Top New York chefs are taking advantage of their newfound celebrity and offering cooking classes and creative courses to interested patrons. Abby Hitchcock of Camaje offers a course on preparing a menu and food items for the week, while Vincent Chirico of Vai presents a course on the basics of being a chef.
Kitchen gadgets can be a useful addition to any kitchen and can change the way that even the most accomplished chef cooks. New items such as onion goggles and ice cream lockouts take care of age-old pesky kitchen problems, while instant-read thermometers and petite mashers can be just the right tool for a certain dish.
The "Bold Italian" cookbook is about simple, honest dishes that can take some adventurous turns, says chef and co-author Scott Conant. His recipe for Sausage and polenta ragu, for example, is a simple dish that chefs can enhance by serving it with grilled quail.