The Potato Whisperer

Manuel Choqque Bravo’s delicious, colorful creations are adored by world-class chefs. 1,296 Bravo shows off a collection of cultivated tubers. ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF MANUEL CHOQQUE BRAVO MANUEL CHOQQUE BRAVO, A FOURTH generation potato farmer in the Andean highlands of Chinchero, is about to perform a magic show. He lines up multiple deformed tubers, indigenous to the …

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Glass Gem Corn

Beautiful food has a way of catching internet attention, and glass gem corn is certainly eye-catching. When photos of the corn started circulating in 2012, people wanted to know: Where did it come from? What gave it its distinctive jewel tones? And could you eat it? Soon, their questions were answered. Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee …

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Mexico’s “mouse melon” is actually a tiny cucumber. Cucamelons are grape-sized fruits that look like Lilliputian watermelons but taste like cucumbers. They are native to Mexico and Central America, where they go by nicknames such as sandita (“little watermelon”) or sandía ratón (“mouse melon”). They look so much like watermelons that unscrupulous seed-mongers often sell them as actual tiny …

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Brine your fries too! Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s trick to making perfect french fries at his Los Angeles restaurant Petit Trois is to soak them in salt water before frying them. This seasons them from the inside out and removes excess starch for a crispier, more flavorful fry. See the full video here.

Store an apple with potatoes?

Store an apple with potatoes to stop them sprouting? An old wives’ tale advised that an apple kept inside a bag of potatoes would stop the green shoots appearing, but it turns out the opposite is true – the ethylene gas released by the ripening apple will promote the sprouting, not hinder it.

Tear lettuce leaves by hand?

The popular belief that tearing lettuce stops its edges browning is based on the theory that it damages fewer cells and limits oxidisation. There’s nothing, however, to prove it’s any less destructive than cutting the leaves with a knife. Both will turn brown at the same rate.

Asparagus Mousse

“Can you make me an asparagus mousse?” Raymond asked me one lunchtime. I made the mousse and sent it through to his table in the dining room. I was smoking a Marlboro outside when Raymond suddenly came dashing through the kitchen’s back doorway, full of excitement. “The mousse,” he said to me, “it’s spectacular. How …

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Cooking Greens

If you’re cooking green vegetables, you might think it’s acceptable to throw the whole lot into a pan of boiling water. But you’re going to create a problem. The water immediately stops boiling, and now that the water is not so hot, the green pigment, chlorophyll, is killed off and the vegetable loses its brightness. …

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The ultimate chips?

How – and where – should you fry the ultimate chips? The very best chips combine a crisp crust with a piping-hot, snowy-white interior – a delicious combination that arises when potatoes descend into a nice hot pool of oil. But how does the magic happen – and can food scientists find ways to improve …

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I wash my lettuces and then put them loosely in a large bowl and set in the refrigerator uncovered for about a half hour, I then remove them and place in large Tupperware bowl with several coffee filters or napkins on the bottom and on top of the lettuces and then cover tightly and store …

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