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Michael Hoffman

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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