World Chefs: Guarnaschelli blends tips, tales in first book

Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:15am EDT
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters) - American celebrity chef Alexandra "Alex" Guarnaschelli shares cooking tips and her childhood food memories as the daughter of a cookbook editor in her first book, "Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook."

A classically trained chef and co-owner of Butter and The Darby restaurants in New York City, Guarnaschelli has competed, hosted and served as a judge on numerous U.S. television cooking shows including "Chopped" and "Iron Chef America."

The 43-year-old New York native spoke to Reuters about writing a cookbook and how the culinary world has changed since she started as a chef.

Q: What do you want to accomplish with your first book?

A: It's a combination of sharing my experiences, a very rich family history that contributed to my choice of profession, and a collection of recipes I really want to share.

Q: Your mom was a respected cookbook editor. Did you seek advice from her for the book?

A: I really left her alone for this one. You can't mix family and business in this way. It's writing about my family. I want my mom to be able to step back and enjoy my interpretations of all the great things that went on.

Q: Describe the process in shaping the format for the book.   Continued...

U.S. chef Alexandra "Alex" Guarnaschelli poses in this undated photo provided by the Food Network television channel. REUTERS