Jessica Tom

eater, cook, writer

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  • Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • Favorite foods: Candied nuts, eggplant of almost any preparation, grilled whole fish, bouillabaisse, durian, grapes, dacquoise, chocolate souffle. I don't eat a ton of meat, but BBQ will often slay me.
  • Last bite on earth: Hm, make that a last sip. Something very strong.

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Win a Scholarship to the International Culinary Center's Craft of Food Writing Course in NYC

Mark Bittman is a master at distilling the essence of a recipe. There are some writers who build up -- who transport you to other lands and eccentric minds. But Bittman brings you to yourself, your home, and your own competence. In his writing, food isn't a one-time project. It's an ongoing instinct.

How to Make Almond Milk, How It Compares to Soy Milk

Lee, tell us what we can do with the leftover almond solids!

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Non-Guac Ways to Eat Avocados

Mash avocado + dark rum + granulated sugar. My Mom had it growing up in Madagascar drizzled with vanilla extract. Yes, it's as good as it sounds.

How Did Macadamia Nuts Find White Chocolate?

Here's my theory... The macadamia is the fattiest nut. And white chocolate is the fattiest chocolate (all cocoa butter and no cacao solids). So I imagine the universe facilitates these marriages of fat and fat.

Grilled Kale

I love this idea. Might be interesting to grill a meatier green, like a thick slice of cabbage, too.

Mooncakes, peach buns, long-life noodles...Fav symbolic foods?

Oops, not a Big Mac, a McDonald's hot fudge sundae. Here's what my family ate this Mid-Autumn Festival: . Mooncake, medicinal soup good for when you have "too much BBQ", sea cucumber, abalone. Lucky "harvest food" that's nothing like Thanksgiving food.

Mooncakes, peach buns, long-life noodles...Fav symbolic foods?

@arkytrojan - Wow, great article. Old tradition meets new health-consciousness meets timeless status-seeking. Can you imagine paying income taxes on your mooncakes? And I knew they had a lot of calories, but not 2.5x more than a Big Mac.

Bake the Book: 'The Cookiepedia'

I made green tea madeleines: Astringent & cleansing & buttery all at the same time.

Mooncakes, peach buns, long-life noodles...Fav symbolic foods?

@milkyway4679 - I mean foods that "mean something" beyond their ingredients and preparation. ie: Lentils bring good fortune on New Year's (Italian), dyed red eggs represent the renewal of life at a baby's 100-day birthday party (Chinese). I think a turkey counts -- it represents the abundance of the harvest? coming together at the table?

I suppose I like these foods because they illuminate how food can be more than just fuel. They can also carry our hopes, dreams, traditions, etc.

Fresh Black Figs...Now What?

Hm, mash with a tiny bit of bittersweet amaro and serve with cheese and crackers.

Or braise with rabbit, mustard, and shallots:

What are the foods you've taught yourself to like?

@jedd63 - Right, the best things in life require some effort.

What are the foods you've taught yourself to like?

Yes, I agree! As Jeffrey Steingarten says in THE MAN WHO ATE EVERYTHING (in his distinctive J.S. way):

"By closing ourselves off from the bounties of nature, we become failed omnivores. We let down the omnivore team. God tells us in the Book of Genesis, right after Noah's flood, to eat everything under the sun. Those who ignore his instructions are no better than godless heathens."

Behind The Scenes At Dolce Vizio, The Tiramisu Bar In Manhattan

I love tiramisu, too. And I wonder about other soaked cookie desserts, too, like banana pudding with nilla wafers?

But what about a madeleine clafouti, or a chocolate chip cookie ricotta terrine? A snickerdoodle sabayon? I know there are lots of amaretti desserts. So many good cookies to stew!

Trompe L'oeil Dishes You Can Make at Home?

@dbcurrie @philandlauren Depends what you want out of your dining experience. If you want to be nourished and comforted, then there’s no place for foolery. But sometimes you might want to be surprised, challenged, disoriented. Essentially it’s like going to an amusement park: Do you want to relax on an inner tube? Or get lost in the hall of mirrors?

Trompe L'oeil Dishes You Can Make at Home?

Oh wow, these are devilish. Don't believe everything you eat!