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Mango Tree DC Welcomes New Chef Adrian Salazar and His Flavorful Menu

Mango Tree DC Welcomes New Chef Adrian Salazar and His Flavorful Menu


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Part of a larger, international chain, Mango Tree arrived in D.C. at the beginning of 2015. With previous experience at Zentan, Salazar welcomed the opportunity to showcase his cooking abilities.

Why We Came: Lavish in its appearance, if there is one place a new restaurant wants to open to attract the posh crowd it would be CityCenterDC. Other restaurant transplants include Daniel Boulud’s DBGB Kitchen and Bar and Laurent Halasz’s Fig & Olive. Pitted against celebrity names, we were interested to see just what Adrian had up his sleeve, new menu and all.

Who's in Charge: Founder and CEO Pitaya Phanphensophon is the main player as his spotlight on Thai food has opened the world’s eyes to the elevated side of Thai cuisine. With locations in Bangkok, Tokyo, and London to name a few, D.C. is one of the chain’s newest locations. However, general manager Robert Hall runs the show in the district. Under his direction, the restaurant is developing an innovative bar program to coincide with its creative menu.

The Look: The restaurant provides an open feel as on most days the doors downstairs are left open to welcome the throngs of tourists streaming past. A bit more casual, the wrap-around bar on the first floor hosts a few tables with additional patio furniture contributing to its headcount. Upstairs is accessible by a short flight of stairs or elevator. Dimly lit, provides a sensual feel that is further captured with its beautiful dinnerware.

The Vibe: People are here to be seen, not heard. The chatter is light, the dishes elegant, and the background music alluring. Alluring to what? For you to stay longer and enjoy another cocktail as you watch through enormous windows at D.C.’s bustling new playground.

The Crowd: Food-lovers, date-night seekers, and Thai cuisine lovers. Most tourists choose to have a drink at the bar as the upper location is mainly for dining guests. There is a dress code of business/business casual; yet the downstairs area is bit more lax.

Service: The servers are there to do their job. If sitting downstairs, ask for Ty, he’s funny and attempts to tailor your drink to your personality. Dining upstairs? Make sure to ask for Jessica. She is bubbly, adorable, and concerned about your experience throughout its entirety.

What to Drink: If you haven’t heard of Frank Jones, you should. His name is synonymous with The Gibson, a speakeasy that has made palate-shattering cocktails for the last three years. So it is of no surprise that Mr. Jones makes guest appearances each week. The Thai Tea-ni is a classic with its Meyer’s dark rum and strong Thai iced tea; but without the presence of ice, each ingredient is intensified without being overly sugary. Before you leave, sometime during your meal you must try a Purgatory Ember. Spicy hellfire bitters and peppercorn syrup give this cocktail its kick. Additionally, a deep, rich smokiness comes from Mezcal Vago Elote displaying hints of corn and finishing with notes of sweet papaya as well as aromatic mint. Combined with the acidity and tartness from pineapple and pineapple juice, savor each sip as you’ll want to gulp it down quickly.


Heidi swanson’s super natural every day + giveaway


We have been waiting for Heidi Swanson’s latest book for so long. Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day cookbook was finally released on April 5, and soared immediately into the top 100 books on Amazon! Just between me and you, it is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I own (and I have LOTS). Heidi shared her favorite recipe from the cookbook with us on the In the Kitchen With column earlier today. Now we’ll offer five readers the chance to win a copy of it, but a little more about how to do that after a mini-interview with Heidi on how she weaved together the aesthetics of her blog, 101cookbooks, and her lifestyle to create her most recent cookbook.

D*S: The images you share on 101cookbooks are every much as inspiring as the food. How do you decide which images you will post to illustrate recipes and your travel?

Wow, thank you! I try to keep the framework of my site in mind. Each post I do is about how my life intersects a recipe in some way – either through a book, or an ingredient, or a restaurant I visited, or a place I’ve traveled to. I do my best to illustrate that in a personal way. So, in addition to what I’m cooking, I like to show the little details of places I’ve been, the ones I’ve found inspiring – colors, textures, architecture, fonts. I also tend to pick the photos I don’t want to forget. The site works a bit as a scrapbook in that regard.


D*S: You’ve written a bit on your blog about how super natural every day started with a notebook of ideas, recipes, photos. How did you decide what made it into the book and what didn’t?

I had all the early shots in a box initially – starting with the ones I used in the proposal for the cookbook. I added to that collection over time. Over a few years I’d just keep shooting and adding to the box – film, and also printouts of all the shots. Every once in a while I’d put them out on a big table, or tack them to a wall, and take a look. I’d get rid of some, make note to reshoot others, that sort of thing. I shot as I was writing the book, and submitted the photography with the manuscript to Ten Speed, and we went from there. I was lucky to be working on this book with Toni Tajima, who designed my last book. She’d design sections of the book and send them to me. If she wanted other photo options for a page or a recipe, I could go back to the black box, or do something on the fly for her. In the end, she actually made the final call on which shots went in, and which ones didn’t.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the interview and giveaway details after the jump!

D*S: How is this book different than super natural cooking, your last book?

