Beet-cured salmon from Gail Simmons’ Bringing It Home.

My love of Top Chef has gotten to the point that I have a section of my main bookshelf dedicated to some of my favorite judges* and cheftestants from the show—though I will admit that Tom Colicchio’s books live up in my New York section, because most of these books came out way after his…

06.18.11: dinner and a movie (quasi-bouillabaisse and Day for Night).

People used to stare at fires. Now they watch TV. We need to see moving images, especially after dinner. –Francois Truffaut, Day for Night. Day for Night, simply put, is an amazing film. It’s joyous, hilarious, sad, and absurd. It’s a triumph of love and dedication and personal expression, and true to its tagline,  it…

Introducing a new feature for the summer!

That thud you just heard would be me slumping onto our couch after a dizzying two months of moving madness and one of travel and weddings and the like. All of the various goings-on have kept us out of the kitchen more often than we’d like, especially on weekends, but now that the dust is settling…