Fine Dining Lovers is delighted to announce a new podcast: The Digest – Absorbing Stories from the World of Food.
Now you can enjoy engaging food stories from around the globe in an audio format that allows Fine Dining Lovers’ network of writers the space and licence to get really creative.
Food opens up a storybook of fascinating narratives about extraordinary people, unusual restaurants and distant lands. Through a diverse range of voices, we can listen in on unexpected tales from a variety of characters in a multitude of settings. We can let the world of gastronomy speak directly to us.
Whether you’re out and about with your headphones on, cooking at home, or prepping for service, let The Digest transport your imagination to another world.
E1: Aleppo: A Taste of The City That Was by James Brennan
Aleppo has long been revered as the spiritual home of Middle Eastern gastronomy. Once a key stopover on the spice route between Asia and Europe, it became famous for its bustling souks, fine restaurants, talented chefs and sophisticated cuisine. Such was its reputation as a culinary centre, it became the first port of call for food writer James Brennan when he embarked on an eating and writing tour of the Middle East in the summer of 2010. Then Syria fell into civil war. The following is a testament to the generosity, warmth and good humour of the people of Aleppo - and their excellent food.
E2: A Love Story Reviewed by Sara Porro
A humorous tale of the highs and lows of modern dating in an age when apps decide everything for us: from the restaurants we visit to the people we eat with. A doomed love story, critically reviewed. "Love = two out of five stars, but the sushi was divine."
E3: The Dark Side of the White Truffle
Hugo McCafferty takes us through the Alba forest in northern Italy, before dawn to unearth the truth about the dark side of the white truffle, from the intense competition among hunters to the disappearing natural habitat of the truffle.
E4: Yankee Goes Gumbo
Trashina Gabelmann, writer and editor-in-chief of Flaneur Magazine, looks at history, society, culture and tradition through the lens of gumbo, a dish loved and adopted, nurtured and developed by generations in New Orleans.