Ben Schott, author of Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany, tells a fascinating tale that could only happen in Britain. Apparently, Master of the Queen's music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, was accused of breaking the law when he plucked and began curing a swan that had electrocuted itself by flying into electrical wires. It appears that all swans in England belong to the Queen, so the eating of swans and the owning of swans is illegal.
Hillel Cooperman and some friends created TastingMenu.com in response to the frustration of trying to remember what and where they ate. Now a popular blog and website that has some of the only photographs of popular restaurant food out there, Hillel has added yet another great feature to the website: a free e-book.
Leo Stanton is the daytime bartender and beer and wine specialist at the Library Alehouse (310-314-4855) at 2911 Main Street in Santa Monica.
Cynthia Sass, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association told us about the items that vegetarians often miss in their diet and what they can do to ensure that their nutritional needs are being met.
Clifford Wright spoke about his new book Some Like it Hot: Spicy Flavors from the World's Hot Zones, which details the many chilies of the world. For more information about Cliff or to learn more about his other books visit his website at www.CliffordAWright.com.