Food

Jacques Pépin and Julia Child, c. 1980s. Photo: Courtesy Jacques Pépin

From the Archive: Julia Child

In a 1978 interview with WTTW's John Callaway, Julia Child discusses food snobs, nutrition freaks, and children in the kitchen. "My point is to make cooking easy for people so that they can enjoy it and do it, rather than making it a kind of art for the 'we happy few,'" she says.
James Beard. Photo: Reed College

Chicago Chefs on the Influence of James Beard

The American Masters documentary James Beard: America's First Foodie explores the life of one of the most important figures in America's culinary revolution. A James Beard Award winner and nominee share Beard's influence on them and their favorite Beard recipe.
James Beard, America's First Foodie. Photo: Dan Wynn

James Beard: America's First Foodie

Enjoy recipes and witty quotes from James Beard: a pioneer of American cuisine and farm-to-table cooking, an influential teacher and cookbook author, the host of the first nationally televised cooking show, and a jovial, insatiable gourmand.
Martha Stewart's Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Happy National Chocolate Chip Day!

In honor of National Chocolate Chip day, bake up some GIant Chocolate Chip Cookies from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food, and learn the entertaining history behind the invention of chocolate chips (and the chocolate chip cookie).
A spread of black seasame kouign-amann, lychee-coconut tapioca, and chocolate-raspberry sablés by San Francisco baker Belinda Leong.

What the Culinary Elite Eats at the James Beard Awards

The James Beard Awards, held last night in Chicago, are often called the Oscars of Food. If you're one of the acclaimed chefs serving food at the gala, what do you serve? We talked to three of the exceptional chefs at the gala while they prepared their dishes.
America's Test Kitchen's Grilled Pizza. (Joe Keller)

Grilled Pizza from America's Test Kitchen

As the weather warms up, get out your grill for a fresh, homemade pizza from America's Test Kitchen.
Classic Chewy Oatmeal Cookies from America's Test Kitchen. (Carl Tremblay)

Classic Chewy Oatmeal Cookies from America's Test Kitchen

March 24 is Chocolate Covered Raisin Day (yes, it's a thing). Try another delicious raisin treat: oatmeal raisin cookies from America's Test Kitchen.
Mexican folk art in Frontera Grill. (Caitrin Hughes)

30 Years of Frontera Grill

When Rick and Deann Bayless opened their regional Mexican restaurant, they shared a wall with a bar called the Rendezvous -- for a reason -- and a ceiling with rent-by-the-hour flophouses. 30 years later, it's a staple of Chicago's culinary scene.
Clockwise from top left: Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice, Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark of Parachute, Rick Bayless of Topolobampo, and Erling Wu-Bower of Nico Osteria.

Chicago James Beard Finalists on WTTW

Tonight at 5:00 pm, we're streaming live from the red carpet of the "Oscars of Food" via our Facebook page. Meet some of the Chicago nominees here, and sample their appearances on WTTW.
America's Test Kitchen's Classic Strawberry Jam and Best Baked Potatoes. (Joe Keller/Carl Tremblay)

Nice and Simple: Classic Strawberry Jam and Best Baked Potatoes

America's Test Kitchen is serious about getting recipes right, even something as simple as a baked potato or strawberry jam, all so you can make the best dish possible.
America's Test Kitchen's Shrimp Scampi and Shredded Chicken Tacos. (Carl Tremblay)

Light and Bright: Shrimp Scampi and Shredded Chicken Tacos

Getting tired of heavy winter stews and roasts? Try some lively and fresh new recipes from America's Test Kitchen.
Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison, co-hosts of America's Test Kitchen. (Courtesy of America's Test Kitchen)

America's Test Kitchen's Thelma and Louise

Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison, the new co-hosts of America's Test Kitchen, have been with the show since day one. They give a behind-the-scenes look at how recipes are developed, and crack each other up in the process.
Passion Fruit and Lime Charlotte Russe from 'The Great British Baking Show.' (PBS)'

Passion Fruit and Lime Charlotte Russe from 'The Great British Baking Show'

Paul called this custard dessert "one of the tastiest things we've ever chosen" for The Great British Baking Show, so it's worth trying this Victorian dessert yourself.
Paul Hollywood's Raised Game Pie from the Great British Baking Show. (PBS)

Victorian Raised Game Pie from 'The Great British Baking Show"

Try a big wadge of this hearty meat pie in a recipe from Paul Hollywood. Queen Victoria would approve.
Lidia Bastianich in 'Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday for Heroes." (Courtesy of Meredith Nierman/WGBH)

"Food Tells Us Who We Are": An Interview with Lidia Bastianich

Cookbook author, TV chef, and restaurant owner Lidia Bastianich just won a James Beard Award for her TV special "Holiday for Heroes." She told us she made the special to "say my thank you to the veterans for maintaining this freedom that we have."
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