This one is a look at my day to day cooking. I highlight many of the same ingredients that were in Super Natural Cooking – lots of whole grains, whole grain flours, natural sweeteners, fresh produce – but these recipes are quite a bit more approachable. The chapters are structured – breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. – so, for example, the breakfast chapter has a lot of doable breakfast ideas, the dinner chapter has a good amount of weeknight friendly recipes. It’s a collections of things I love to cook, or throw together without a whole lot of fuss.


D*S: When you were working on this cookbook, did you find that you needed any special equipment? A new lens? A new camera? Did you travel or visit any special places in order to find visual or recipe inspiration, or to match an image with content?

I ended up shooting this with a hodge-podge of cameras. A mix of film and digital, 35mm and medium format. And I primarily used the cameras I’ve been using for a long time – a Fuji 645, Pentax67, a Canon dSLR. I keep a little 35mm Ricoh in my purse or pocket as well. As far as inspiration and travel, I wanted this book to have sense of place. I wanted it to visually capture what I love about cooking and living in Northern California, where I live. So that was my focus. To that end, I tried to tie it into my day to day, and my daily rituals, places I go. As much as I love to travel to far-away places, that wasn’t what I wanted to explore with this book. I took shots walking around San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, hiking the coast, around the house – that sort of thing. And I used our everyday pans, dishes, plates and whatnot in the photos.

D*S: Do you find yourself coming back to a particular ingredient or cooking method more than any other?

I love a good one-pan or one-pot meal – curries, stir-fries, soups, stews, frittatas.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Heidi’s beautiful new book, tell us about your most memorable food experience while on vacation/travelling. The five best memories will win!

*Update: the contest is now closed and Heidi is choosing her favorites…


Heidi swanson’s super natural every day + giveaway


We have been waiting for Heidi Swanson’s latest book for so long. Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day cookbook was finally released on April 5, and soared immediately into the top 100 books on Amazon! Just between me and you, it is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I own (and I have LOTS). Heidi shared her favorite recipe from the cookbook with us on the In the Kitchen With column earlier today. Now we’ll offer five readers the chance to win a copy of it, but a little more about how to do that after a mini-interview with Heidi on how she weaved together the aesthetics of her blog, 101cookbooks, and her lifestyle to create her most recent cookbook.

D*S: The images you share on 101cookbooks are every much as inspiring as the food. How do you decide which images you will post to illustrate recipes and your travel?

Wow, thank you! I try to keep the framework of my site in mind. Each post I do is about how my life intersects a recipe in some way – either through a book, or an ingredient, or a restaurant I visited, or a place I’ve traveled to. I do my best to illustrate that in a personal way. So, in addition to what I’m cooking, I like to show the little details of places I’ve been, the ones I’ve found inspiring – colors, textures, architecture, fonts. I also tend to pick the photos I don’t want to forget. The site works a bit as a scrapbook in that regard.


D*S: You’ve written a bit on your blog about how super natural every day started with a notebook of ideas, recipes, photos. How did you decide what made it into the book and what didn’t?

I had all the early shots in a box initially – starting with the ones I used in the proposal for the cookbook. I added to that collection over time. Over a few years I’d just keep shooting and adding to the box – film, and also printouts of all the shots. Every once in a while I’d put them out on a big table, or tack them to a wall, and take a look. I’d get rid of some, make note to reshoot others, that sort of thing. I shot as I was writing the book, and submitted the photography with the manuscript to Ten Speed, and we went from there. I was lucky to be working on this book with Toni Tajima, who designed my last book. She’d design sections of the book and send them to me. If she wanted other photo options for a page or a recipe, I could go back to the black box, or do something on the fly for her. In the end, she actually made the final call on which shots went in, and which ones didn’t.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the interview and giveaway details after the jump!

D*S: How is this book different than super natural cooking, your last book?

This one is a look at my day to day cooking. I highlight many of the same ingredients that were in Super Natural Cooking – lots of whole grains, whole grain flours, natural sweeteners, fresh produce – but these recipes are quite a bit more approachable. The chapters are structured – breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. – so, for example, the breakfast chapter has a lot of doable breakfast ideas, the dinner chapter has a good amount of weeknight friendly recipes. It’s a collections of things I love to cook, or throw together without a whole lot of fuss.


D*S: When you were working on this cookbook, did you find that you needed any special equipment? A new lens? A new camera? Did you travel or visit any special places in order to find visual or recipe inspiration, or to match an image with content?

I ended up shooting this with a hodge-podge of cameras. A mix of film and digital, 35mm and medium format. And I primarily used the cameras I’ve been using for a long time – a Fuji 645, Pentax67, a Canon dSLR. I keep a little 35mm Ricoh in my purse or pocket as well. As far as inspiration and travel, I wanted this book to have sense of place. I wanted it to visually capture what I love about cooking and living in Northern California, where I live. So that was my focus. To that end, I tried to tie it into my day to day, and my daily rituals, places I go. As much as I love to travel to far-away places, that wasn’t what I wanted to explore with this book. I took shots walking around San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, hiking the coast, around the house – that sort of thing. And I used our everyday pans, dishes, plates and whatnot in the photos.

