J. Kenji López-Alt

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science is On Sale Now!

J. Kenji López-Alt is the Managing Culinary Director of Serious Eats, author of the James Beard Award-nominated column The Food Lab, and a columnist for Cooking Light. He lives in San Francisco. A New York native, Kenji cut his cooking chops the old-fashioned way by working his way up through the ranks of some of Boston's finest restaurants. With an education in science and engineering and as a former Senior Editor at Cook's Illustrated and America's Test Kitchen, Kenji is fascinated by the ways in which understanding the science of every day cooking can help improve even simple foods. His first book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science will be released this September, followed by a second volume in September of 2017.

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I spend the majority of my time with my toddler. I’m also the Chief Culinary Advisor for Serious Eats, home of the best, most thoroughly-tested and explained recipes and food features, well, pretty much anywhere. I’m also the chef (and a partner) at Wursthall in San Mateo, a German-inspired California beer hall and restaurant. You can try some of my food there. I’m also a huge fan of Backhaus, a San Mateo bakery specializing in naturally-leavened sourdough, pretzels, and European-style pastries (full disclosure: I have financially involvement with their business). I live in San Mateo with my wife Adriana, my daughter Alicia, and our two dogs, Jamón and Shabu.

I’m going to switch to third person here because I think my publicist wants me to write the fancy stuff that follows, but it still feels awkward to me. So here: His first book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science is a New York Times Bestseller, winner of the James Beard Award for General Cooking, and was named Book of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. It is available wherever books are sold. At nearly 1,000 pages with over 300 foolproof recipes, it's a grand tour of the science of cooking explored through popular American dishes, illustrated in full color with thousands of photographs, charts, graphs, and do-at-home experiments.

Ta-da! Thus ends the third person portion of the show.

The remainder of the show has been cancelled. Those responsible for the cancellation have been sacked.