This is the Best Cookie Ever and it’s named after compost

This is the Best Cookie Ever and it’s named after compost

A single bite of this cookie transports you into a taste-fueled rabbit hole, a complex tunnel of sweet and salty from which there’s no turning back … it’s Christina Tosi’s Compost Cookie. Tosi is the chef and owner of New York’s Momofuku...
Baking with Downtown Tom

Baking with Downtown Tom

A few weeks ago, before St. Louis temperatures turned to the sweltering triple-digits, my dad Downtown Tom was on a baking frenzy, concocting treats for my mother, brothers and sisters, and niece and nephews from the groovy concrete kitchen of his rehabbed hat...
Eating with Uncle Sam

Eating with Uncle Sam

Downtown Tom first got me hooked on the National Archives, where you can see everything from the handwritten police blotter entry detailing Lincoln’s assassination to Dorothea Lange’s haunting photos to an image of the dinner menu from Nixon’s 1972...
A Taste Dressed To Impress

A Taste Dressed To Impress

It’s the full moon stretching its golden arms toward the indigo sea. The long, searing notes of John Coltrane piercing your heartstrings in a crowded, dusky club. It’s the haute couture of cake; the Botticelli of bread; the ultimate apologia for a midday...
Applesauce puffs in the wetlands

Applesauce puffs in the wetlands

Students learn about food webs and food chains in the Watsonville Wetlands, and I remember that feeding kids’ bodies is just as important as feeding their minds. Includes a simple, kid-friendly recipe for Applesauce Puffs.