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With this cookbook, you’ll never have to wonder about what to cook with potatoes again

Raghavan Iyer is a self-professed potato addict. As he explains in his new cookbook, his obsession started as a tot, the moment he was weaned off milk. His Indian mother fed him a smash of buttery spuds perked up with herbs, spices and roasted lentils. Or she fried chips in salted oil and served them as a snack. Lucky kid. Perhaps it was just a matter of time before the Mumbai-born, Minneapolis-based...
Cook’s Warehouse, Sherlock’s Wine joint Decatur store to close

Cook’s Warehouse, Sherlock’s Wine joint Decatur store to close

A Decatur spot for cooking supplies and wine will close early this year after more than a decade in business. The Cook’s Warehouse and Sherlock’s Wine Merchant announced they will not resign their lease 180 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. when it expires on Feb. 28. The store was open since 2005. Cook’s Warehouse founder Mary S. Moore addressed the closure in a press release: “This location...
Just what is caviar and how many kinds are there?

Just what is caviar and how many kinds are there?

Black sturgeon caviar. / (Evan S. Benn/Miami Herald/TNS) The term “caviar” refers to the salted eggs of a sturgeon.
The 2016 Golden Whisk Awards: The best recipes of the year

The 2016 Golden Whisk Awards: The best recipes of the year

The Grandma Pie is a chewy, crispy, saucy, cheesy study in delicious simplicity. Photo Credit- Mia Yakel. Styling Credit- Anthony Spina.At the end of each year, we ask Atlanta Journal-Constitution food writers Wendell Brock, C.W. Cameron and Bob Townsend to tell us their favorite recipes from the stories they’ve written during the last 12 months. That’s tough, considering all the delicious...
Readers share their favorite family recipes for the holidays

Readers share their favorite family recipes for the holidays

AJC food editor Ligaya Figueras’ recent column on preserving family recipes inspired us to ask for your favorite family recipes. Read our two favorites below, and read more about preserving your family recipes here. Lynn Ford sent us this recipe and said: “I grew up in South Georgia, the Pecan Belt, and although I have lived in Atlanta 35 years, Waycross had the best cooks and teachers...
Readers share their favorite family recipes for the holidays

Readers share their favorite family recipes for the holidays

AJC food editor Ligaya Figueras’ recent column on preserving family recipes inspired us to ask for your favorite family recipes. Read our two favorites below, and read more about preserving your family recipes here. Emma Lee’s Pecan Chiffon Pie from Waycross Lynn Ford sent us this recipe and said: “I grew up in South Georgia, the Pecan Belt, and although I have lived in Atlanta 35...

Heat up your Hanukkah with this recipe for the perfect latkes from The General Muir’s Todd Ginsberg

We love fried potatoes any time of the year, but we especially want them on our plates during Hanukkah, which starts on Christmas this year. Known as latkes, fried potato pancakes are as part of the Hanukkah traditional as lighting candles and playing dreidel. So when we wanted to get a recipe for the perfect latkes, we turned to Todd Ginsberg, the executive chef and co-owner of The General Muir,...
Create the perfect holiday feast with recipes from metro Atlanta restaurants

Create the perfect holiday feast with recipes from metro Atlanta restaurants

Christmas is nearly upon us, which means gifts, quality time with family — and food. Lots of it. If you’re putting together the menu for your Christmas feast, look to recipes from some of your favorite Atlanta restaurants to help you out for the holidays (and beyond).                
Six things Atlanta foodies will want to do in January

Six things Atlanta foodies will want to do in January

Need ideas to start the new year off on the right foot? Thinking about doing a little more traveling in the new year? Want to check out local cheese? Thinking your system just might need a little more good bacteria? Hoping for better skills in the kitchen? Or want to make some new friends who love barbecue as much as you do? We’ve got you covered. Cooks & Soldiers is celebrating La Tamborrada...
Read this cookbook: Raleigh chef shares secrets of her comfort-food success

Read this cookbook: Raleigh chef shares secrets of her comfort-food success

I have never met Ashley Christensen, nor eaten at Poole’s Diner, the Raleigh, N.C., restaurant where she made her name as a chef. But I’ll be darned if I didn’t feel an emotional tug simply from reading the introduction to her first cookbook. Christensen’s story, the way she reinvented the 71-year-old diner and the way it reinvented her, is a tale of love, risk, hard work,...
Holiday entertaining tips from Atlantans who cook for celebrities

