The man, the myth, the legend, Ed Levine–creator of Serious Eats–stopped by my kitchen on Monday to chat with me all about his career; from his book “New York Eats,” to the TV show he hosted with Jeffery Steingarten (and a surprising moderator) to the creation of Serious Eats itself. We also talked about the big Serious Eats sandwich festival coming up on Governor’s Island on July 23rd. There’ll be sandwiches from Torrisi, Locanda Verde, Gramercy Tavern, Salumeria Biellese, Taim Mobile; plus our friends from the Big Gay Ice Cream truck will be there too. Oh and lots of booze. Tickets are $65 each (buy them here) but Ed generously agreed to give away TWO pairs of tickets to Amateur Gourmet readers. So: to win, write a recipe for your favorite sandwich in the comments (make sure to use a valid e-mail address). I’ll pick the two best sandwiches and those folks will each win a pair of tickets to the event. And I’ll be there too, so see you there!
My “Someone’s In The Kitchen With” series continues from the rooftops of New Orleans, where I join celebrated photographer and food blogger Matt Armendariz (author of the brand new “On A Stick” and the blogger behind MattBites.com) for a stimulating conversation all about Matt’s career, his book, why he likes food on a stick, food photography (how to make your food photos better) all while sipping trashy drinks purchased on Bourbon Street. Thanks Matt for taking the time to do this! And thanks for the booze.
Doug burst out laughing when I told him that he and Bryan, of the world famous Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, were my first celebrity guests on “Someone’s In The Kitchen With….” And though his laughter was pretty sincere, you’ve got to admit: Doug and Bryan have made it pretty big. They have a book in the works, a new store opening up, not to mention their appearances on Rachael Ray and Andrew Zimmern. Here, in this chatty podcast, we cover everything from what it’s like to drive a big gay ice cream truck around New York City to the truck’s significance in the gay rights movement. (Also: the night that I cooked them dinner.) Thanks to Doug & Bryan for trekking all the way here on their day off!
On this, the third episode of “Someone’s In The Kitchen With…” (though really the second official episode, since episode 1 had major technical issues), I play host to Cara Eisenpress & Phoebe Lapine from “Big Girls, Small Kitchen” who have a new cookbook out called, fittingly enough, “In The Small Kitchen.” Watch as the “girls” teach me how to make and plate sweet pea crostini while we kibbitz about cookbook writing, The Barefoot Contessa (they were on an episode of the show!), catering parties, and how to collaborate on a cookbook without killing your co-author. Also: if you have happen to be in L.A., Cara and Phoebe are hosting a book party this Thursday (June 2nd) at the Thompson Beverly Hills Rooftop from 7 PM to 10 PM. RSVP here. Oh, and don’t miss their recipe for Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce which I blogged about in the post below.
This week on “Someone’s In The Kitchen With….”, I play host to Emeric Harney of the legendary SoHo tea emporium Harney & Sons. Learn how to brew green tea properly, what makes white tea white tea, which kind of tea has the most caffeine (the answer may surprise you) and how to pronounce “pu’er” properly (and what, precisely, “pu’er” is in the first place.) You’ll be happy to see that because I shot this on iMovie, we don’t encounter the same technical issues we encountered last week with Rachel Wharton (don’t worry, we’ll have her back!) Next week I’m playing host to Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress, the bloggers behind “Big Girls, Small Kitchen” who have a brand new book coming out (with a Foreward from none other than Ina Garten.) Make sure to follow me on Twitter so you can Tweet any questions you may have for them. And if you have ideas for future guests, leave them in the comments!
In just a few hours, the one and only Rachel Wharton (James Beard Award winner, writer for Edible Brooklyn, Edible Manhattan and the new Gilt Taste) is coming over to teach me her recipe for pimento cheese. I’m about to go food shopping for it, but join us at 3 PM EST right here or, if you want to join the chat (and please do! we want questions!) click here.
UPDATE: So we had some technical problems along the way (the video would freeze every so often and people couldn’t get into the chat room), but Episode 1 of “Someone’s In The Kitchen With…” was a lot of fun—this pimento cheese is so amazing, I can’t stop eating it (here’s the recipe)–and now the video is archived and watchable above. Thanks, Rachel, for being such a great first guest!