If you want to be a better cook, face your failures.

By Alex Vallis
October 13, 2014

"I am going to be honest: I am not a great cook," confesses F&W editor in chief Dana Cowin in her new cookbook, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen. Expect tales of lobsters crawling back from the half-dead, flames and sad, hungry children. In addition to humor, 100 recipes and expert tips (from, you know, chef BFFs including Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton and Andrew Zimmern), there's a larger message: if you want to get better, face your failures. Even as a longtime food editor, power eater and gracious entertainer, Dana struggled as a descendant of "a long line of noncooks." The book and website, masteringmymistakes.com, are a place to come clean, for her, chefs and you—and to start improving one unburned dish at a time.

To kick things off, here are 18 opportunities to make confession to Dana herself, beginning tomorrow with the book tour launch at Barnes & Noble on New York's Upper West Side. She'll be there for a chat with April Bloomfield, one of the 65 star chefs featured in the book. Below, the full line-up of events. Follow along with the hashtag #kitchenmistakes.
Book Tour Launch: Barnes & Noble, New York City
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
7:00pm 9:00pm
Barnes & Noble, UWS
The kickoff to Dana's Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen book tour. Dana Cowin, Editor in Chief of Food & Wine, will talk with April Bloomfield, chef of The Spotted Pig, The John Dory and more.
NYCWFF: The Future of Food, New York City
Saturday, October 18, 2014
10:30am 11:30am
Theater at Bumble & Bumble
Food & Wine Editor in Chief Dana Cowin talks to star chefs who are becoming as known for their advocacy work and political clout as they are for their cooking. Panelists include Tom Colicchio of Craft and Top Chef and Dan Barber, the chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns and author of The Third Plate. Together they'll talk about the most vitally important issues of the day, the power of food to help others and simple ways anyone can make a difference. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here (sold out).
NYCWFF Panel: Mastering Your Mistakes in the Kitchen, New York City
Saturday, October 18, 2014
4:00pm 5:00pm
For this panel, Dana convenes some of the star chefs she reached out to for help in becoming savvier at the stove: Mario Batali, the outspoken Italian cooking genius and global superstar; Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli of New York City's Butter; and Andrew Zimmern, host of TV's Bizarre Foods and home cook extraordinaire. Together they'll discuss the basic mistakes every home cook makes; the strategies chefs rely on for correcting their own errors and turning potentially disastrous dishes into delicious ones; and the most mistake-proof kinds of recipes. Plus Dana and the panelists will talk about the nature of failure and success in broader terms and reveal how they've confronted setbacks in their personal and professional lives. Tickets $20 and available here (sold out).

Book Tour: Barnes & Noble, Los Angeles, CA
Monday, October 20, 2014
7:00pm 9:00pm
Barnes & Noble
Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen book tour travels to Los Angeles. Food & Wine Editor in Chief Dana Cowin will be in conversation with Roy Choi, chef genius behind the Kogi Trucks. Choi is also the first food truck operator to be named as one of Food & Wine magazine's "Best New Chefs" in 2010.
Book Tour: Omnivore Books, San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
6:30pm 7:30pm
Omnivore Books
In all her years as the Editor in Chief of Food & Wine, Dana Cowin had been harboring a dark, dirty secret: she ruined literally every dish she attempted to make. After confessing her culinary ineptitude to her friends – some of the best chefs working today – they rallied together to teach her how to cook. In Conversation with Michelle Polzine, featuring treats from 20th C. Cafe.

Book Tour: Rakestraw Books, Danville, CA
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
12:00pm 2:00pm
Rakestraw Books
Dana Cowin, Editor in Chief of Food & Wine, visits Rakestraw Books to celebrate the publication of her marvelous new cookbook, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen.
More details to follow.

Dinner at Bottega Restaurant, Yountville, CA
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
6:30pm 9:30pm
Bottega Restaurant
Join Dana Cowin and Chef Michael Chiarello for Book Passage's celebrated "Cooks with Books" series at Chiarello's restaurant, Bottega.
The $140 ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of Dana's book. Buy your tickets here.

