I Chat With… NYC’s Finest Tastemakers

At the table with Executive Chef April Bloomfield, photo Brent Herrig

At the table with Executive Chef April Bloomfield, photo Brent Herrig

I get all reflective around the holidays.

My birthday, too, when I come to think of it.

As the year comes to a close my current focus is on my health – following your passion into the kitchen and on the city streets as a writer puts a lot of stress on a body with a chronic illness. I love my jobs. Cooking, nourishing, interviewing, covering events, working on building up Easy Eats Magazine… they really fulfill me. But sometimes I let the balance tip too far towards overworking and too far from sustaining my health. As proven by having to take a day completely off of work this week – literally, calling in sick which I never do – because of back pain limiting my capability to cook.

But while my health is wavering, reflecting on the beautiful things I’ve gotten to accomplish this year is so satisfying.

One is the insane amount of talent I’ve gotten to sit from across a table, as I’ve interviewed chefs, restauranteurs, writers and mixologists/sommeliers. I’m blown away by who I’ve gotten to speak with.

The faces below are my most recent – taken before, during and after Hurricane Sandy ravaged my city. I have interviews on the calendar through January and am excited by the endless list of tastemakers to speak with.

For my entire gallery, visit my I Chat With… page. And for links to all the interviews, including the most recent ones pictured here, check out my page on Serious Eats.

Happy Friday,

– Jacqueline


  1. Linda says:

    Hi Jacqueline, I tried your GF Pie crust and it was great! My boys and I recently went GF (July 2012), i never made pie crust before (i used store bought). I used my grandmothers Glamour Lemon Pie (Lemon Curd) recipe and your pie crust (pre-baked with an egg wash) for Thanksgiving and it was a hit! (dare I say better than my mothers?…) Now I am trying to figure out how to make our favorite cookies into GF cookies. I LOVE Martha Stewart’s icebox cookies recipes…. Chocolate Black Pepper Espresso Cookies, Lime Mel-taways and Shortbread. Do you have any suggestions on how to make them gluten free?

    • Oh my goodness you are too kind and I am SO GLAD you like the recipe – thank you!

      Those sound DELICIOUS – I want the recipes!

      I have a basic cookie mix (https://thedustybaker.com/gluten-free-flours/) and some tips on my overall flour-blend ideas. I’d just keep in mind that eggs are your friend and properly creaming your fat and sugar will help them stay together best. Let me know how it goes!

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