For Natural Dogs, a Growing Appetite: There is such a thing as a politically correct hot dog.
Something Tasty? Just Look Down: Purslane, it's a succulent, it's a weed, it's a delicacy, and it grows all over the world - perhaps as close as your front lawn. With recipes for Russian Potato Salad With Dill and Purslane and Greek Island Chickpea Salad With Purslane and Arugula.
Letting the Land Make a Statement on the Plate: The Chef column turns its focus to Anne Quatrano of Atlanta's Bacchanalia, Flataway Café, and Quinones at Bachanalia, as well as the specialty food store, Star Provisions. Here, she whips up some Shirred Farm Eggs With Roasted Small Heirloom Tomatoes.
In the World of Fine Wine, There'll Always Be a France: Asimov isn't tasting this week, instead he's taking a moment to state the obvious: that French wines are "endlessly compelling and should be endlessly inspiring." PLUS... • The Pay Is Awful, but Judging Barbecue Has Its Rewards: Competition Barbeque is its own art form. • Eggplant, at Its Best: The Minimalist gets a jump on Eggplant season with a Grilled Eggplant Salad With Yogurt.