On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, we travel to the Caribbean island of Cuba, where amid embargoes and defections, much of the nation’s food history has been a mystery outside of it’s own country. Writer Ana Sofia Pelaez and photographer Ellen Silverman, made it their mission to bring to light the rich cultural cuisine found in the kitchens of Cuba, from Havana nights to Medianoches (sandwiches). Their book, The Cuban Table, is highlighted by pastelitos de queso y guayaba, empanaditas de chorizo, arroz y frijoles, ropa vieja (“old clothes”), and flan de leche. For these culinary treasures, we raise our Mojitos and Cuba Libres, to liberating more than just the eponymous Cubano.
*photos by Evan Sung
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Gunnar Karl Gíslason explains the geothermal power of Iceland, through it’s culture and cuisine. In his cookbook, “North: The New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland”, Gunnar travels among the country’s many geysers and fjords, to find a cast of purveyors from bacalao fishermen to Artic char smokers, rúgbrauð (rye bread) bakers to seabird egg collectors, harðfiskur (fish) driers to dulse harvesters, and don’t forget the hákarl (rotten shark). When he opened Dill Restaurant (Reykjavik) in 2009, it was amid the largest universal banking collapse. That didn’t stop this viking, nor his country, from showing the world what Iceland has to offer. Skál!
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Dorie Greenspan, who the New York Times has called a “culinary guru”, let’s us in on her stockpile of treasured Parisian baking recipes. In her newest, of a long cache of cookbooks, Baking Chez Moi, reflects on Dorie’s career of cookies and cakes, her collaborations with the likes of Julia Child, Daniel Boulud, and Pierre Herme, all while frequenting the best pâtisseries in hopes of replicating such sweets at home. If those names didn’t fire you up enough, then maybe Martine’s Gateau de Savoie, Odile’s Fresh Orange Cake, Tarte Tropézienne, and Eduard’s Chocolate Chip Cookies will turn on your ovens. From Dorie’s house to yours …
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Chef Jeremy Sewall retraces his New England roots, from Samuel Sewall at the Salem Witch Trials, to generations of fishermen in Maine, like his Cousin Mark who supplies his restaurants of all their lobster. The name of his first restaurant couldn’t be more apropos, as Lineage literally sit a block away from Sewall Ave in Brookline MA. What Jeremy’s done with his fresh perspective for a regional cuisine oft relying heavily on historical dishes from the Puritans, is anew in The New England Kitchen (cookbook). He celebrates a contemporary cast of farmers and thinkers, from Skip & Shore of Island Creek Oysters, his co-collaborators from Island Creek Oyster Bar , to his newest Fort Point oyster bar, Row 34. What’s not lost is Jeremy’s sense of place. He still holds Boston’s past (and the Red Sox) near and dear to his heart.
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin met at a food-focused book club, became drinking buddies, then hoped to rid the world of bad bar snacks, introducing new faves like maple thyme pecans and spicy bacon caramel corn.. They now serve some of Brooklyn best sweet and salty baked treats at Ovenly, seamlessly mixing in savory components en route to becoming one of NYC’s most creative bakeries. In their premier cookbook, Agatha and Erin reflect on their past Polish inflected upbringings, only to find their flagship store firmly set in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, surround by smoked meat shops serving kielbasa, and dishing out doughnuts better known as pączki. Their unique blend of old world ideas with new world flavors, like Brooklyn Blackout Cake using Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout, and cheddar mustard scones, explore the boundaries of baking, all while extolling the simplicity of a salted chocolate chip cookie.
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Cara Livermore didn’t foresee that becoming vegan in college would eventually utilize all the mediums she studied (illustration, photography, screen-to-print design, and hand-lettering), into a single entity now knows as, Chickpea Magazine. Her newfound veganism was cultured while cooking in her first shared apartment, where friends often encouraged her to compile a cookbook. Whereas Cara’s diet may avoid the consumption of animal products, Chickpea Magazine doesn’t limit it’s topics to the bland vegan literature of yore. Instead, it delves into mushroom foraging, harvesting salt in South Korea, using your cold-weather (warming) spices right, boosting base flavors with homemade bouillon, sipping tangy shrubs, and where to eat vegan in NYC. It’s not just about egg replacements anymore.
*photo by Sidney Bensimon
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, meet photographer Tara Donne & food stylist Liza Jernow. Combined, they’ve lived gluten-free diets for over a decade. While working with food-focused magazines like Martha Stewart Living and Real Simple , they decided one day to create a publication for people like them, and thusly, Wild Apple Magazine, an online recipe journal, was born. Featuring gluten-free dishes from baking and breakfast, to making your own GF flour blends. Using GF grains like millet, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum, teff … to simply eating GF foods like fruits, vegetables, and proteins like eggs and meats. You ask, what’s the difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerance, well, we’ll finally find out, and from there, figure out the best approach for you to live your GF lifestyle.
*photo by Melanie Dunea
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, we welcome jill-of-all-trades, Gail Simmons. Special Projects Director at Food & Wine Magazine, judge on Top Chef and Top Chef Duels (Bravo, WED 10PM EST), as well as host of FYI’s The Feed (FYI, THURS, 10PM EST), Gail may be best know for organizing events and overseeing competitions, but she also knows the challenges of one-upmanship. Gail’s modesty precedes her, having toiled as a food writer in Toronto, cooked in cutthroat NYC kitchens like Le Cirque 2000, worked with famed restaurateur Daniel Boulud, and assisted in the offices of Vogue’s own Jeffery Steingarten. Her book, “Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater”, may chronicle her life until now, but how does Gail continue to keep separate her true self from her on-camera personality. Or does she?
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, how does a two-dimensional wallpaper company, transform home decor for a 3D world. This is exactly what Payton Cosell Turner & Brian Kaspr of wallpaper company Flat Vernacular have done with their new venture, Department of Decoration. Inspired by natural elements that surround the sea, DoD’s “Dining Room” collection, includes porcelain plates, cocktail napkins, flatware, linens, and chairs, are accented by colorful matte glazes and calming blue dyes. Their launch included 5 days of gatherings at the High Line Hotel in collaboration with the Spring Street Social Society, which hosted dinners cooked by lauded chefs, and surprise performances by New Orleans jazz bands. Talk about setting the scene.
*image courtesy of http://www.aromadictionary.com/oliveoilwheel.html
Maia Hirschbein is an oleologist, an olive oil specialist. She up in San Diego with an orchard as a backyard, but it took a semester at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, for her to realize what her home state of California had to offer. A missed attempt at working wine harvest in Tuscany lead Maia to her first olive grove. Olive oil has a history over 6500 years old, but the national growth of olive trees only started in the late 1700’s. Learn about Maia’s work with the California Olive Ranch, educating us about how olive oil is actually more of a fruit juice, what the best times of the year are to buy a bottle, that it doesn’t age like wine (so use it right away), and how taste and talk about all flavors and aromas produced by the myriad of varietals existing around the world, and blended in California.
The following olive oils were tasted during this show:
1. California Olive Ranch, Arbeqina
2. Laconia Crete, Pendolino, Leccino, Frantoio, Manzanillo, Mission
3. Deergnaw, Nociara, Taggiasca, Casaliva, Coratina, Picholine
4. Frantoio Grove, Frantoio