September 14, 2011
By Nick Fauchald | Food

Beef: It's What's for Dinner. Photo courtesy of Random House.

If one judges a cookbook by its idiosyncrasies, this fall's best comes from Canada. The Art of Living According to Joe Beef, by Frédéric Morin and David McMillan, will teach you how to cook a horse steak, make absinthe, tour Canada by train and cure a hangover (kale with bacon and fried egg). For whatever reason, the authors' Montreal restaurant, Joe Beef, is less hyped in America than the city's other meat palace, Au Pied du Cochon, but The Art of Living should help to change that. To be clear: This isn't a book you'll cook from cover to cover—unless you can envision a dinner party wherein pork fish sticks, dining car calf liver and éclair Velveeta share a table. However, many of the book's bourgeoisie recipes have made their way through our kitchen with great success (chicken-skin tacos and beef tartare, particularly). But what makes this cookbook so great—and Momofuku Ko chef David Chang's "favorite restaurant in the world," according to his foreword—is the confidence, humor and lack of pretense that allows Morin and McMillan to serve a mound of caviar next to a martini garnished with a Vienna sausage. Oh, those Canadians. $40;

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September 07, 2011
By Marnie Hanel | Food

Courtesy of One&Only.

How do you know things are getting serious in Los Cabos? A tequila sommelier shows up. From November 2-6 at the One&Only Palmilla, shot-master Manuel Arteaga will host evening tastings—and that's just the beginning of the resort's five-day Mexican Culinary Festival. The first annual event will feature a new star chef from a hot Mexican restaurant each evening: Pujol's Enrique Olvera, Paxia's Daniel Ovadia and Sud777's niño prodigo Edgar Nunez will host cooking demonstrations and prepare special menus. Meanwhile, Guadalupe Valley vineyards Roganto, Vinisterra and Singergi VT will provide wine pairings. The festival is all the more delicious due to the One&Only's special weekend package, which offers 30 percent off luxury accommodations and two $50 spa gift certificates. Tastings and suppers are included, por supuesto. From $590 per room;

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August 31, 2011
By Nick Fauchald | Food

Great balls of fire. Photo courtesy of Fontana

Your days of warm, sunny evenings manning the grill are numbered. But that doesn't mean you have to bring the cooking indoors come fall. Consider the outdoor oven, an ancient cooking vessel that's become the latest piece of must-have equipment for the project cook. For those who don't have the DIY wherewithal to build their own, Italy's finest alfresco oven is now available in the U.S. The Fontana Gusto combines nature's best fuel (wood) with the trappings of an indoor range. The upper chamber has a moisture-absorbing stone bottom (for crisp-bottomed pizzas and crusty breads) and room for three racks (for everything else), plus a thermometer, a timer and a convection fan for even cooking. After a 45-minute warm-up, the oven can hit temperatures upward of 700 degrees, which rivals the fire-breathing beast at your local pizzeria. And come Thanksgiving, it'll swallow your turkey whole and spit it out burnished and kissed with smoke. From $5,000,

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August 24, 2011
By Marnie Hanel | Food

The green kitchen's godmother. Courtesy of Alice Waters/Chez Panisse Foundation.

Berkley's famed restaurant Chez Panisse, the cradle of the locavore movement, is turning 40 this week—and what better time to honor its singular founder, Alice Waters? The indefatigable 67-year-old has dedicated her life to changing the way we eat, leading a "delicious revolution" to chuck frozen and processed foods in favor of local, market-fresh cuisine. This weekend, the Bay Area is bursting its buttons to honor all things Alice and raise funds for her nonprofit organization, The Edible Schoolyard Project.

VIEW: The unveiling of Alice Waters's Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery portrait, at the University of California Berkley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, on August 26. The photograph was shot by Dave Woody under a mulberry tree in the Edible Schoolyard. (Mulberry cocktails will be served at the party.) This marks the first time the NPG has allowed a portrait to be debuted off-site.

HARVEST: The BAM/PFA flowerbeds on August 27. Use the squash, herbs, lettuces, corn and beans in interactive cooking installations by OPENeducation.

EAT: A Provençal feast of a lifetime at Chez Panisse on August 27, or snag a seat at the table in one of the many private homes hosting alumni chefs that evening.

WATCH: A film by Marcel Pagnol at BAM/PFA until August 31. The French filmmaker's lovestruck widower, Honoré Panisse, is the restaurant's namesake.

BUY: Alice's new cookbook, 40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering, which hit shelves August 23.

Portrait-unveiling party, $100; Chez Panisse dinner, $500-$2,500; To request a seat at the table, email

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August 17, 2011
By Edina Redwing | Food

Le delicious. Photo courtesy of Le Fooding

Le Fooding, the subversive culinary organization, returns to New York next month to throw a pair of Veuve Clicquot-sponsored food events only the French could dream up.

The first, on September 17, is an epic campfire cookout at a SoHo sculpture garden. In what sounds like a treatment for an MTV-Bravo collaboration, chefs and musicians will partner up to cook a fireside feast. LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and chef Inaki Aizpitarte (of Paris's Le Chateaubriand) will prepare a beef and chive salad; R&B singer Muhsinah will assist Dante Gonzales (of L.A. food truck Dante Fried Chicken) with something called "Sock-It-to-Me Fried Chicken Tofu." DJs, cocktails and roaring fires will keep the party hot.

On September 23, Le Fooding will launch Exquisite Corpse, a 52-hour ultra-marathon meal inspired by the Surrealist art game. Working in four-hour shifts, 13 chefs will cook a menu using equipment and ingredients left by the previous chef. The international roster of culinary gurus includes New York's Andrew Carmellini (Locanda Verde and The Dutch), San Francisco's Corey Lee (Benu), France's Armand Arnal (La Chassagnette) and Italy's Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana).

Tickets for the revolutionary Campfire Session ($50) and Exquisite Corpse ($100) are expected to sell out as soon as they hit the web on September 1, but here's a tip: Secret links to purchase pre-sale tickets already exist out in the ether. It's up to you to find them.

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August 03, 2011
By Departures Dispatch | Food


Red Rooster: The Details
Scene: Jay McInerney meets Jay-Z
Food: Grits and shrimp, garden pickles, grilled snapper, sweet potato donuts, whiskey fudge
Prices: From around $35 for lunch to $65 for dinner, including drinks
Reservations: Absolutely necessary at tables and banquettes in back; it's take-your-chances in the front-room bar for drop-on-bys. 310 Lenox Ave., New York; 212-792-9001;

Required reading before dinner: Inside Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster

Chef Marcus Samuelsson, photographed May 9, 2011, at Red Rooster. Photo © Jennifer Livingston