Holiday entertaining tips from Atlantans who cook for celebrities

Before Dec. 23, Tony Conway’s Atlanta-based catering company, Legendary Events, has 161 parties to execute. But Conway, a veteran of the hospitality business for 40 years who’s known for making the impossible happen for clients such as Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, doesn’t sound the least bit anxious about it over the phone. He sounds positively sedate, the epitome of grace and...
Buy This: 3 kitchen products for ‘Star Wars’ fans

Buy This: 3 kitchen products for ‘Star Wars’ fans

  “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is now playing on big screens everywhere, stirring memories of our favorite iconic characters, battle scenes, snarky one-liners and musical scores. There is no end to the Star Wars merchandise on the market, including kitchen accessories. Here are three fun, affordable Star Wars products to help culinary-minded fans of the epic film saga summon The...
Buy This: 3 kitchen products for ‘Star Wars’ fans

Buy This: 3 kitchen products for ‘Star Wars’ fans

Star Wars Rogue One Death Star Hot Air Popcorn Maker / Photo: Universal Screen Arts Inc.   “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is now playing on big screens everywhere, stirring memories of our favorite iconic characters, battle scenes, snarky one-liners and musical scores.
Sqirl chef got start in Atlanta, back in town Saturday

Sqirl chef got start in Atlanta, back in town Saturday

  It may be premature to call Jessica Koslow the most exciting California chef since Alice Waters. Then again, it might not be. Inspired by the bountiful fruit of California, Koslow opened Los Angeles’ uber-hip Sqirl as a jam joint in 2011. Today, the breakfast-and-lunch spot that turned humble toast into a “Thing” is where the beautiful people flock to much on Koslow&rsquo...
Squirl chef got start in Atlanta, back in town Saturday

Squirl chef got start in Atlanta, back in town Saturday

  It may be premature to call Jessica Koslow the most exciting California chef since Alice Waters. Then again, it might not be. Inspired by the bountiful fruit of California, Koslow opened Los Angeles’ uber-hip Sqirl as a jam joint in 2011. Today, the breakfast-and-lunch spot that turned humble toast into a “Thing” is where the beautiful people flock to much on Koslow&rsquo...
We want your favorite family recipe

We want your favorite family recipe

Andreas Muller’s swedish cinnamon buns vetebullar (wheat buns) are a staple of the Swedish kitchen and always on hand when you take a fika (coffee break).
3 stocking stuffers from Atlanta’s best kitchen supply store

3 stocking stuffers from Atlanta’s best kitchen supply store

Most of us approach The Cook’s Warehouse the way a child goes to a pet store. We stroke all the candy-colored Le Creusets and Staubs and just yearn. Yes, this local chain is full of posh kitchen gear but there are inexpensive goodies to be found—and stuffed into your loved ones’ stockings. Try one of these Georgia-produced jars of deliciousness or a gadget that will make your giftee&rsquo...
Lucky Peach puts power in veggies in new cookbook

Lucky Peach puts power in veggies in new cookbook

What is a power vegetable? According to Lucky Peach magazine editor Peter Meehan, it’s one packed with flavor, made with minimal meat, easy enough to prepare on a weeknight and still give a show-stopping performance as the centerpiece of a meal. Pert, playful and gleefully dismissive of easy-peasy pasta dishes and trendy grain bowls, “Power Vegetables!” tells you how to coax ALL-CAPS...

Three recipes for using Thanksgiving leftovers

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Now that you’ve come out of your food coma, what’s your next meal going to be? It could be reheated leftovers, but if you’ve got the gumption, tie the apron strings and give these three post-Turkey Day recipes a go.    
Use this Turkey Cubano recipe to bring everyone together on Thanksgiving

Use this Turkey Cubano recipe to bring everyone together on Thanksgiving

AJC food editor Ligaya Figueras recently spent time with David Benoit and his family at their Tucker home as Benoit went through a Thanksgiving dinner run-through in preparation for the big event. One of the primary dishes Benoit prepares is a Cuban-style turkey (Benoit’s wife, Pilar, has ties to Cuba). Make the recipe below to bring some spice to your Thanksgiving table, and read more about...

Buy This: Atlanta honey, New York duck and Icelandic skyr

Whether you strive to support the local food movement or seek out treats from afar, we’ve got a few ideas for filling your belly. Here’s what we’re stocking up on this week. Get a taste of terroir with honey from Atlanta’s backyard beekeepers. Little Bee Project collects honey from 50 hives located in the city and surrounding communities. Each jar is marked with a number that...
What is ‘election cake’ and where can you get one in Atlanta?

What is ‘election cake’ and where can you get one in Atlanta?

