Vincent

Vincent Berretta is a long time writer and a short order cook.

He's been interested in food since his mother first made pan-fried venison steaks. He's been working in kitchens since he moved to Portland in 2006 as well as working on getting his freelance career started.

When he's not writing he's home-brewing or enjoying a pint of the finest NW Ale wherever it's cheapest.

Vincent recently graduated from PSU with a degree in English/American Literature. His passions are varied, and his thirst for knowledge insatiable. TheCooksDen represents his first time writing about food and he's learning more about cooking each day.

His style is informed by writers such as food writer and critic Michael Pollan, as well as a swathe of nautical fiction writers including C.S. Forester and R.L. Stevenson.

Searching for and attempting to create beautifully crafted sentences and phrases is his means and his ends.

Vincent can be contacted here.


The 30 Worst Cooking Shows of All-Time

The 30 Worst Cooking Shows of All-Time

Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Alton Brown. We imagine these names when we think of the great chefs throughout TV Cooking Show History.
But forget all of that, because today we're going to focus on the other side of the spectrum. Think Sandra Lee, Paula Deen ...





When Food Attacks

When Food Attacks

After hunting down story after story of food-related attacks, we at TheCooksDen have a few pieces of advice for our readers:

Beware the banana gone bad. Keep your eyes peeled for the diabolical durian. And, above all, learn to fear the contemptible carrot.

For it is these, the humble, seemingly innocent foods that can rise up and strike against their human oppressors. Often without warning, and sometimes in a deadly manner.

And so, without further ado, we present some of the most viscious attacks of Foodstuffs Against Humanity.

Enjoy and, as always, eat safely.





The Top 100 Cooking Shows of All-Time

The Top 100 Cooking Shows of All-Time

From the moment I sat down to watch my first episode of "The French Chef," I was hooked on cooking shows.
In fact, based on the number of hours I've spent studying Julia, Gordon and Alton, I ought to be a superchef myself. Alas, that's ...





The Curious Origins of America’s Favorite Meals

The Curious Origins of America’s Favorite Meals

Is Apple Pie really as "American as Apple Pie?" Was the Hamburger invented in Hamburg? Which came first, the freezer or Ice Cream? The answer to these — and other questions about traditional American foods — may surprise you.

We sure were surprised. And it led us on a quest to find out the secrets behind our favorite meals. The results were whimsical, strange and, in some cases, bizarre.

Read on to learn more about the origins of apple pie, hamburgers, ice cream, hot dogs, caesar salad, mac 'n cheese, fried chicken, and pizza.