Air fryer Catalonian-style chicken wings with allioli.

Even though it’s been nearly seven years(!) since we last were in Caldes d’Estrac and eating at El Taller, I still think about their signature roasted meats served with a ramekin of allioli made completely from scratch. (By that I mean they made the emulsion only using some garlic, salt, lemon juice, and olive oil…

Tom Colicchio’s roasted tomato risotto from Think Like a Chef.

Even the most casual of Top Chef fans know that attempting to make risotto usually does not end well for the cheftestants, though there have been a few exceptions. Some notable ones I remember include: Season three premiere: Howie actually makes a successful risotto with uni, but forgets to plate the other required component (frog’s…

Garganelli Aromàtiques, as interpreted from La Pasta Per Als Catalans.

A small part of my cookbook collection comprises books that I’ve gotten while traveling abroad; this started with our honeymoon in Piemonte nearly 12 years ago and has since grown to include several cookbooks on Catalan and Basque cooking. Our most recent trip in 2018 yielded my largest haul in that I got all of…