Author, nutritional supplement entrepreneur, tech investor and speed learner Timothy Ferriss promises in his latest book, The 4-Hour Chef, to teach you the skills you'd gain in six months of culinary school in just 240 minutes.
Those 4 hours are about the time it took me to get through the first 20 pages of this dense, wide-ranging tome. I've got 620 more to go.
I'm spoiled. I live about six blocks away from Empire Mayonnaise, the artisanal mayo shop that sells little pots of mayonnaise in flavors like lime pickle (my favorite), bacon and black truffle.
But at $6 to $8 a pop for a 4 ounce jar, it's pricey. So, with a nudge from New York Times food writer Melissa Clark, I decided to make my own.
Cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo takes a turn in the hot seat for Amy Edding's 60-Second Stir-Fry.
Mayor Mike's war against obesity has employed a wide array of weapons, including posted calorie counts at fast food restaurant chains, an end to transfats in baked goods, 1,000 new permits for street carts selling veggies and, most recently, a ban on sugary drinks over 16 ounces. But here's another tool he might want to consider: banning eating around the city's landmarks and tourist hot spots.
Lauren Baccus and Alan Sherouse of Hell's Kitchen Farm Project get grilled on pigeons and roof-top farming for this 60-Second Stir-Fry.
I talk about fleeting opportunities for seasonal eating during my regular Friday segment, Last Chance Foods — last week I spoke with Kurt Alstede of Alstede Farms about the waning days of the sweet corn season.
Also fleeting are your chances to get lost in a corn maze. For me, they are a wonder-inducing activity that marks the passing of summer into fall, like jumping into a pile of fallen leaves, carving a wicked grin into a pumpkin or Halloween trick-or-treating.
Dora Hinds of East New York Farms recommends stir-frying Malabar spinach in the braising liquid of a roast, 15 minutes before taking the meat out of the oven, so I knew she was not going to wilt under the pressures of my 60-Second Stir Fry.
Hinds grows Malabar spinach and other goodies in her big, sunny backyard. She brings extras to the "share table" at East New York Farms, where farm manager David Vigil has planted Malabar spinach, hot peppers and other veggie staples of the Caribbean.
I'm going to start this Stir Fry by answering one of my own lightning round questions, "best reason to be happy summer is coming to an end:" farmers bring in boxes of gorgeous last chance foods to WNYC's Studio 4!