Dear Readers,

Letters to the Editor welcomes your comments, questions, criticisms and suggestions. Looking for a specific recipe or trying to find a product? Please don't send those requests as a Letter to the Editor—we receive too many individual requests to reply to all of them here. Try our Message Boards or our Search page first.

If you would like to write a Letter to the Editor use our feedback form.

Note: To prevent spammers from automatically gathering email addresses off this page we have replaced the @ symbol with an * (asterisk). To respond to someone, please replace the asterisk with the @ symbol.


- The Editors


World Tour

Dear Foodwine.com,

I am an art teacher in Illinois. I am taking my students on a trip around the world in our classroom this year. We will pretend to travel to all the continents and different countries. I want them to experience the culture, food, music and art in the hands-on method. So with each country we go to—I like to give them an idea of some food that might be traditional there. I am looking for simple recipes. I am not a good cook. Something easy to prepare the night before or in class. I appreciate any help you can give.




Your school project sounds terrific! But it also sounds like you haven't yet visited the Global Destinations section of the Global Gourmet—it has country profiles with cultural backgrounds, food terms, and recipes. Look for it in the navigation links at globalgourmet.com.

AND: Beginning in late September I began my "Virtual World Tour: A Progressive Feast" in the Kate's Global Kitchen weekend columns. It starts with Appetizers in Asia and then continues with other courses as I explore India, the Middle East, North Africa and wind up in Europe with Desserts in Deutschland! Hope you and your students can join me.

ALSO: If you haven't yet picked up a copy of my book Cooking with Kids For Dummies, do so now! You'll find more than 75 quick to fix recipes (many with international flavors) plus it's got a 7-chapter cooking tutorial with everything form how to read a recipe to how to hold a knife. It's meant for parents and kids, but teachers will find it useful, too (especially teachers that claim they are "not a good cook"!)

Good luck on your classroom's world tour!

Kate Heyhoe


eGG-Roll Comments

Editor's Note: A recent eGG-Roll newsletter included a brief story on a restaurant that offered a lobster-catching competition opposed by the animal rights group PETA.

Dear Foodwine.com,

Subject: lobsters and PETA

I think these people at PETA need to get a grip on reality. They transfer human feeling to crustaceans that are not capable of human responses, and then make a spectacle of themselves 'defending' the rights of those creatures. It's a sad commentary on people who are searching for something to make themselves important. Championing the rights of humans would serve us all better.



Dear Foodwine.com,

I'm looking at your site for the first time, and I like what I see. I'd like to see the newsletter, too.


Julie Adele


Dear Foodwine.com,

Re: eGG-Roll

Cool stuff and just as I am writing my next edition.


Camp LeJeune MCB Commissary


Dear Foodwine.com,

Re: eGG-Roll


Kathleen in MI


Dear Foodwine.com,

Re: eGG-Roll

Please do not send your letter to me. I have nothing to do with food or even eating.


Oweimrin, G A


Our monthly mail newsletter is only sent to people who requested it. Perhaps someone forwarded it to you—they may have worried that you're not eating enough!



Recipe Search

Dear Foodwine.com:

After describing a page-long recipe that my mom cannot remember for her Yom Kippur dinner called Honey Leiker, to Prof. Holzinger, the server said he was not accepting e-mail. Can you please suggest another site for me. She is 82 years old and I would like to make her happy. I am her daughter. Thank you.

Norma Lang

Dear Norma,

Sadly, our former columnist Prof. Steve Holzinger passed away last year.

We did a search of our pages and couldn't find a recipe with that spelling.

You might try:


Good luck!



Dear Foodwine.com,

I was searching for something on SPELT, when I found you. I would like to get a copy of the article on spelt from the February issue of eGG. My wife has wheat allergies. She tried to replace whole wheat flour directly with Spelt flour in a bread machine, but the bread didn't raise. Is there something special that has to be done? I would really appreciate your help.

Thank you,

Bob Jones
North Port FL

Dear Bob,

Try the Search link on our site to locate older articles. We are web-based only—there are no printed editions.




Dear Foodwine.com,

I am having difficulty with locating a recipe that was featured on Jewish Cooking in America with Joan Nathan. I am having trouble getting an E-Mail address so I could contact Joan Nathan herself. So this is why I am writing. I want the recipe to Miriam Steinberg's Sweet and Sour Stuffed Cabbage that is featured on episode 104 of Jewish Cooking in America. Thank you in advance for this info.

