Author Archives: urbanfoodguy

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com

Bulls%@t free eggs

Modern Farmer has an article in its most recent addition on the terminology used to sell us food; meaningless terms like: All Natural.  Included in the article is a video from  Vital Farms. They sell eggs and butter, I’ve seen their products … Continue reading

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Fake Food

Great podcast about the history of fake food from the folks over at Gastropod

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The Women of Achill Island

After a long hiatus I’m back newly dedicated to get back to a more regular blogging schedule.  Here is the latest film from The Perennial Plate: On Achill Island, black faced sheep roam the seaside cliffs, foraging on seaweed and … Continue reading

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Supporting The Perennial Plate

As regular readers know I am a big supporter of the work Daniel and Mirra do at Perennial Plate.  I think I have posted almost every video they have ever made. Given the times we live in they have felt … Continue reading

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A Celebration of Ireland by the Perennial Plate

I’ve never really understood the fuss about St Patrick’s day. In New York City the St Patrick’s day parade is the largest parade of the year, the Gay pride parade is the second largest.  Since I can remember the organizers … Continue reading

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Happy Pi Day: Chicken Pot Pie

Yesterday the city was on lock down due to the “big” snow storm.  The storm wasn’t any where near as monumental as the hype suggested it might be, but it did give me a great excuse to stay home and cook.

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Burtown and the Barn

The latest installment from The Perennial Plate.  Makes me want to visit Ireland, it certainly doesn’t make me want to open a restaurant!    Looks amazing and so beautiful. My new commitment for 2017 is to refocus on this here … Continue reading

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