D*S: Do you find yourself coming back to a particular ingredient or cooking method more than any other?

I love a good one-pan or one-pot meal – curries, stir-fries, soups, stews, frittatas.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Heidi’s beautiful new book, tell us about your most memorable food experience while on vacation/travelling. The five best memories will win!

*Update: the contest is now closed and Heidi is choosing her favorites…


Heidi swanson’s super natural every day + giveaway


We have been waiting for Heidi Swanson’s latest book for so long. Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day cookbook was finally released on April 5, and soared immediately into the top 100 books on Amazon! Just between me and you, it is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I own (and I have LOTS). Heidi shared her favorite recipe from the cookbook with us on the In the Kitchen With column earlier today. Now we’ll offer five readers the chance to win a copy of it, but a little more about how to do that after a mini-interview with Heidi on how she weaved together the aesthetics of her blog, 101cookbooks, and her lifestyle to create her most recent cookbook.

D*S: The images you share on 101cookbooks are every much as inspiring as the food. How do you decide which images you will post to illustrate recipes and your travel?

Wow, thank you! I try to keep the framework of my site in mind. Each post I do is about how my life intersects a recipe in some way – either through a book, or an ingredient, or a restaurant I visited, or a place I’ve traveled to. I do my best to illustrate that in a personal way. So, in addition to what I’m cooking, I like to show the little details of places I’ve been, the ones I’ve found inspiring – colors, textures, architecture, fonts. I also tend to pick the photos I don’t want to forget. The site works a bit as a scrapbook in that regard.


D*S: You’ve written a bit on your blog about how super natural every day started with a notebook of ideas, recipes, photos. How did you decide what made it into the book and what didn’t?

I had all the early shots in a box initially – starting with the ones I used in the proposal for the cookbook. I added to that collection over time. Over a few years I’d just keep shooting and adding to the box – film, and also printouts of all the shots. Every once in a while I’d put them out on a big table, or tack them to a wall, and take a look. I’d get rid of some, make note to reshoot others, that sort of thing. I shot as I was writing the book, and submitted the photography with the manuscript to Ten Speed, and we went from there. I was lucky to be working on this book with Toni Tajima, who designed my last book. She’d design sections of the book and send them to me. If she wanted other photo options for a page or a recipe, I could go back to the black box, or do something on the fly for her. In the end, she actually made the final call on which shots went in, and which ones didn’t.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the interview and giveaway details after the jump!

D*S: How is this book different than super natural cooking, your last book?

This one is a look at my day to day cooking. I highlight many of the same ingredients that were in Super Natural Cooking – lots of whole grains, whole grain flours, natural sweeteners, fresh produce – but these recipes are quite a bit more approachable. The chapters are structured – breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. – so, for example, the breakfast chapter has a lot of doable breakfast ideas, the dinner chapter has a good amount of weeknight friendly recipes. It’s a collections of things I love to cook, or throw together without a whole lot of fuss.


D*S: When you were working on this cookbook, did you find that you needed any special equipment? A new lens? A new camera? Did you travel or visit any special places in order to find visual or recipe inspiration, or to match an image with content?

I ended up shooting this with a hodge-podge of cameras. A mix of film and digital, 35mm and medium format. And I primarily used the cameras I’ve been using for a long time – a Fuji 645, Pentax67, a Canon dSLR. I keep a little 35mm Ricoh in my purse or pocket as well. As far as inspiration and travel, I wanted this book to have sense of place. I wanted it to visually capture what I love about cooking and living in Northern California, where I live. So that was my focus. To that end, I tried to tie it into my day to day, and my daily rituals, places I go. As much as I love to travel to far-away places, that wasn’t what I wanted to explore with this book. I took shots walking around San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, hiking the coast, around the house – that sort of thing. And I used our everyday pans, dishes, plates and whatnot in the photos.

D*S: Do you find yourself coming back to a particular ingredient or cooking method more than any other?

I love a good one-pan or one-pot meal – curries, stir-fries, soups, stews, frittatas.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Heidi’s beautiful new book, tell us about your most memorable food experience while on vacation/travelling. The five best memories will win!

*Update: the contest is now closed and Heidi is choosing her favorites…


Heidi swanson’s super natural every day + giveaway


We have been waiting for Heidi Swanson’s latest book for so long. Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day cookbook was finally released on April 5, and soared immediately into the top 100 books on Amazon! Just between me and you, it is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I own (and I have LOTS). Heidi shared her favorite recipe from the cookbook with us on the In the Kitchen With column earlier today. Now we’ll offer five readers the chance to win a copy of it, but a little more about how to do that after a mini-interview with Heidi on how she weaved together the aesthetics of her blog, 101cookbooks, and her lifestyle to create her most recent cookbook.

D*S: The images you share on 101cookbooks are every much as inspiring as the food. How do you decide which images you will post to illustrate recipes and your travel?

Wow, thank you! I try to keep the framework of my site in mind. Each post I do is about how my life intersects a recipe in some way – either through a book, or an ingredient, or a restaurant I visited, or a place I’ve traveled to. I do my best to illustrate that in a personal way. So, in addition to what I’m cooking, I like to show the little details of places I’ve been, the ones I’ve found inspiring – colors, textures, architecture, fonts. I also tend to pick the photos I don’t want to forget. The site works a bit as a scrapbook in that regard.