Loree Scott
Waxahachie TX

Dear Loree,

I suggest you buy the book. It's available wherever cookbooks are sold. I'm sure you'll find the recipe you seek in it, as the book is the companion to the series.

Kate Heyhoe


Chocolate Corner

Dear Foodwine.com,

A message from Australia! I love your page—just magic reading.

Now, a request. Have you ever come across 'mendiants'—a chocolate treat. I've just finished a fascinating book "Chocolate" a novel, and in it is mentioned these delights. Any chance you might have a recipe for them—or if not how I might go about finding one. I'm ACHING to make them!

I live near the site for the Olympic rowing events. It's going to be very special. The whitewater course is open already for the professionals, and for the 'others' in mid-October. It can be adjusted like enormous Leggo blocks for 5 different levels—from beginner to Olympic standard. Fabulous stuff.

happy and joyous cooking

Joan Kunze

Hello, Joan...

My name is Stephanie Zonis, and I write the I Love Chocolate column for The Global Gourmet. In answer to your question, I found a recipe for "Les Quatres Mendiants" ("The Four Beggars") by searching on Epicurious, but unfortunately the link doesn't appear to work. There's also a recipe at Mendiant ou clafoutis, but it's in French. Incidentally, Payard Patisserie & Bistro sells these (www.payard.com)—but I don't know if they ship to Australia!

Best regards,
Stephanie Zonis


Dear Foodwine.com,

Am looking for a recipe for Chocolate Covered Pecans....or a good recipe for dipping chocolate.

Thank you.

Allen Lockhart
Tuscaloosa AL

Hello, Allen...

I write the I Love Chocolate column for The Global Gourmet; your inquiry was forwarded to me. There is a recipe for chocolate-covered pecans at https://www.enabling.org/ia/celiac/rec/desindx.html; click on Oct-Dec 98, then scroll down until you can click on the recipe title. I have a recipe for dark chocolate pecan clusters, too; if that's more what you're looking for, please let me know and I'll get it to you.

Best regards,
Stephanie Zonis


Cool Recipe

Hi Kate,

I have some cool recipes that I myself made up...I'm only 14 but love to cook and experiment.

Bananaberry Frost

Serves 1-3 ..if u double recipe it will serve about 3-6

1 ripe banana chopped up
4-5 medium to large strawberrirs chopped
1/2 cup of Pina Colada mix
2 cups of ice

Put ice in a blender or food processor then Pina colada mix...followed bt the fruit...mix on medium or low untill smooth.

Tip: I sometimes like to save 1/4 of the banana and 1-2 strawberries and chopped them up pretty fine and place in the mix..but dont blend after putting them in...it leavs a nice texture and cool fruit chunks.

Something for the adults...add any liquor to your desire...my mom usually enjoys this at dinner parties and after a hard day of work.

I would love it if u could e-mail me back Kate it would be great and try my recipe i think u might like it!!! tell me what u think...



Your recipe seems very cool—and cooling! Thanks for sharing it with me—haven't tried it yet but will give it a shot. Sounds like you and your mom have a great time together. Keep on cookin'!

Kate Heyhoe


Restaurant Row

Hi, Kate;

Been a while since we exchanged messages (maybe years, it goes by so fast), but I thought you might be able to help me answer something. I am trying to find a figure for how many restaurant-related Web sites there are—I know that's kind of a vague term, and it is changing all the time, but I'm looking for a fun Restaurant/Web stat to use for a publication we have. Anyway, thought you might have run across something like that. Thanks—Hope all is well (it looks like it from what I can see on your sites).

Jason Smith
Editorial Director
National Restaurant Association

Hi, Jason -

Happy to help.

Restaurant sites and restaurant related sites are cooking up at a rapid rate. I discovered a whole category of restaurant sites on Yahoo, numbering over 10,101 sites! To get there, go to Yahoo.com and follow this click path: yahoo.com > Entertainment > Food & Drink > Companies > Restaurants. You can get there more directly by going straight to https://dir.yahoo.com/Business_and_Economy/Companies/Food/Restaurants/ but it's rather interesting to see the related site categories along the way, such as "Chefs" ; "Baked Goods" ; and "Bars, Pubs and Clubs."

Kate Heyhoe


Guess What!

Dear Foodwine.com,

WOW! I won-I can hardly believe it! I have been answering your Gourmet Guess questions for a few months now. I have learned so many new and interesting things.

