Blogger, author, photographer, and general all-purpose food enthusiast Matt Armendariz is all over the place: online at MattBites.com, on TV with Martha Stewart, and now in print. It's no accident that his new book, On a Stick!, carries an exclamation point in the title: It expresses the author's deeply felt enthusiasm for food on sticks, a surprisingly broad category that spans everything from überhip Asian street food to übersquare state-fair corn dogs. We called up Armendariz to chat about spaghetti and meatballs on a stick, how he got into food photography, and moving up in his food career from Whole Foods bagger to having one of the top 50 food blogs in the world. READ MORE
The timeless world of hunting and foraging that writer Hank Shaw documents on his blog Hunter Angler Gardener Cook sometimes seems a million miles away from those of us who dwell in the urban jungle. But through tireless exploration and documentation, Shaw's done a lot to bring the rugged world of wild food into the antiseptic world of cyberspace, and do it without a trace of hipster-foraging smugness. We asked Shaw about his hot-off-the-presses book, Hunt, Gather, Cook, and the connections between the duck blind, the forest, and the modern kitchen. READ MORE
That Jessie Oleson is a woman of many talents—baker, writer, illustrator, businesswoman—is impressive. That this Seattle resident manages to make a full-time living by harnessing all those talents under an umbrella enterprise called CakeSpy is damned improbable. Under the CakeSpy flag, she blogs at cakespy.com; sells cute, anime-esque illustrations and merchandise; shares recipes for gloriously-bad-for-you sweets such as Cookie Cake Pie; and writes books—her first, CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life, is due to pop in October via Sasquatch Books. We caught up with the sugary muse to find out more about her book and how she brought all her talents together so successfully.
Brent Ridge of Beekman 1802 discusses leaving Martha behind for dirty feet and early morning pig feedings. READ MORE
He's got a new book and a message to Americans: Get a cooking scale and some sharp knives. READ MORE