He’s an award-winning chef who, after 40 years in the business, still gets up at 5:30 am to make croissants. Jean-Jacques Bernat, the owner of Provence en Boite in Brooklyn now employs a pastry chef, but he is still intimately involved in the daily workings of his restaurant and pastry shop.
She worked in film, and never thought she’d write a cookbook. But then she started a food blog, and everything changed. “I’ve always been attracted to stories, and it turns out a cookbook is just a way to tell a story. Every recipe has its narrative,” says Ana Sofia Peláez, whose new cookbook, The Cuban Table, published by St. Martin’s Press hits bookstores on Oct. 28. Earlier this month, we spoke with Brooklyn-based Ana about her personal story, her blog, Hungry Sofia, and her upcoming book. Below, she shares one of her favorite recipes from the book, Arroz con Pollo.