Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.

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10 Haikus About Real Food: Foodie Underground


ColumnThe beauty of real food boiled down into simple words.

Eat real food, and eat well.

Usually Foodie Underground is a lengthy column about some version of the six words above. Sometimes I feel that every week I am just trying to find a new and creative way to say the exact same thing: eat real food. One week it can be an argument for buying dirty vegetables, another a dive into the world of direct trade coffee. But ultimately, the message remains the same. And when you write the same message all …

9 Must-Read Books About Food that Aren’t Cookbooks: Foodie Underground


Column You don’t need another cookbook. You need a book about food. Yes, there’s a difference.

In the last year, I bet you have bought at least one cookbook. But how many books about food have you read? Cookbooks are inspirational, but books about food are informative. Certainly there are cookbooks and general food books that fall somewhere in the middle, but I happen to love food-themed writing that doesn’t come with recipes.

Be it political, investigative or simply a beautiful travel narrative about a tasty meal, here are 9 different books that any …

21 Millet Recipes to Try Right Now: Is it the New Quinoa?


Delicious millet recipes prove that this grain is about more than just bird seed.

While quinoa is the wunderkind of any moderately conscious eater, millet has certainly taken a back seat. Maybe it’s because most people equate millet to bird seed, or maybe it’s because millet just hasn’t been branded as a “sexy grain” yet, but for whatever reason we have forgotten to pay attention to millet. Now is the time to change that.

Gluten-free, high in protein and a good source of magnesium, millet is an all around healthy grain that …

Pumpkin Spice, The All-Powerful Global Marketing Tool: Foodie Underground


ColumnAre you seduced by the marketing superpower that is pumpkin spice?

Walking last week, I passed a Starbucks.

There would be nothing miraculous about this since Starbucks has a firm grip on the coffee market in the US, and many other places, but I live in Paris. Note that in Paris there are not a lot of Starbucks. In fact a local coffee roaster recently told me that it took forever to even get a hold on the market here, because while there are a few Parisians nowadays that grab their coffee to …

All Kinds of Dried Fruit You Can Make in Your Oven (No Dehydrator Needed!)


Dried fruit is waiting to be made in your oven.

Some people assume that you need a dehydrator to make dried fruit. Those people would be wrong. All you need to turn fresh fruit into tasty dried fruit is an oven and some patience.

Granted, if you’re planning on launching a dried fruit business, investing in a dehydrator may be worth your while, but if you just want to dabble, your oven is a cheaper, and space-saving way to make these delicious, naturally sweet treats.

Drying fruit is as simple as drying out the fruit at …

Comfort Food: Does Eating Make You Feel Good? Foodie Underground


ColumnComfort food might not have the effect you think it does.

It’s fall, which means it’s the season of comfort food. While in summer months you can happily get away with a tomato and cucumber salad, there’s something about the colder months that kicks your body into “I want something fatty and carby!” mode.

Seriously, you’re craving a dish of macaroni and cheese right now, aren’t you?

But does eating certain foods really make us feel better than others?

A study was recently published in Healthy Psychology titled “The Myth of Comfort Food.” Studying a …

Forget Pumpkin Spice, Here are 10 Other Fall Flavors to Put in Your Latte


What most people fail to realize about the pumpkin spice craze is this: most pumpkin spice flavored things don’t even involve real pumpkin.

Food companies have found the perfect elixir of synthetically made flavors to invoke that cozy flavor of fall, and they do it well. Pumpkin spice makes its way into everything from Oreos to waffles, but if there’s one item that seems to be the leader of the craze, it’s the pumpkin spice latte.

And who wouldn’t want a caffeinated drink that tastes seasonal? The reality is that your average coffee …

Think About Your Cup of Coffee Like You Think About Your Food: Foodie Underground


ColumnYour cup of coffee deserves your respect.


The dark drink is such a part of most of our everyday routine that we often forget to think about it. The act of drinking coffee is automatic, a routine process of grinding beans, putting in one brew method or another and waiting until our favorite of drinks is ready to be poured into our favorite coffee cup and consumed.

But as part of our everyday routine for the last few decades, coffee has become banal, easily letting us forget that our cup of coffee is actually …