Welcome from the editor: Christmas, a time to relax

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Fir Branch With Pine Cone And Snow Flakes

Welcome and thank you for joining me this weekend.

Christmas is a busy time of the year. Between trying to get all the work done before the holidays, buying gifts, food shopping, and cooking for the big day, the run up to the festive season can feel like a marathon we forgot to train for.
But Christmas is also a time to relax, recharge and be still. And what’s more relaxing than reading a good book? In our list of 10 must-read books about food, ingredients and nutrition you will find some inspiring reads to lose yourself in.

Take some time for yourself, sit back and enjoy this week’s podcast, in which Betina Piqueras Fiszman, Associate Professor at Wageningen University, delves into the history of flavour and tells how taste is not only perceived in the mouth, but in the mind too. That might explain why we love Christmas food so much.

For those already thinking ahead, we take a look at plant-based trends for 2022. Hint: keep an eye on the humble vegetable, it has much more to offer than one would expect.

As we take a break to spend time with our loved ones next week, I wish you a wonderful Christmas full of joy, love and laughter.

I look forward to seeing you in 2022.

Merry Christmas,

Stef

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