What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.
Aida Mollenkamp, former editor of CHOW and star of both the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, wants to provide the home cook with a go-to kitchen resource. That is why she wrote her new book “Keys to the Kitchen.” Marketed as a cookbook, it’s much more than that. In the book, she breaks the cooking process down to one simple equation:
Quality Ingredients (The Set-Up) + Kitchen Skills (The How-To) + Technique (The Recipes) + Cooking Method (The Riff) = GOOD FOOD
Mary Ladd interviews Vietnamese food expert and chef Charles Phan, whose first cookbook, Vietnamese Home Cooking is now out. Phan discusses cooking with Alice Waters, his “refugee thinking” and upcoming Bourbon and fried chicken “Southern bar” concept.
Mary Ladd interviews Southern food and culture expert John T. Edge, who shares why he was happy to visit San Francisco for La Cocina’s Street Food Festival as well as thoughts on his latest book, “The Truck Food Cookbook.”
She was a Paris-loving home cook from California. He was a classically trained French chef relocated to America. But when Julia met Jacques, a lifetime culinary friendship and television partnership was born. With videos from Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, a tribute video from Jacques, and a recipe for Caesar Salad Julia’s Way.
How did Julia Child get her start as one of television’s most iconic chefs? In honor of Child’s upcoming centennial, we’ve got two classic black-and-white shows from her original series, The French Chef, plus her recipe for bubbling, cheese-topped French onion soup.
Still have too many plums? It’s time to grab the little wooden sticks and start making plum popsicles. Raw or roasted, flavored with cardamom, vanilla, or basil, these purple pops can cool off even the hottest summer afternoon, no plastic wrapper required.
Soul Food Junkies, a new film by Byron Hurt which will be featured on KQED’s Independent Lens series, had its West Coast premiere in Oakland. Soul Food is both a beloved part of African American culture and a leading cause behind the epidemic of diabetes, heart disease and other health issues. The film details the historical and social influences on soul food and efforts by many to change the eating habits of a whole generation.
From Secret Breakfast to Bacon Peanut Brittle, Foie Gras Ice Cream Sandwiches to Hibiscus Beet Sorbet, the Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book has all the inside dish (and recipes) a fan could want.
What to cook when it’s too darn hot? Ice cream, of course! This week, Stephanie Rosenbaum reviews Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones, a how-to guide from San Francisco’s Bi-Rite Creamery, with a recipe for Balsamic Strawberry Ice Cream.