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What are the hardest to prepare recipes in history?

I'm putting together a list of recipes that only master cooks take on once they're at the highest levels. Dishes where the sauce alone can take two days. I need recipes that aren't new (aka it requires a magnetic cooktop) or too non-western. And I'd love if there was anything that had some history (though in general if it's a dish over 30 years old, it's going to). As in "It was prepared once for President McKinley...who fired the chef." Ideas? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jul 29, 2014 - 22 answers

The Expat Pantry

I live in Ethiopia, and plan to do some special food shopping while visiting the USA soon. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by maya on Feb 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me make a kickass gourmet dinner for my parents in Baltimore/DC

I will be visiting my family in the Baltimore/DC area for the holidays. As a present I would like to make my parents a really fabulous, gourmet dinner. Please point me to the stores with the best selections of seafood, veggies, and cheese! [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway on Dec 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Where in NYC can I get fun sodas?

When I lived in LA I could drive to BevMo or to Galco's and fill up on Cheerwine, Moxie, and various birch beers and sasparillas and other local sodas. When I go see my parents in Northern California I can do the same at the local Nugget Market. Now that I'm living in NYC and am carless, where can I go to satisfy my specialty soda fix?
posted by Guy Smiley on Mar 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Plump, Happy Seal seeks High-Class Tinned Fish!

Kippers, anchovies, sardines... hook me up with a barrel of snacking fishes! [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Nov 29, 2012 - 16 answers

I need another one of those apples, but where can I get it?

A little obsessed: where can I find gourmet candy apples like the one I just had in WI? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Nov 3, 2012 - 7 answers

behold my contradiction! We're picky foodies!

Montreal Dining Filter: My partner and I are having a HELL of a time deciding on a restaurant for a romantic dinner out in Monteal in a few weeks time. We're picky eaters that really enjoy good gourmet food... A contradiction but true. AU SECOURS! [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Aug 8, 2012 - 11 answers

What specialty food items should I bring back from Paris and London?

What specialty food items should I bring back from Paris and London? I am traveling to both places in May. Can you recommend some unique and delicious food items I can bring back with me? (Any other travel recommendations are welcome as well!)
posted by thelastgirl on Apr 12, 2012 - 27 answers

What books discuss taste like a pro chef would?

Please recommend good books that discuss the theory of food taste and design—analyzing flavors and textures, figuring out pairings, that sort of thing. Either savory or dessert-centered would be fine. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Feb 28, 2012 - 11 answers

Modernist Cuisine requires a chemistry degree

Has anyone dived into Modernist Cuisine? What are some of the must try recipes? The tome is overwhelming and the equipment required can get expensive. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Dec 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Where do I find the North American Equivalent to Fortnum and Mason

I really like the preserves, biscuits and condiments from Fortnum and Mason and Harrods in the UK. Are there similar places in North America where I can mail order the same sort of goods? I'd also love to know where we could order clotted cream that we could have sent to us as we live north of 60 in the Yukon Territory, Canada. [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Nov 25, 2011 - 8 answers

Really great subscription/gift food that's either Canada-based, or delivers to Canada?

For Christmas this year I would love to give my family food-of-the-month type gifts from places like Murrays and Zingermans, but those places don't deliver to Canada, where most of my family members live. Can you recommend really great subscription/gift food that's either Canada-based, or delivers to Canada? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Nov 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Help name my Coffee Bean Business

Help name my coffee bean company. I'm very excited about this new venture that I just embarked on. I have all the logistics in place, but I'm still missing a Big piece of the puzzle, the name of the company. My choice for the name was " Una Voce "(one voice), because part of this venture will be to give back to the communities that produce the finest Coffee Beans in the world. These communities still lack some fundamental basics, like clean drinkable water, medical facilities, schooling for both children and adults. I will be funneling back some of the profits to improve the lives of our fellow humans. Two other names that I was thinking about were "One World" or "Human Beans". None of the names I have liked have received positive feedback, so I turn to you. I will keep everyone here posted on my decision and Thanks in Advance.
posted by roastermarv on Sep 1, 2011 - 26 answers

Most challenging dishes to cook?

What are the most difficult dishes to cook? What kinds of foods require complex preparation or lots of skill and precision? Savory souffles, beef wellington, stuffed ravioli, croissants... what else? [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder on Aug 5, 2011 - 79 answers

Who cut the cheese?

What are the reasons cheese is seemingly so infequently used in "gourmet" cooking? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Jun 21, 2011 - 18 answers

Which Pope knew how to throw a party?

Help me find this half-remembered anecdote from what I think was a collection of famous chefs or food writers discussing their ideal meals? [more inside]
posted by grar on Oct 7, 2010 - 5 answers

I would like to consider "Consider the Lobster" some more.

Are the letters to the editor published in Gourmet magazine in response to "Consider the Lobster" available online? [more inside]
posted by apricot on Sep 12, 2010 - 13 answers

Super awesome premium gourmet yerba mate?