Election cakes from The Little Tart Bakeshop. / Photo from Facebook Voting in Atlanta today is a piece of cake — at least in one way.
What is ‘election cake’ and where can you get it in Atlanta?

What is ‘election cake’ and where can you get it in Atlanta?

Election cakes from The Little Tart Bakeshop. / Photo from Facebook Voting in Atlanta today is a piece of cake — at least in one way.
Make these scary good sweet treats for your Halloween party

Make these scary good sweet treats for your Halloween party

Pumpkin Phatty Cakes / AJC file photo Are you going to a Halloween party this year — or even hosting one?
How to transform ordinary desserts into exotic temptations

How to transform ordinary desserts into exotic temptations

Read this cookbook: “Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice: Exotic Flavors to Wake Up Your Baking” by Malika Ameen (Roost Books, $30)  By Wendell Brock Chicago pastry chef Malika Ameen grew up in a Pakistani-American home where the scent of spice was everywhere.
Transform ordinary desserts into exotic temptations with this cookbook

Transform ordinary desserts into exotic temptations with this cookbook

Read this cookbook: “Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice: Exotic Flavors to Wake Up Your Baking” by Malika Ameen (Roost Books, $30)  By Wendell Brock Chicago pastry chef Malika Ameen grew up in a Pakistani-American home where the scent of spice was everywhere.
Stock Up: 3 kitchen products for online shoppers

Stock Up: 3 kitchen products for online shoppers

  Do you prefer to do your shopping online instead of at the store? Then check out these fun kitchen finds that you can buy from the comfort of your couch. In 2011, Lodge Manufacturing Co., America’s trusted name in cast iron cookware introduced its  Seasoned Steel line featuring carbon steel skillets. The most recent addition to that portfolio is an 8-inch carbon steel pan with...
Stock Up: The top 3 things to spread on a cracker

Stock Up: The top 3 things to spread on a cracker

It’s harvest time. In Georgia, that means peanuts, apples, muscadines and – soon, very soon – pecans. As much as I love the thought of making nut brittle and apple butter for holiday gift giving, we’re not there yet. And don’t get me started (as it were) on Halloween candy. Still, a fellow’s got to snack, right? If you find yourself craving a little nosh, savor...
Companion volumes explore the mysteries of Chinese, the glories of dim sum

Companion volumes explore the mysteries of Chinese, the glories of dim sum

With “All Under Heaven,” Carolyn Phillips delivers a remarkable love letter to the infinite variety of Chinese cooking: 300 recipes in a sprawling 528-page volume with elegant illustrations by the author herself. Winter Congee with Eight Treasures. Laughing Doughnut Holes. Bombs Over Tokyo (sizzling rice shrimp). Too Soft a Heart (stuffed Chinese red dates). If ever a culture were blessed...
Want to make the perfect pie? 10 Atlanta chefs share their secrets

Want to make the perfect pie? 10 Atlanta chefs share their secrets

Want to impress your guests with a perfectly baked pie? Check out tips from these 10 Atlanta chefs below, get recipes for guaranteed winners including Old Fashioned Soda Cracker Pie and Georgia Coast Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits Pie and check out photos of 14 of the most mouthwatering pies in Atlanta. Charles Fricke (left, with Joey Stalling) head chef for Sweet Auburn Barbecue: “Don&rsquo...
Stock Up: 3 reasons for food lovers to shop in Virginia-Highland

Stock Up: 3 reasons for food lovers to shop in Virginia-Highland

The shopping districts of North Highland Avenue from Morningside to Virginia-Highland have been around since the neighborhoods’ beginnings in the 1920s. Buildings that once put a grocery or hardware store within walking distance of every household now are home to everything from high-end eyewear to home accessories. And there’s plenty of food-related shopping to do along the way. Here...
3 reasons for Atlanta food lovers to shop in Sandy Springs

3 reasons for Atlanta food lovers to shop in Sandy Springs

There’s not much you need that you can’t find along Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Restaurants, food shops and markets abound. Here’s what we’re stocking up on this week at some of our favorite spots in Sandy Springs. Enjoy lunch or dinner at il Giallo Osteria & Bar in Sandy Springs and you can watch your pasta being made, cut and filled at the pasta station...

Eat up the history of American cakes with this new cookbook

By Wendell Brock Henceforth, when I have a question on cake, I will refer to Anne Byrn’s ambitious, fastidiously researched volume. Author of the best-selling “Cake Mix Doctor” series and a former food editor of this newspaper, Byrn does her homework, sifting through layers of baking arcana to pile high the fascinating layers of the history of American cake, from Colonial times to...
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