Mention Escoffier at a dinner party and most people, even those who don’t count themselves among the food-obsessed, will likely know you are referring to the great French chef who streamlined the professional kitchen and codified French cuisine. But bring up the name Artusi and you’ll get stares. And yet Pellegrino Artusi and his influential cookbook La Scienza in Cucina e L’Arte di Mangiar Bene
(Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well
) helped shape what has become the world’s favorite thing to eat: Italian food.
Self-published in 1891, Artusi, as the book is commonly known, was groundbreaking in many ways. First, it was written in Italian, the newly official language of the new country that few Italians, except those in Tuscany whose dialect it was based on, spoke. Seco
Sweet seashells. These delicate, scallop-shaped cookies have a history that long predates Proust's memory stimulant. Culinaria France
recounts what sounds like a legend to us, that the cookies first became popular back in the 18th-century, when the Duke of Lorraine, a consummate party host, found himself short a pastry chef while entertaining one night. With no time to spare, the Duke was forced to turn to his chambermaid Madeleine to create sweets for his guests. She whipped up her grandmother's airy, bite-sized cakes and, thus, the madeleine was born. Chances are her grandmother, if she existed, came from Commercy, the town whose bakers have been known for centuries throughout France for their delicate, hump-back madeleines. The batter is a simple mixture of eggs, sugar, and flour; it is a molded pan that gives madeleines their distinct appearance. When fresh from the oven, the cakey cookies have a moist and light interior and crisp outer layer
Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week:
Sunday, March 27, 6:oo P.M.
Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market
Lined with grocers and charming eateries, Chelsea Market is New York’s one-stop shop for every gourmand’s needs. Back by popular demand, this convivial Friends of James Beard Benefit will feature a diverse group of talented chefs who will gather under its roof to prepare the ultimate family-style meal.
Monday, March 28, 7:00 P.M.
Celebrity Chef Tour
The Celebrity Chef Tour began in 2004 as a way to bring the unique experience of dining at New York City’s historic James Beard House to cities around the country. At each Celebrity Chef Tour dinner, some of the nation’s top chefs come t... Read more >
Maybe you've noticed, but we've got a new way of sharing all the great food we eat when we're out and about. JBF is on Foodspotting
. This unique website and mobile app allows users to find, share, and recommend amazing food to their friends and followers by taking photos of dishes you love. Not only are we out there spotting under the James Beard Foundation
handle, we've collaborated with some of our past JBF Award–winning chefs
to create guides featuring the food at their own restaurants.
Our Regional Best Chef winners told us, in their own words, what their favorites dishes are and which foods best repre
We can always count on simple soups to get us through these final stretches of chilly weather. Here's a delicious and easy one
from the team at the renowned Vetri in Philadelphia. The silky ricotta broth and crunchy eggplant garnish will perk up those winter-weary taste buds.
While the Gilt Club brings a rare touch of glamour to the famously laid-back city of Portland, its food hits all the right notes for the community’s discerning locavores. Chef Chris Carriker will make his James Beard House debut this Saturday and there are still seats for the taking. Take a look at his menu of French-inflected Northwest cuisine below, then click here to make your reservation
Foie Gras Terrine with Shortbread, Quince, and Sauternes Gelée
Pheasant Boudin Blanc with Housemade Prune–Port Mustard
Spring Chinook Salmon with Housemade Lardo and Smoked Salmon Caviar
Oregon Elk Tartare and Quail Egg Toasts with Crispy Shallots and Shaved Black Truffles
Pairing: Firesteed Riesling 2008
If there's one trend that's already apparent in a still young 2011, it's the pop-up restaurant. We're getting in on the fun with our own temporary space called JBF LTD
, which will be located in New York's Chelsea Market. It will feature nightly dinners by high-profile chefs; daytime café-style fare by Great Performances; and culinary programming and interactive food-themed experiences. Get all the details at the production's microsite, jamesbeard.org/popup