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Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love by Simran Sethi – review

Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We LoveBread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love by Simran Sethi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What’s not to like? Wine, Chocolate, Coffee, Beer, and Bread? (Plus one more that I’ll get to…)

Sethi breaks each examination into three parts…a mix of her personal history with the food and historical history (wasn’t sure how else to put that); looks at sourcing and the impacts of high yield hybrids and strains on the higher quality beans, grains, yeasts, grapes, etc. – loss of diversity; and a short section on how the experts suggest enjoying each. She does a good job telling the story of the small farmers, vintners, chocolatiers “operating on the slimmest og magins”, trying to make a living.

I liked most of what Sethi wrote, highlighting a few quote-worthy segments… Continue reading


Beer – to credential or not?

I posted a picture and less than gushing observation of a novelty beer (one developed from a 300 year old recipe) on a beer page and a brewer in the group dropped one comment underneath: “Gold medal winning beer.” That prompted what turned out to be a pretty much one-sided non-debate, which I decided to flesh out here. These are some thoughts circulating around for a while (I’ve held this perspective for many years) that I’ve finally codified in a first-pass. They are certainly NOT meant to offend, but perhaps I’ll get some feedback to add to my toolbox. I’m not big on credentialing in general – I’ve declined to acquire three more in my professional life that I am more than qualified for – and beer is something I enjoy and like to learn about, but do not obsess over. 

gabf_medalsSo, I was curious. Do beer medals mean anything to anyone?

They don’t to me, but that’s because I’m not a brewer and I’ve not been convinced that judging certification is any less arbitrary than sommelier or food critic or Project Management Professional, or…you probably get it.  And I contend that as medals are awarded on the basis of a small sample set of opinions, they should have little meaning to me. I never buy a beer because of a medal…I find that silly and a useless interference…if I even notice anything about a medal. Continue reading

…of the Year 2013

Now that 2014 is here, I’m going to try to exorcise 2013 from my memory as much as possible. Our tragedy took over our lives after July 31st, but several friends have faced life threats that have put things in perspective.

Too many bad things, so I’m going to take a page from Time magazine and the editors’ Person of the Year chosen for the impact/influence good or bad.

Scroll down for my choices for Person, Engineering & Physics & Chemistry & Biology Achievements, Operating System, Most Disturbing & Funniest websites, Misinformer & Political A**, Movie, Book review and last but not least…

…Beer of the Year!… Continue reading