Flounder with kale, almonds and preserved lemons

When I was in high school, Dad bought a liquor store, and I became a liquor store employee. Contrary to popular expectations, being a teenager in a liquor store is not a high road to debauchery. I had to be there first thing in the morning to help with beer deliveries, which also meant cleaning…

China milk museum!

Shanghai is a very good place to learn about milk. The city was one of the early centers of modern dairy in China, and is home to Guangming, a dairy concern that has since grown into one of the world’s largest food conglomerates. So it’s not surprising that Shanghai has a dairy museum, even less…

The literal picture of irony

Here it is, the actual one. “I refuse to conform to society’s rules, and I express that choice by wearing the blandest consumer items for sale at this mall.” “That’ll show ’em!” From the Westgate Mall in Oxford.

“China’s dairy century,” video online

This talk introduces China’s dairy century as three distinct trajectories: production, consumption and culture. I gave this talk a few months ago, and the nice people at Cornell were kind enough to make a very good recording. Other talks from their “Contemporary China Initiative” series are available on the same page. I’m curious about just…