I know I’ve been MIA for two weeks but I hope there are people still out there reading this. I am so glad to be back and I hope to never have to be absent for such a long time again. I won’t bore you by recounting the hellish past two weeks of schoolwork but I will tell you about two cool events that I recently attended.
A few weeks ago, I was invited to hear a talk featuring Kim Severson and Julia Moskin – both New York Times food reporters. (You may recall me extending the invite to you in this post?) The two women, who affectionately refer to each other as ‘work-wives’, just wrote a book called Cook Fight. Cook Fight is not your average cookbook – it chronicles the two writers’ contrasting approaches to challenges like the Thanksgiving challenge and the Comfort challenge, just to name a few. With each challenge, the women had to feed six people for $50. Since the women come from distinctly different backgrounds – Severson learned to cook instinctively by way of her large Italian family, while Moskin learned together with her parents using cookbooks – the book has a fresh and interesting take on recipe development and menu planning. Follow this link to purchase your copy.
I also got to see, and even chat with a little bit, one of my favorite women of the food world – Rachael Ray! And on the evening before my birthday, at that. Rachael will always hold a special place in my heart and here’s why: when I was 12, I discovered the Food Network by accident and began to watch 30 Minute Meals religiously. Soon after the great discovery, I felt confident enough to tackle the kitchen by myself – I wanted to surprise my mom with dinner so that she wouldn’t have to cook after work. Rachael made cooking dinner look so easy and her recipes were so accessible, that I just couldn’t help myself. And I haven’t stopped cooking since that day. On December 6th, Rachael was a part of iBookstore’s Meet-the-Author series at the SoHo Apple Store. She was there to talk about her latest (the 21st, to be exact!) cookbook, My Year in Meals.
I was a little star stuck when she took her seat less than ten feet away from me but Rachael was as sweet, nice and approachable as I’d expected. This book is very special because it documents what Rachael actually cooked for herself, and for friends and family in the course of one whole year. The book also features cocktail recipes from her husband, and all the photography in the book is done by the pair as well. Follow this link to purchase your copy. And follow this link to watch a free podcast of the talk (note: at the 25 minute mark, I ask the first question of the Q&A portion).
Stay tuned for more posts this week, including a recipe for one of my oldest and best pasta dishes, and a recap of my birthday dinner!