The Cooking Channel

As this impromtu video suggests, Michael Symon, grows increasingly comfortable in front of a camera.  And he seems to love to do TV.  He’s filmed a series of webisodes for the Wisconsin Cheese board which are actually kind of interesting (in his first, he pairs...

Brussels Sprouts

How many of you thought that Brussels sprouts grew in the ground like little cabbages?  Or like me, never really thought about how they grew until you were forced to consider it?  Last Friday, Thomas Keller flew to Cleveland to promote Ad Hoc At Home, a paean to...

Bourdain and No Rez in Hudson Valley

Where's Moe?Photo by Keith Farris/CIAThe trip began hopefully but slowly turned strange toward, and I don't know that it was entirely Bourdain's fault (as it typically is).  Other forces had to be at work.I was thrilled to be returning to the Hudson...

Julie & Julia, Foodie & Cook

Julia Child is back in the news as Nora Ephron’s new movie Julie & Julia is spread over more column inches than any movie I can remember.  Hundreds of news stories and even coverage on Sunday’s NYTimes Op-Ed page.  Enough already!  Great movie,...

Behind the Scenes of Iron Chef

Jena Wolfe of The Today Show gives a behind the scenes glimpse of Iron Chef America.  She did her story during one episode I happened to be judging, along with my fellow haircut (who in fact makes a very good literary point in this 3-minute story). I was glad to...

How Cooking Can Save Your Life

Learning to cook changed my life—it didn't save it.  I've had it good.  But the tools I learned and the changes I made in order not to humiliate myself on a hotline, made me a better writer and a more effective, efficient creature outside the...