when I couldn’t sleep because the stomach pain was so strong. I spent the next day drained and tired. I felt nauseous. My legs were cramping. My head hurt. My parents, with whom I’d eaten lunch the day before, were also sick with the same symptoms–though my dad …

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After posting about how we should embrace the red currant, I went downstairs and made some red currant mousse. It turned out to be quite pink and quite good–a very unusual taste of tartness and tang, sweet and perfumy. Here’s what I did: I cooked the red currants with some sugar for about 15 minutes. …

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I’m embarrassed to admit it but I’d never eaten congee until this morning when I ventured to a very cool Hong Kong style restaurant in Toronto’s Chinatown for a first taste. I’ll be talking more about this great resto for my CBC Radio column this coming Wednesday, April 7th, but in the meantime, I’ll report …

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Thanksgiving is one of my favourite times of the year–the harvest is in, the jams are made, the leaves are golden, and the focus is good food . On the holiday weekend, I always like to try something new with food, like making cinnamon rolls in a brick oven like we did last year. On the Sunday morning, …

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