D*S: You’ve written a bit on your blog about how super natural every day started with a notebook of ideas, recipes, photos. How did you decide what made it into the book and what didn’t?

I had all the early shots in a box initially – starting with the ones I used in the proposal for the cookbook. I added to that collection over time. Over a few years I’d just keep shooting and adding to the box – film, and also printouts of all the shots. Every once in a while I’d put them out on a big table, or tack them to a wall, and take a look. I’d get rid of some, make note to reshoot others, that sort of thing. I shot as I was writing the book, and submitted the photography with the manuscript to Ten Speed, and we went from there. I was lucky to be working on this book with Toni Tajima, who designed my last book. She’d design sections of the book and send them to me. If she wanted other photo options for a page or a recipe, I could go back to the black box, or do something on the fly for her. In the end, she actually made the final call on which shots went in, and which ones didn’t.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the interview and giveaway details after the jump!

D*S: How is this book different than super natural cooking, your last book?

This one is a look at my day to day cooking. I highlight many of the same ingredients that were in Super Natural Cooking – lots of whole grains, whole grain flours, natural sweeteners, fresh produce – but these recipes are quite a bit more approachable. The chapters are structured – breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. – so, for example, the breakfast chapter has a lot of doable breakfast ideas, the dinner chapter has a good amount of weeknight friendly recipes. It’s a collections of things I love to cook, or throw together without a whole lot of fuss.


D*S: When you were working on this cookbook, did you find that you needed any special equipment? A new lens? A new camera? Did you travel or visit any special places in order to find visual or recipe inspiration, or to match an image with content?

I ended up shooting this with a hodge-podge of cameras. A mix of film and digital, 35mm and medium format. And I primarily used the cameras I’ve been using for a long time – a Fuji 645, Pentax67, a Canon dSLR. I keep a little 35mm Ricoh in my purse or pocket as well. As far as inspiration and travel, I wanted this book to have sense of place. I wanted it to visually capture what I love about cooking and living in Northern California, where I live. So that was my focus. To that end, I tried to tie it into my day to day, and my daily rituals, places I go. As much as I love to travel to far-away places, that wasn’t what I wanted to explore with this book. I took shots walking around San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, hiking the coast, around the house – that sort of thing. And I used our everyday pans, dishes, plates and whatnot in the photos.

D*S: Do you find yourself coming back to a particular ingredient or cooking method more than any other?

I love a good one-pan or one-pot meal – curries, stir-fries, soups, stews, frittatas.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Heidi’s beautiful new book, tell us about your most memorable food experience while on vacation/travelling. The five best memories will win!

*Update: the contest is now closed and Heidi is choosing her favorites…


Heidi swanson’s super natural every day + giveaway


We have been waiting for Heidi Swanson’s latest book for so long. Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day cookbook was finally released on April 5, and soared immediately into the top 100 books on Amazon! Just between me and you, it is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I own (and I have LOTS). Heidi shared her favorite recipe from the cookbook with us on the In the Kitchen With column earlier today. Now we’ll offer five readers the chance to win a copy of it, but a little more about how to do that after a mini-interview with Heidi on how she weaved together the aesthetics of her blog, 101cookbooks, and her lifestyle to create her most recent cookbook.

D*S: The images you share on 101cookbooks are every much as inspiring as the food. How do you decide which images you will post to illustrate recipes and your travel?

Wow, thank you! I try to keep the framework of my site in mind. Each post I do is about how my life intersects a recipe in some way – either through a book, or an ingredient, or a restaurant I visited, or a place I’ve traveled to. I do my best to illustrate that in a personal way. So, in addition to what I’m cooking, I like to show the little details of places I’ve been, the ones I’ve found inspiring – colors, textures, architecture, fonts. I also tend to pick the photos I don’t want to forget. The site works a bit as a scrapbook in that regard.


D*S: You’ve written a bit on your blog about how super natural every day started with a notebook of ideas, recipes, photos. How did you decide what made it into the book and what didn’t?

I had all the early shots in a box initially – starting with the ones I used in the proposal for the cookbook. I added to that collection over time. Over a few years I’d just keep shooting and adding to the box – film, and also printouts of all the shots. Every once in a while I’d put them out on a big table, or tack them to a wall, and take a look. I’d get rid of some, make note to reshoot others, that sort of thing. I shot as I was writing the book, and submitted the photography with the manuscript to Ten Speed, and we went from there. I was lucky to be working on this book with Toni Tajima, who designed my last book. She’d design sections of the book and send them to me. If she wanted other photo options for a page or a recipe, I could go back to the black box, or do something on the fly for her. In the end, she actually made the final call on which shots went in, and which ones didn’t.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the interview and giveaway details after the jump!

D*S: How is this book different than super natural cooking, your last book?

