The start of November marks the triumphant return of Momofuku Milk Bar's Thanksgiving croissant. This magical pastry has been around since 2011, and is only available November 1st to the day before Thanksgiving (they're closed on the actual holiday). The thing is filled with all of your favorite holiday flavors: turkey, cranberry, stuffing, and gravy.
Suzanne Goin's previous cookbook, Sunday Suppers at Lucques, is one of my top favorite cookbooks of all time. I love it for its casual elegance, for its tried and true restaurant-tested recipes that are also accessible to the home cook. Not a beginner's cookbook, it is aspirational but within reach, a perfect balance of professional technique and warm, inviting recipes that make you want to invite a bunch friends over to dinner right now! Will this follow-up book, published eight years later, live up to its predecessor's reputation? Read on for an initial peek into the much anticipated The A.O.C. Cookbook!
Who cooks & eats here: Chef and author Barton Seaver and his wife Carrie Anne Where: Jamaica Plain, Boston Rent or Own? Rent
In August I spent seven days sailingaroundAlaska with a crew of fellow food writers, photographers, and chefs, one of whom was Barton Seaver. Barton is an accomplished chef, two-time cookbook author, and National Geographic fellow currently serving as the director of the Healthy and Sustainable Food program at Harvard's School of Public Health — and, as it turns out, my neighbor! (We live five blocks away from each other in Boston.)
He was gracious enough to let me check out his rental apartment kitchen, where I discovered oak barrels full of aged vinegar (his newest hobby), jars of bourbon cherries and preserved lemons, well-loved appliances handed down from his grandmother, and a way of working that's all about the proper setup.
It's rare for a specialty food shop to really blow you away—especially in Brooklyn. We're (blissfully) saturated with fine food stores here. It's not tricky to find a spot with a well-curated selection of well-crafted cheeses, cured meats, honeys, chocolate, and the like. And so when one shop stands out from the rest, it's all the more special.
I did some perusing the other day at Campbell Cheese & Grocery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. And blow me away it most certainly did. A few times over. I only wish it were located just a bit closer to my apartment.
Who cooks and eats here: Sonia Schrofer-Sin and Frans Schrofer (plus lots of friends & family!) Where: The Hague, the Netherlands Rent or Own? Own
Welcome to Sonia’s beautiful kitchen, and please make yourself at home; Sonia would insist on it! Originally from Chicago, Sonia moved to the Netherlands 27 years ago and now lives with her Dutch husband in a house that was formerly an old milk dairy. I'm not sure if it's the Dutch house and its history, the American hospitality, the incredible artwork, the two dining areas, or the adjacent grapevine-filled courtyard, but this is one incredibly welcoming kitchen!
Hedgebrook is a retreat center for women writers located on Whidbey Island in Washington, not too far from Seattle. Their purpose is to offer women a quiet, beautiful space, surrounded by nature, so they can direct their energies towards their writing. Called radical hospitality, the staff is dedicated to providing an atmosphere that nourishes and supports the creative process. Of course, part of the deal is that delicious, straight-from-the-garden meals are cooked from scratch and served up at a large, communal table every evening. Sigh.
Sue Conley and Peggy Smith opened Cowgirl Creamery back in the early 1990s. Both had strong backgrounds in the Bay Area restaurant scene, with Sue at Bette's Diner and Peggy at Chez Panisse. Inspired by life in bucolic West Marin and ready for something new, they decided to open a food store in Point Reyes Station; and soon after that they developed their first cheese: the delicious, creamy, elegant triple cream named Mt. Tam after nearby Mount Tamalpias.
Daniel Patterson is a self-taught chef and the owner of several Bay Area restaurants, notably the innovative and imaginative Coi in San Francisco which has earned two Michelin stars. But he is also a husband and father, someone who, when he can manage to be home for dinner, enjoys making roast chicken for his children. Read on for the five things Daniel feels are essential for home cooks to know and understand, along with some additional thoughts on the inner workings of a chef and restaurant, his just released cookbook Coi: Stories and Recipes and, of course, his preferred method for roasting a chicken.
Back in 2008 I posted about the wonderful wines of the Alto Adige -– the breathtakingly beautiful region nestled beneath the snow-capped Italian Alps, just south of Austria. In mid-September I was fortunate enough to revisit the area. Once more I was captivated not just by its picture postcard beauty, but by the diversity and deliciousness of its wines –- an authentic expression of Alpine purity and focus.
Is there any cookbook more popular right now than Sami Tamini and Yotam Ottolenghi's Jerusalem? With their previous book Plenty also remaining in the spotlight, the folks at 10 Speed Press have rereleased a US edition of Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, the very first Ottolenghi cookbook which was previously only available in its original UK edition.
Read on for our interview with Yotam Ottolenghi on this first cookbook, his latest favorite ingredients, and what he's cooking in his kitchen right now!