‘Top Chef’ Alum Kristen Kish’s Delightful Cookbook Debuts

Author: Ximena Blanco
10.30 / Food & Drink

Top Chef alum and season 10 grand winner, Kristen Kish, just released her first cookbook, titled, Kristen Kish Cooking: Recipes and Techniques with more than 80 cooking recipes.

Kish's book has been in the works for the past three years and now it is finally being released. “Hopefully cooks and non-cooks alike can appreciate the personal story,” Kish says. “My medium just happens to be food.”

The book covers all of Kish's life, starting with a young Kish being orphaned and adopted at four months old in 1984 in Seoul, South Korea by an American family from Michigan.

At the start of each recipe, a headnote puts the food into a personal context rooted in events of her life. Kish insists that every chef tells a personal story with the food that they cook and that her recipes make her life story fit together more seamlessly.

"By learning who I am as a person," Kish says, "you’ll understand the food more.”

Moments from Kish's complex background included in the book are memories of her father eating herring in cream, a European delicacy, and memories of her Hungarian grandmother illustrated through a recipe for stuffed cabbage rolls--Kish's grandmother was also the one who taught her how to cook.

There are also mentions of Kish's impressive professional career including attending Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Chicago, working for chef Barbara Lynch in Boston, being eliminated from Top Chef in 2012 as well as coming back for a triumphant end in 2013, and co-hosting a Travel Channel show called 36 Hours.

Kish's book is available in stores starting this week and you can pre-order it online at Amazon.

Source: Eater

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