This one is a look at my day to day cooking. I highlight many of the same ingredients that were in Super Natural Cooking – lots of whole grains, whole grain flours, natural sweeteners, fresh produce – but these recipes are quite a bit more approachable. The chapters are structured – breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. – so, for example, the breakfast chapter has a lot of doable breakfast ideas, the dinner chapter has a good amount of weeknight friendly recipes. It’s a collections of things I love to cook, or throw together without a whole lot of fuss.


D*S: When you were working on this cookbook, did you find that you needed any special equipment? A new lens? A new camera? Did you travel or visit any special places in order to find visual or recipe inspiration, or to match an image with content?

I ended up shooting this with a hodge-podge of cameras. A mix of film and digital, 35mm and medium format. And I primarily used the cameras I’ve been using for a long time – a Fuji 645, Pentax67, a Canon dSLR. I keep a little 35mm Ricoh in my purse or pocket as well. As far as inspiration and travel, I wanted this book to have sense of place. I wanted it to visually capture what I love about cooking and living in Northern California, where I live. So that was my focus. To that end, I tried to tie it into my day to day, and my daily rituals, places I go. As much as I love to travel to far-away places, that wasn’t what I wanted to explore with this book. I took shots walking around San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, hiking the coast, around the house – that sort of thing. And I used our everyday pans, dishes, plates and whatnot in the photos.

D*S: Do you find yourself coming back to a particular ingredient or cooking method more than any other?

I love a good one-pan or one-pot meal – curries, stir-fries, soups, stews, frittatas.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Heidi’s beautiful new book, tell us about your most memorable food experience while on vacation/travelling. The five best memories will win!

*Update: the contest is now closed and Heidi is choosing her favorites…


Heidi swanson’s super natural every day + giveaway


We have been waiting for Heidi Swanson’s latest book for so long. Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day cookbook was finally released on April 5, and soared immediately into the top 100 books on Amazon! Just between me and you, it is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I own (and I have LOTS). Heidi shared her favorite recipe from the cookbook with us on the In the Kitchen With column earlier today. Now we’ll offer five readers the chance to win a copy of it, but a little more about how to do that after a mini-interview with Heidi on how she weaved together the aesthetics of her blog, 101cookbooks, and her lifestyle to create her most recent cookbook.

D*S: The images you share on 101cookbooks are every much as inspiring as the food. How do you decide which images you will post to illustrate recipes and your travel?

Wow, thank you! I try to keep the framework of my site in mind. Each post I do is about how my life intersects a recipe in some way – either through a book, or an ingredient, or a restaurant I visited, or a place I’ve traveled to. I do my best to illustrate that in a personal way. So, in addition to what I’m cooking, I like to show the little details of places I’ve been, the ones I’ve found inspiring – colors, textures, architecture, fonts. I also tend to pick the photos I don’t want to forget. The site works a bit as a scrapbook in that regard.


D*S: You’ve written a bit on your blog about how super natural every day started with a notebook of ideas, recipes, photos. How did you decide what made it into the book and what didn’t?

I had all the early shots in a box initially – starting with the ones I used in the proposal for the cookbook. I added to that collection over time. Over a few years I’d just keep shooting and adding to the box – film, and also printouts of all the shots. Every once in a while I’d put them out on a big table, or tack them to a wall, and take a look. I’d get rid of some, make note to reshoot others, that sort of thing. I shot as I was writing the book, and submitted the photography with the manuscript to Ten Speed, and we went from there. I was lucky to be working on this book with Toni Tajima, who designed my last book. She’d design sections of the book and send them to me. If she wanted other photo options for a page or a recipe, I could go back to the black box, or do something on the fly for her. In the end, she actually made the final call on which shots went in, and which ones didn’t.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the interview and giveaway details after the jump!

D*S: How is this book different than super natural cooking, your last book?

This one is a look at my day to day cooking. I highlight many of the same ingredients that were in Super Natural Cooking – lots of whole grains, whole grain flours, natural sweeteners, fresh produce – but these recipes are quite a bit more approachable. The chapters are structured – breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. – so, for example, the breakfast chapter has a lot of doable breakfast ideas, the dinner chapter has a good amount of weeknight friendly recipes. It’s a collections of things I love to cook, or throw together without a whole lot of fuss.


D*S: When you were working on this cookbook, did you find that you needed any special equipment? A new lens? A new camera? Did you travel or visit any special places in order to find visual or recipe inspiration, or to match an image with content?

I ended up shooting this with a hodge-podge of cameras. A mix of film and digital, 35mm and medium format. And I primarily used the cameras I’ve been using for a long time – a Fuji 645, Pentax67, a Canon dSLR. I keep a little 35mm Ricoh in my purse or pocket as well. As far as inspiration and travel, I wanted this book to have sense of place. I wanted it to visually capture what I love about cooking and living in Northern California, where I live. So that was my focus. To that end, I tried to tie it into my day to day, and my daily rituals, places I go. As much as I love to travel to far-away places, that wasn’t what I wanted to explore with this book. I took shots walking around San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, hiking the coast, around the house – that sort of thing. And I used our everyday pans, dishes, plates and whatnot in the photos.

D*S: Do you find yourself coming back to a particular ingredient or cooking method more than any other?

