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Seen & Read: March 27, 2014

Food Arts Staff - March 27th, 2014

Charcutería, The Soul of Spain by Jeffrey Weiss with a foreword by José Andrés
Just released, Charcutería is dense with Spanish–style butchering and meat curing techniques along with the history, culture, and over 100 recipes of the Iberian peninsula's traditional charcuterie. —Jacqueline Sainsbury, manager, Food Arts online

An appreciation of Donna Scala, Insides Scoop SF
An appreciation of San Francisco Bay Area chef/restaurateur Donna Scala, who passed away yesterday. —Beverly Stephen, executive editor

The Eight Chapters of Ramen,
Ivan Orkin goes through the motions of each component in a classic ramen. —Abbe Lewis, associate editor

Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile, Museum of the City of New York
Anyone who has eaten at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal in New York City has seen the amazing Guastavino tile vaults. But who knew that the Spanish immigrant Rafael Guastavino and his son Rafael Jr. built vaults for more than 250 architectural landmarks in New York City alone and many more throughout the United States. A major exhibition, "Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile," just opened at the Museum of the City of New York and will run through September 7. Don't miss it. —B.S.

Clarissa Dickson Wright Obituary, The Telegraph
The last of the Two Fat Ladies has died, and ever shall the sun shine a little dimmer. Whilst one could delve into the lustful culinary tornado that she was, this piece canvasses her pre-television life (although she never actually owned one), which included a father who kept a fridge full of caviar and imported pigeons from Cairo, an illiterate cook who needed Clarissa to read recipes to her, literally drinking away an entire fortune left to her by her heiress mother, and even put two would-be muggers in intensive care. —J.S.

Eataly Wine Store to Close in Liquor-License Dispute, Crain’s New York Business
Mario Batali endures a $500,000 fine while Lidia Bastianich gets booted off the liquor license. —A.L.

How London Surpassed Paris as Europe’s Dining Capital, USA Today
International influence, experimental cuisine, and the Brits’ growing appetite for good food have helped pave the way for this dining destination. —A.L.