Today, I’m giving you links to interviews of people I admire in the food industry. Some of these give great behind-the-scenes looks and photo tours of kitchens, bakeries and processing plants (or old photos of famous chefs with embarrassing hairstyles). Others are links to blogs, books or non-interview articles. I hope you find a few people who like in there, and maybe discover a few as well!
- Washington Post interview with Bob Moore, the founder of Bob’s Red Mill products (which I love). “His mission is to offer whole grains at a reasonable price, no matter where you live.”
- The Kitchn interview with Kim Boyce, author of Good to the Grain, which is one of my favorite cookbooks. I’ve made several of her recipes, notably the quinoa and beet pancakes as well as the whole wheat chocolate chip cookies. Bonus: Tour of her bakery, BakeShop, in Portland, Oregon.
- The Kitchn interview with Tori Avey, creator of the kosher food blog The Shiksa in the Kitchen. She’s a culinary anthropologist, so she takes pleasure in telling the story behind the recipe (which is also one of the things I really like about The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden). I really enjoyed the photo gallery of her beautiful kitchen!
- The Gazette interview with Aran Goyoaga, focusing on the photography workshop she taught in Montreal last month (I wasn’t lucky enough to get in, it really did sell out in less than 2 minutes). She writes the blog Cannelle et Vanille, has a cookbook coming out, and is probably mt favorite food stylist and photographer! The workshop was organized by Mayssam Samaha, the Montrealer who writes Will Travel for Food.
- The Kitchn interview with Tim McDiarmid (contains some typos in geographical location names). Tim McDiarmid, also known as Tim the Girl, was born and raised in Canada and now works as a caterer and personal chef in San Antonio. I’ve never eaten her food (which she describes as “upscale urban hippie food”), but I’ve heard about her through various publications and like her style.
- The Kitchn interview with Ashley Rodriguez, who writes the wonderful Not Without Salt. I love how she nurtures her marriage with her (almost) weekly date nights at home with her husband, once the kids are in bed. I was also very surprised to find out that she has a small kitchen, but that just goes to show that making beautiful, delicious food isn’t about how big or how fancy your kitchen is.
- The Kitchn interview with David Lebovitz, who I’ve mentioned before (say, here). And because that’s a really short interview, here’s an older one.
- The Kitchn interview with Judith Jones. I just love her kitchen, especially the open pantry! And the pegboard of pots and pans. And the magnet knife rack. And… You can see it’s a very functional space. And here’s a MacLean’s interview where she discusses her cookbook The Pleasures of Cooking for One. And for those who are interested, here’s her blog.
- And not exactly an interview, but a great article in Bon Appétit written by Anthony Bourdain about his father.