With Volume 11 at the printer, we thought it was good time to introduce you to its author, Andrea Albin. A Houston native, Albin work in the test kitchen of Gourmet before moving to the Food Network for a number of years. We asked her to tell us a little bit more about her love of cooking.
SS: What's your earliest food memory?
AA: Most of my early memories revolve around food, but early ones that stand out are my family’s weekend breakfasts. My dad was a busy med school student when I was a toddler, but he always made breakfast on Sunday mornings--soft boiled eggs with buttered toast, pancakes, and Earl Grey tea. The smell of Earl Grey still fills me with happy thoughts of family.
SS: Make the guest list of your dream dinner party (attendees can be living or deceased).
AA: I’m self-imposing a rule that they must all be living, otherwise, I couldn’t even begin to decide! So, that said…Werner Herzog, Toni Morrison, Anthony Bourdain, Lorrie Moore, Leonard Cohen, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Obama, and David Sedaris. I think that would be a nice mix.
SS: Which cookbook can't you live without?
AA: I think it would have to be Bakewise by Shirley Corriher, you really can’t beat it if you are looking for concise baking advice.
SS: Who is your food hero?
AA: I admire food writers who are explorers and help spread knowledge of foreign regional cuisines without compromising authenticity--Diana Kennedy and Fuchsia Dunlop come to mind.
SS: What are your five favorite food spots in Houston?
AA: Bun Bo Hue Duc Chuong on Bellaire for bun bo Hue, Solario for pizza, Hay Merchant for their burger, Oxheart for their amazing way with vegetables, and Uchi for almost everything
SS: What is your favorite way to eat apples?
AA: A warm, classic apple pie with vanilla ice cream is my all-time favorite dessert and probably my favorite way to eat apples.