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.
Yotam Ottolenghi is an Israeli-British chef, owner of multiple restaurants (including the eponymous Ottolenghi) and the author of seven cookbooks, which include the award-winning NOPI and Jerusalem. We sat down with Yotam at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk about his new book Ottolenghi Simple, what makes a recipe "simple," and the food and people who've influenced him. Plus, hear a special excerpt from his podcast Simple Pleasures, where he gets in the kitchen with friend and cookbook author, Nigella Lawson.
Julia Turshen is the author of Small Victories, Feed The Resistance, and her latest: Now & Again. We sat down with Julia at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk leftovers, her latest project Equity at the Table, and about how cookbooks can be tools for social and political change. Plus, we’re talking to Shakirah Simley about Nourish/Resist and stopping by Omnivore Books in San Francisco to chat with Celia Sack.
François-Régis Gaudry is a food critic, radio host and author of Let's Eat France! We sat down with François-Régis at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to explore where French culture and cuisine intersect and the army of food experts that informed this 432-page, 6 pound (2.7 kilo) cookbook. Plus, Paul Forbes of Stained Page News dishes on other cookbooks that break the typical cookbook mold.
Naz Deravian is the author of Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories, her first cookbook. We sat down with Naz at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to #TalkCookbooks, Persian cuisine, and the impact of today’s political climate on her work.
Nik is a cook, author, and photographer of Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food, his first cookbook. The Bombay native fell in love with cooking as a kid, but only after a move to America and a medical degree later did he begin to pursue his passion for cooking. Through his blog, A Brown Table (and later a San Francisco Chronicle column of the same name), Nik documents his exploration — and celebration — of time spent in the kitchen and how the flavors of his life influence the food he creates. We sat down with Nik at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen cooking school to talk about creating food and flavors accessible for home cooks, celebrating the small moments in the kitchen and how he proudly tells his own immigrant story through food.
Cal Peternell is the author of three cookbooks, including his latest: Almonds, Anchovies, and Pancetta. You might also know him from his two-decade tenure leading the kitchen at Chez Panisse, Alice Water’s famed Berkeley restaurant. We sat down with Cal at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to #TalkCookbooks.
Leslie Jonath is a book producer and author of Feed Your People, a big-batch, big-hearted book on serving up great food and memories with your community and those you love. We sat down with Leslie at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen to talk latkes, cookbook trends and the importance of taking time to gather in the kitchen and around the table.
Marti Buckley is the author of Basque Country: A Culinary Journey Through a Food Lover's Paradise, her first cookbook. A food writer and cook who grew up in Alabama, Marti planned to spend just a year in San Sebastián. Eight years later, she's still there, having fallen in love with the people, food and culture of this small region in northern Spain. We talk with Marti at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen.
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.