The Food Maven Diary
New Links: Virtual Newsletters
I have been busy coming up with a new list of favorite websites to link you to through The Food Maven website. Let me remind you, there is already a links section on this site. It's just that it has been a long time since I added connections that I have discovered after that list went on line. My trusty webmaster, Ben McCullough, has been very busy lately (I am not his only client), so it make take some time before he gets to put the new links in the links section. Meanwhile, I thought I would tell you about them through The Maven's Diary. Here are three for now. Tomorrow I'll post another three.
KYLE PHILLIPS' ITALIAN CUISINE NEWSLETTER
Kyle Phillips, About.com's Italian food guide, writes a regular newsletter that covers not only eating, cooking and drinking, but Italian life and culture as well. The son of an American archaeologist, Kyle grew up in both Philadelphia and Florence, then settled down in his adopted country with a Florentine wife (she' a physician) and they now have a son. Kyle writes about all of them, plus his beloved in-laws, and what's on the minds as well as stomachs of Italians. He only sometimes tests the recipes he offers, but he has excellent taste and a good eye for formulas that work. His forté is writing about wine, and his mandate is to guide us to other sites about Italian food, which may prove to be even more useful.
Written by Gary Reagan, my personal bartending guru, former bartender himself, and writer of drink manuals, this site has many recipes for traditional and non-traditional cocktails along with tips for making perfect drinks. You can also apply for a free (yes, free) three-day cocktail mixing class called "Cocktails in the Country." Should you win a scholarship, you will be whisked away in a limousine to Cornwall-on-Hudson where you will stay in an inn for two nights so you may be fed well and take mixology classes all day. How glamorous!
If our "Wine Buys" aren't enough (read about them nearly weekly in The Maven's Diary), check out this site devoted to finding great bottles for under $20, as well as other stuff about wine. Most wines are actually way under that price – in the $10 to $15 range. The wines are explained well, including background information, maps, notes on taste, nose and drinkability.