Strawberry Tarts & The Patisseries of Paris

How could it have happened? The spire of Notre Dame burned. Our greatest achievements are fragile. These photos - most taken in Notre Dame's neighborhood a week before the fire - remind me that we must treasure beautiful things because they are impermanent. I will try to appreciate the beauty of the classics, ...

A BAKER’S PASSPORT Is Ready to Travel

It's finally time to hit the road. A Baker's Passport, with over 200 recipes for sweet and savory global classics, is based on this very blog and now available to buy here: A BAKER'S PASSPORT: Recipes for Breads, Savory Pies, Vegetarian Dishes, Tarts, Cakes, and Cookie Classics. When I began Food Market Gypsy, my dream was to have a cookbook emerge from the pages and pictures of ...

Travel & Adventure & Boston Baked Beans

How great to be back in Boston for the Boston Travel & Adventure Show. I met so many people ready to hit the road, and THANK YOU to my new friends from the show who are now exploring culinary travel here. I spoke with many of you about my years in Boston as a college student ...

A Baker’s Passport-January 2019

This blog celebrates desserts and what fun it is to write about them. Somehow, the adventure of discovering sweet and savory baking classics in their homelands has become the story of my life and now, a book: A Baker's Passport: Recipes for Breads, Savory Pies, Vegetarian Dishes, Tarts, Cakes, and Cookie Classics. A Baker's Passport is available for ...

Strawberry Season in Vienna

Almost speechless about this Strawberry Mousse in a chocolate-dipped cookie cone at Landtmann's Patisserie in Vienna at the Cafe Museum. And yes, you are seeing lightly toasted almond slices on top.  Working (sleuthing) to get this recipe. The many strawberry desserts in Vienna may not enjoy the same fame as Sachertorte (see story below) but they do ...

Atlanta-style Biscuits

Southern biscuit production requires adherence to two strict rules: Rule # 1  As bakers in Georgia, Louisiana, or the Carolinas will tell you, you need White Lily Flour. This is not a secret; it is a fact. White Lily Flour is a 135-year-old regional brand made from 100% soft red winter wheat (as opposed to the hard red ...

Chardonnay Sauce in San Juan Capistrano

"We take the essence of the scallops, mussels, shrimp, and the sea and we infuse it into the sauce," said Chef Pascal Olhats as he described the preparation of his velvety Chardonnay Sauce.  Brimming with fruits-de-mer fullness, the sauce is served under a thyme-crusted fillet of sea bass.  This dish is based on a regional classic ...

Holiday Desserts in Pictures

 In December, much of the world sees things the way I do. Artistic cakes, cookies, snow globes, chocolates, and vividly wrapped confections fill shop windows, screens, and billboards.  They are everywhere. For over 17 years, I have explored the pastry arts, sometimes as a chef and sometimes as a gypsy traveler hoping to capture in ...

Old & New Nordic in Iceland

Reykjavik is not a cheap-eats town. As trawlers, seiners, barges and battered military ships churned in and out of the icy, early-winter marina, bowls of fish stew from the dock shacks cost as much as a steakhouse dinner in the states. This wild island, this legendary home of Vikings who could weather any hardship, offered ...

Chocolate Chip Cookies … Chef-Style

Leave it to The New Yorker to produce a charming article on the history of the famous Chocolate Chip Cookies known as Toll House.The recipe is an historic, uniquely American keeper. And yet we've all been to that bake sale with a plate of chocolate chip cookies that didn't quite work out - pancake-like, melted ...

Farm-to-Table Tableaux in the Berkshires

I've been photographing what is beautiful to me in The Berkshires for a long time, including plenty of farms and tables. My town in this western region of Massachusetts began as Shawenon, named for a Mohican chief who had an eye for gentle majesty. Egremont view of Mount Everett, known as "The Dome" The 1780's-ish dairy ...

Fika & Wild Swans in Stockholm

Ah, midsummer.  The harsh ways of the world won't find you if you are near Nordic water, swans, and fika as the solstice dawns.  That's where I was last year - travelin' solo in the Swedish archipelago - and I thought I was turning 56 on my mid-summer birthday.  My family later corrected me - ...