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MELISSA CLARK BIO ...

AboutMelissa Clark writes about cuisine and other products of appetite. After brief forays working as a cook in a restaurant kitchen, and as a caterer out of her fifth floor walk-up, Clark decided upon a more sedentary path. She earned an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University, and began a freelance food writing career. Currently, she is a food columnist for the New York Times, and has written for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Every Day with Rachel Ray, and Martha Stewart, amongst others. Her acclaimed cookbook,In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite, came out in the fall of 2010 with essays and recipes based on her popular New York Times Dining section column, A Good Appetite. Clark's most recent book, Cook This Now, a personal collection of seasonally driven, inventive comfort food, came out in October 2011, published by Hyperion.   All told, Clark has written 32 other cookbooks, many of them in collaboration with some of New York’s most celebrated chefs including Daniel Boulud (B…

FROM THE FARM GATE TO THE DINNER PLATE...SAVANI FARMS IS VERTICALLY INTEGRATED....

COMING LATER THIS YEAR FROM INDIA, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ORDER ONLINE AT:

www.savanifarms.com









About Us

Savani Farms brings to you the natural delicacies of Indian mango and mango products.

Our offering is the best of India: “Kesar”, “Alphonso “and other popular Indian mangoes.

“Kesar” is the queen of mangoes, widely grown in the Gujarat state of India. It has a unique golden saffron glow, a rich smooth pulp and sweet intense flavor that tease your taste buds. It is mainly characterized by its unique gold color with green overtones. The fruit weighs approximately 200-300 grams.
Savani Farms offers the very best of Kesar naturally ripened fruit as “Queen Kesar”

“Alphonso” is also among the finest of Indian mangoes. It is the reigning king among Indian fruits. Alphonso mango found home along the verdant shore of the Konkan region in Maharashtra, India. The fruit weighs approximately 250-300 grams. Alphonso is bright yellow with a pink blush on the sun exposed shoulder. A ripened Alphonso spreads …

PROLIFIC NYT FOOD WRITER MELISSA CLARK DISHES UP MANGOES

A GOOD APPETITE
For Everything There Is a Season, Even Mangoes

Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

Mango tres leches cake.
By MELISSA CLARK
Published: April 1, 2011



IN spring, it’s so easy to become wrapped up trolling the farmers’ market for the first skinny blades of rhubarb or pungent ramps, that you can forget there is an entire world out there, where seasons can differ from ours. In warmer climates, tasty things are ripening, just waiting to be called lunch.


Multimedia
Slide Show
Diner’s Journal: Cooking With Mangoes



Recipes

Black Pepper Chicken Thighs With Mango, Rum and Cashews(April 6, 2011)

Mango Tres Leches Cake (April 6, 2011)

Mango-Rose Water Lassi (April 6, 2011)



Steve Legato for The New York Times



Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times
Mango-rose water lassi.






Mangoes will never be local fare in New York, but the best ones are starting to come into American markets right now.




Beginning in April and peaking in May and June, mangoes from India, the Caribbean, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Mex…

FOCUS ON CELEBRITY CHEFS: ANDREW ZIMMERN ...

Andrew Zimmern
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




Andrew Zimmern (on right), at Punch Neapolitan Pizza.[1]
Born Andrew Zimmern


Occupation Culinary expert, chef, television host, radio personality, food critic, columnist










Andrew Zimmern (born July 4, 1961 in New York City) is a TV personality, chef, food writer, and teacher. He is the co-creator, host, and consulting producer of Travel Channel's series Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World. For his work on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern he was presented the James Beard Foundation Award in 2010. 

He also hosts the show "Dining with Death" which explains some of the foods that could cause death.




Early and personal life

Zimmern was born and raised in New York City[2] to a Jewish family. He began his formal culinary training at the age of 14. He attended the Dalton School and graduated from Vassar College
Contributing to many of New York’s finest restaurants as either executive chef or general…

RAINS IN SOUTHERN MEXICO AFFECT THE ATAULFO CROP ...

Weather damages already hitting Mexican mangoes, says exporter



February 20th, 2012








A Mexican mango exporter says rain damage will likely affect crops this year but new orchards will help offset the reduction in volume.



Agricola Alex manager Jorge Perez Calderon says while the season is still in its early stages, the effects have already been seen in the southern zones.



“In some states in the south there have been problems with production, such as in Campeche, Oaxaca and Chiapas,” he says.




“Campeche is not a state with a lot of production buy curiously its production has not been normal this year, and there could be a reduction in quantity from this zone of around 50%."



“In fact, right up until the state of Michoacan there has been a trend of a lower crop than last year, but at the same time there are new orchards in the country which will help make up for it.”



He says the strongest plantation growth has occured in the northern state of Sinaloa, but the level of new orchards is a trend t…

HISTORIC "PLAN OF ACTION" SIGNED ...

US and China formalise agricultural cooperation
Rob Hay | 20 February 2012 






Representatives from China and the US have signed a five-year plan outlining future agricultural cooperation



US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack and China’s minister of agriculture Han Changfu have signed an historic Plan of Strategic Cooperation that will guide the countries’ agricultural relationship over the next five years.



The plan was signed as part of the US-China Agricultural Symposium held in Iowa last week.



“This symposium and plan are a product of a vision I share with my dear old friend Minister Han for the United States and China to work more collaboratively in the future to benefit our nations and agriculture around the world,” Vilsack was quoted as saying in a media release from the USDA.




“This plan builds on the already strong relationship our nations enjoy around agricultural science, trade, and education. It looks to deepen our cooperation through technical exchange and to strengthen coordination …

LAST SECTOR OF AUSTRALIA'S MANGO CROP BEGINS HARVEST...

WA's mango harvest begins down south

By Jo Prendergast

Monday, 20/02/2012










Harvest has begun on Western Australia's most southerly mango crop.



Growers from the 25 orchards near Perth are hoping for more lucrative returns than received from an average season in the north of the state earlier this year.


Jill Wilson farms 2,000 trees near Lancelin.



She says being the last growers to deliver mangoes to market, usually brings a price benefit.



"The best prices are in September for the very early ones, and then there is a glut in January, and then as you get towards March which is right at the end of the season, this is when mango prices usually go up a little bit," she said.



"Last year we had a bumper season and the market could hardly handle it, but most people have got slightly less than last year I think."

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201202/s3434879.htm

MELISSA CLARK, NYT FOOD WRITER KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT MANGOES ...

The Mango Challenge: Slice Me Nicely Or: Is There Life for this Fruit after Smoothies? Wednesday, July 27, 2011 WNYC By Amy Eddings Recommend