We love the profiles of food world leaders and their real-life kitchens in Pantry Confidential, and this time they've picked Alaina Browne, General Manager over with our friends at Serious Eats. Her short interview is inspiring: she talks about her favorite ingredients (she always adds more ginger than is called for), her culinary inspirations (her Chinese mother and Indian mother-in-law), and the best places to shop for spices in NYC (Kalustyan's and Dual Speciality).
We especially appreciated this gem about the greenmarket: "But let's be honest. The greenmarket doesn't really hit its stride until August, which is still a long way off." She's right -- you can get psyched about ramps as much as you like, but you can't beat late summer's bounty.
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And to top it all off, she shares her recipe for super-fresh Saag Paneer! Don't miss her interview -- not to mention the beautiful photos of Alaina in her kitchen with her adorable son.
I'm Nozlee Samadzadeh, a writer, editor, farmer, developer, and passionate home cook. Growing up Iranian in Oklahoma, working on a small-scale organic farm, and cooking on a budget all influence the way I cook -- herbed rice dishes, chicken fried steak, heirloom tomato salad, and simple poached eggs all make appearances on my bright blue kitchen table. I love to eat kimchi (homemade!) straight from the jar and I eat cake for breakfast.