On Food: Cucumbers lend a crisp, cool accompaniment to a variety of hot new menu items

On Food: Cucumbers lend a crisp, cool accompaniment to a variety of hot new menu items

The cucumber, while rarely a center-stage star on menus, has still become an essential player in a wide range of dishes including cold soups, classic tea sandwiches, German salads and Japanese maki rolls.

Japonica in New York uses cucumbers as edible garnishes on various sushi and sashimi plates. Some sushi chefs, Nobu Matsuhisa among them, carefully pare entire cucumbers i

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