Welcome to February’s Observer Food Monthly – The Guardian

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Observer Food Monthly has long been a celebration of good food but this month’s magazine is more so than usual. It is the issue in which we show our annual list of the 50 things in the food world that have our special attention. The people, places and plates that are currently catching our eye.

The list is as always varied, from a dish of fried pigs’ tails and burnt apple ketchup which can be found in a shipping container in Gateshead to a project that is helping to get ex-offenders rehabilitated through cooking. We happily celebrate everything from a plate of Burmese hake masala and lemongrass rosti to an exceptional new brewing company led by a biochemist.

This is the point in the year when we tell where you can find pink fir apple potatoes with pickled blackcurrant leaves and when we give a shout-out to a volunteer-run project to change the narrative around migration. Our selection salutes both Chinese caviar and Croatian wine, and we get particularly excited about a very special bacon sandwich with rhubarb ketchup. The OFM 50 will also lead you in the direction of authentic north-Vietnamese food while giving thanks for the continuity of the much-loved BBC Radio 4 Food Programme that looked (briefly) like it could be an endangered species. We applaud both chefs’ dogs and an original recipe for a mace- and ginger-spiced salted beef.

Also in this issue of Food Monthly we hear from those struggling to get food on the table; those who find themselves with only a few pounds a week with which to feed their families. Our Life on a Plate interview is with the extraordinarily talented dancer, Carlos Acosta, and we thumb the much-loved Leaves from the Walnut Tree, which is certainly one of my most treasured cookbooks.

Source: Thanks https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/feb/16/welcome-to-february-ofm-50-nigel-slater