What's in a Name: JBF Award Winner Donald Link's Herbsaint

Herbsaint is a brandname of anise-flavored liquor. The spirit’s creators, J.M. Legendre and Reginald Parker, were veterans of absinthe making, having learned the art while stationed in France during World War I.

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The Bookshelf: New York Cooks (with recipe!)

New York CooksNew York City's restaurant scene moves at a breakneck speed, a fact not unnoticed by Joan Krellenstein and Barbara Winkler, who recently published New York Cooks: 100 Recipes from the City's Best Chefs. In the introduction the authors acknowledge that by the time the book would hit stores earlier this month, a few of its featured chefs will have moved on, some leading other kitchens, others traveling in search of inspiration. It's a realistic admission that rings with greater solemnity in light of the recent spate of restaurant closings we've seen in this industry that often seems unstoppable. It's also what makes this cookbook feel so special: Krellenstein and Winkler have given us a time capsule that captures the enduring spirit, resolve, and creativity of our city's chefs—proof th

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Staff Recipe: Phyllis's Sauteed Corn with Pesto and Robiola

Corn When Phyllis Isaacson told us about her deliciously simple pesto the other night, we knew we had to share the recipe. “The inspiration for combining Robiola with pesto comes from the gastronomic superstore Peck in Milan,” she told us. The combination of the garlicky pesto, creamy Robiola, and fresh corn makes for the perfect end-of-summer weeknight dinner.

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Staff Recipe: Phyllis's Sauteed Corn with Pesto and Robiola

Corn When Phyllis Isaacson told us about her deliciously simple pesto the other night, we knew we had to share the recipe. “The inspiration for combining Robiola with pesto comes from the gastronomic superstore Peck in Milan,” she told us. The combination of the garlicky pesto, creamy Robiola, and fresh corn makes for the perfect end-of-summer weeknight dinner.

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Q & A: Barbara Fairchild

Barbara Fairchild Barbara Fairchild was inducted into our Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America in 2000; since then she's freshened up the print version of Bon Appétit and expanded the magazine's website. She's now putting the finishing touches on its own iPhone app, which will surface later this year. Read on to hear why bologna is her favorite sandwich meat and more.

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Agnolotti Daniel Boulud and other chefs from his empire prepared this sweet corn agnolotti at the Beard House last week—it was topped with chanterelles, Thai basil, julienned black truffles, and rillons. Check out more photos from the event here.

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Worth Waiting For: Hot Doug's

Hot Doug's There are hundreds of hot dog joints throughout the city of Chicago, yet only Hot Doug's—the maker of gourmet weinies like the foie gras–sauternes sausage with sel gris and truffle aïoli—boasts lines that weave around the block and demand an hour of your time. Jamie Feldmar tells us why it's worth the wait. 
 
Hot Doug’s, Chicago
by Jamie Feldmar

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Field Trip: An Afternoon at the StarChefs International Chefs Congress

Pork scratchings

Pork rinds made by the Spotted Pig team

StarChefs.com is currently holding its fourth annual International Chefs Congress in New York City, a three-day culinary symposium that's open only to industry professionals. We stopped by on Sunday—the first day of the program—to take in some demonstrations, listen to panel discussions, and eat. When we arrived around noon, attendees were taking their seats around the main stage to watch a keynote panel called "What is American Cuisine?" (A topic we know a thing or two about—click here for our white paper, "The State of American Cuisine.") Hosted by our friend, Clark Wolf, the panel incl

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