What Chefs Cook When They Have the Flu

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Chicken soup may be good for the soul, but it’s also good for the sick body. Not surprisingly, soup is a favorite sickness remedy among chefs. Chef Michael Solomonov (of Zahav and Federal Donuts in Philadelphia) relies on his homemade matzo-ball soup when he’s sick. As he tells Bon Appetit, “The chicken fat-schmaltz-in matzo-ball soup is supposedly great from your bronchial passages.” Cathal Armstrong, chef-owner of Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Virginia, turns to his Korean beef noodle soup: “The spiciness of it helps clear out all the sinuses, and the rich quality of the beef broth, the onions in it—it just makes me feel good inside.”

Other chefs’ recommendations include green tea, cranberry, celery and kale smoothies (Cleveland’s Greenhouse Tavern chef-owner Jonathan Sawyer); “Influenza Sorbet” made with whiskey, honey, and lemon juice (Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio) and arroz caldo, a chicken and rice dish from the Philippines (Paul Qui of Austin’s East Side King).

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What are your food remedies when you have the flu?