In search of the Holy Grail of mushrooms

General | WEEK 3 Oct 16, 2011

In search of the Holy Grail of mushrooms

The ancients were none too complimentary about their fungi. "Few of them are good, and most produce a choking sensation," wrote Marcus Athenaeus of Naucratis 1,800 years ago in "Deipnosophistae" ("Philosophers at Dinner"). The proto-vegetarian and Stoic philosopher Seneca the Younger had been equally disdainful ...

Going crazy for vintage wines

Food & Drink Sep 9, 2011

Going crazy for vintage wines

"Wine, the most agreeable of beverages, whether we owe it to Noah who planted the first vine or Bacchus who pressed the first grapes, dates from the beginning of the world ... All men, even the ones we have agreed to call savages, have ...