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At Home on the Ardeche with Stephane Reynaud for The Wall Street Journal.

Chef Stephane Reynaud at home on the Ardeche. Photo credit: David Orme for The Wall Street Journal.

Being assigned to interview one of my favorite chefs and cookbook authors about his home kitchen in the Ardeche region of France for The Wall Street Journal was a dream job. I’ve admired Stephane Reynaud for ages, long before I was fortunate … Continue reading

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Finding the Heart on All Things Considered

On Air on All Things Considered

I’ve listened to NPR since before I was a kid, jump starting countless conversations with the phrase, “On NPR…” used by public radio fans the world over. The programs are stitched into my day as succinctly as Terry Gross’s interview … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes of Our Staff Meals Cookbook

Ad Hoc, Yountville, California: Photographer Eric Wolfinger captures chef Dave Cruz bundling skirt steak and charred scallions together for a late night staff meal feast that included a great dane, the teary departure of one staff member, and the best chocolate peanut butter bars in the universe.

I visited every restaurant profiled in the cookbook I co-wrote with Christine Carroll entitled Come In, We’re Closed: An Invitation to Staff Meals at the World’s Best Restaurants. Our book went on sale this week which made it seem like … Continue reading

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A Day With Pork & Sons Author Stéphane Reynaud

Pork Belly

A cab driver drops me off on an early spring morning in a Paris suburb next to a locked iron gate at the top of a hill. He then promptly drives away before I’m sure this is the right place. … Continue reading

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Tartine Bakery, At Last

Gruyère gougères with black pepper and fresh thyme

Tartine Bakery in San Francisco’s Mission District was much smaller than I expected. After months of pining for the recipes in the Tartine Bread cookbook the place in my mind’s eye had grown to enormous proportions. Only a bakery to … Continue reading

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A Wild Fermentation Epiphany at Ubuntu

kohlrabi

I visited northern California a few months ago with Art Culinaire to profile chefs Corey Lee, former chef de cuisine of The French Laundry, now owner and executive chef of Benu in San Francisco; Charles Phan of The Slanted Door … Continue reading

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