This Tomato and Watermelon Salad from SOUTH is Sensational
Char Siu Pork in Lettuce Cups Served at a Launch for “Farm to Table”
It was the year 2005. In search of a geographical cure with an escape to the bucolic countryside, I moved lock, stock and barrel from the big smoke of downtown Toronto where I had lived and worked for 30 years to the small rural Ontario town of Stratford – the land famous for swine and Shakespeare.
It was May, 2004, during a glitzy dinner celebrating that year’s James Beard Awards at a mid-Manhattan hotel.
Gabriella Gershenson, at that time a fledgling food writer living in New York, was seated next to me. I discovered that I and this soft-spoken young woman with thick, wavy black hair and a winning smile were kindred souls.
Rob Firing’s barbecued ribeye steak with service berries and garlic scapes
Rob Firing has changed my life.
I’ll be more specific. There are two pieces of steak info he has shared with me that have made me a happy woman. This occurred before his 2018 book “Steak Revolution” came out in which he shares his enthusiastic, informative, entertaining take on steak. It includes recipes, a detailed, helpful beef chart and amazingly good photos.
This article by me appeared in the Toronto Star after I interviewed Linda McCartney in Toronto in October, 1991 about her vegetarian cookbook “Home Cooking”. Sadly, she died too young from breast cancer in 1998 at the age of 56.
In real life, Linda McCartney is nothing like the stilted photo that graces her cookbook.
Click on this – my podcast chat with domestic goddess Nigella Lawson recorded in Toronto in late 2015 – and you’ll hear her say that we are “kitchen cousins”: http://www.marionkane.com/podcast/chat-nigella-kitchen-cousin
She’s referring to several important things we have in common: A willingness to freely improvise when cooking; an acceptance of failure in the kitchen as a necessary path to learning, and a penchant for eating her dish of Squid and Orzo Pasta cold for breakfast.
Marion Kane has been a leader in the world of food journalism for a few decades. She is an intrepid populist whose work combines social commentary with a consuming passion for all things culinary. For 18 years, she was food editor/columnist for Canada's largest newspaper: the Toronto Star. She lives in Toronto's colourful Kensington Market and is currently a free-wheeling freelance food sleuth®, podcaster, writer and cook.