This week's review is of Hanjan. Hooni Kim is one of the few chefs in the city serving small plates with a real sense of structure, but that's not the most exciting thing about the place (that would be the chicken skin-heart-thigh skewers, the braised belt fish, the very fresh and tender rice sticks steamed, and then fried in pig's fat). Read it here.
This story isn't about food, it's about Freelancers Union founder Sara Horowitz (though I did manage to sneak in something about instant coffee mashed up in vanilla ice cream -- a '70s thing?).
I wrote about the Ninth Street Bakery, a tiny bread shop in the East Village that's been around for 87 years (longer if you count its early days as a fresh yeast and bread pushcart on the Lower East Side).
Many thanks to Mort Zachter for sharing the Wolk family photographs with me -- I couldn't fit them all in the post, so I wanted to share them here.
I wrote the introduction to All Hands on Deck, a recipe collection to benefit the small businesses in Red Hook still suffering after the storm.
I'm so happy to have been a small part of this project, which was put together by a kick-ass team of volunteers -- writers, recipe testers, photographers, cooks, and designers, led by Zac and Cat Overman -- who collaborated on the 25 recipes and stories gathered from our local bars, restaurants, and food trucks. 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to ReStore Red Hook.
The book is beautiful (check out Vicky Wasik's hot pictures of Frito pie and pretzel-filled cookies below). Right?! It's $15 and available for download starting right now. Everyone who buys the book today has a chance to win a $20 Fort Defiance junk bond. Hurray!
A bit about my favorite food books this year, from essay collections and memoirs to straight-up cookbooks.
Local business owners talk about post-Sandy devastation in the neighborhood. They're raising funds together through ReStore Red Hook.