Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: JBF Award Winner Sean Brock Schools Us on Fried Chicken


"When you're a chef in the South, fried chicken is your responsibility," says Sean Brock, acclaimed chef of Husk, McCrady's, and Minero, solemnly. And for the James Beard Award–winning chef and proud rural Virginian, that burden means burying your head deep in old recipes, cooking with every fat you can think of, and eating lots and lots of fried bird, naturally. "I was born this way," he says with a laugh. "Growing up in the South, you go to KFC and all the mom-and-pop places along the roadside. Honestly, it's my obsession."


It's our obsession too, so we asked for Brock's tips on how to master fried chicken at home after browsing the very intense, very delicious-sounding recipe in his recent JBF... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: October Beard House Toques Share their Guilty-Pleasure Foods


Now that it's officially fall, we are more than happy to bid adieu to the scorching summer heat and indulge in hearty, comforting dishes that reintroduce us to autumn's colorful bounty. And as we say hello to sweater weather, we also welcome a formidable roster of culinary talent to the Beard House. Highlighting cuisines and techniques from across the globe, these top toques bring tastes of Italy, Oakland, Cincinnati, and Boston (just to name a few) to the Big Apple. We asked our October guest chefs to spill about their favorite guilty-pleasure foods. Not surprisingly, fried chicken, Champagne, pizza, and even foie gras made the cut. Read on to see what chefs really crave when their restaurant kitchens are closed.


What’s your ultimate guilty-pleasure food? ... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 31, 2015


Our deep, abiding love of waffles may be older than the Acropolis: ancient Greeks may have been firing up the iron centuries ago. [Lancaster Online


These homemade fruit roll-ups just might make your child the most popular kid in the cafeteria. [Food52


The leftover water from a can of chickpeas can make delicious buttercream frosting. [CakeSpy


California’s drought has cost the state 21,000 jobs this year. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 9, 2015



How to conquer the seemingly impossible task of homemade strawberry ice cream. [Serious Eats]



Prepare for a poultry-palooza: Shake Shack has debuted its first fried chicken sandwich. [Eater]



String cheese could be the only thing between us and a nuclear-powered Iran. [MUNCHIES]


Prominent New York City chefs are turning neglected species of fish into gourmet cuisine. [Grub Street]


There is a St. Louis restaurant dedicated... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 29, 2014


Popeye’s new beer can chicken isn’t actually made with beer. [USA Today


Is there a worthy domestic alternative to imported Parmigiano-Reggiano? [Serious Eats


Cantonese carbonara? Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone open up shop in Hong Kong. [Eater


Meet marasca, the cherry behind maraschino liqueur. [The Kitchn

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What We're Reading: June 18, 2014

The science behind the myriad colors of fish flesh. [NPR


Mark Bittman looks at how we get Big Food to change its strategy. [NYT]


As the economy picks up, fast food chains like McDonalds and Taco Bell fall out of favor with consumers. [NBC]


The Brewers Association has expanded the definition of “craft beer,” leading some big name beers to sport it on their labels. [... Read more >

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November's Best Recipes

French Onion and Mushroom Soup with Bourbon and Swiss Cheese

Here are our favorite recipes from the past month: French Onion and Mushroom Soup with Bourbon and Swiss Cheese Earthy mushrooms boost the umami quotient in this bistro staple. Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches with Wildflower Honey and Chile Flakes Two of our favorite comfort foods come together in this recipe, which can be prepared as canapés or full-sized sandwiches.

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Recipe: Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches with Wildflower Honey and Chile Flakes

Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches with Wildflower Honey and Chile Flakes

Crunchy fried chicken hugged in a flaky biscuit—is there anything better? We dare you say otherwise after trying these satisfying biscuit sandwiches from Abraham Salum of Dallas's Komali and Salum. Instead of smothering the chicken with gravy, Salum glosses it with a chile flake–speckled honey. Get the recipe here.

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