New Biographical Cookbook About JBF Award Winner Paula Wolfert

 

On the shelves of the world's most renowned chefs (think Mario Batali, Yotam Ottolenghi, and Alice Waters) sit at least one–if not many–of Paula Wolfert's nine groundbreaking cookbooks. Three years ago, the multiple James Beard Award–winning author was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Her response? To dive into research on the disease in the same way she meticulously researched the the cuisines of Morocco and Southern France when writing her cookbooks. She found a study that showed how diet and other lifestyle changes could partially reverse cognitive decline, and turned to food as medicine. 

 

 

Today, she feels better than she has in years. Her former editor at Food & Wine, Emily Kaiser Thelin, has teamed up with a publishing dream... Read more >

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Small Batch Cooking

 

Suzanne Cope is a Brooklyn-based author and food studies scholar whose recent book, Small Batch: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits and the Return of Artisanal Food, gives a history of artisanal food in the United States and looks at the issues surrounding craft food production through conversations with over 50 food entrepreneurs. She talked to us about the inspiration for the book and the future of artisanal food, and gave us a recipe for Mediterranean greens that incorporates one of her favorite small batch foods.

 

(Join Suzanne for a conversation and tasting with local food artisans at the 92nd Street Y in NYC on Wednesday, June 3.)

 

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JBF: How did you become interested in small batch food?

 

Suzanne Cope: Both of my... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of March 30

Upcoming events at the James Beard House

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar this week:

 

Monday, March 31, 7:00 P.M. 

Dinner with Daniel

Ask a chef or editor to name the best cookbooks of 2013. Chances are Daniel Boulud’s latest title, Daniel: My French Cuisine, will top the list. Part cookbook, part memoir, this impressive tome will serve as the inspiration for an exquisite spring tasting from the celebrated JBF Award winner.

 

Tuesday, April 1, 10:00 A.M. to Wednesday, April 30, 5:00 P.M. 

Greenhouse Gallery

With oil paint, Mike Geno aims to translate and recreate the seductiveness of food through texture, color, and form, focusing his work on the specific beauty of each dish. The works act as homage to another artisan, the chef, and are the result of... Read more >

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On the Menu: August 29 through September 4

Guests enjoy dinner at the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, August 31, 7:00 P.M. Mediterranean Reflection The carefully curated menu at Adrian Richardson’s La Luna Bistro in Melbourne, Australia, reflects the chef’s Mediterranean heritage as well as his restraint and precision. Though his popular cooking show has made him a national celebrity, Richardson says he’s still most comfortable in the kitchen. September–October 2010 Greenhouse Gallery: Mushrooms Gloria Cunnick’s “Mushrooms” series evokes the mysterious and magical nature of fungi. With a BFA from Long Island University, Cunnick has shown her work in local, national, and international settings, and has been mentioned in the New York Times,

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On the Menu: June 27 through July 3


Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, June 28, 7:00 P.M. Atlanta’s Rising Star A 2010 JBF Rising Star award semifinalist, Kevin Gillespie gave the Voltaggio brothers a run for their sous vide machines during last year’s Top Chef. The executive chef and co-owner of Woodfire Grill, Gillespie wowed the show’s judges with the same unpretentious, seasonally inspired cuisine with which he regularly impresses Atlanta diners. Tuesday, June 29, 7:00 P.M. Softshell Crab Extravaganza To help us celebrate one of the most precious moments of the culinary calendar year, David C. Felton, pastry chef Jessica Knik, and sommelier Brooke Sabel, of New Jersey’s much-buzzed-about Ninety Acres at Sir Richard

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On the Menu: April 4 through April 10


Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week:

Monday, April 5, 7:00 P.M.
Best of Burke
Cook, entrepreneur, inventor: David Burke embraces each of these roles with an unmatched energy and passion. We’re thrilled to welcome the award-winning chef and the protégés who oversee his myriad restaurants for what’s sure to be an evening of showstopping, forward-thinking cuisine.

Tuesday, April 6, 7:00 P.M.
Farm to Table
Sure, plenty of restaurants use sustainable ingredients, but only a select few, including Harvest in Madison, Wisconsin, made it onto Gourmet’s list of... Read more >

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The Bookshelf: Beard on Books Recap

olives and orangesYesterday, at Beard on Books, Sara Jenkins discussed her cookbook Olives & Oranges: Recipes and Flavor Secrets from Italy, Spain, Cyprus & Beyond with guests at the Beard House. She joked that she is “really a home cook who got misplaced in a professional kitchen,” and in testing recipes for the book she happily rediscovered the joys of home cooking. Jenkins truly believes that simplicity rules: “The greatest thing you can do to food is not mess it up.” As the daughter of a foreign correspondent, Jenkins grew up throughout the Mediterranean. While in Italy, Lebanon, and Cyprus, she was exposed to a rural existence where electricity was a novelty and eating with friends and family was at the heart of life. Her memories are filled with good food and wonderful

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