Monthly Archives: December 2011


Even though it’s a fairly simple concept, the notion of contrast is sometimes hard for people to grasp. Photographers are always talking about contrast or about an image being “contrasty.” What does this mean? Contrast is the difference in the … Continue reading

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Dover Sole

When arriving in France after a long absence, three imperatives assert themselves: the need for oysters, a farm-made Camembert and sole meunière. Oysters are usually had on the first day and Camembert by that evening, but sole meunière awaits the … Continue reading

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Coq au Vin

I’m not going to give a recipe for coq au vin since I think we’ll become better cooks without one. More valuable is a description of the principles at play and an analysis of how the preparation works. Traditionally, a … Continue reading

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