We hear the word “artisanal” all the time—attached to cheese, chocolate, coffee, even fast-food chain sandwiches—but what does it actually mean? We take “farm to table” and “handcrafted food” for granted now but how did we get here? In Finding the Flavors We Lost, acclaimed food writer Patric Kuh profiles major figures in the so-called “artisanal” food movement who brought exceptional taste back to food and inspired chefs and restaurateurs to redefine and rethink the way we eat.
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Padma Lakshmi is the host of the Emmy Award-winning Bravo series Top Chef, and the author of two cookbooks: Easy Exotic and Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet. She is first internationally successful Indian supermodel, and has appeared in numerous fashion spreads. Love, Loss, and What We Ate is a vivid memoir of food and family, survival and triumph; and traces the arc of Lakshmi’s unlikely path from an immigrant childhood to a complicated life in front of the camera—a tantalizing blend of Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn.
No one knows Indian food like Madhur Jaffrey. For more than forty years, the “godmother of Indian cooking” (The Independent on Sunday) has introduced Western home cooks to the vibrant cuisines of her homeland. Now, in Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking, the seven-time James Beard Award–winning author shares the delectable, healthful, vegetable- and grain-based foods enjoyed around the Indian subcontinent.
Nigella Lawson, food enthusiast, television personality, and journalist, is the author of nine bestselling books including Nigella Kitchen, Nigella Fresh, Feast, Nigella Bites, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, and How to Eat. She has a successful television series on Food Network, E! Entertainment Television, and Style and hosts The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, Ludo Lefebvre, and Brian Malarkey.
Join us for an evening all about Whiskey. In The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-it-All: Know Your Booze Before You Choose, Richard Betts offers up a clever distillation of America’s favorite libation, in the follow-up to his immensely popular New York Times bestselling The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert.
Michael Anthony is the executive chef-partner of Gramercy Tavern, the executive chef and director of Untitled, and the author of The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook. He received the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in the United States in 2015, after being named Best Chef, New York City, in 2012. V IS FOR VEGETABLES: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks—from Artichokes to Zucchini is his first stand-alone cookbook and includes a multitude of genius tips, helpful photographs, and exceptional recipes — all created in a home kitchen.
Emeril Lagasse is the chef-proprietor of 12 restaurants across the country. He has received numerous Best Restaurant, Best Chef, and Best Service awards, and in 2013 received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation. His TV show, Emeril Live! airs on the Food Network and he has appeared on Bravo’s hit food series, Top Chef, and joined TNT as co-host for their cooking series, On the Menu. In Essential Emeril, Lagasse goes back to basics, presenting more than 130 recipes that defined his career.
Over the years, Chef Charlie Palmer combined his creative cooking spirit and flair for business to open eleven notable restaurants across the country, a growing collection of food-forward wine shops and award-winning boutique hotels. A frequent guest on NBC’s Today Show, Palmer is also the author of five cookbooks.
Since striking out on his own from Thomas Keller’s acclaimed French Laundry in 2010, Corey Lee has crafted a unique, James Beard Award‐winning cuisine that seamlessly blends his South Korean heritage with his upbringing in the United States. Benu has gone on to receive three Michelin stars, four stars from The San Francisco Chronicle, and the AAA Five Diamond Award.
Samuelsson, the youngest chef ever to receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times — is owner of Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem and former Executive Chef and co-owner of New York’s Restaurant Aquavit, AQ Cafe at Scandinavia House, and Riingo. He starred on Discovery Home Channel’s “Inner Chef,” is winner of “Top Chef Masters” and is a five-time James Beard Award recipient.