World Chefs: Tosi embraces fun, simplicity in 'Milk Bar Life' cookbook

Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:22am EDT
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Celebrity chef Christina Tosi puts a fun spin on the simple food and desserts she and her staff make at the Milk Bar, and shares after-hour tales about this sister bakery of the Momofuku restaurant group in her second cookbook, "Milk Bar Life."

Tosi, 33, named best U.S. pastry chef by the James Beard Foundation in May, also teaches pastry classes and is a judge on the television cooking show, "MasterChef," along with Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot.

The New York-based chef who grew up in Virginia, spoke to Reuters about her culinary style, her career and choosing favorite recipes for the book.

Q: What inspired you to write this follow-up to your first book, "Momofuku Milk Bar?"

A: The spirit was much more casual, more approachable. It shows who we are when we are off the clock. It captures the spirit of how we do anything and how we do everything.

Q: What could readers take away from the book?

A: It’s definitely not meant to be a technique-driven book. I wanted the book to retreat back to the time when you could write a recipe on a note card and share it with someone.   Continued...

Celebrity chef Christina Tosi is shown in this  handout provided by Milk Bar in Brooklyn, New York June 22, 2015. REUTERS/Danielle Kosann/The New Potato/Handout