Open Season: Truffles!

A 19-year-old truffle expert demystifies truffles
Nov 7, 2011 5:01 pm

At 15 years old, Ian Purkayastha sourced his first crop of truffles from a vendor in Paris. Purkayastha, an avid mushroom hunter with entrepreneurial drive, decided he would cold call a few restaurants near his hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Soon after, he began hocking his truffles to neighboring cities à la Willy Loman, dragging along with him his trusty...

A Country Menu

Foraging for dinner delicacies
Oct 13, 2011 12:01 pm

The summer here in the East has extended well into October. Mushrooms are still forcing themselves up through the soil, berries are ripening in the intense afternoon sun, tender shoots, slightly fuzzy ivies, and pine tips enjoy a fresh green elasticity similar to the nubile pubescence often identified with spring. This postdiluvian fall is the summer for which we...

Gallery: 7 Mystery Mushrooms

Save a writer's life: Identify these 'shrooms
Aug 19, 2011 10:01 am
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I am spending most of August on the East End of Long Island. It rained a ton earlier this week. Up from the ground in the yard outside my rental house sprung a stunning variety of 'shrooms. 

Don't worry. I didn't immediately rush out to cut them down, slice them up and saute them in butter. 

Fact is, I have no idea what varieties these are...

Hank Shaw and the Joys of Foraging

Would you be able to survive off the grid?
Aug 8, 2011 12:46 pm
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Unlike Nova Kim, a self-described native-American wild crafter who gathers gourmet edibles for a living (and who was featured last week on Food Republic), Hank Shaw of Hunter Angler Gardener Cook doesn’t have a problem with the word forager....

Is Foraging The New "F" Word?

Foraging is a dirty word to these "wildcrafters"
Aug 2, 2011 10:21 am

I first met Nova Kim in a cemetery. But it was surprisingly full of life.

The occasion was a fundraiser for the New Amsterdam Market, an organization dedicated to promoting regional food with a now-weekly market on the site of the old Fulton Fish market in downtown New York. The event, a summer garden party,...

The Unemployed Gourmand Debuts

A new column about high food ambitions on a budget
Jun 3, 2011 8:01 am
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Illustration: Nora Murphy

Free Foraging in the Big City  

How many times has this happened to you? It’s three weeks since your last paying gig, it’s Saturday, and you’re starving. If you’re anything like me, just about every weekend, right? But, wait. Put down that sad package of stale almonds. It’s time to eat again. In fact, it’s time to live...

Foraging for Ramps

A big city chef gets schooled in truly local eating
Apr 28, 2011 11:00 am
Photo: Kate Loeffler

Each spring, the brief season for ramps inspires breathless descriptions on blogs and in food magazines, some say to a fault. Still, I was curious to have the full-on hunter-gatherer foraging experience, so I called my friend John Loeffler, owner of the Inn at Gristmill Square in Warm...

Talking with Noma Sous Chef Victor Wagman

The best restaurant in the world's sous chef speaks
Apr 18, 2011 5:42 pm

“Homage to soil and sea” is how some describe Copenhagen’s Noma, a restaurant that—even in an era dominated by locally obsessed dining—stands apart. Chef Rene Redzepi serves dishes like whole carrots in tiny pots of “soil”—actually a malt and flour mixture—that are now being emulated as far away as Los Angeles, by Top Chef winner...


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