Whenever I get asked about must-go places in my hometown of Chicago, I have to preface my list stating that all my recommendations are at least a century old. No poké bowl recommendations here! I like directing friends to the haunts that my family has been flocking to for generations so they can enjoy (occasionally) musty old school charm that I think of when I think of “home”. When I was researching Julia Child’s favorite Parisian haunts for the most recent Julia Child issue of Cherry Bombe Magazine, I was reassured that there were still many similarly eternal institutions in my adopted city. These are equally as loved by true Parisians and tourists alike. Enjoy.
You’ve got the sensible walking shoes and the trusted guidebook. What else do you need to know when navigating the streets and many nuances of Paris, France? Here are few hard-earned tips for navigating the city with ease and an insider’s confidence….
For more insider tips on navigating Paris like a local, pick up a copy of my book “Paris in Stride: An Insider’s Walking Guide” (Rizzoli). It’s celebrating its first birthday today. Want to keep the book love going? Gift a copy to a friend, request it at your local museum gift shop or indie bookstore, recommend it to a friend who’s headed to Paris and leave an Amazon review. And thank you sincerely if you’ve done any of the above. Its success is all thanks to you. -jkw
I just shared one of my favorite family recipes on Design*Sponge!
Braised meatballs aux petits pois
For 6 servings
– 1 slice white bread, crust removed
– 1 lb (450 g) ground beef
– 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater
– 1 egg, beaten
– 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
– ½ teaspoon sea salt
– ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1 pinch of each: cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves and nutmeg)
– ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
– Olive oil
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 1 medium yellow onion, diced
– 1 stalk of celery, diced
– 1 carrot, diced
– 1 medium tomato, chopped
– 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
– 4 cups (600 g) shelled green peas or frozen sweet peas
– 2 ¼ cups (500 ml) vegetable broth
– 1 handful parsley leaves
– 1 bay leaf
– ½ teaspoon sea salt
– ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Soak bread in water for a few minutes. Using hands, squeeze water from bread. Break ground beef into small pieces in a large bowl, add bread and remaining ingredients. Using hands, quickly and gently mix meat mixture just until all ingredients are evenly combined (do not overmix). Chill mixture at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour. Moisten hands with water, then roll meat mixture between palms into golf-ball-size balls. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add meatballs, separating them so they are not touching. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown and firm to the touch. Repeat till all the meatballs are cooked. Reserve.
For the peas, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and carrot and cook, stirring often, until caramelized. Add tomato and cook, stirring often, until the mixture begins to stick to the pot, about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic, peas, broth, parsley, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors have melded and the broth has reduced, 25–30 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Add meatballs to peas and cook 10 minutes until heated through.
Edible Paradise: A Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables will soon be more than just a social media anecdote. It comes out March 15th, 2016! And a mini continental book tour is on the books, too. Returning to the motherland only once every two years, I’ve stocked up enough calories to indulge in every greasy Greek diner/Chicago deep-dish pizza/24/7 Mexican food impulse.
What’s a regal way to ring in my first major book release AND my 30th birthday? How about the golden calf of food trends, the gilded donut. Maybe I’ll just save my pennies for golden teeth instead.
Gilded donut, $100. Manila Social Club, 2 Hope St, Brooklyn, NY 11211.
Thank you, Beyoncé!
Phew, 2016! 2015 wrapped up into a very fine year for me. It was the first year where I can proudly say I was making it as a bona fide full-time living artist, a big feat for a professional fruit & veg doodler. But the biggest news of 2015 was that I nailed my first US book deal with Rizzoli New York. But I promise to share the process and all the juicy details very soon…
Fast forward to 2016, and said book will be released March 15th, 2016, Edible Paradise: A Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables (Rizzoli’s Universe Imprint). Coloring books found a bit of a renaissance in 2015, promising to re spark everyday creativity and hit the overloaded mind’s refresh button. But Edible Paradise is more than just your kid’s chicken-scratched Frozen activity book. It sets its readers of all ages on an enchanted journey, discovering the seasonal delicacies and creatures found in forests, fields, gardens, and urban farmer’s markets all in richly detailed freehand drawings. But in the humble opinion of its creator, the true beauty of the book lies in the hands of whoever colors it in.
You may be asking yourself, “I still can’t even write ‘2016’. Why should I preorder a book that comes out in March?” The truth is, although I would love that you picked it up at your local mom & pop bookshop, in the current Amazon economy, the success of book sales are dependent on preorders. Ever wonder how a new release is already a New York Times Bestseller the day it comes out? Preordering largely determines that. Ordering now not only promises you can attack it with your colored pencils ASAP, but it gives my editor a little vote of confidence. It also increases the chances I can publish more passion projects like this one in the future. Preorder here.
In any case, I wish you joy and balance in 2015! And thanks for your support in making this another Technicolor New Year!
Sharpen your colored pencils. We are going to Japan! I’m thrilled to announce my new coloring book Recettes japonaises à cuisiner & à colorier (Mango Editions). Along with the to-be-colorful recipes by Franco-Japanese cookbook author Laure Kié.
A one-way ticket to enlighten the senses.
Recettes japonaises à cuisiner & à colorier (Editions Mango) 10,00€
Baking Chez Moi, by lauded cookbook author and new friend Dorie Greenspan, uncovers simple French homemade desserts. Goodbye macarons, this is the easiest way to get into the soul of the French home.