Book Tour: Hot Stove Society, Seattle, WA
Monday, October 27, 2014
6:00pm 8:00pm
Hotel Andra
Join Dana for an evening with Hot Stove Society, a year-round cooking school operated by Tom Douglas Restaurants. Renowned chef and author Tom Douglas’ will be hosting the dinner at Lola restaurant, in the Hotel Andra, a staple of Seattle’s dining scene.
Tickets include a copy of Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, a tasting of the recipes, and wine. Link to purchase tickets coming soon.

Dinner at Lincoln Restaurant, Portland, OR
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
6:30pm 8:30pm
Lincoln Restaurant
Please join Food & Wine's Portland-area "Best New Chefs" Jenn Louis, Gabriel Rucker, Naomi Pomeroy, Greg and Gabrielle Denton, and Scott Dolich for a dinner celebrating the book release of Food & Wine’s Editor in Chief, Dana Cowin.
For ticket/reservation info please call Lincoln at 503-288-6200.
Tickets are $100 and include book, dinner, beverage pairing and gratuity.

Book Tour: Powell's Books, Beaverton, OR
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
7:00pm 8:00pm
Dana Cowin, Editor in Chief of Food & Wine, will talk with author Liz Crain at the famous Powell's Books.

Book Tour: 'Talk of the Stacks' with Andrew Zimmern, Minneapolis, MN
Thursday, October 30, 2014
7:00pm 9:00pm
Hennepin Central Library
Food & Wine's Editor in Chief Dana Cowin will be joined by friend and fellow foodie Andrew Zimmern to discuss her newly released cookbook, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen− a collection of recipes, stories of her own culinary ineptitude and invaluable lessons she has learned from some of the today’s greatest chefs. Talk of the Stacks is a reading series exploring contemporary literature and culture. Programs are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Programs begin at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Books are available for sale and signing. Signings follow lectures.
Book Tour: Hunter Bee, Millerton, NY
Saturday, November 1, 2014
4:00pm 6:00pm
Hunter Bee
Dana visits the quirky Hunter Bee antiques shop for a talk, Q&A, and book signing.
More details to follow.
Book + Dinner: The Riverview, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY
Monday, November 3, 2014
6:30pm 8:30pm
Spoken Interludes, a salon for stories, hosts Dana Cowin, Editor in Chief of Food & Wine, and authors Dan Harris and Kathryn Harrison for an evening of food and literary conversation.
6:30pm Buffet Dinner
7:30pm Event

*Tickets are $25 at the door and reservations can be made here.
Book Tour: Public Library, Wilton, CT
Thursday, November 6, 2014
7:00pm 8:00pm
Wilton Public Library
Join Dana Cowin, Editor in Chief of Food & Wine, for a conversation, Q&A and book signing for her new cookbook, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen.
Check out the events page for more details.

Book Tour: Public Library, Darien, CT
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
7:00pm 8:00pm
Darien Public Library
Join Dana Cowin for a conversation, Q&A and book signing for her new cookbook, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen. An uproarious, inspiring cookbook from the longtime Editor in Chief of Food & Wine, in which the first lady of food spills the secret of her culinary ineptitude, while learning—finally—to cook, side-by-side with some of the greatest chefs working today, from David Chang to Alice Waters to Thomas Keller.
Check out the Darien Public Library events page for more details.

Book Tour: Xhibition Kitchen at Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Thursday, November 13, 2014
6:30pm 7:30pm
Blackman Auditorium, Ell Hall
Join Dana Cowin, Editor in Chief of Food & Wine, and chefs Ming Tsai, Kristen Kish and Joanne Chang for a panel event.
This will be a ticketed event. Check this page for more details.

Book Tour: Miami Book Fair
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Panel event with Gabrielle Hamilton and Lee Schrager.
*Check here after November 1 for full programming details.

Book Tour: In Conversation with Jacques Pépin at R.J. Julia, Madison, CT
Saturday, December 6, 2014
7:00pm 9:00pm
R.J. Julia
Join Food & Wine Editor in Chief Dana Cowin and Jacques Pépin for a conversation about life and cooking at R.J. Julia, an independent bookstore in Madison, CT.