An essential pastry technique, folding lets you combine two mixtures when at least one of them is airy and delicate (such as meringue or whipped cream) without letting the final mixture fall flat. You’ll need this skill in your arsenal for creating mousses, soufflés, cakes and many other delights, so study up–here’s the how-to with…
The Batali Inquisition: Nigella Lawson
When is your favorite time of day? Early evening on a night I’m not going out – to be celebrated with a cup of tea or a vodka martini (straight up with a twist). Depending on my fancy, a good book and with some kitchen pottering and a delicious dinner on the horizon. Where…
Gimme A Beet!
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a farmers’ market when I didn’t see beets. This could go a long way to explaining why I like farmers’ markets so much. Corn and tomatoes are around for a few glorious months. Cherries and strawberries are at their peak for just a couple of weeks. Other…
Iconic Hotel Bars
In addition to the magic of a well-made drink, there is something truly special about hotel bars, especially the ones that stand the test of time and offer something unique or transporting, like the Four Seasons in New York. Here are five other iconic bars around the world that come to mind. …
Umami: Everything Right about Fall
Even though summer has not quite ended, I’m already mourning the end of tomato season and the sheer bounty of produce available at the market. But the beauty of the Hudson Valley is its variety. A new crop is almost in bloom. Italians have a love of mushrooms. They have for generations. During autumn…
America Farm to Table
In this new book he celebrates American farmers: their high quality products and their culture defined by hard work, integrity, and pride. Batali asks his chef friends from Nashville to San Francisco to tell him who their favorite farmers were, and those farmers graciously shared their personal stories along with their top-of-the-line produce and products….