Join James Beard Award winner Daniel Patterson and perfumer Mandy Aftel as they discuss their new book The Art of Flavor: Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food and the importance of natural ingredients and flavors for both the well-seasoned and amateur chef. Discussion will be moderated by Adam Sachs of Saveur magazine.
The Art of Flavor reminds us that nature is the ultimate flavorist. That means starting with fresh ingredients that are readily available everywhere and taking our cue from them to make food that can be both simple and deeply satisfying. Chef Daniel Patterson and Mandy Aftel guide readers toward developing a more personalized relationship with food via the palate-expanding tools and concepts they offer—from the Four Rules of Flavor to the “The Flavor Compass” that demystifies the most intense and exciting ingredients (spices, herbs, flowers and citruses) to explaining how “locking” and “burying” ingredients can elevate a dish to new heights.
The evening will conclude with a book signing reception and small bites straight out of the book, prepared by MOFAD Chef John Hutt.
Daniel Patterson is the founder of San Francisco’s Michelin two-star Coi and several other Bay Area restaurants; most recently, he cofounded the acclaimed “revolutionary fast food” venture LocoL. His awards include Food & Wine’s Best New Chef and a James Beard Award for Best Chef in the West. Patterson is the author of two previous books, and his essays have appeared in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Financial Times, San Francisco Magazine, and Lucky Peach.
Mandy Aftel is an internationally known artisan perfumer and award-winning author, most recently of Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent. She has participated in many exhibitions, panels, and conferences on scent and food, and regularly collaborates with chefs and mixologists. She and her work have been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Elle, on CNN, and in countless blogs. Aftel lives in Berkeley, California.
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