I love a good one-pan or one-pot meal – curries, stir-fries, soups, stews, frittatas.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Heidi’s beautiful new book, tell us about your most memorable food experience while on vacation/travelling. The five best memories will win!

*Update: the contest is now closed and Heidi is choosing her favorites…


Heidi swanson’s super natural every day + giveaway


We have been waiting for Heidi Swanson’s latest book for so long. Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day cookbook was finally released on April 5, and soared immediately into the top 100 books on Amazon! Just between me and you, it is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I own (and I have LOTS). Heidi shared her favorite recipe from the cookbook with us on the In the Kitchen With column earlier today. Now we’ll offer five readers the chance to win a copy of it, but a little more about how to do that after a mini-interview with Heidi on how she weaved together the aesthetics of her blog, 101cookbooks, and her lifestyle to create her most recent cookbook.

D*S: The images you share on 101cookbooks are every much as inspiring as the food. How do you decide which images you will post to illustrate recipes and your travel?

Wow, thank you! I try to keep the framework of my site in mind. Each post I do is about how my life intersects a recipe in some way – either through a book, or an ingredient, or a restaurant I visited, or a place I’ve traveled to. I do my best to illustrate that in a personal way. So, in addition to what I’m cooking, I like to show the little details of places I’ve been, the ones I’ve found inspiring – colors, textures, architecture, fonts. I also tend to pick the photos I don’t want to forget. The site works a bit as a scrapbook in that regard.


D*S: You’ve written a bit on your blog about how super natural every day started with a notebook of ideas, recipes, photos. How did you decide what made it into the book and what didn’t?

I had all the early shots in a box initially – starting with the ones I used in the proposal for the cookbook. I added to that collection over time. Over a few years I’d just keep shooting and adding to the box – film, and also printouts of all the shots. Every once in a while I’d put them out on a big table, or tack them to a wall, and take a look. I’d get rid of some, make note to reshoot others, that sort of thing. I shot as I was writing the book, and submitted the photography with the manuscript to Ten Speed, and we went from there. I was lucky to be working on this book with Toni Tajima, who designed my last book. She’d design sections of the book and send them to me. If she wanted other photo options for a page or a recipe, I could go back to the black box, or do something on the fly for her. In the end, she actually made the final call on which shots went in, and which ones didn’t.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the interview and giveaway details after the jump!

D*S: How is this book different than super natural cooking, your last book?

This one is a look at my day to day cooking. I highlight many of the same ingredients that were in Super Natural Cooking – lots of whole grains, whole grain flours, natural sweeteners, fresh produce – but these recipes are quite a bit more approachable. The chapters are structured – breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. – so, for example, the breakfast chapter has a lot of doable breakfast ideas, the dinner chapter has a good amount of weeknight friendly recipes. It’s a collections of things I love to cook, or throw together without a whole lot of fuss.


D*S: When you were working on this cookbook, did you find that you needed any special equipment? A new lens? A new camera? Did you travel or visit any special places in order to find visual or recipe inspiration, or to match an image with content?

I ended up shooting this with a hodge-podge of cameras. A mix of film and digital, 35mm and medium format. And I primarily used the cameras I’ve been using for a long time – a Fuji 645, Pentax67, a Canon dSLR. I keep a little 35mm Ricoh in my purse or pocket as well. As far as inspiration and travel, I wanted this book to have sense of place. I wanted it to visually capture what I love about cooking and living in Northern California, where I live. So that was my focus. To that end, I tried to tie it into my day to day, and my daily rituals, places I go. As much as I love to travel to far-away places, that wasn’t what I wanted to explore with this book. I took shots walking around San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, hiking the coast, around the house – that sort of thing. And I used our everyday pans, dishes, plates and whatnot in the photos.

D*S: Do you find yourself coming back to a particular ingredient or cooking method more than any other?

I love a good one-pan or one-pot meal – curries, stir-fries, soups, stews, frittatas.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Heidi’s beautiful new book, tell us about your most memorable food experience while on vacation/travelling. The five best memories will win!

*Update: the contest is now closed and Heidi is choosing her favorites…


Heidi swanson’s super natural every day + giveaway


We have been waiting for Heidi Swanson’s latest book for so long. Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day cookbook was finally released on April 5, and soared immediately into the top 100 books on Amazon! Just between me and you, it is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I own (and I have LOTS). Heidi shared her favorite recipe from the cookbook with us on the In the Kitchen With column earlier today. Now we’ll offer five readers the chance to win a copy of it, but a little more about how to do that after a mini-interview with Heidi on how she weaved together the aesthetics of her blog, 101cookbooks, and her lifestyle to create her most recent cookbook.

D*S: The images you share on 101cookbooks are every much as inspiring as the food. How do you decide which images you will post to illustrate recipes and your travel?

Wow, thank you! I try to keep the framework of my site in mind. Each post I do is about how my life intersects a recipe in some way – either through a book, or an ingredient, or a restaurant I visited, or a place I’ve traveled to. I do my best to illustrate that in a personal way. So, in addition to what I’m cooking, I like to show the little details of places I’ve been, the ones I’ve found inspiring – colors, textures, architecture, fonts. I also tend to pick the photos I don’t want to forget. The site works a bit as a scrapbook in that regard.


