I used to complain because my favourite UK newspaper, the Observer, would put huge banners on the front page once a month saying "THIS WEEK THE OBSERVER FOOD MONTHLY" in screaming letters while they were too cheap to deliver the magazine to France. Now we have a "European" edition where the Review, Sports and Travel sections have been condensed to one small section, but at least they have taken away that taunting banner. Still, I can't help but feel that they missed the point, which is that I want my Observer Food Monthly.
For the moment, I am obliged to browse it on-line. It's better than nothing, but I don't get any of the photos. I found a few interesting items in this Sunday's selection:
Nigel Slater gets my undying appreciation for (inter alia) saving me from the horror of EVER attempting to clean and cook an octopus and making me laugh with his account of such activities. It made me think of the chapter in Julian Barnes' Pedant in the Kitchen entitled No, I Won't Do That!
The Observer wine critic, Tim Atkins, gives us his Top 25 Wine Truths. Number 9: Never trust a person who collects wine labels. Why?
And lastly, the Observer's Dr. John Briffa gives Ten Tips for Combatting Asthma through nutrition. I found particularly interesting the fact that number one suggestion is consuming foods with magnesium. My husband, who is asthmatic, was diagnosed as having a magnesium deficiency a few years ago. Looks like I should continue to push the fish, leafy green vegetables and nuts.