Cook Spotlight

Michael Hoffman

December 7, 2009 • 4 Comments

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A grad student living in Pittsburgh, Michael Hoffman is also an intrepid cook and food blogger. In his headnote for Braised Berkshire Bacon with Pickled Onions, he recounts how he and a friend cured an entire pork belly and then smoked most of it to make their own bacon. His recipe for Ofra's Spicy Fried Eggplant was inspired by a childhood memory of a dish made by an Israeli neighbor, and he makes a homemade ginger liqueur for his Thai Ginger Lime Cooler. In short, we like the way this guy operates. See his profile and fan him here.

Here is Michael's profile Q&A:

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    antique wooden salt well
  • Your ideal meal:
    salade nicoise or slow-roasted pork shoulder
  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    very few, unfortunately, but constantly rotating
  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    cleaning up, of course


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almost 5 years ago Michael Hoffman

Michael is an engineer at Food52

@Amanda and Merrill: I'm thrilled to be featured here. Thanks! food52 continues to inspire me.

@AntoniaJames: Thanks!...and sorry about the broken link. The shortened URL must have expired. Here's a direct link:


That's a sort of recipe-schema for making liqueurs. Ginger is one of the easiest.

I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't updated that blog since (gasp!) August, but I'm now inspired to get back to it.

@lastnightsdinner: I feel the same way! So much good stuff!


almost 5 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

I'm updating the link to your Ginger Liqueur now. Sorry, everyone, for the bad link!


almost 5 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Michael, your Thai Ginger Lime Cooler looks divine . . . but the link to the homemade ginger liqueur recipe appears to be broken. I'm getting a Tiny URL error message. Would you be so kind as to post the recipe here? Thank you!


almost 5 years ago lastnightsdinner

I've been introduced to so many great cooks and fellow food bloggers here - my RSS reader is groaning! Another good one to add to the list :)