D*S: You’ve written a bit on your blog about how super natural every day started with a notebook of ideas, recipes, photos. How did you decide what made it into the book and what didn’t?

I had all the early shots in a box initially – starting with the ones I used in the proposal for the cookbook. I added to that collection over time. Over a few years I’d just keep shooting and adding to the box – film, and also printouts of all the shots. Every once in a while I’d put them out on a big table, or tack them to a wall, and take a look. I’d get rid of some, make note to reshoot others, that sort of thing. I shot as I was writing the book, and submitted the photography with the manuscript to Ten Speed, and we went from there. I was lucky to be working on this book with Toni Tajima, who designed my last book. She’d design sections of the book and send them to me. If she wanted other photo options for a page or a recipe, I could go back to the black box, or do something on the fly for her. In the end, she actually made the final call on which shots went in, and which ones didn’t.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the interview and giveaway details after the jump!

D*S: How is this book different than super natural cooking, your last book?

This one is a look at my day to day cooking. I highlight many of the same ingredients that were in Super Natural Cooking – lots of whole grains, whole grain flours, natural sweeteners, fresh produce – but these recipes are quite a bit more approachable. The chapters are structured – breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. – so, for example, the breakfast chapter has a lot of doable breakfast ideas, the dinner chapter has a good amount of weeknight friendly recipes. It’s a collections of things I love to cook, or throw together without a whole lot of fuss.


D*S: When you were working on this cookbook, did you find that you needed any special equipment? A new lens? A new camera? Did you travel or visit any special places in order to find visual or recipe inspiration, or to match an image with content?

I ended up shooting this with a hodge-podge of cameras. A mix of film and digital, 35mm and medium format. And I primarily used the cameras I’ve been using for a long time – a Fuji 645, Pentax67, a Canon dSLR. I keep a little 35mm Ricoh in my purse or pocket as well. As far as inspiration and travel, I wanted this book to have sense of place. I wanted it to visually capture what I love about cooking and living in Northern California, where I live. So that was my focus. To that end, I tried to tie it into my day to day, and my daily rituals, places I go. As much as I love to travel to far-away places, that wasn’t what I wanted to explore with this book. I took shots walking around San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, hiking the coast, around the house – that sort of thing. And I used our everyday pans, dishes, plates and whatnot in the photos.

D*S: Do you find yourself coming back to a particular ingredient or cooking method more than any other?

I love a good one-pan or one-pot meal – curries, stir-fries, soups, stews, frittatas.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Heidi’s beautiful new book, tell us about your most memorable food experience while on vacation/travelling. The five best memories will win!

*Update: the contest is now closed and Heidi is choosing her favorites…


Heidi swanson’s super natural every day + giveaway


We have been waiting for Heidi Swanson’s latest book for so long. Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day cookbook was finally released on April 5, and soared immediately into the top 100 books on Amazon! Just between me and you, it is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I own (and I have LOTS). Heidi shared her favorite recipe from the cookbook with us on the In the Kitchen With column earlier today. Now we’ll offer five readers the chance to win a copy of it, but a little more about how to do that after a mini-interview with Heidi on how she weaved together the aesthetics of her blog, 101cookbooks, and her lifestyle to create her most recent cookbook.

D*S: The images you share on 101cookbooks are every much as inspiring as the food. How do you decide which images you will post to illustrate recipes and your travel?

Wow, thank you! I try to keep the framework of my site in mind. Each post I do is about how my life intersects a recipe in some way – either through a book, or an ingredient, or a restaurant I visited, or a place I’ve traveled to. I do my best to illustrate that in a personal way. So, in addition to what I’m cooking, I like to show the little details of places I’ve been, the ones I’ve found inspiring – colors, textures, architecture, fonts. I also tend to pick the photos I don’t want to forget. The site works a bit as a scrapbook in that regard.


D*S: You’ve written a bit on your blog about how super natural every day started with a notebook of ideas, recipes, photos. How did you decide what made it into the book and what didn’t?

I had all the early shots in a box initially – starting with the ones I used in the proposal for the cookbook. I added to that collection over time. Over a few years I’d just keep shooting and adding to the box – film, and also printouts of all the shots. Every once in a while I’d put them out on a big table, or tack them to a wall, and take a look. I’d get rid of some, make note to reshoot others, that sort of thing. I shot as I was writing the book, and submitted the photography with the manuscript to Ten Speed, and we went from there. I was lucky to be working on this book with Toni Tajima, who designed my last book. She’d design sections of the book and send them to me. If she wanted other photo options for a page or a recipe, I could go back to the black box, or do something on the fly for her. In the end, she actually made the final call on which shots went in, and which ones didn’t.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the interview and giveaway details after the jump!

D*S: How is this book different than super natural cooking, your last book?

This one is a look at my day to day cooking. I highlight many of the same ingredients that were in Super Natural Cooking – lots of whole grains, whole grain flours, natural sweeteners, fresh produce – but these recipes are quite a bit more approachable. The chapters are structured – breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. – so, for example, the breakfast chapter has a lot of doable breakfast ideas, the dinner chapter has a good amount of weeknight friendly recipes. It’s a collections of things I love to cook, or throw together without a whole lot of fuss.


