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Crème de les crémants

› paulr@sfbg.com Among the many sobering statistics available to today's Americans, none are more jolting — at least to this American — than the numbers...

Fantasia: range

› paulr@sfbg.com If fantasies are about transcending limits, then it's no wonder the la Cornue range is the dream love of so many kitchen fantasists,...

The un-pork

› paulr@sfbg.com The imminence of a determined pork eater raises certain questions in the porkless kitchen. The largest of these is, Can pork be faked?...

Rice makes nice

> paulr@sfbg.com If revenge is a dish best served cold, then paella is a dish best served ... not in a restaurant. Yes, if it's...

El butterball

› paulr@sfbg.com Marin is not my favorite county — it is the police state, bristling with bored and predatory officers of the...

Forget me not

› paulr@sfbg.com The server who performs from memory is either a virtuoso or a show-off — and more likely the latter, experience suggests,...

Counting tines

› paulr@sfbg.com Marion Nestle's hefty new book, What to Eat: An Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Savvy Food Choices and Good Eating (North Point, $30), is...

The fine print

› paulr@sfbg.com "People will sleep better not knowing how their sausage and politics are made," Otto von Bismarck said — and...

The gadget diarist

› paulr@sfbg.com As a confirmed gadgeteer, I naturally feel a pang of genuine sorrow — and sometimes real...

Splitsville

Without Reservations › paulr@sfbg.com Split is a splendid little word, one of my favorites, at least when we are wandering...

Tossing the salad

› paulr@sfbg.com During the long weeks of this un-spring, I have often found myself looking out into the rain-swept garden and thinking:...

A Twinkie defense?

› paulr@sfbg.com A question too seldom pondered in these parts might be put as follows: Do twinkies eat Twinkies? The latter, of course, is...

Cuvee organica

Organic wine is on the rise, and the French, no dopes as regards marketing, are on the case. A recent tasting of organic and...

Shooting a pig

A good deal of blood gets spilled in Michael Pollan's intelligently gory new book, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (Penguin...