GREAT TASTE INTERVIEW WITH MARISSA GUGGIANA [originally broadcast in October 2011]
How about this for a gig? Travel around the USA interviewing chefs about their favorite foods, tools, music, etc. and sharing staff meals with the owners, chefs, and the rest of the restaurant's crew in preparation for writing a book that includes recipes for those dishes. That's what Marissa Guggiana did and her latest cookbook, Off the Menu-Staff Meals from America's Top Restaurants, is the result. The book recently won the 2012 Independent Publishers award in the Cookbook Category.
The book showcases her visits to 51 restaurants through more than 80 recipes. Each restaurant is profiled along with its owners and chefs. One of the most interesting sections in each profile is the Escoffier Questionnaire. "The Escoffier Questionnaire," Marissa wrote, "was inspired by my conversations with chefs from across the United States... Like the more famous–currently–Proust Questionnaire, the questions are designed to elicit short responses that are long on meaning."The intimacy of the book is one of its prime assets as you get a feel for the personalities of the profiled restaurants. Another ingredient I particularly like is the chef's tips. Kathy and I will coax some of those tips out of Marissa during our discussion.
Don't forget-this show is an archive. We're back at Hy-Vee in the Club Room LIVE next week on Wednesday, October 3.