Salt 'n' Pepa's here!

Now that I’ve got that classic stuck in your head, let’s talk about salt and pepper shall we? These two just might be the most basic, most rudimentary, most overlooked spices in my pantry, and yet they are to me the most fundamental. Especially salt. Without salt, food lacks flavour, lacks pizzazz, no matter how well you’ve cooked it how preciously it was grown. Salt seasons, preserves, breathes life into food. I still remember staging for Suzanne Goin at Lucques; she tasted the dressing I’d made and even though I’d followed her recipe, it was missing something. I trembled as she tasted it. “It needs salt,” she said, plunging her hand into the crock on the counter and almost snapping a few big pinches into my bowl. It… Read More »

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The Milestone List

As you guys may or may not know, I’m nose-deep in writing my very first cookbook (aaaaaaggghhh!) at the moment. It should be available sometime in 2014. Which sounds like a long way off but since the deadline to hand in my manuscript is this May, I’m chugging along like a little tank engine. Toot toot! So many people ask me what my cookbook is about. Frankly, I’m never sure how to answer. “Well, um, it’s just about the way I cook, which is a hodgepodge of cooking traditions,” is the best I can muster. How would YOU describe the way I cook? That would actually be pretty helpful to me!! Anyway, I am writing lots of stories in this book. I’m sort of telling my story through… Read More »

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Daily Sparkle

Growing up, I thought sparkling water or mineral water as we called it was g to the r to the o-s-s. It seemed a bit acrid to me. But Dad loved it; he’d pour some into his nightly whiskey and always go, “aaaaah!” upon the first sip. I don’t know why but suddenly I love it. Can’t get enough of it. I suppose what really got it started was the pink grapefruit Perrier. Oh joy — what a perfectly ladylike beverage. Sparkly, ever so slightly fruity, ever so slightly bitter (like any true lady!) and… calorie-free! I reach for some whenever I need a pick me up, and also whenever I’m hungry; the bubbles fill me up long enough to figure out whether I’m really hungry, or I’m… Read More »

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La-La Pride

In the ongoing battle between the East Coast and the West for the crown of Best Food, you know where I’ve always thrown my vote. The West, yo. Why? Well, not only is it home to the most delicious and most varied range of produce ALL YEAR ROUND, but it’s also the land of dreamers; this land is where only the hardiest dared journey back in the day, crossing icy mountains and barren deserts alike to fall on her sunny shores. That breeds a particular community here of determined dreamers. These days you can find someone from practically every country on the planet here in LA, and usually you’ll find a little enclave of them, which means you can also find some amazing food. I am so proud… Read More »

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