Cat is the first female American Iron Chef, author of two cookbooks, founder of Chefs for Humanity. She rocks.
I write the celebrity cover stories for Self every month. Please do check them out!
My pal, Jillian, trains contestants on The Biggest Loser. Her new show, Losing It with Jillian Michaels, is slated for 2010. She is fierce (and not just because she races motorcycles).
Millie’s memoir, Little Heathens, about growing up on an Iowa farm during the Great Depression, is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I was so honored to be able to interview her for my book.
Cheryl has a Ph.D. in philosophy and a law degree. Plus, she’s written three novels, and two very useful books, Home Comforts and Laundry.
Sixpoint Craft Ales
Best. Beer. Ever. Plus, brewer Shane C. Welch helped me craft the homebrewing how-to that you’ll find in the book.
Patti Gilstrap and Seryn Potter not only sell really cool clothes, but they also teach sewing classes at Home Ec, their adorable studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn. They’ve sure taught me a thing or two.
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Chef Juventino Avila runs this sweet restaurant in Brooklyn, where he makes every dish with seasonal, locally grown, and organic ingredients. He knows his way around the kitchen.
Joel Bukiewicz hand-crafts some of the sharpest and most beautiful knives you’ll ever see. Thanks to him, I can now hone one without losing any fingers.
The French Culinary Institute
My dear friend, Karen Bornarth, is the bread instructor at the FCI, and she gave me a private bread-baking lesson when I kneaded it most. (Ba-da-bum!)
Hearty Roots Community Farm
Farmers Benjamin Shute and Miriam Latzer grow organic produce on a 25-acre farm in Tivoli, NY. If you live nearby, or in Brooklyn, join the Hearty Roots FarmShare program and enjoy their produce. Ben shared some invaluable gardening advice with me for the book.
Blueberry Sky Farm Winery
I became enamored with this Lake Erie winery after seeing their wooden sign at the end of a road. I love that their name includes four nouns in a row. Even more so, I love their sweet dandelion wine. Don and Rosalind Heinert helped me adapt a very old dandelion wine recipe.
The Brewer’s Apprentice
I love to brew beer at this little joint in Freehold, NJ. In fact, I just made a dark red cherry ale there, which I’m calling Button Brew. If you’re in Brooklyn for my book release party, you just might get a bottle.