The Bookshelf: Vegetarian India with JBF Award Winner Madhur Jaffrey

 

It’s no exaggeration to call Madhur Jaffrey the “Godmother of Indian Cooking.” The actress, chef, and multiple JBF Award–winning author has been guiding natives and Indophilic foreigners through the subtleties of the Subcontinent’s edible empire since her first cookbook was published in 1973. Last week, she visited the Beard House to share stories and insights from her latest work, Vegetarian India (Knopf), for our monthly Beard on Books series. During his introduction, JBF executive vice president Mitchell Davis explained that this was, in fact, a triumphant return—Jaffrey was the very first author to kick off our Beard on Books series, and even before that, was a friend “when there was no James Beard Foundation, only a James Beard.”

 

Read on for some of our favorite snippets... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: New Hampshire Native Brett Cavanna

 

After coming up the ranks at FIG and Café Boulud, chef Brett Cavanna returned to his native New Hampshire to helm the kitchen at Louie’s, where he offers up comforting, handcrafted pastas and rustic Italian fare. For his upcoming Beard House dinner, Cavanna will serve a delicious, stick-to-your-ribs winter feast—the perfect antidote to mid-February doldrums. In anticipation of his comfort-fare fête, we spoke to the chef about his love affair with agnolotti, his Beard House menu inspiration, and why chicken tenders are still great at any age.

 

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Ask the Chefs: Sarah Simmons and Aaron Hoskins

 

Sarah Simmons has won many admirers through the elevated Southern dishes at her lauded hot spots City Grit and Birds & Bubbles. For her upcoming Beard House dinner, Simmons and partner Aaron Hoskins will create a Southern sweetheart feast to satisfy the heart and the soul. In anticipation of their event, we spoke to the two about the pleasures of gummy candies, the New York City meal they still dream about, and why they're eerily excited about beef stew.

 

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What is your inspiration behind the menu for this Beard House event?

Sarah: Aaron and I are opening a restaurant together next year and this menu pretty much encapsulates our vision for the new... Read more >

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The Bookshelf: Baking with the Brass Sisters

 

Marilynn and Sheila Brass are known for their devotion to America’s culinary past, scouring old cookbooks and handwritten recipes to ensure that our nation’s home-baked favorites survive for the next generation. In their latest tome, Baking with the Brass Sisters, the duo compiled recipes that traveled alongside incoming immigrants, as well as favorites that sprouted out of Yankee soil. Last month, the JBF Award–nominated  sisters stopped by the Beard House to discuss their charming and approachable collection of recipes at our latest​ Beard on Books event. Below, the incomparable ... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: New Orleans's Daniel Causgrove

 

We're having a Fat Tuesday Beard House fête when French Quarter institution the Grill Room at Windsor Court heads north to the Big Apple. Chef Daniel Causgrove will treat diners to a festive menu highlighting the best of the Grill Room’s classic and contemporary dishes. In anticipation of his jubilant event (we have our beads at the ready!), we spoke to Causgrove about his oyster Rockefeller redux, "badass" corned beef and cabbage, and his idea of a "baller" date.

 

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Tell us about your inspiration behind the menu for this Beard House event.

First, the most basic inspiration is the spirit of Mardi Gras... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: The Stockton Inn's Alan Heckman

 

Once a Prohibition speakeasy and a hub for literati like F. Scott Fitzgerald, the storied Stockton Inn has satisfied diners since 1710. This month, chef Alan Heckman joins us at the Beard House to showcase the restaurant’s imaginative colonial America–inspired cuisine for a feast worthy of the inn’s fabled past. In anticipation of Heckman’s upcoming dinner, we spoke with the chef about his love of braised meats, his culinary past, and his recent fabulous dinner at Le Bernardin.

 

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What is your inspiration behind the menu for this Beard House event?

My inspiration for the menu comes from all of my culinary experiences. I wanted to do something that showcased the moments that have had the most influence on me and my style of cooking. Each course is different in that... Read more >

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StarChefs Q&A: 2015 Women in Culinary Leadership Grant Recipient Delilah-Amanda Lynn

 

Who runs the world? Girls! And the James Beard Foundation agrees. In 2012, they launched a program to support women in culinary leadership positions and to decrease the industry's gender imbalance. The program, Women in Culinary Leadership (WICL), offers grants to women, giving them the opportunity to learn and train with some of the country's most successful culinary leaders. 

 

Delilah-Amanda Lynn was one of eight recipients of the WICL grant in 2015. The program landed her with Chicago restaurant behemoth Lettuce Entertain You, where she completed her program in six months before accepting a management position at the company's Japanese concept, Ramen San. WICL helped Lynn unleash the Beyoncé-esque confidence she needs to run her own restaurant one day.

 

You, too, can join WICL. For the... Read more >

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Up Your ’Gram Game

 

When pondering how to live better in the new year, we couldn't help but think about improving our food photos—so we consulted an expert. Few people in the industry have greater knowledge of successful food photography than Bon Appétit's creative director, Alex Grossman. The nominee for a 2012 JBF Award in Visual Storytelling (who also happens to have an enviable Instagram account of his own) sat down with us to share his expertise on capturing beautiful food images. Want to improve your skills? Read on! 

 

JBF: Why do you think Instagram has exploded with food photography? ... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: Chris Fischer of Martha's Vineyard's Beetlebung Farm

 

Chris Fischer earned his culinary chops in Babbo’s bustling kitchen, but he’s found his true calling on idyllic Martha’s Vineyard, which his family has called home for 250 years. Inspired by Beetlebung Farm, the five-acre farm that once belonged to his grandfather, Fischer has written a nationally-acclaimed cookbook, and now, will treat Beard House diners to a winter feast dedicated to the heritage of the land. In anticipation of his upcoming dinner, we spoke to Fischer about his family's culinary legacy, his yearly post-Thanksgiving feast with friends, and his idea of a quintessential New York City night.

 


What is your inspiration behind the menu for this Beard House event?

I’m very proud to be from Martha's Vineyard and this menu is meant to both showcase and celebrate... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: "Top Chef" Fan Favorite Kenny Gilbert

 

You may recognize Kenny Gilbert as a Top Chef fan favorite, but these days, he’s known for slinging seasonal Southern fare at his Florida hot spot, Gilbert's Underground Kitchen. With an impressive résumé and a roster of celebrity clients that includes Oprah, Gilbert is sure to impress Beard House diners next month with his sophisticated takes on Southern staples. In anticipation of his upcoming dinner, we spoke to Gilbert about his alligator-forward menu, his love for Asian food, and what his fellow Top Chef alums are up to.

 

What is your inspiration behind the menu for this Beard House event?

I want to showcase my current culinary path. I've come full circle in my... Read more >

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