Once the leaves start falling and the weather gets cold, I start gearing up for the holidays–all of the festive food, the comfort of family and all the unexpected surprises that come with the season.
As a kid, holiday surprises came wrapped as gifts, but now I see them as sharing fun and funny moments. That’s why I am particularly excited by humorist David Sedaris’s tale, The Cow and the Turkey. It’s a quirky tale that challenges the Thanksgiving turkey. Plus, we took a creative
leap and illustrated his story with photographs and recipes for holiday leftovers from some great chefs.
It has also been fun to give “sugar plums” a whole new meaning. Sugar plums will still dance in children’s heads, but Tim Burton’s sugar plum persimmon purée is delicious and healthier than any candy we can think of. In “Sugar Plum Dreams,” four famous pastry chefs share exclusive sugar plum holiday desserts.
Speaking of famous chefs, we are refocusing on the fantastic ideas that they bring to our magazine readers. We invited chefs Eric Ripert, Michael Anthony, Rick Bayless and the Beekman Boys to share with us their best-loved apple recipes. In “Apples” you’ll relish classic Caramel Apples, a Fine Apple Tart, Apple-Fennel Guacamole and more.
You’ve heard of glamping…we had some genuine fall fun by adding a dash of glamour to tailgating in “Glamgating”––our latest twist on Stone Soup. With a gleaming Airstream RV trailer, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, a roasted pig infused with aged maple syrup and a guest list including eight of Chicago’s finest chefs, no one even thought of asking, Who’s Hungry?
Happiest of holidays from the Who’s Hungry?™ crew. See you in 2014!
STEVE, DEIRDRE, IAN, JUDITH,
KATHRYN AND CECE
I have the best job on earth. And it just keeps getting more interesting and exciting every year. Pushing the boundaries of food photography is a thrilling challenge. And that is what’s important about this issue––capturing food related “experiences” to bring an increased dimension to our stories.
Food doesn’t spend its life sitting on a plate. At some point it was growing, blooming, mooing, clucking, snorting, buzzing or whatever comes naturally. That’s a fascinating connection I continually appreciate.
Which is what brought my crew and I to Joe Ricketts’ Double T Bison Ranch in Wyoming. In “Bison is Back” we visit this great American animal and explore why bison is finding its rightful place––once again––on our tables.
We’ve wanted to do a story on honeybees for a while, but had to wait for the right season. In “Sweet Shades of Gold” I get up close and personal to thousands of honeybees at Heritage Prairie Farm in Illinois. And top pastry chefs share creative dessert recipes from Honey Ganache to Honey Nougatine.
At St. Isidore’s Mead Dairy Farm in Wisconsin we get a first person glimpse of the routine of a sustainable dairy farm in “A Day in the Life”. The dairy herd was sweet, gentle and very cooperative considering that dawn was just breaking over the pastures. I couldn’t wait to taste Hannah, Jenny and Mae’s fresh milk in my coffee at breakfast. Who’s Hungry?™
Spring is the season of renewal. It’s that time of year when the sun shines longer each day, the grass grows just a little bit greener, and the earth begins to soften in the rain, shooting up new life.
As we embrace the growth we see outside, we also look to how we’ve grown inside—as a magazine, and as a team. When we launched Who’s Hungry?™ one year ago, we had a few exceptional staff members and a simple goal of bridging the worlds of food and photography. Since then, the magazine has evolved in ways we never could have predicted. Not only is it a deeply satisfying creative project, but it’s also been an opportunity to connect with and learn from some of the most interesting and knowledgeable professionals throughout the culinary world.
Each story in this magazine has taken us on a new adventure. We’ve discovered innovative uses for maple syrup at Burton’s Maplewood Farms; enjoyed holiday cookies from some of the nation’s top bakers; sat down with our favorite chefs; explored the secrets behind great food styling; ventured out on a Virginia fox hunt; and been pulled into the personal stories of great
writers. I want to thank everyone involved, past and present, who have helped make the magazine what it is today.
With one incredible year behind us, we look forward to embracing the next and all the growth that is yet to come. I hope you’ll grow right along with us and continue to ask “Who’s Hungry?”™
These are the last days of winter. Most days the skies are grey and every time it warms up, before you know it, it’s frigid again. Cabin fever creeps up on us and we feel trapped indoors. As we wait out the next couple of months for spring, it’s the perfect time to turn “cooped up” into “cozying up” with enjoyable simple things like playing Yahtzee or cooking for others.
Or, invite a fun, creative group of people over for a potluck supper, as we did in our story “Snow Day Supper. Pot Lucky.” We invited a delicious mix of chefs, TV personalities, artists, professionals and a former politician and gave them a Lodge Dutch Oven to fill and sat back and watched a magical evening unfold.
One great thing about winter is there’s still plenty to do outdoors. Skating, snowball fights and sledding are cold weather activities many of us grew up with. Winter can bring the kid out in anyone, and in “Winter Wonderland” Geraldine Campbell reminisces about snow-filled days. Along with her story,
we share cozy recipes including a kid favorite, Egg in a Basket.
Mornings with frosted windows call for a tasty stack of hot waffles drizzled with real maple syrup. To learn all about this heavenly sap, we interviewed Tim Burton of Burton’s Maplewood Farm and three top chefs share their maple syrup infused-recipes. And if you wonder how we create the frosty effects in our warm studio, special-effect guru Geoff Binns-Calvey tells us how it’s done in “Tricks of the Trade”.
Who’s Hungry?™ for something warm and toasty?
A bit of indulgence seems to be part of the holidays. Naughty little food treats mysteriously appear all over the studio and seem to disappear just as inexplicably. I can’t resist giving into my kids this time of year with a nonessential gift or two.
When entertaining friends and family it’s all about sharing little luxuries that meld with the season. On the top of my list is the decadent combination of oysters and champagne. In “The Oyster’s Allure” we celebrate the beauty of briny oysters and explain how to pair them with champagne.
The cookies in “The Holiday Cookie Exchange Party” are gifts themselves.
And we include recipes for every level of baking skill from Christmas cookie expert Rose Levy Berenbaum, pastry chef Alice Medrich and bakery owners Matt Lewis and Renato Peliafito.
Much of the holidays are spent with family. Claire Bidwell Smith, author of the highly regarded memoir, The Rules of Inheritance, writes for us her memories of cooking along side her food stylist mother and how that has influenced who she is today.
In “5 Favorite Sweet Celebrations” Dannielle Kyrillos takes us on a sensational tasting trip with decadent desserts from Sin City’s Montesano’s Cream Cheese Cookies to San Francisco’s Fleur de Lys’s Chocolate Soufflé.
Just across the New Year’s line is January when many of us try to correct the holiday excess. It’s back to a simpler life. We cozy up during the short, dark days of winter looking for sunshine. In “Weather Permitting” we salute our Southern states for sending us their “citrus” sunshine.
Who’s Hungry?™ Let the holidays begin!