This week's recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen
This week, Jessica Gelt explores some local up-and-coming food bloggers-turned-cookbook writers:
Irreverence is key to why the Hot Knives boys, both 29, got a cookbook deal in the first place. Rather than going the safe and sane route of banking on an established chef for its first full-length cookbook, Mark Batty, the publisher, placed his bets on Hot Knives' underground following — as cultivated by their edgy video blog — of DIY punk rockers, scrappy beer lovers and hard-core farmers market foodies.
And he's not alone, two other publishers have steered a similar course this fall using young, nontraditional, up-and-coming Los Angeles talent. The first is a vegan cookbook from Spork Foods called "Spork-Fed," featuring sisters Jenny Engel, 30, and Heather Goldberg, 33, who, in contrast with Hot Knives' urban edge, have made a name for themselves through their wholesome, girl-next-door approach to vegan cooking classes and an online cooking show. The second is called "Party Like a Culinista," featuring fun and healthful party recipes by Jill Donenfeld, 27, who founded a personal chef and catering service called the Culinistas. The book is co-written by one of her company's New York City-based chefs, Josetth Gordon, 31.
This week's recipes include:
- Savory rolls
- Miso caper glazed salmon
- Cashew cream fettuccine Alfredo
- Veggie burgers from North Park Brewing Co.
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-- Noelle Carter
Photo: Savory rolls. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times