World Chefs: Former radio DJ puts global spin on comfort food

Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:20am EDT
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Celebrity chef Sunny Anderson has put her travels in Europe and Asia to good use in her first cookbook, "Sunny's Kitchen," by combining unusual ingredients she discovered while living and working abroad with comfort food.

Anderson's taste for global cuisine dates back to her childhood in Germany, where her father was posted with the U.S. Army for three years. She continued her travels after joining the U.S. Air Force as a broadcast journalist and radio disc jockey while stationed in Seoul, South Korea.

After leaving the military Anderson moved to New York City, opened a catering company, and landed a television cooking show,

"Cooking for Real" on the Food Network.

The 38-year-old who was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, spoke to Reuters about her passion for food, adding personal stories to her recipes and tips to jazz up her dishes.

Q: What is the one thing that you want people to take away from the book?

A: That it's easy. It's simple. It's not intimidating. The reason why I told a little personal story with every recipe is that every time you eat (you should) think about life and make it a moment.

Q: What are the most under-used ingredients in the home kitchen?   Continued...

Celebrity chef Sunny Anderson is shown in this undated handout photo taken in her kitchen in Brooklyn, New York and provided by Clarkson Potter on October 21, 2013. REUTERS/John Lee/Clarkson Potter/Handout via Reuters