JBF on the Air: Neurogastronomy

Gordon Murray Shepherd on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis


How do all five senses contribute to the experience of taste? Where, exactly, does flavor come from? Delve deeper into the world of taste on yesterday's episode of Taste Matters, when JBF's Mitchell Davis was joined by neuroscientist Gordon Murray Shepherd, who performs experimental and theoretical research on how neurons are organized into microcircuits that carry out the functional operations of the nervous system. Listen below as the pair explores the concept of neurogastronomy, the science behind how we perceive taste:


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Recipe Roundup: May 15, 2013

Pan-Seared Scallops with Spring Pea and Grana Padano Purée


After a long winter here on the East coast, it finally feels safe to put away the soup pot and the braising pan and start eyeing the spring produce that's begun to appear at our local farmers' markets. Here are some of the recipes we'll be making to celebrate the better-late-than-never arrival of spring:




Pan-Seared Scallops with Spring Pea and Grana Padano Purée [JBF]

Impressive enough for a dinner party, but so easy it works as a weeknight standby, this simple scallop dish comes together in less than 20 minutes.



Ramp Pizza [Smitten Kitchen]

Deb Perelman's adaptation of Motorino's signature spring pizza is all about... Read more >

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Letter from the President: The Female Factor


Now that the 2013 James Beard Awards are a wrap, it's time for me to hit the road. Next week I'm heading to Chicago for the National Restaurant Association Show, where I will join restaurateur Rohini Dey, chef Mary Sue Milken, chef Lorena Garcia, and moderator/Chicago Sun-Times' Splash editor Susanna Negovan for a panel called "Secrets of Success From Top Women in Food" on Tuesday. I'm so excited to discuss my experiences in this industry, and to also share some news about what our Foundation is doing to help women move up in the culinary world.


James Beard was well known as a supporter and friend of influential women chefs, cookbook authors, and food personalities including Julia Child, M. F. K. Fisher, and Alice Waters. He relished the fact that women were carving a distinct place for themselves in professional kitchens around the country. In the decades since his passing, we’ve seen the rise of many female culinary po... Read more >

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Recipe: Ricotta, Sugar Snap Pea, and Pine Nut Granola Crostini

Recipe for Ricotta, Sugar Snap Pea, and Pine Nut Granola Crostini from Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria's Justin Smillie


In this recipe from Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria's Justin Smillie, granola trades in its Birkenstocks for a pair of Ferragamos. After toasting his maple and orange juice–sweetened granola in the oven, Smillie sprinkes it on top of baguette slices topped with creamy ricotta, verdant sugar snaps, and fresh mint. Be sure to use a high-quality cheese. 


Get the recipe here.

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On the Menu: Week of May 12

Plating in the James Beard House kitchen


Here's what's on deck at the James Beard House:


Monday, May 13, 7:00 P.M.

Cocktail Tribute Dinner

On this day over two centuries ago, the first definition of “cocktail” appeared in print. Now that’s something we can drink to! Join our guest of honor, master mixologist Dale DeGroff, for this tribute to cocktails paired with delicious creations from chef Michael Lomonaco and his team from Center Bar at the Time Warner Center.


Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 P.M.

Feast of the Frankies

It was almost a decade ago that “the Franks,” Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, opened the charming Frankies 457 Spuntino on a sleepy Brooklyn block. They now preside over a collection of restaurants that includes Frankies 570 in the West Vill... Read more >

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