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Food research trip tips?

Hi,

I was wondering if any of you have gone on successful and documented food research trips? I'm planning on traveling southern Mexico with this intent soon.

Do you guys have any suggestions as far as gathering information is concerned? The only thing I can think of is to ask a lot of questions. Thanks.

May 18, 2014
chefmivi in Mexico

Best Japanese cookbook for a professional cook

Hey Guys,

I've been cooking professionally for 5 years and have all my Western techniques down, but I need to grow my Asian food knowledge and was wondering if you guys may have suggestions for maybe the top three Japanese cookbooks???

I am looking for something serious and full of useful information, trying to steer clear of the "Japanese Made Easy" or "Japanese Meals in 20 Minutes"-type things..... The more traditional, the better.

Thanks in advance. :)

Jul 31, 2013
chefmivi in Home Cooking

Best Japanese cookbook for a professional cook

Hey Guys,

I've been cooking professionally for 5 years and have all my Western techniques down, but I need to grow my Asian food knowledge and was wondering if you guys may have suggestions for maybe the top three Japanese cookbooks???

I am looking for something serious and full of useful information, trying to steer clear of the "Japanese Made Easy" or "Japanese Meals in 20 Minutes"-type things..... The more traditional, the better.

Thanks in advance. :)

Jul 31, 2013
chefmivi in Home Cooking

How to approach native mercado vendors in Oaxaca City?

Hi,

I am going on a culinary trip or gastro-tourism venture to the Mexican state of Oaxaca. I am looking to do some serious culinary research and hopefully get some useful tips or little "Secret recipes/obscure ingredient leads" from the natives. I was wondering if anyone has experience with this. I am a serious cook of Mexican descent and speak perfect Spanish, so I wonder if it might be better to take a "peer Mexican cook" approach or a "clueless harmless tourist" approach?

Maybe some of you have already tried this, if only out of curiosity? I just don't know how guarded some of these cooks must be about sharing their all-time family traditions with strangers.

I will probably end up playing it by ear in the end, but still. Just wondering if I might get some help here. Thanks in advance guys :)

Mar 24, 2013
chefmivi in Mexico