* Many thanks to Open for Business, Open Table’s blog, for a great conversation about the changing role of the chef.
* Payard Cookies, my latest collaboration with the great François Payard, came out November 3. It is filled with the best of classic French cookies, along with others influenced by François’ two decades in New York, and is available for order here (not an affiliate link).
* It’s a huge honor to talk about what makes a 21st century chef as the opening keynote of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association’s industry conference on July 26, in conversation with Francis Lam.
* On June 18, I moderated a panel at Menus of Change called Cooking up a Story…and Picking the Right Recipe, with journalists Jane Black, Sarah Nassauer of the Wall Street Journal, and Kim Severson of the New York Times.
* On May 6, I was a guest on Heritage Radio Network’s All in the Industry. You can listen to the show here.
* On March 28, I was a panelist at the International Association of Culinary Professionals‘ annual conference on the subject of co-authoring cookbooks with chefs. Read some great thoughts inspired by the panel on the site of one of my co-panelists, Kate Leahy.
* On March 2, I moderated a panel for Culintro on the inspiration that chefs gain from their travels—and from home—with Wylie Dufresne, Ivan Orkin, and Richard Kuo. Here is a photo recap.
* The CIA has launched The Food Business School, under the leadership of Will Rosenzweig. I’m proud to be on its advisory council.
* On November 13, I was a panelist at a Climate Confidential event seeking to provide an in-depth look at cultured meat.
* November 7-9, I moderated a session on consumer habits and perceptions and worked on the program of reThink Food, a groundbreaking conference launched as a collaboration between the CIA and the MIT Media Lab.
* On October 19-20, I moderated two panels as part of the Chef’s Garden’s Roots conference; one on insects as the protein of the future and the other on the connections between art and food.
* I am an advisor for Hack//Dining NYC, which will take place June 27-29.
* More articles for Food Arts; links are on the Writings page.
* On April 5, I am chairing a panel titled Modernist Cuisine: A Dialogue, at the 2014 Roger Smith Conference on Food.
* On March 13, I am speaking on a panel at the Fales Library at NYU, organized by Clark Wolf, on the subject of Looking Back to Go Forward: Ancient Ways in Modern Food.
* I’ve been writing regularly for Food Arts; links are on the Writings page.
* Out of state, I’m giving a talk with Experimental Cuisine Collective co-founder Kent Kirshenbaum at Reed College in Portland, OR on December 5 on creativity at the interface of chemistry and cuisine.
* I’m moderating a panel for Culintro on millennial dining habits on December 3 and introducing the book A Taste of Molecules at a December 12 event at the Flanders House, both in New York.
* I wrote the June 2013 cover story of Food Arts on Katie Button, a chef who left behind a brilliant academic path to find happiness and success when she and her family moved to Asheville, NC and opened Cúrate, a traditional Spanish tapas bar.
* More talking about millennials and their habits—this time on how they are using cookbooks, in the Wall Street Journal.
* On May 31, I am moderating a discussion with Harold McGee and Maxime Bilet on the evolution of the science of food between On Food and Cooking and Modernist Cuisine at the World Science Festival.
* On May 4, I am speaking on the Cookbook + Art panel at the 2013 Food Book Fair in Brooklyn.
* In April, I moderated the launch plenary session at the International Association of Culinary Professionals‘ conference in San Francisco, featuring Thomas Keller, Peter Kaminsky, and Maxime Bilet on the topic of Examining the Divide Between “Dirt” and “Digital.” I also participated in a panel organized by Ken Albala, with Maxime Bilet and Sandor Katz, on Hi-Tech/Lo-Tech in the Kitchen.
* On March 12, I am moderating a Culintro panel on reinvention and finding success, with panelists Alex Stupak of Empellon, Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow of the Meatball Shop, and Georgette Farkas of Rotisserie Georgette.
* On December 5, I am excited to moderate another Culintro panel, on restaurant expansion. Panelists are chefs Michael White of the Altamarea Group, Danny Bowein of Mission Chinese Food, and Andy Ricker of Pok Pok. More info here.
* On October 21, I will be giving a presentation with Cesar Vega at the Molecular Cuisine: The Politics of Taste conference organized by the School of Visual Arts. Our talk is titled What is Culinary Innovation? Perspectives at the Crossroads of the Kitchen and the Laboratory.
* On October 9, I will be a panelist at LeadDog Marketing Group’s #BARK panel, The Business of Eating: How Social Media Sells More Food.
* Sixth printing for Les Petits Macarons!
* On June 22, I’ll present “Je sauce donc je suis: An Examination of the Professional and Creative Identity of Chefs Through the Sauces They Make” at the 2012 international conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society in New York.
* A conversation with Mitchell Davis, vice president of the James Beard Foundation and food studies colleague from NYU, is always guaranteed to stimulate and help me think through my research and work. So it was a real treat to be a guest on his weekly Heritage Radio Network show, Taste Matters, on May 23, 2012. You can download the podcast here.
* On Saturday, May 6, 2012, I am moderating a panel on food + porn at the Food Book Fair, with panelists Gael Greene, Josh Ozersky, Danyelle Freeman, and Alyssa Shelasky. The organizers’ official description: “As food imagery has become more and more prevalent in academia, the arts, and mass media, the rise of the term “Food Porn” has gained increasing popularity. Yet, food porn, much like traditional forms of pornography, has a wavering definition. What is food porn exactly? What is the relationship to food and sex? Is there one and what does it matter? Hear the answers from a gathering of experienced food writers, critics, and TV personalities in FOOD + PORN.”
* Are you attending the 2012 IACP conference in New York, March 29-April 2? I will be moderating a panel on what we need to know about modernist cuisine with panelists Maxime Bilet, co-author of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Food; White House pastry chef Bill Yosses; Aki Kamozawa and Alex Talbot of Ideas in Food; and Cesar Vega, research manager at Mars Botanicals and co-editor of The Kitchen as Laboratory); hosting an “experts are in” session on scholarly food programs with Mitchell Davis, vice president of the James Beard Foundation; and conducting a workshop on macarons with my co-author, Kathryn Gordon.
* Les Petits Macarons is in its fourth printing!
* On February 28, 2012, I am moderating a panel on How I Became A Chef for Culintro. Panelists are Harold Dieterle of Perilla, Gavin Kaysen of Cafe Boulud, and Rory Schepisi of Boot Hill Saloon.
* Les Petits Macarons was featured in the Wall Street Journal on October 21, 2011.
* Kathryn Gordon and I talked about Les Petits Macarons on Linda Pelaccio’s A Taste of the Past radio show on Heritage Radio Network.
* I am on the program committee for the 2012 conference of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, which will take place in New York March 30-April 2. Send in your ideas!
* What role do science and industry play in changing our food system? Three food scientists and I tackle the topic in “In Defense of Food Science” in the summer 2011 issue of Gastronomica.
* I am the special issues editor for Fine Cooking Breakfast.
* Culinary Careers, the book I wrote with ICE’s Rick Smilow, is out!
* Is there such a thing as food porn? Read what academics and chefs have to say about the topic in the 10th anniversary issue of Gastronomica, in a forum I moderated.