The concept of COOKFIGHT is incredibly fresh. New York Times journalists Kim Severson and Julia Moskin, who also happen to be best friends, choose a theme (dinner on a budget, for example) and then compete to see who can make the best meal. The results of their efforts fill the pages of this book; a book so chock-full of winning recipes, I’m not sure which one I want to make first. Ok, that’s a lie, I know which one I want to make first but it means I’m choosing sides in the Cookfight. (Don’t tell Kim, but it’s Julia’s pasta with roast chicken, currants and pine nuts.)
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be invited to the New York Times building (my first time!) to interview Kim and Julia about their book. Instead of a lengthy 20 minute interview that meanders in all directions, I decided to pose various Cookfights to them to watch them duke it out. Coke vs. Pepsi, Mounds vs. Almond Joy, etc. The results are in the video below; but if you have a job where you can’t watch videos at work, I’ve broken it all down for you underneath it with comic book speech balloons that recreate the conversation.
ROUND 1: COKE VS. PEPSI
ROUND 2: IN-N-OUT BURGER VS. SHAKE SHACK
ROUND 3: MOUNDS VS. ALMOND JOY
ROUND 4: VANILLA VS. CHOCOLATE
ROUND 5: GUY FIERI VS. PETE WELLS
ROUND 6: GRITS VS. POLENTA
What say YOU readers? Where do you stand in these important food battles? Let us know in the comments! And make sure to pick up a copy of COOKFIGHT the next time you’re in a book store. It’s entertaining (as you can see from the above) and makes you very, very hungry.