Best yerba mate? [more inside]
posted by melissam on Jul 2, 2010 - 10 answers

Gourmet for Dummies

FoodieFilter: I want to create a small, gourmet food basket. Help me balance it properly and get the most bang for my buck! [more inside]
posted by yawper on Jun 9, 2010 - 12 answers

Gourmet Backpacker

I'm going on a 7-day backpacking trip in about a month with three friends and I need your best lightweight meal recipies. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on May 26, 2010 - 13 answers

Chicago Restaurants for Cheap Locavores

What are the outstanding Chicago restaurants specializing in seasonal & local food and/or charcuterie for the broke-ass epicure? I'm planning a special birthday dinner at the end of the month. I'd like to spend $30-$40 for two people before drinks and a tip, so while I'm not going to settle for a Vienna Beef, I'm not exactly ready to book reservations at Alinea. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Dec 28, 2009 - 17 answers

Brownie Heaven

Gourmet Magazine Brownie Recipe Search (not on Epicurious) [more inside]
posted by plinth on Dec 21, 2009 - 6 answers

Foodie destinations along Highway 35, Northern Minnesota

Northern Minnesota experts? Searching for good eats - the kind you buy and take home with you, not restaurants - between Two Harbors and Minneapolis. [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Dec 21, 2009 - 15 answers

Gourmet Food Catalogs?

What are some good fancy-pants gourmet food delivery websites? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Dec 15, 2009 - 10 answers

Gourmet food recs

Can anyone recommend some nice Gourmet and non-mass market Food finds: specialty producers that you know of that are really making something noteworthy and good as a possible small gift to friends and family; not along the lines of one of the ever present catalogues
posted by dougiedd on Nov 26, 2008 - 17 answers

Who are the Iron Chefs of Los Angeles?

The smithmac family will be spending 9 days in Los Angeles in December. Since we'll have a few nights with free babysitting in the form of grandparents, I'd like to have 1 really nice evening out with my wife. To give you an idea of what we're looking for, I was thinking of trying out chef Eme's Ortolan. I've never been there, but his food looks amazing. So, L.A. mefites, if you could choose one restaurant in Los Angeles to eat at what would it be?
posted by smithmac_99 on Nov 17, 2008 - 17 answers

Bay Area Gourmet Seeks Truffles and Other Delicacies for NSA Fun.

I recently discovered that I love black truffles and squab, but these are not the sorts of foods carried by my local supermarket chains. Where, in the San Francisco Bay Area can I purchase these and other gourmet delights? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Apr 9, 2008 - 10 answers

Very fine dining recommendations in DC with young kids?

Our kids are 1 and 4. It's my folks' 40th anniversary as well as the one year old's birthday and my folks are treating, so this means going somewhere really nice, expensive, and five star. But where in DC? [more inside]
posted by poppo on Jan 16, 2008 - 12 answers

Italian Chocolates in London

Does anyone know where I can find the Italian chocolate Torroni Baci in London or from somewhere that'll deliver?
posted by oh pollo! on Dec 19, 2007 - 2 answers

Help me select Spanish wine and cheese combinations.

Help me select Spanish wine and cheese combinations. [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy on Dec 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me find a recipe to knock peoples' socks off!

I've had this wish for a long time to have one self-prepared food item that is just extraordinary. Can you help me find a recipe that I can make that will 'wow' anyone I make it for? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 on Oct 7, 2007 - 24 answers

Coffee, Tea, or…..

[Glorious-Caffeine-filter]: Help me in my search for the elusive gourmet coffee single… [more inside]
posted by numinous on Jun 14, 2007 - 8 answers

Offbeat eatable housewarming gift for a friend?

I need an awesome housewarming gift for my friend that can be drop-shipped from the other side of the country. Recommendations? (posted anon because this friend reads MeFi). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2006 - 19 answers

i used to love food, but it's all over now

What has happened to my love of food? [more inside]
posted by luriete on Jul 25, 2005 - 24 answers

How to date a picky eater

I want the tasting menu, she wants plain chicken and mashed potatoes - how can my girlfriend and I eat out and at home so that we are both happy? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Jun 20, 2005 - 24 answers

That's "Offal," Not "Awful"

Along with some foodie friends, we're having a "winter of offal." The idea is to expand our culinary horizons, and show respect for our food animals, by getting together every few weeks and learning to cook *excellent* food from organically raised trotters, entrails, and other bits commonly thought of as nasty. This week, I'm cooking beef tongue - so suggestions for that are particularly welcome. But any and all gourmet offal (not awful) recipes would be great.
posted by stonerose on Jan 28, 2005 - 35 answers

How much is a dinner for two at the French Laundry?

I'm considering making a pilgrimage to the French Laundry in January, and was hoping someone could give a me a realistic estimate of the total cost (food, wine, anything else?) for dinner for two. [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Oct 13, 2004 - 16 answers

Where in Manhattan might one purchase ostrich eggs?

GourmetFilter: Where in Manhattan might one purchase ostrich eggs?
I need them for Halloween an omlette recipe.
posted by Smart Dalek on Jun 26, 2004 - 8 answers

What's for Dinner?

Are there any companies that will deliver gourmet dinners in america? Not ready made, but make it yourself if that makes any sense?
posted by Mossy on Apr 25, 2004 - 10 answers

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