Memories of Mexico, Old and New

I first went to Mexico as a backpacker over winter break in 2007. My total budget for three weeks and 5,000 kilometers was $500, which ended up covering transportation, lodging, food, drinks, and a healthy dose of souvenirs and presents. Swiss friends drove down from Mississippi, picked me up in Louisiana, and drove on down to the border. We left the car in Laredo, Mexico … Continue reading Memories of Mexico, Old and New

Cookbook + Art at 2013 Food Book Fair

On Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m., I am speaking on a panel titled Cookbook + Art at the Food Book Fair at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. Use the code FRIENDSANDFAMILY for a 20 percent discount on registration for the panel. If you want to purchase full-day and three-day passes, use FBF2013, and ILOVEFBF for 50 percent off Foodieodicals. COOKBOOKS + ART Saturday, May … Continue reading Cookbook + Art at 2013 Food Book Fair

Madrid Fusión 2013

The 11th edition of Madrid Fusión, which took place January 21-23, focused less on dazzling with technique and more on expressing sensitivity to one’s physical and cultural environment. It can be safely assumed that immersion circulators, rotary evaporators, and other modern technologies are very much part of the everyday repertoire of the chefs featured, and that for most of them, “creativity continues”—this year’s theme—beyond technology, … Continue reading Madrid Fusión 2013

Beaten, Seared, and Sauced

These days, it’s rare that I get to read a book that will keep me up at night because I just can’t put it down, not because I need to finish it to construct an argument around it for a presentation or my dissertation. Jonathan Dixon’s Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America initially caught my attention because … Continue reading Beaten, Seared, and Sauced

What to Say About Modernist Cuisine

I wrote an article about Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, an interview with Nathan Myhrvold, and a profile of co-author Maxime Bilet for the ICE newsletter. I’ll post some of that when it comes out, but this is more of a stream-of-consciousness post to try and understand why it was so hard to write about a book I’ve been hearing about since … Continue reading What to Say About Modernist Cuisine