2009 has really been the year of the home cook. While last year's crop of cookbooks was dominated by technical, aspirational, fantastical documents like Alinea, A Day at El Bulli, and Under Pressure, the front runners this year are all about doability — take Ad Hoc home, take Momofuku home, make your own bacon, can [...]
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I held my breath when I heard there was going to be a Momofuku cookbook. Restaurant cookbooks are always a tricky proposition, a tenuous juggling act of self-praises. Inevitably, the chef, the restaurant's philosophy, the restaurant itself, and (often an afterthought) the food, are all forced on us as [...]
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Be warned: Phaidon Press's new book Coco: 10 World-Leading Masters Choose 100 Contemporary Chefs (Amazon) will suck you in. As its neatly descriptive subtitle so concisely notes, this is a book filled with profiles of 100 up-and-coming chefs, as selected by ten "Masters": Ferran Adria, Mario Batali, Rene Redzepi, Alice Waters, Jacky [...]
Autumn brings more than just falling leaves and the return of legitimate root vegetables: it's also when publishing houses drop their most ambitious cookbook offerings, hoping to tap into the spirit of cooking (and book-buying) that pervades the pre-holiday season.
And is this ever a good year for cookbooks: the next three months will see enough [...]
Grub Street tipped us off to the newly-released cover of the upcoming Momofuku cookbook, out October 27, 2009, which you can preorder on Amazon.
Update: The cookbook is out! Read our review: Cookbook Review: Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan: The Hype, Justified
When we heard that No Reservations was doing a food porn episode, and we were like, eh, it's probably just a compilation clip show episode. BUT NO, were we so very wrong. Featuring segments with Jose Andres, Eric Ripert, Terrance Brennan, John Down (of Christopher Norman Chocolates), Martin Picard, and David Chang, this episode had [...]
Today, as part of The Martha Stewart Show's erroneously-named "10th Street Restaurant Tour" of Manhattan's East Village, Martha paid a visit to Momofuku Milk Bar (which is actually on 2nd Avenue and 13th Street). But no matter, the Stewart / Chang culinary bromance is further cemented. In this segment, the history of Momofuku is explored; [...]
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In an interview with The Huffington Post, David Chang talks about the culture of celebrity chefdom, about supporting small, independent farmers against "big tobacco" agri-business, and calls Wylie Dufresne's wd-50 "probably the most important restaurant in New York":
I think that Wylie Dufresne at wd-50 is America's most under-appreciated chef. I learn from [...]