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For the love of food
Kitchen items you should bring back from your holiday (except one)

Remember when we used to travel around the world, pick up interesting kitchen items thinking we were going to use them all the time at home – and then never did? It's a bit like alcoholic drinks popular in some countries which haven't really 'travelled' well to Australia. The one…

Food trends in 2022

“Plus ça change plus c'est la même chose”, as the French say. Literally this means that no matter how much things change, they still stay the same. And we could say the same to about half the things that various pundits are predicting will be the new food trends of…

Everything you ever wanted to know about butter but were too scared to ask

Well, probably not quite everything. Given that we have already covered bread and cheese, we thought it might be time to cover what often comes between the bread and the cheese. And although many people are happy to slap a bit of cheese straight on to a hunk of bread,…

Bread – a brief history

In case you hadn't noticed, all of the topics covered here on The Grind are in some way related – admittedly in many cases distantly - to either knives or knife sharpeners, or both. Funny that! Anyway a while back we put together a short article on cheese, and the…

2021 Kitchen Gadget Update – 12 interesting ‘gadgets’

The Grind has covered the topic of kitchen gadgets several times before, ranging from the 'useless' to the 'essential'. But as every year passes, new kitchen gadgets appear, with some disappearing almost instantly, some becoming the kitchen equivalent of a one-hit-wonder and others becoming permanent fixtures in kitchens around the…

All you need to know about sashimi

Not to be confused with sushi, sashimi is the Japanese term for a dish that comprises raw fish cut into very thin slices, generally using a specialised sashimi knife (like this one) which is flat on one side. Sushi (also referred to as 'nigiri') on the other hand is the…

14 top ‘celebrity chefs’ of all time (Part II)

Here is the final part of our take on celebrity chefs though history (read the first part here). 8) Fanny Cradock If you love pizza – and are not of Italian descent – you may well have Fanny Cradock to thank. Fanny Cradock (only one ‘d’) was born in 1909…

14 top ‘celebrity chefs’ of all time (Part I)

Today the world is swimming in celebrity chefs. Take one look at the Wikipedia entry List of chefs, which divvies up famous chefs throughout history and, in sheer numbers, there are ten times as many modern chefs (ie those active in the 20th and 21st centuries) as those in all…

Passion projects

Look up the phrase 'passion project' and you'll find something like what appears on the Cambridge Dictionary site… “A piece of work, especially a film, that someone gets involved in because they love or feel it is very good and important, not to make money.” Which brought back memories of…

Cheese

Browsing a bookshop the other day we came across a new title called “Who ate the first oyster?” and no further explanation was required – no need to check the back cover to see what it was about. Do you ever find yourself wondering who was the first person to…

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