Meet The Kitchn Team: Nora Maynard

Meet The Kitchn Team: Nora Maynard

Faith Durand
Dec 24, 2010

Blogger: Nora Maynard
Started at The Kitchn: 2006

Nora is the most veteran freelance writer at The Kitchn; she has been offering up her own brand of classics-inspired cocktails and spirits writing for several years. We're so lucky to have her here, and we look forward to her posts every week. Whether she's writing about an interesting new liquor, or revisiting bar classics, we always find something to enjoy and learn in her posts. Read on for more about Nora, and to take a look back at a few of her posts from the past year.


  1. What's your favorite kitchen tool?
    Rice cooker. I still use the same one my husband and I bought at a Korean grocery in Toronto on Bloor West circa 1992. Eighteen years—and countless batches of basmati, jasmine, brown, and Japanese sushi rice—later, it's still going strong. I don't even remember how make rice on the stovetop anymore.

  2. What's your secret indulgence in the kitchen?
    La vache qui rit (The Laughing Cow) spreadable cheese. I know it's really just kind of a French version of Velveeta, but those little foil packets are just so fun to unpeel. A nice French lady who was a friend of my parents brought a box of the cubes to a beachside picnic when I was seven. It was a formative moment for me. I've since graduated to the wedges, though.

  3. What's your favorite quote on food, cooking, or eating?
    "Highballs and cocktails, that's the long and the short of it." - As spoken by William Powell as Nick Charles in The Thin Man (1934)

Shake Winter with a Jack Rose Cocktail
Mixology News: Changes Shake Up 2 Bar Basics
Mixing Cocktails: When to Shake and When to Stir
To-Drink List: 4 New Spirits to Watch For
Cocktail Obituary: Sex on the Beach

See all of 's posts at The Kitchn

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Welcome to The Kitchn's end-of-year roundup! We are rounding up some of our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the last year, including lots of recipes. We are also shaking out our reader mailbag, and giving you a few more great guest posts from our friends.

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