Written by Anita
November 24, 2008
This week, we celebrate all that we are thankful for. For DC-area foodies, chef José Andrés—the driving force behind local favorites Café Atlántico, Jaleo, Minibar, Oyamel, and Zaytinya—tops the list.
We recently spoke to Chef Andrés at a party at Café Atlántico celebrating the publication of his new book, Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen. This companion volume to his popular public television show features over 100 delicious recipes from the many different regions of Spain. Resplendent with glossy, full-color photographs of Chef Andrés’s creations, it is a great read for all fans of Spanish cuisine (whether or not they are culinarily inclined).
Q: What is a unique challenge associated with cooking on TV?
A: The challenge is making sure that you don’t think that you are more than you are. TV helps you go to into people’s houses, but you have to understand that they make you.
Q: What’s your favorite recipe in your new book?
A: I love the tortillas de aceite de oliva—olive oil pancakes with chocolate.
Q: What’s a cause that’s close to your heart?
A: It’s hard to serve food to over 20,000 people a week and then go to bed thinking that you’re not doing more to fight hunger. We have people who don’t have a fraction of what we have. So I’m very involved with DC Central Kitchen. Please donate your money and time.
Now that’s a Thanksgiving message we should all take to heart.