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Erin McKenna Perfected The Gluten-Free Doughnut. Next Up: Pizza, Bagels.

BabyCakes boss sets her sights on savory things
Mar 25, 2015 11:00 am

Working in a professional kitchen can be daunting experience for many people. But not so much for Erin McKenna, who grew up with 11 brothers and sisters. You could reasonably call it a cakewalk for McKenna, founder of New York’s pioneering BabyCakes bakery, a mecca for treat-seekers who might otherwise abstain because of aversions to things like gluten and dairy. Here, she chats with writer Nicole Schnitzler.

Chicago Chef Paul Kahan Is Calling All Competent Cooks

Blackbird boss talks Midwest hospitality, expansion
Mar 4, 2015 10:00 am

Paul Kahan has been on a roll lately. Beyond his celebrated Chicago newcomers Nico Osteria and Dove's Luncheonette, the chef who first elevated Chicago dining with Blackbird in 1998 now has another eight restaurant projects in the pipeline. Yet empire is not his end goal. 

Take Root's Elise Kornack Challenges Convention, And Herself, At Every Turn

One of NYC's youngest, most artful chefs speaks out
Feb 5, 2015 10:00 am

At 28, Elise Kornack has done the unthinkable, creating a small restaurant that affords her time off to be with family and friends while still being important enough to win her restaurant, Take Root, fame and even a Michelin star. Here, the outspoken young chef talks about her unusual career track and why she left Manhattan's hottest kitchens to go it alone on a quiet Brooklyn street.

Jay Rayner Wants You To Reconsider Locavorism

And stop the oversimplification of food systems!
Dec 1, 2014 12:17 pm

From Mark Bittman to Dan Barber to Mario Batali, leading American thinkers, writers and chefs suggest that the best way to eat right is to know your farmer. To embrace locally grown and produced ingredients. To shop at your local greenmarket when possible. Jay Rayner, however, has a different take on the subject. Jay who?

Jesse Schenker, A Man of Extremes

Chef has written one hell of a kitchen memoir
Nov 25, 2014 11:00 am

Ten years ago, Jesse Schenker sat bloodied in the back of a police car, with track marks in his arm and any number of illicit substances swirling around his system. Now, he’s the executive chef and owner of two Manhattan restaurants, Recette and The Gander. It’s not been an easy run.

Magnus Nilsson Will Now Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Nordic Cuisine

Plus, famed Swedish chef dishes on upcoming book
Nov 13, 2014 10:00 am

Magnus Nilsson, the rising star Swede whose episodes of Mind Of A Chef are airing through the winter on PBS, joins us at The Breslin in NYC to talk about conceptions and misconceptions about Nordic cuisine, his cooking philosophies, and why he first said no but eventually relented to write what might become the definitive book about Scandinavian cuisine.

At Prune, Gabrielle Hamilton Is Throwing A Party. You’re Just Paying The Bills.

After 15 years, the NYC chef has written it down
Nov 4, 2014 12:00 pm

It is Sunday afternoon at Prune, and on the sidewalk upstairs a crowd has gathered, patiently listening for their names. The wait is between 20 minutes and one hour, and most are content to stand patiently in the sun, sipping coffee from to-go cups and awaiting eggs Benedict with golden toasted potatoes rosti. But we're downstairs, getting schooled by chef-owner Gabrielle Hamilton.

Here’s To Not Shutting Up: How Humble Brooks Headley Blew Up Cookbook Publishing

Del Posto pastry chef wrote a memoir, with benefits
Oct 16, 2014 9:00 am

Brooks Headley's new cookbook is a memoir half-disguised as a cookbook with guest essays from Sloane Crosley and Robert Sietsema, and photography from Tamara Shopsin. For the photos think less soft-focus panna cotta, more fisting of a large filone. Just go buy the book and put it on your nightstand. You will laugh a lot. Also, you will learn a bit. And, in fact, we learned a bit too during our talk. Here are some highlights.

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