The Bookshelf: The Country Cooking of Greece

Diane Kochilas

 

In her new cookbook, The Country Cooking of Greece, Diane Kochilas offers vibrant recipes inspired by rustic tavernas, her own cooking school, and local artisans. We got in touch with the author to learn about her top picks for authentic Greek food in New York City, the distinct regional cuisines within the Mediterranean mecca, and an underlying philosophy of Greek cooking that everyone should master.

 

(Join Diane tomorrow at noon for a special installment of our Beard on Books series at the Beard House.)

 

JBF: What is your favorite aspect of Greek cuisine?

 

Diane Kochilas: There’s a tremendous variety of main-course vegetables and beans that sets Greek cuisine apart from other... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: New York Restaurants, Now and Then

Paul Freedman

 

What was it like to be at a New York dinner party in 1870? To find out, JBF's Mitchell Davis took a historical culinary trip with Paul Freedman, history professor at Yale University, on yesterday's episode of Taste Matters. The two revisited old menus and dining trends in the context of class and cultural status, talked about our nation's first restaurants and current groundbreaking establishments, and considered the cultural and historical importance of dining out in America. Listen below to learn more:

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JBF on the Air: A Gastronomic Event


What does it mean for food to be art? On today's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis explored this topic with Robert Valgenti, associate professor of philosophy and director of the College Colloquium at Lebanon Valley College. Listen below as Mitchell and Robert discuss the nature of art, the human experience with food, and the intersections between the two—from our obsession with celebrity chef culture to our individual responsibility as part of the larger food system.
 

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JBF on the Air: Southern Flavors & Foodways

 

On yesterday's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis hosted a variety of Southern food experts: Todd L. Richards, executive chef at the Shed at Glenwood in Atlanta; Katie Button, chef/owner at Cúrate in Asheville, NC; and the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival's COO Elizabeth Feichter and CEO Dominique Love. Learn about how diners define Southern fare, race and gender in the Southern food scene, and common misconceptions about Southern cuisine below:

 

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JBF on the Air: Taste Matters


Have you heard our executive vice president, Mitchell Davis, on the airwaves? Each week on Heritage Radio Network, he hosts Taste Matters, an exciting program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s produced, who prepares it, or what sorts of socio-cultural-political implications our food choices and eating behaviors have, taste is fundamental. 

 

In one of our favorite episodes, Mitchell talks with Francis Lam (food writer, Top Chef Masters judge, and editor-at-large at Clarkson Potter Publishers) about culture and authenticity as it relates to food. Why do American chefs cooking immigrant cuisines tend to be more celebrated than actual immigrants cooking... Read more >

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The Bookshelf: Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking

Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart

 

In their new cookbook, Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, JBF Award winner Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart share their expert guidance on classic Southern cuisine and traditions. We caught up with the authors to learn about their go-to restaurants for authentic Southern fare, their favorite food city in America, and the advice that every home cook should take to heart.

 

(Join Nathalie and Cynthia today at noon for a special installment of our Beard on Books series at the Beard House.)

 

JBF: Nathalie, you've been quoted as saying: "Southern cooking is the mother cuisine of America." Can you tell us a little bit more about that?

 

Nathalie Dupree: The Southerners took the lead. The Southern ports were active since the earliest days of the colonies, with many new food... Read more >

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The Bookshelf: Jasmine and Fire

Salma Abdelnour

 

After fleeing a war-torn Lebanon during her childhood and starting a new life in the United States, food and travel writer Salma Abdelnour always dreamed of returning to her homeland. Her poignant book, Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut, chronicles her complicated return to Lebanon and its vibrant food culture. We got in touch with her to learn about her go-to Lebanese restaurants here in New York City, her favorite cuisines around the globe, and what makes Beirut’s food culture so extraordinary.

 

(Join Salma tomorrow at noon for a special installment of our Beard on Books series at the Beard House.)

 

JBF: You wrote that when you returned to Beirut and had to come to grips with so many changes in your life, you found solace in Lebanon’s food culture. Can you tell us a bit more about that?

 

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Q & A with Baker and Author Dorie Greenspan

The James Beard Foundation interviews Dorie Greenspan

 

JBF Award–winning cookbook author (and former JBF editor) Dorie Greenspan has an intimate knowledge of cookies: she recently opened the New York City cookie shop, Beurre & Sel, to rave reviews. We caught up with the baking expert to get the scoop on her new store, her cardinal rule for making cookies, and more.

 

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JBF: What inspired you to open a retail shop?

 

DG: My son, Joshua, was the inspiration behind Beurre & Sel. For a few years he organized pop-up shops for us, but he dreamed of a real home for our cookies. I loved the idea for a bunch of reasons: I get to work with my son; I get to bake like mad with our terrific pastry chef, Marisa Croce; and, when I’m in the shop, I get to meet people who love cookies—and, no surprise, cookie lovers are happy people.

 

JBF: What is your most popular cookie at... Read more >

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Watch Marcus Samuelsson Speak at the JBF Food Conference

 

Just moments ago, JBF Award winner Marcus Samuelsson and journalist Jane Black finished a conversation called, "Trust, A Community Approach." You can watch the footage above, and if you visit our Livestream page, you'll find an archive of all of the panels and talks that have been held so far at this year's JBF Food Conference. Make sure you're following us on Twitter for the rest of the day and use #jbfleads to track the conversation.

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Q & A with Food Journalist Fred Kaufman

Fred Kaufman, author of Bet the Farm, is a panelist at the 2012 JBF Food Conference

 

Visit Fred Kaufman’s website and you’ll find one sentence in the top-right corner: “the food journalist who went looking for a slice of pizza and ended up on Wall Street.” Dig deep into his reporting and you’ll find that Kaufman has exposed unsettling ties between the worlds of food and finance, which he also details in his latest book, Bet the Farm. Before he joins us as one of our moderators at the JBF Food Conference, read on to get a preview of his conference discussion and the revelations in his book.

 

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