D*S: When you were working on this cookbook, did you find that you needed any special equipment? A new lens? A new camera? Did you travel or visit any special places in order to find visual or recipe inspiration, or to match an image with content?

I ended up shooting this with a hodge-podge of cameras. A mix of film and digital, 35mm and medium format. And I primarily used the cameras I’ve been using for a long time – a Fuji 645, Pentax67, a Canon dSLR. I keep a little 35mm Ricoh in my purse or pocket as well. As far as inspiration and travel, I wanted this book to have sense of place. I wanted it to visually capture what I love about cooking and living in Northern California, where I live. So that was my focus. To that end, I tried to tie it into my day to day, and my daily rituals, places I go. As much as I love to travel to far-away places, that wasn’t what I wanted to explore with this book. I took shots walking around San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, hiking the coast, around the house – that sort of thing. And I used our everyday pans, dishes, plates and whatnot in the photos.

D*S: Do you find yourself coming back to a particular ingredient or cooking method more than any other?

I love a good one-pan or one-pot meal – curries, stir-fries, soups, stews, frittatas.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Heidi’s beautiful new book, tell us about your most memorable food experience while on vacation/travelling. The five best memories will win!

*Update: the contest is now closed and Heidi is choosing her favorites…


Heidi swanson’s super natural every day + giveaway


We have been waiting for Heidi Swanson’s latest book for so long. Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day cookbook was finally released on April 5, and soared immediately into the top 100 books on Amazon! Just between me and you, it is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I own (and I have LOTS). Heidi shared her favorite recipe from the cookbook with us on the In the Kitchen With column earlier today. Now we’ll offer five readers the chance to win a copy of it, but a little more about how to do that after a mini-interview with Heidi on how she weaved together the aesthetics of her blog, 101cookbooks, and her lifestyle to create her most recent cookbook.

D*S: The images you share on 101cookbooks are every much as inspiring as the food. How do you decide which images you will post to illustrate recipes and your travel?

Wow, thank you! I try to keep the framework of my site in mind. Each post I do is about how my life intersects a recipe in some way – either through a book, or an ingredient, or a restaurant I visited, or a place I’ve traveled to. I do my best to illustrate that in a personal way. So, in addition to what I’m cooking, I like to show the little details of places I’ve been, the ones I’ve found inspiring – colors, textures, architecture, fonts. I also tend to pick the photos I don’t want to forget. The site works a bit as a scrapbook in that regard.


D*S: You’ve written a bit on your blog about how super natural every day started with a notebook of ideas, recipes, photos. How did you decide what made it into the book and what didn’t?

I had all the early shots in a box initially – starting with the ones I used in the proposal for the cookbook. I added to that collection over time. Over a few years I’d just keep shooting and adding to the box – film, and also printouts of all the shots. Every once in a while I’d put them out on a big table, or tack them to a wall, and take a look. I’d get rid of some, make note to reshoot others, that sort of thing. I shot as I was writing the book, and submitted the photography with the manuscript to Ten Speed, and we went from there. I was lucky to be working on this book with Toni Tajima, who designed my last book. She’d design sections of the book and send them to me. If she wanted other photo options for a page or a recipe, I could go back to the black box, or do something on the fly for her. In the end, she actually made the final call on which shots went in, and which ones didn’t.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the interview and giveaway details after the jump!

D*S: How is this book different than super natural cooking, your last book?

This one is a look at my day to day cooking. I highlight many of the same ingredients that were in Super Natural Cooking – lots of whole grains, whole grain flours, natural sweeteners, fresh produce – but these recipes are quite a bit more approachable. The chapters are structured – breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. – so, for example, the breakfast chapter has a lot of doable breakfast ideas, the dinner chapter has a good amount of weeknight friendly recipes. It’s a collections of things I love to cook, or throw together without a whole lot of fuss.


D*S: When you were working on this cookbook, did you find that you needed any special equipment? A new lens? A new camera? Did you travel or visit any special places in order to find visual or recipe inspiration, or to match an image with content?

I ended up shooting this with a hodge-podge of cameras. A mix of film and digital, 35mm and medium format. And I primarily used the cameras I’ve been using for a long time – a Fuji 645, Pentax67, a Canon dSLR. I keep a little 35mm Ricoh in my purse or pocket as well. As far as inspiration and travel, I wanted this book to have sense of place. I wanted it to visually capture what I love about cooking and living in Northern California, where I live. So that was my focus. To that end, I tried to tie it into my day to day, and my daily rituals, places I go. As much as I love to travel to far-away places, that wasn’t what I wanted to explore with this book. I took shots walking around San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, hiking the coast, around the house – that sort of thing. And I used our everyday pans, dishes, plates and whatnot in the photos.

D*S: Do you find yourself coming back to a particular ingredient or cooking method more than any other?

I love a good one-pan or one-pot meal – curries, stir-fries, soups, stews, frittatas.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Heidi’s beautiful new book, tell us about your most memorable food experience while on vacation/travelling. The five best memories will win!

*Update: the contest is now closed and Heidi is choosing her favorites…