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The Kitchen Whisperers

Cooking with the Wisdom of Our Friends

by Dorothy Kalins, Danny Meyer

On Sale: 09/07/2021

Price: $26.99

The Kitchen Whisperers

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The Kitchen Whisperers

Cooking with the Wisdom of Our Friends

by Dorothy Kalins, Danny Meyer

On Sale: 09/07/2021

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Price: $26.99

About the Book

A beautifully written tribute to the people who teach us to cook and guide our hands in the kitchen, by the founding editor of Saveur.

The cooking lessons that stick with us are rarely the ones we read in books or learn through blog posts or YouTube videos (depending on your generation); they’re the ones we pick up as we spend time with good cooks in the kitchen. Dorothy Kalins, founding editor of Savuer magazine, calls the people who pass on their cooking wisdom her Kitchen Whisperers. Consciously or not, they help make us the cooks we are—and help show the way to the kind of cooks we have the potential to become.

Dorothy’s prolific career in food media means many of her Kitchen Whisperers are some of the best chefs around (though the lessons she’s learned from fellow home cooks are just as important). For Dorothy, a lifetime of exposure to incredible cooks and chefs means that she can’t enter her kitchen without hearing the voices of mentors and friends with whom she cooked over the years as they reveal their favorite techniques. Marcella Hazan warns her against valuing look over flavor. Christopher Hirsheimer advises that sometimes water is the best liquid to add to a dish rather than stock or wine. Her onetime Southern mother-in-law wisely knows that not everyone who asks for a biscuit is food hungry. Woven through the text are dozens of narrative recipes, from her mother’s meat loaf to David Tanis’s Swiss Chard Gratin.

The Kitchen Whisperers will prompt older readers to identify and cherish the food mentors in their own lives, just as it will inspire younger readers to seek them out. Stories and recipes from Dorothy’s notable connections will inspire the creative food journeys of all.

Critical Praise

“The Kitchen Whisperers is a personal chronicle of culinary wisdom collected over a lifetime of eating, cooking, and making friends over food. Dorothy’s voice is both evocative and intimate; the stories extraordinary; the lessons they teach us are ones any home cook might put to use. This book reminds us what food lovers already know—that food memories are the most powerful memories.” - Claire Saffitz, author, Dessert Person

“Reading The Kitchen Whisperers, one can’t escape Dorothy Kalins’s profoundly intimate love of food. All Kalins’s memories are smelled and tasted. Were we all lucky enough to have such richly scented scenes in our personal pasts, we would never be alone.” - Tamar Adler, author, An Everlasting Meal

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063001640
  • ISBN 10: 0063001640
  • Imprint: William Morrow
  • On Sale: 09/07/2021
  • Trimsize: 5.500 in (w) x 8.200 in (h) x 1.000 in (d)
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price: $26.99
  • BISAC1 : COOKING / Essays & Narratives
  • BISAC2 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • BISAC3 : COOKING / Individual Chefs & Restaurants