Recipes from the Best of the Best: Crème Brûlée with Raspberries

Jean-Louis Palladin's recipe for crème brûlée, courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

 

Jean-Louis Palladin's fastidious recipe for crème brûlée may not be the most fitting symbol of his iconoclastic career and enduring impact on French cuisine in the United States, but it is one of the best versions we've tried. Get the recipe here.

 

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JBF has recently released The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America’s Outstanding Chefs. This must-have book features delicious, signature recipes from every winner of the Foundation’s Outstanding Chef Award. When we went to press, space required that we omit some surplus essays and recipes,... Read more >

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Q & A with Mark Liberman of AQ

 

At San Francisco's AQ, which is nominated for a Best New Restaurant award, chef Mark Liberman merges Northern California's hyper-seasonal style with a rigorous but discreet use of modernist techniques. We got in touch with him to discuss his cooking philosophy, the best dish on the current AQ menu, and his favorite American foods.

 

JBF: AQ is very devoted to seasonal cooking. Are there particular ingredients at the markets that you can’t wait to get your hands on each year?
 

ML: Right now we’re heading into spring; we’re at the strange seasonal place where it isn’t quite spring yet, but it isn’t winter anymore. I’m looking forward to cooking with purple artichokes and young fava beans.
 

JBF: AQ is clearly a disciple of the California philosophy of cooking, but you’ve also cooked in very technique-driven restaurants, like Daniel and L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon. How do you find a balance between the two? What guides you?

 

ML: I think it’s very... Read more >

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Recipe: Pegu Club's Gin-Gin Mule Cocktail

Pegu Club's Audrey Saunders and her Gin-Gin Mule cocktail

 

This fresh and vibrant cocktail is one of Pegu Club’s signature drinks. “The trick is the homemade ginger beer, which is non-negotiable," says Audrey Saunders, who opened the bar in 2005. “Commercially produced ginger beer is laden with sugar, which suppresses the bright, bold flavor profile of this drink.” Thankfully, the accompanying ginger beer recipe yields a whole gallon, so your Gin-Gin Mules will only be a few shakes away for weeks to come. Get the recipe here.

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Bar Wisdom: Beverage Classes Around the Country

James Beard Foundation senior editor Anna Mowry reports on beverage classes around the country

 

Bars have always been dependable places to unwind, enjoy a drink, and get some therapy (or even plot a revolution). But lately some watering holes, including the below semifinalists for our new Outstanding Bar Program award, are also offering their customers an education. Here's what you can learn at the following spots.

 

Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston (anvilhouston.com)
Located in a remodeled, half-century-old tire store, this establishment is owned and operated by a trio of professed “cocktail freaks.” You can sense their enthusiasm through the generous offerings at the bar’s monthly classes: guests typically get to taste up to eight spirits and three cocktails per session.

 

Rivera, Los Angeles (riverarestaurant.com)
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Q & A with Seamus Mullen of Tertulia

Seamus Mullen of Tertulia, interviewed by the James Beard Foundation

 
 

A Vermont-raised chef may not be the likeliest candidate to serve the most sought-after tapas in New York City, but ever since Seamus Mullen and his slow-grilled turbot scored a rave from the Times, it’s been nearly impossible to score a seat at his restaurant, Tertulia. If you have eaten there, you know why it’s nominated for a Best New Restaurant award. Read on to see what Mullen told us about the lessons he learned while cooking in Spain, the challenges of cooking authentic Spanish cuisine in America, and where he likes to nosh on his days off. 

 
 
JBF: What’s the story behind the name Tertulia?
 
SM: In Spanish a tertulia translates to a chat or a get-together. It's usually accompanied by wine and, inevitably, food. When I was in college studying Spanish literature, we had a weekly tertulia at my pro

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On the Menu: April 14 through April 21

The Beard House

 

Here’s what JBF has planned for next week:

 

Monday, April 16, 7:00 P.M.
Bill Telepan and Friends
What’s better than a market-driven dinner created by chef Bill Telepan? How about a feast of local, seasonal, sustainable cuisine prepared by Telepan and like-minded chefs from around the country right here at the Beard House? Join us as we welcome some of America’s top chefs for a spectacular spring dégustation.

 

Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 P.M.
Notes of the Northwest
Nestled on 18 acres of restored wetlands, the progressive Cedarbrook Lodge has a deep commitment to sustainable practices that extends to its culinary endeavors: the chefs hand-pick their ingredients from local farms, ranches, waters, and their own sprawling on-site garden. Jo... Read more >

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