Pickled Vegetables, Progressive Cooking and The Year of The Dragon.

How to satisfy the desire for crunch, glitterati of the New York food scene, welcome the year of the dragon and its spicy delights, some booze diary notes, tales on eating seasonal and local, concern and disgust over gastronomy lessons and struggling to survive after nine years in business ... The question is: when a chef stops to be a cook longing to be an artist?

Hearty foods ~ Moving Into the Refrigerator for a Long Winter’s Stay
"Resolutions to eat more vegetables may wilt in the cold of January"
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Wylie Dufresne on Maturation and Precariousness ~ Worries about alienating diners with his progressive cooking, and ... eater.com

Travel bites
Chef Peter Chang and Virginia wines: a shared moment in the spotlight ~ Peter Chang is hitting the road again, and he’s taking Virginia wine with him ... washingtonpost.com

Sizzling Sichuan: China's food hotspot ~ The award-winning chef and Chinese food expert heads to Chengdu, capital of China's most food-obsessed province ... guardian.co.uk

Alcoholic notes
Alcohol and me: 10 years sober ~ The paradox of addiction: getting clean is something no one can do for you ... guardian.co.uk

Pantry notes
Notes From Underground ~ Reasons to root for the underdogs of vegetables ... nytimes.com

Treats for the Disaffected 20-Something, Part III: Egg Crunch ~ Gastronomy lessons ... vanityfair.com

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* Artusi's ricotta tortelli recipe ~ theflorentine.net
* On the cusp of grapefruit season: Market Watch ~ latimes.com

* Foraging with Transitional Gastronomy ~ eatingla.blogspot.com

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Healthy corner & Gluten-Free notes
* Vegan, gluten-free? Tips for safe and tasty trips ~ cnn.com
* Forensic science: Ignorance is bliss ~ economist.com

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