Salt & Spine
Summary: We tell the compelling stories behind cookbooks you won't get anywhere else. Featuring interviews with leading authors, we explore the art and craft of cookbooks, looking at both new and vintage cookbooks and the inspirations behind them … the compelling people who create them … and their impact on home cooks and the culinary world.
Alon Shaya is the author of Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel, his first cookbook. The five-time James Beard nominee (and two-time winner) led three restaurants in New Orleans—Domenica, Pizza Domenica, and Shaya—until 2017, when he started Pomegranate Hospitality. This year, he opened Safta (Denver) and Saba (New Orleans). We talk with Alon at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen.
Maggie is a food & drink writer and author of The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit. She founded the drink section of Serious Eats in 2011 and is now a freelance writer and author covering the explosion of craft drinking. Her first book helps home drinkers make no-fuss, fun and delicious cocktails with recipes focused on fresh ingredients that are already on your shopping list. We sat down with Maggie at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk crafting cocktails like a cook, recipe testing hundreds of drinks and what she's got brewing for her next book.
Imogene Tondre is the author of Cuba: The Cookbook. Cuba is a culinary melting pot, infused throughout history with global influences that have left their mark on the island country's food. We talk with Imogene about preserving the country's culinary traditions, Cuban home cooks' diverse repertoire, and how she constructed this colorful tome.
Michael Harlan Turkell is an award-winning photographer, podcast host, and author of Acid Trip: Travels in the World of Vinegar, a book that began when a forgotten bottle of wine turned to vinegar. Thus began a global pursuit of vinegar and the people, places, and history that influence the fermented ingredient. We sat down with Michael at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk about this staple pantry ingredient, how to make vinegar at home, and the reason why we like ketchup with our eggs.
Gaby Dalkin is the force behind What’s Gaby Cooking—a popular food blog and, now, a California-inspired cookbook, What's Gaby Cooking: Everyday California Food. We sat down with Gaby at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen cooking school to talk about her recipes, her path from a super picky eater to today, and the transition from food blogger to cookbook author.
Samin Nosrat is the award-winning author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking. We sit down with Samin at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk about turning a cooking philosophy into an artfully illustrated cookbook, those who've inspired her and what's next.
Nancy Singleton Hachisu is the author of Japan: The Cookbook. We sit down with Nancy at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk about her research process, making Japanese food at home, and her previous James Beard Award-nominated cookbooks.
Diana Henry is a food writer and the author of 11 cookbooks, including her most recent How to Eat a Peach. We sit down with Diana at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk about her 4,000 cookbooks, menus, and the month of October.
Jacques Pépin is the author of more than 30 cookbooks, including the recent A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey. We sit down with Jacques at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk cookbooks, family, and his legacy.
Jessica Battilana is the author of Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need. We sit down with Jessica at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk cookbooks, Negronis, and oven fires.
Edward Lee is the author of Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine, which tells sixteen compelling stories of people redefining culinary traditions across the country. We sit down with Edward at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen.
Emily Kaiser Thelin is the author of Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert's Renegade Life, a culinary biography of renowned cookbook author Paula Wolfert, featuring more than 50 recipes. We sit down with Emily at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen.
Chef James Syhabout is the author of Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef’s Thai Isan & Lao Roots—part cookbook, part memoir of the Michelin-starred chef's life. The book includes nearly 100 recipes, including James' version of khao mun gai (poached chicken and rice.) We sit down with James at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen.
Chef Preeti Mistry is the author of The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook: Indian Spice, Oakland Soul, which chronicles her life story, from her childhood to her time on Top Chef to the years she and her wife Ann spent running the popular Juhu Beach Club restaurant. The book includes over 100 recipes, including the famous Manchurian Cauliflower. We sit down with Preeti at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen.
Nigella Lawson's latest work, At My Table, is a celebration of home cooking and includes over 100 accessible and delicious recipes—from the chicken and pea tray bake (which we loved) to Turkish eggs to a recipe for "subverting" that spiralizer in your pantry. We sit down with Nigella at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen in our first episode.