I've really enjoyed your site. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win such a neat prize.

Renata Starke


Dear Foodwine.com,

Thank you so much for your wonderful site and contest. I am thrilled to have been chosen as a winner of such a lovely prize! Please rest assured that I will do my best to spread the good word about globalgourmet.com as well as your generous sponsor, William Bounds Ltd.

Thanks again!

Christine O'Brien


Dear Foodwine.com,

The Gourmet Guess is really fun and challenging, and now the added bonus of actually winning the prize is GREAT!

Thanks Again.

Diane P. Kean


Dear Foodwine.com,

I found you through e-Tour.

Great site, but I have a problem with your Guess contest. I know I got the right answers to all—I looked them up in a food dictionary! However, when it gave my score it only gave me 6 points. What gives?!

You can use this as a letter to the editor, or not, as you prefer.

Ron Ostrow
Cedar Crest NM

Hi Ron,

You may have played an old contest. Though we have deleted most of the old contests, there may be a few we missed (the contest has been monthly since 1994). Some search engines and directories do not update their links and this could result in the errors you noted.

For the current contest, please go to:


We also re-checked the curent contest and it scores us correctly. We looked at other recent contest entries and it appears these other entries are also scoring correctly. Did you try this more than once?

If you try again and get a low score repsonse, please send us information about your computer operating system, what browser and version you are using and what ISP you are using to access our site so we can investigate further. We have a ton of "regulars" who play the game and that are quick to let us know if something's not working—so far you are the only person reporting the discrepancy.




Hi, again --

I tried it again, and it gave me an 11, and I'm sure they were the same answers?!—Oh,well, ain't technology wonderful!

Thanks for the response!!

-- Ron


Award Nomination

Editor's Note: We just received a fax informing us that our site won in the category of Best General Food and Wine Website. Yippee! The email below was the nomination, which we received earlier in the month.

Dear Foodwine.com,

Your web site has been nominated for the Versailles World Cookbook Fair Awards!!!

The awards ceremony takes place on October 23, 1999 during a Gala Dinner at the Chateau de Versailles in France. You will find here more information on the other nominees in the various categories, and a progress report and update on the event.

Versailles World Cookbook Fair Awards


1. Best Retail Website for Cookbooks in USA

- books-for-cooks.com, Editor: Marsha Berman
- amazon.com, Editor: Rebecca Staffel
- barnesnoble.com, Contributing Editor: Judith Choate

2. Best Retail Website for Cookbooks Outside USA

- www.montagud.com, Editor: Francisco Marfull, Spain
- bol.com

3. Best Publisher Website in USA

- www.PublishersWeekly.com
- www.wiley.com
- www.randomhouse.com
- www.chroniclebooks.com
- www.oup.org—Oxford University Press

7. Best General Food and Wine Website with Books in USA

- www.foodwine.com, Editor: Kate Heyhoe
- www.sallys-place.com, Editor: Sally Bernstein
- www.starchef.com

Versailles World Cookbook Fair October 21-24, 1999


Over 900 food and wine books have already been entered by publishers and authors worldwide, from 38 different countries.

There will be separate awards categories for books in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Scandinavian languages, as in previous years.

New categories will be Japanese and Dutch. The award winners in each language will compete for the overall Versailles World Awards.

Early nominees lists have been available since June 30, 1999. A final nominees list will be published on September 30. The awards will be given on October 23.

For the first time, there will be awards given for the best web sites on the Internet for authors, publishers and retailers of cookbooks. Early nominees (for retailers) are amazon.com and books-for-cooks.com cookbook sites; (for publishers), the PublishersWeekly.com annual feature on cookbooks; and (for food and wine), globalgourmet.com, starchef.com and sallysplace.com sites.

Tom Kallene
ICR-The International Cookbook Revue
Madrid, Spain


Previous Letters to the Editor


This page created October 1999

The FoodWine
Main Page



   Clip to Evernote

Bookmark and Share


Twitter: @KateHeyhoe

Search this site:

Advanced Search
Recent Searches



Kate's Global Kitchen
Kate's Books
Cookbook Profiles
Global Destinations
Holiday & Party Recipes
I Love Desserts
On Wine

Caffeine and You Caffeine and You
cooking kids Cooking with Kids

Conversions, Charts
   & Substitutions

About the
Global Gourmet®
   Contact Info
   Privacy Statement


Copyright © 1994-2017,
Forkmedia LLC



cat toysHandmade Cat Toys