Wednesday April 21, 2010
Giulia Melucci's book dedication: For my mother, who taught me how to cook and how to love. That sums up Giulia - a passionate Italian-American who loves food, cooking and family. Giulia shares her quest for love through the meals she cooks for her boyfriends in her memoir, "I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti." It is a witty, self-effacing, often funny account of Giulia's love life and the food she cooks - for love, to assuage a broken heart, and for pure joy.
Giulia represents all that Heirloom Meals aims to capture - a love of one's past seen through food memories, and taking those meal memories and tweaking them for our current lives - "savoring yesterday's traditions today." Enjoy listening to the interview. Thank you Giulia!!
Wednesday April 14, 2010
Christopher Blair grew up in Connecticut in the 1950's in a typical home where Mom always served home-cooked meals. But it was Chris's time in college that helped him evolve into an intuitive cook, a bread baker and lover of seasonal ingredients. One of Chris's favorite books: The Cook Book Decoder or Culinary Alchemy Explained by Arthur Grosser, helps him think about how different foods interact with seasonings from chemistry point of view.
Chris does a brilliant job fusing the art and science of cooking. Who would ever think of pairing paté with ground coffee beans or ground chocolate? Enjoy the interview.
Thursday April 08, 2010
Make no mistake about it Brian Alberg's innovative comfort food derives its roots from his upbringing, which was closely connected to the land and farmers in Copake, NY. He broadened that connection through his apprenticeships in restaurants since the age of 14 and his degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.
Brian was a true advocate of slow food and the locavore movement way before they became "movements!" Here is the interview.
Wednesday March 31, 2010
Michael Pancheri's journey to chef at Allium Restaurant in Great Barrington, MA has its roots in his early interest in food and cooking as a child. Listen while he tells Heirloom Meals Radio about his most memorable food from childhood, Cornish Pasties. His cooking evolved with each stint he had at various restaurants including Hamersley's Bistro in Boston to wd-50 in New York City.
Michael brings all his experiences to the food he now serves at Allium with a bias toward local, in-season ingredients and a farm-to-table menu.
Wednesday March 24, 2010
Julie Gale shares that her family was obsessed with food and she is a chip of the old block. Spend an hour listening to Julie's stories of her two grandmothers different experiences with cooking, her parents passion for discovering and making the world's cuisines and her very own journey to starting a cooking school.
Wednesday March 17, 2010
Listen to Dave Smolover share his memories about his two Ukranian Jewish grandmothers and the dishes that he remembers then making when he was a child. We jokingly said Jewish foods that begin with "k".
Dave handed me some type-written pages that I will share soon this blog soon - promise!!