Here's how chef Tyler Florence makes his fried chicken incredibly crispy and perfectly moist.
In F&W's December issue, Test Kitchen genius Kay Chun reveals a remarkably low-effort recipe that makes an impressive dinner for two.
The locavore movement is conquering a new frontier: the freezer. F&W's Justin Chapple uses frozen sweet corn from Gill's Farm in Hurley, New York, to create this cheesy, slightly spicy dip.
The Salad of the Month in F&W's December issue is the perfect antidote to holiday over-indulgence. Healthy food guru Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks mixes farro, walnuts, Castelvetrano olives, golden raisins, scallions and chives with a honey-and-red-pepper vinaigrette to make a restorative dish that's loaded with sweet-and-spicy flavors, whole grains and healthy fats.
Hooray for simplicity! Brooklyn pioneers Andrew Feinberg and Francine Stephens prove repeatedly that food doesn’t need to be complicated to sing. The rustic Southern Italian recipes in Franny’s are what home cooks want. A perfect example: this spaghetti with fresh artichokes in a tangy, spicy, garlicky sauce. It’s classic but unforgettable. GET RECIPE>
Restaurant cookbooks aren’t usually very good, as far as the recipes go. But chef Michael Anthony (and a team of very hardworking editors and cooks) made certain that the 125-plus recipes in this hefty tribute to the New York City restaurant worked. Among the many outstanding ones we tried from The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook, was this completely perfect, fail-proof version of chocolate bread pudding with irresistible little chips of melty chocolate on top. GET RECIPE >
With chef Edward Lee at the helm of 610 Magnolia, the people of Louisville, Kentucky, are some lucky eaters. This is how he describes his food: “Farm to table, field to fork, soil to mouth, local-global, new Asian, new Southern, new anything.” Blending his Korean-American heritage with French training and Southern influences, you end up with a hodgepodge of eclectic, appealing recipes in this great book, Smoke & Pickles, like a giant, meaty T-bone, which has a fiery, fresh Asian marinade that’s killer (and only takes 20 minutes). Good luck resisting the crusty bits that fall off the meat. Read more >
"Everybody likes to joke about chicken—the rubber-chicken prize, or 'This alligator tastes like chicken.' It's calling something boring," says Judy Rodgers, chef-owner of San Francisco's beloved Zuni Café. But chicken done expertly, Rodgers says, "is like a perfect piece of toast with just the right amount of butter. It can be astonishing." She should know: Zuni's roast chicken is considered the best in the country—in a recent poll by foodandwine.com, Rodgers's recipe won by a landslide.
Rodgers joined Zuni in 1987 and, within months, proposed what the menu still calls "Chicken for two roasted in the brick oven; warm bread salad with scallions, garlic, dandelion greens, dried currants and pine nuts. (Approximately one hour.)" The dish depends famously on three key elements: small birds, high heat (450 to 500 degrees) and thorough presalting of the chicken several days before cooking. The essence of the Zuni chicken experience, in Rodgers's view, is that "it's like, 'Here. Is. Chicken.' " Pure and bold and underlined. "Then of course there's the family-style thing," she says of the way the dish is presented on a platter. "Eating with your hands, shopping around for the pieces you want. 'Oh, I want a gooey piece! Now I want a crispy piece! Get your hands off the pine nuts!' Plus, it smells good."
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of F&W’s Best New Chef awards, one of our biggest stars shares one of his most requested recipes.
F&W named Johnny Monis a Best New Chef 2007 at Komi, his Greek-inspired restaurant in Washington, DC. He is now also the chef-owner of Little Serow, located next door to Komi. There, Monis offers highly spiced, boldly flavored Northeast Thai dishes like laap muu Chiang Mai, made with hand-minced pork. But that recipe isn’t ideal for home cooks: “It’s very labor-intensive and includes just about every part of the pig, including its blood,” he says. A wildly popular but more home-cook-friendly dish on Monis’s $45 prix fixe menu is laap pla duk, a vibrant catfish salad with mint, dill, cilantro and a spicy lime dressing; it’s served with a bowl of raw vegetables to balance the searing heat. “You want a really deep char on the catfish skin,” says Monis, who recommends wild salmon as an alternative. “It’s one of my favorite dishes year-round, but it’s best once the weather lets you get the charcoal grill going.” SEE RECIPE »