Cinco de Mayo is over and Mother’s Day is upon us. Welcome friends, to the summer celebration season.
As a food editor, I get a decent number of invitations to “eat this” and “see that” and “read this.” Here’s a collection of my favorite things happening in food this week, from recipes to cookbooks to rooftop bars opening, at last, for Spring.
Ceviche Recipe by Chef Franco Barrio
This ceviche recipe by Chef Franco Barrio of New York’s Bespoke Kitchen is beautiful, delicious, and easy to make. I’ll be serving it at my first summer party on Memorial Day weekend.
City of Gold
This not exactly new film – it opened in January – follows restaurant critic Jonathan Gold on a culinary tour of Los Angeles that spans Boyle Heights, Koreatown, Pico Boulevard, and beyond. In it, Gold, who was the first food critic to win a Pulitzer Prize and is one of the most revered food writers in journalism, eats tacos, curries, and pho while sharing his insightful, and often self-deprecating, musings on the ways in which food both maintains and transcends culture. The result is a sort of love letter to Los Angeles, one that is by turns heartbreaking, inspiring, utterly profound.
I’m loving this cookbook by Claudia Sandoval, the winner of Fox’s Master Chef Season Six. She is delightful and approachable and so is her food. My favorite recipes include Huitlacoche Tamales, Chilaquiles Verdes, and Claudia's incredible Traditional Birria. The book offers a broad range of flavors without forgetting that cooking is about time spent with family, not time spent trapped in the kitchen.
‘Tis the season… for rooftop bar and restaurant openings! (And Hallelujah, because it’s been a long, long winter.) Among my favorite spots to sit, sip, and see the New York skyline is Cantina Rooftop. It’s in Hell Kitchen, which makes it perfect for post-Broadway show gatherings, and the food and drinks are fun and festive.
I’m dying over these adorable bracelets created by Chef Andrew Zimmern and designer Nicolle Nelson. Food-themed jewelry is typically kind of cheesy (pun intended), but these are made from Italian leather and sterling silver and have a corresponding “philosophy” for each. The pineapple, pictured here, is a symbol of hospitality whose Central and South America roots signified friendship among the Carib Indians.
I dig this coffee maker, which tucks all the bells and whistles of the “fancy” brewers into a clean, modern design that won’t clutter my tiny New York kitchen countertops any more than they already are. Bonus points: it brews perfect iced coffee.