Some people use extreme diets like fasting and juice cleanses. But these aren’t necessary for most people and may be dangerous without medical supervision. Here are five foods that support the body while cleansing.
My life is, in a lot of ways, devoted to food. I've been a baker, a cook, a bartender, a waiter, a restaurant host, a restaurant critic, a food writer, a caterer, a food stylist, a prop stylist, a hand model, a food photographer, and an editor (all with varying degrees of success). I currently make my living as a cookbook editor and a writer.
I'm addicted to cookbooks. I even have a (small) room nearly devoted to them. Well that and my baking table. I love British chefs. They are so where it's at. And they make gorgeous cookbooks. I love Fergus Henderson, Nigel Slater, Jamie Oliver, and Anthony Bourdain (even though he's not a Brit). I cannot wait to eat at Kitchin in Edinburgh. Someday I'd love to meet Ferran Adria.
I'm incredibly opinionated about food, and probably a wee bit arrogant (about food that is). I am a huge believer in local, seasonal, sustainable, organic food and a big supporter of small farms and artisan producers. I love farmers' markets, and not just the one at the Ferry Building. I feel very lucky to be able to live in San Francisco, and have access to such an incredible array of artisan foodstuffs, produce, meats and seafoods.
I like culinary adventures and I'll try (just about) anything once. Some of my more memorable food adventures: digging a deep BBQ pit and burying a whole pig; roasting a whole pig on a spit; making a paella for 150 people over an open fire on the hottest day of the summer, but really enjoying the frozen margaritas that were handed to me; clam digging on Puget Sound; the Pig Dinner at Manresa; curing my own charcuterie; making beer that was actually quite good; and slinging spirits at St. George. (I'm finally starting to learn more about wine and spirits, in particular, Italian wine and Scotch whisky, two new loves in my life.)
Kim Laidlaw's Latest Posts
Happy Thanksgiving! This is my favorite holiday of the year (ok, I love Christmas too) because it’s a time when I get together with my friends and prepare a delicious feast (always a good thing in my book), and look back over the past year and think about how lucky and grateful I am for [...]
In case you missed it, last week I shared some general musings on the first annual San Francisco WhiskyFest hosted by Malt Advocate. And as you can see from my first post, we tried quite a few whiskies. Throughout the evening, there were numerous seminars offered to attendees, beyond the tastings on the main floor–from [...]
First of all, let me just say that I am not a whisky expert. In fact, I’ve only just begun my whisky journey. But I’m learning fast, and I’m taking notes. And I am very enthusiastic about it. Recently, for my husband’s birthday, I bought tickets to Malt Advocate’s WhiskyFest. Now, my husband is part [...]
What is the most decadent dessert you can think of? For me, and my childhood memories of trips to Wolfie’s in Miami Beach, Florida, it’s a tall ice cream sundae or a giant banana split, with no less than 2 scoops of ice cream, rivers of hot fudge, and a mountain of whipped cream (hold [...]
Get ‘em while you can…Before tomatoes are gone for the season, do yourself a favor (you’ll thank yourself in a few months when you are longing for that delicious tangy-sweet tomato flavor and all you can find in the stores are red globe-shaped styrofoam replicas masquerading as tomatoes) and buy a big huge bag of [...]
It’s been over two years since I first posted here on BAB about the trials and tribulations of making pizza at home and yet not much has changed in my pizza world. I’m still the obnoxiously opinionated, obsessive pizza lover that I’ve always been, rarely without some kind of criticism. My standards are high, I [...]
It’s that time of year again, the days start to get shorter, the sun no longer wakes me up before my alarm clock (now I actually have to start setting my alarm clock), and I must begin to convince myself that summer is on the way out. In fact, there is a distinct chill in [...]
I recently got married (and changed my name from Kim Goodfriend to Kim Laidlaw, in the off chance that there was any confusion) and my new mother-in-law and her partner, who I’ve only met on one other occasion, came to visit us…all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland. Now, I adore my mother-in-law, but I was [...]
Canning for me conjures up childhood memories of being in the kitchen with my mom and her friends, usually on a hot steamy Texas summer day, and “putting up” bread and butter pickles, fresh raspberry jam (with seeds!), and ripe whole tomatoes. Even with the sweat pouring down your face, there’s no better time to [...]
Just try to walk by Tartine without stepping inside. I dare you. Easily, in my estimation, the best bakery in the Bay Area, the smell of their freshly baked delicious treats will seduce you. It’s like a little corner shop of sirens. Luscious, flaky, fruit-filled, chocolate-dipped, crunchy, nutty, tender-baked heaven. So you had better believe [...]
I know where I’m spending my Sunday afternoon. I’ll be sipping spirits, tasting mini-cocktails, and eating yummy nibbles at St. George Spirits in Alameda. Well, actually that’s not entirely true. That is what YOU get to do if you attend St. George’s annual Holiday Open House. I’ll be the one behind the bar, pouring those [...]
I love steel cut oats, as you may recall in my ode to ye olde pinhead a while back. So, when a traditional Scottish dessert containing said oats was being dreamily described by an equally dreamy Scotsman, I knew I had to make it. Now, some of you might conjure up visions of haggis and [...]
Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks It’s not often that over 50 food bloggers get together. Crowded under a shady bay laurel tree, hiding from the hot Lafayette sun, Bay Area foodies sampled each others best at the 2nd Annual SF Food Blogger’s picnic. Dishes like spicy steak salad, smoked pork, pate de campagne, local cheeses, [...]
I just ate the most delicious steak. Tender, marbled with fat, and with an intoxicatingly deep beefy flavor. And I feel good about it: grass-fed, organic beef from a local rancher. I sampled it (and became obsessed with eating it again) at the opening of the new Farmer Joe’s Market on Fruitvale in Oakland. I [...]