Eye Candy: Brotherly Love

The Voltaggio brothers work together to plate a course of shima aji with salsify, quinoa, and morels. You can view more photos of the Top Chef finalists' thrilling dinner by clicking here. (Click here to see our clip of Michael discussing his pigeon pastrami.)

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The Bookshelf: The New Portuguese Table (and bonus recipe!)

Did you know that Portuguese cooking inspired Manhattan clam chowder? Or that the signing of the Declaration of Independence was toasted with glasses of Madeira? While historically overshadowed by Europe’s major cuisines, the food of Portugal is rich in history and surprisingly influential, and with the recent release of David Leite’s The New Portuguese Table, it may finally start to get a little respect. Leite, who has a trio of Beard Awards for his writing, discussed the new cookbook and the state of Portuguese cuisine at last week’s Beard on Books. A first-generation Portuguese-American who grew up in the Portuguese ghetto of Fall River, Massachusetts, Leite spent his youth at a distance from his lonely heritage. But after his grandmother passed away—taking a memory vault of recipes with her—the author embarked on an explora

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Recipe: Seared Sea Scallop with Black Pudding, Celery Root Purée, Tangerine, and Almond Salad

In this unusual dish, black pudding—a blood sausage that's known as boudin noir in France and morcilla in Spain—is a rich complement to delicately seared scallops. The recipe comes from Andrew Zimmerman of Sepia, who will be cooking at the Beard House tomorrow night.

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Eat this Word: Kuku Sabzi

WHAT? Iranian frittata. The herbs used to make kuku sabzi symbolize rebirth and the eggs fertility, which is why this Persian omelette is traditionally eaten at Noruz, Persian New Year. The herbs (sabzi), in fact, are key to the celebration; they are one of seven traditional items-symbolizing seven guardian angels—that are part of every table setting for the New Year's feast. According to Margaret Shaida's Legendary Cuisine of Persia, kuku sabzi is the most famous and popular of the many varieties of kuku (omelette). It can be eaten hot or at room temperature. Iranians cook one side of the omelette in a frying pan, then cut it into wedges before flipping each slice to brown. When done, the outside of the kuku should be a crispy bronze, the interior tender and green from generous handfuls of cilantro, dill, mint, chives, and other herbs. Chopped barberries (a sour red berry

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Eye Candy: Savory Madeleines

savory madeleines JBF Award Winner Georges Perrier and Nicholas Elmi—both of the acclaimed Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia—served these delicious savory madeleines at their Beard House dinner last month. Click here to see more photos from the elegant menu. (And check out the madeleine recipe here).

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On the Menu: The Elements of Tofu

greens logo At tomorrow night's dinner for JBF Greens—our programming series for foodies under 40—guests will get a taste of the Japanese tradition of tofu. Chef Hiroki Abe of EN Japanese Brasserie will create a five-course seated tasting menu that showcases the many forms of fresh tofu and its rich history and artistry. Sake expert Kazuhide Yamazaki of Japan Prestige Sake International will pair a delectable sake with each course, and guests will also enjoy Stella Artois, Leffe, and Hoegaarden beers. Tickets are a steal at $55, so call 212-627-2308 or 1-800-36-BEARD to reserve your seat. View the full menu after the jump. Hors d'Oeuvre Warm Soy Milk Freshly Made Scooped Warm Tofu, Served with Wari Joyu Freshly Made Scooped Chilled Tofu, Served with Sea Salt Stella Artois, Leffe, and Hoegaarden Sake: Sawanoi Ginjo Dinner Zensai

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Eye Candy: Vermicelli Panna Cotta

panna cotta For his dessert course, Kuldeep Singh of Origin India Restaurant served this vermicelli panna, topped with a layer of alphonso mango jelly. Click here to see more photos from his modern Indian Beard House dinner.

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