When Bourbon Gets in a New York State of Mind

Prohibition, which was in place between 1920 and 1933 and forbade the production, sale, and importation of alcohol, all but killed the vigorous spirit industry that had taken root in the United States until then. Most distilleries were forced to close. The ones that remained open, as did Buffalo Trace in Kentucky, were allowed to do so under special licenses to distill bourbon for medicinal … Continue reading When Bourbon Gets in a New York State of Mind

Culinary Careers

Culinary Careers: How to Get Your Dream Job in Food, with Advice from Top Culinary Professionals (Clarkson Potter)  is now out! This book is the culmination of nearly two years of work, from proposal to publication. Institute of Culinary Education President Rick Smilow and I conceived Culinary Careers as a comprehensive guide to help students, career changers, prep cooks looking to move up, weary chefs … Continue reading Culinary Careers

Chocolate Epiphany

Chocolate Epiphany: Exceptional Cookies, Cakes, and Confections for Everyone Francois Payard with Anne E. McBride [Clarkson Potter, 2008] The publisher’s description: Celebrated French pastry chef and owner of one of New York City’s favorite bakeries presents an impressive and comprehensive dessert cookbook with recipes for everything chocolate, from easy cookies to showstopping cakes. On any given weekend at the esteemed New York City institution Payard … Continue reading Chocolate Epiphany