A Few of my Favorite Things

I was recently asked to write up a list of the things that inspire my teaching and recipes.  It was so hard to narrow it down as I gain inspiration from different places each and every day.  Thought I’d share a few of my favorites, and would love to hear from you too.  What is it that inspires you to get into the kitchen?

Canal House Cooks Lunch:  Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer have a lovely sensibility.  They take the best of the season and let us into their kitchens when they make lunch at their studio.  Food voyeurism at it’s finest, it’s completely exemplifies their straight forward cooking styles and it is the kind of food you’ll want to eat every single day.

Munchies:  The folks over at vice.com know how to get into the head of a chef.  Their Munchies video series is all about what inspires your favorite chefs in their kitchens.  You can follow Anthony Strong to Lers Ros, David Chang on a fried chicken quest in Koreatown, or Stephanie Izard to Chicago’s Avec.

Rosewater and Orange Blossoms:  Maureen Abood went to Tante Marie’s about a year ago.  A food writer before culinary school, she’s returned to her gig and I, for one, am glad she did.  Her blog is the perfect example of someone who writes with a voice and point of view.  It’s not all over the map, it’s focused and sincere.  You’ll love her Lebanese recipes and, maybe even more so, the stories that inspire them.

Omnivore Books:  Celia and Paula at Omnivore inspire a city’s worth of cooks with their stellar cookbook selection. Whether you’re after Jacques Pepin’s latest title, or a collectable Elizabeth David, this meticulously curated store will serve you well.  Don’t let its petite size fool you, it’s packed full of the best cookbooks…ever.

Sweet Paul:  This is a lovely digital magazine (with an accompanying blog).  It’s free to read and mesmerizing.  If Martha Stewart, Donna Hay, and Anthropologie had a baby, this would be it. In a word, gorgeous.

Pop Chart Lab:  The coolest posters ever.  My favorite is this “Splendiferous Array of Culinary Tools” but I also had to buy the “Delectable Kaleidoscope of Candy Bars”.  Can’t wait to hang these in my office.

Catherine Holm Poster:  My grandma used to collect Catherine Holm serving and baking pieces.  Thankfully I’ve got a couple of them, as does my mom. This bold little print reminds me of grandma every time I look at it.

Leave me a comment and let me know what inspires you.

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