Heavenly Hosts: Andy of Argentina and his unBelievable Barbeque

I wouldn’t know how to light a barbeque if my life depended on it, and as a result I know nothing about cooking on them. Although I have met people who are willing to stand out in a blizzard for the sake of a grilled chop, for the most part I associate barbeques with warmer climates than the one I come from. There’s even, to my mind, something vaguely exotic about them, especially when my Argentinean friend, Andres Beserman, is the one hovering, tongs at the ready, over a basin of smouldering, neon coals. Read more →

Let’s Play Squash!

Friends of mine, Kerry and Ivy Knight and Rob Firing, have just written a book together called, The Everyday Squash Cook.  If you think “everyday” means “ordinary”, you’re in for a surprise.  I cornered Kerry, dressed in his finest, to find out why I should be eating more squash for a healthier 2015…

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Cocktails in Conversation: with spirits entrepreneur and enthusiast, Ian Tuck

My friend, Ian Tuck, is a true renaissance man. He loves basketball as much as the TED conference, is as devoted to the internet as he is to books, owns a wind-up watch, but also a sous-vide machine. In short, Ian is a man very much grounded in what’s worthwhile of the past, while at the same time being voraciously interested in all that’s up and coming. Unlike his friend, moi, who takes forever to give anything “new” the time of day. Read more →

In the Kitchen with Cookbook Editor, Kirsten Hanson

Some people have great-sounding jobs. Kirsten Hanson, cookbook editor for HarperCollins (my editor, lucky me!), is one of them. Every year, she narrows down a pile of cookbook proposals to about 3 to 5 for publication. Then, once committed, she juggles the balance between one-on-one relationships with her authors and a flurry of other relationships which make up the publishing teams that bring these books to shop shelves. Read more →

Bridget and Jill on Entertaining (and Thanksgiving)

Canadians will be preparing for Thanksgiving celebrations this weekend, but I jumped the gun and joined in early festivities in New York State last week. Cheater! I know! But the leaves were stunning, and the weather heaven-sent, and the company too good to pass up. Read more →

Better Than The Baker’s Bread

Toronto dental surgeon, Philip Haddad, remembers being spellbound as a child when his mother would stir yeast into a glass of water and it would mysteriously foam and rise before his eyes. Read more →

Fear of Cooking? Conquered.

Michaella Bacotti was well into her twenties before she learned how to turn on an oven.  She grew up eating food from tins and packages and by the time she moved into her first apartment she had only one cooking technique under her belt:  reheat.  This was her unquestioned normal, until one day everything changed… Read more →

Heavenly Hosts: Marc

My friend, Marc, who lives in Normandy with his partner, Ivan, is the other half of what is a positively dynamite hosting duo.  Marc’s role, when it comes to entertaining at home, is to deal with wine, flowers, candles, seating plan, and all matters of etiquette. (He also keeps bees, tends an apple orchard, feeds laying hens…) I asked him to share some of his soft skills for helping make dinner parties run smoothly. Read more →

Heavenly Hosts: Ivan

There’s at least one recipe from my friend Ivan in every book I’ve written. No small wonder: he’s one of the most skilled and imaginative cooks I know. He, along with his partner, Marc, are also seriously talented hosts, regaling friends with dinners and bucolic weekend parties at their house in Normandy. I’m in awe of Ivan’s entertaining abilities, so I asked him to share some of his tips to help make entertaining happier for the rest of us.  Read more →

Gravlax, baby step by baby step

Before I knew any better, I thought cured salmon must be a very difficult thing to make, and I’m sure I believed it required all sorts of torturously complicated equipment, too. Imagine my surprise, therefore, when I had the utter simplicity of gravlax demonstrated to me by a real live Viking!

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