On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, I had the pleasure of touring the test kitchens of Bon Appétit (www.bonapptetit.com), The Daily Meal (www.thedailymeal.com) and Food 52 (www.food52.com) with a group of strong women food and lifestyle bloggers from the East Coast (read their blogs, I’ve listed them below.) I was invited by Anna Curran of Cookbook Create (www.cookbookcreate.com) to help her celebrate #IWNYFood and the launch of her custom cookbook web site by the same name: Cookbook Create. Anna ends her last phase of beta testing shortly on Cookbook Create (www.cookbookcreate.com) that will allow almost instant creation of a personalized custom cookbook. Many thanks go to Anna for her expert hosting at all points of our food blogger journey.
First stop, Bon Appétit.
We were taken on an all access pass through the test kitchens of Bon Appétit. We spoke to several chefs who told us how many times they test a recipe (3 – 12), and how photographs and recipes are chosen (sometimes based on ingredient and/or color) for the magazine. The really amazing part, however, was the treat of a lifetime. Andrew Knowlton, restaurant editor and Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief spoke with us and graciously took our questions. We were happy to hear that all that eating doesn’t go to waste on Andrew. He follows a strict work-out regimen that sounds a lot like my husband’s (is it really finished with a glass of bourbon?).
Second stop, The Daily Meal
The Daily Meal greeted us with open arms, and wine, and a salad of fava beans, spinach and onions, and wine, and a video in their test kitchen boasting the eccoutrements of must-have kitchen artillery. And wine. I coveted the removable and modular spice racks and cookbook holders. And did I say wine?
But most important of all, one of the Daily Meal editors recommended that I go in for my close-up – you can see a still here thanks to fabulous photographer @ultraclay Clay Williams (www.claywilliamsphoto.com). Thanks for the nudge, Will! You can see the video here:
I was unable to make Food52 due to my duties writing a press release which announced a newly formed disaster committee with Kids With Food Allergies, but here are some pictures thanks to Clay Williams (@ultraclay). All photo copyrights below belong to Clay Williams (www.claywilliamsphoto.com).
Who were the other bloggers along with me? Of course my bestie Sloane Miller (www.allergicgirl.com) was at Food52, but we missed each other unfortunately since I had to leave. We made up for it at the brunch on Friday which is where we had our picture taken above with Anna Curran, our fearless leader of all things foodly wonderful this week.
Other Bloggers (and thanks to Kitchen Tested from whom I lifted this list!)
- Alejandra from Always Order Dessert
- Amie from The Healthy Apple
- Caroline from Taste Love & Nourish
- Carrie from Poet in the Pantry
- Clay from UltraClay (photography)
- Diana from Appetite for China
- Daina from The Hungry Fan
- Jennifer from Savory Simple
- Jen from Champagne Problems
- Kimberly from Foodie City Mom
- Lisa from Nutcase Crunch
- Mary from Love the Secret Ingredient
- Sloane from Allergic Girl
- Melinda from Kitchen Tested
Thanks again to Emily, Leiti, Anna, the special attention paid to us by Bon Appétit, The Daily Meal, and Food52 during our #IWNYFoodTour. You are the rock stars that made US feel like rock stars! Looking forward to following all of the bloggerific ladies and sites above. PPSSSTTT- and order your custom cookbook through COOKBOOK CREATE soon!