I first learned about the Hemsley sisters when they were guests on Radio Cherry Bombe last year, and it was love at first sound bite. Aside from becoming obsessed with their awesome British accents, I learned that Melissa and Jasmine stumbled into the world of food in an unlikely way. Older sister Jasmine became interested in the connection of food and health during her modeling career. Subsequently, in partnership with sister Melissa, HEMSLEY + HEMSLEY was born as a bespoke service to help people with their digestion and dietary issues. The two started doing catering . . .
In New York, we don't really have an understanding of spring. There are but a few days in late April/early May when the snow has melted, the rain has passed, the wind chill is gone, and the sun comes out for an elusive flirtation. This lasts only a few days, before the oppressive heat and humidity of summer crash the party. Yet somehow, chic New Yorkers are always prepared for this handful of days. It's like they all secretly have cute-weather-outfit radars - a sixth sense I sadly lack. This year, nature decided to grant us these magical days over a month too early . . .
One of life's greatest pleasures is having the luxury to get lost in a good book. Since many of us will find ourselves on lengthy plane, train or road trips this holiday season - or just with more time to spare than usual - I thought it the perfect opportunity to put together a list of my favorite food books. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya von Bremzen This memoir of a Russian immigrant demonstrates the stark contrast between bread lines and food shortages of 1970's Moscow, and shelves stocked with Velveeta and Cheerios in her newly adopted . . .
Portlandia is a weird show. Correction, when I first saw Portlandia, I thought it was a weird show. But now that I've faithfully watched three seasons, I realize it is absolutely brilliant. If you've never seen it, it's a sketch comedy TV show created by (and starring) Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. Together, they play all types of duos that reflect common stereotypes in modern-day society - basically different types of "hipsters". It's not the slapstick of SNL, or the rom-com of Friends type of funny. It is awkward, often improvised, and after a few episodes, . . .
When Etta James sang "I want a Sunday kind of love," no doubt, she had a luxurious waffle breakfast in mind. Because what is better than enjoying a lengthy weekend breakfast at home with your boo? That's right - nothing. I'd been planning all week long to cook an indulgent breakfast, and when the time came, I turned to the trusty Buvette cookbook for help. One of the recipes I had previously flagged were buttermilk waffles, a popular "off-the-menu" brunch item at the restaurant. I swapped out a few of the ingredients for healthier options (melted butter for . . .
As I previously mentioned, my Parisian cousin is a devout juicer and smoothie-drinker, and is also on her way to full on veganism. During my visit, we spent a lot of time talking about this way of life and its benefits, and she introduced me to a book called Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr (published by Skirt!, 2011). I've purchased a copy since my return but unfortunately haven't found the time to read it cover to cover yet. I have flipped through some of it though and feel smarter already! The author was diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of cancer some years . . .
The Brown Betty Cookbook (John Wiley & Sons, 2012) is a collection of dessert recipes from the Brown Betty Dessert Boutique in Philadelphia. The boutique was founded by mother-daughter team, Linda Hinton Brown and Norrinda Brown Hayat, and inspired by Linda's mother Betty's legacy of weekly biscuit, pie and cake feasts. From the cover art and the photos inside, to the family stories told throughout, and even down to the font choices, this book is absolutely beautiful. It features recipes for cookies, pies and cupcakes, but has a definite accent on their famous . . .