Category Archives: staff meal

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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Iceland From Above

A new perspective on a waterfall as a river makes its way to sea, a river we could follow from its origin at a glacier to its intersection with the ocean.

Soaring above Iceland in a four seater plane during our final cookbook photo shoot last month transformed a nation I thought I knew from one craggy end to the other into something completely new. It put all the river, mountain … Continue reading

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James Beard on the Ganga River

Preparing roti at a temple in Haridwar

I was on a local bus to Haridwar from New Delhi the day the James Beard nominations  were announced. The last thing on my mind was whether or not the staff meal cookbook I co-wrote would snag a nomination that day … 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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An Interview with Ferran Adria & Dinner at elBulli

Ferran Adria during service at elBulli.

I ate at elBulli this year which means there is only one answer to the question: “What was the best meal you experienced in 2011?” It’s an obvious choice. And a truthful one. After diligently submitting my annual reservation request … 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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At Home in Austin with John Wayne and Fish Heads

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Uchi means home in Japanese and over the weekend I had the pleasure of staying in two rather remarkable homes in Austin, Texas while visiting a restaurant named Uchi that masterfully embodies the congenial spirit of its name. I arrived … Continue reading

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