Range-fed bison yields lean meat rich in protein, healthful fatty acids and nutrients including zinc and niacin. While bison once were hunted to the point of near-extinction, some 500,000 head are being raised on about 4,000 ranches as the meat gains popularity. Recipes included.
The best fried chicken is pan-fried, but very few restaurants make it that way because it takes about 40 minutes. Deep-frying is more popular, but the results are mixed, with some chicken tasting of sludgy industrial oil.
Some bartenders are adept at making drinks that are swizzled with a genuine swizzle stick, from a tree native to the Caribbean. Though the technique is fun to watch, it is not clear whether it actually produces a better drink.
A new culinary trend uses a slab of salt that can be cooked on and that diners can then rub their food across. The salt is mined from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains and carved into blocks, bowls and other shapes.