Amanda Cohen

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    April 9, 2014

    MOFAD Kicks off Brick-and-Mortar Fundraising Effort With a Star-Studded Benefit

    When we checked in with Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) executive director Peter Kim last summer, he and his team were getting ready to debut the project's very first pop-up exhibition, a working cereal puffing gun that helped illustrate the history of industrialized food in this country. That laun ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Where to Look for Wine List Deals at Our 99 Essential Restaurants

    As we prepared to write about our 99 Essential Restaurants™ in Lower Manhattan, we spoke to the chefs and owners behind these places, asking them to discuss their history and unique place among the other eateries in this town. But we were also thinking of your wallet, dear readers, and so we asked ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    An Early Taste of the Dishes of Choice Eats

    In our countdown to Choice Eats -- now less than two weeks away -- we're highlighting the dishes you'll be able to taste, serving them up here on the blog a dozen at a time. In today's batch: Siberian style dumplings, Punjabi kebabs, and kolaches. If you haven't yet purchased your tickets to Choice ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Dirt Candy's Amanda Cohen: "We Have to Include Women in the Dialogue"

    When Amanda Cohen opened Dirt Candy (430 East 9th Street, 212-228-7732) in 2008 -- an era, you may recall, in which America's love affair with pork was reaching maniacal heights -- she emphasized that her spot was not so much a vegetarian restaurant as it was a vegetables restaurant. At the time, sh ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013
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    December 14, 2012

    The 18 Best Food Books of 2012

    Hey, it's been a pretty good year for food books! Among the hundreds of new cookbooks, essay collections, and food memoirs that we read, here's a handful that really stood out:

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    December 7, 2012

    5 Great Gifts for the Celebrity Chef Fanatic

    Some friends are obsessed with the celebrity chef du jour. They ask you, "How can I get Danny Bowien's hair? What about Anthony Bourdain's humor?" Sadly, those are probably unattainable. But some chef-themed gifts are easy to get... and local. Like sauces from Momofuku, or t-shirts from Crif Dogs. T ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012

    Tejal Rao at Pig and Khao; Robert Sietsema at Chote Nawab

    Our own Tejal Rao visits former Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen's Lower East Side South Asian restaurant, Pig and Khao, and finds the outcome boisterous and inconsistent. While Cohen's ability to cook is evident in the noodle curry khao soi which is "full of quality crunch and chew," the crispy pata ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    100 Reasons to Eat and Drink Downtown Today (and Tomorrow, and the Day After That)

    Last week, we did a lot of reporting on restaurants operating in the dark, doing whatever they could to provide light and food to those who needed it. We checked in on our review restaurants, both of which happened to be in blackout zones, and found one had stayed open all week, while the other floo ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Q&A: Food Network's Alex Guarnaschelli Talks Pumpkin and Cooking At Home, Part 1

    Even chefs like Guarnaschelli meet challenges when cooking pumpkin. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli is a busy woman. She's the executive chef of New York City's Butter restaurant and The Darby and is a recurring judge on the popular prime-time series Chopped. She also has her own shows, The Cooking Loft an ... More >>

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    October 20, 2012

    Our Best Posts of the Week!

    This week, we put together some extremely useful roundups: Lauren told us about her 10 favorite spots to drink wine and get work done at the same time (wine columnists have all the fun), while Robert showed us his 10 favorite hamburger costumes for Halloween. Mallory interviewed Amanda Cohen of Dir ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Q & A: Dirt Candy's Amanda Cohen on Vegetable Restaurants, Graphic Novels, and Bacon, Part 2

    Yesterday, we spoke with Dirt Candy Chef Amanda Cohen about her culinary style, her regular customers, and why even great vegetables just can't compete against bacon. Today, we continue the conversation and hear about Cohen's Iron Chef America battle, her graphic novel cookbook, and her ideal menu f ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Q & A: Dirt Candy's Amanda Cohen on Vegetable Restaurants, Graphic Novels, and Bacon, Part 1

    Amanda Cohen doesn't want to get political about vegetables. The chef and owner of the East Village's Dirt Candy is more interested in offering an exquisite and innovative meal of vegetables than in convincing you to go vegetarian. This plucky attitude, combined with a moratorium on fake meat, has a ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    More Tainted Produce; Sandwiches from Around the Country Come to NYC

    Killer cantaloupes are still a concern, and now you also have lettuce to worry about. A California lettuce grower has recalled 2,498 cartons of chopped or shredded romaine over more Listeria monocytogenes fears. [CNN] Alton Brown says that Good Eats 3 will be his last traditional cookbook. His next ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Kick Off Vegetarian Awareness Month By Hugging a Vegetarian

    October is officially Vegetarian Awareness Month, meaning for the next 31 days you should be aware that vegetarians exist. Also, try eating a little less meat. PETA is backing off its usual controversial tactics to advocate something a little more adorable -- hugging vegetarians. So, where should yo ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    SOS Chefs Has Closed, and We Are Sad

    ​File under "Things That Make Us Sad": S.O.S. Chefs, the 15-year-old specialty shop that supplied chefs from Amanda Cohen to David Chang to Gabrielle Hamilton with hard-to-find ingredients, has closed.

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    May 24, 2011

    Amanda Cohen Will Not Be Competing on Extreme Chef

    Extreme. ​"I can't wait to see this show, but only if the winner gets to kill the losers with his bare hands. Or maybe the judges can put the loser's heads on stakes and dance around them as the credits roll. Unfortunately, I am more interested in being on a show called Extreme Sleeping than E ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Gilt Taste Launches, Selling Meat the Price of Your Mortgage and More!

    Gilt Taste / Marcqui AkinsRuth Reichl tweets sadly not featured​Gilt Taste, the epicurean arm of luxe Gilt Groupe, launched today, offering both an online marketplace for specialty foodstuffs and an online magazine led by Editorial Advisor Ruth Reichl (formerly of Gourmet) and Features Editor ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Lately, Things at Dirt Candy Have Been a "Giant Tapestry of Suck"

    Suck it.​We enjoy visiting the Dirt Candy blog on occasion, as Amanda Cohen almost inevitably always has something amusing to say, whether it's about attendees of the New York Wine & Food Festival or girls who can't cook. Fortunately for us and unfortunately for her, her latest update is no ex ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Amanda Cohen Finds Religion in Ramps​"Cook with ramps? Are you crazy? Cook with the God of All Vegetables whose coming is greeted every spring with hosannas and hymns? I wouldn't dare to cook with the most holy of all vegetables. I have a shrine to ramps and I pray to them three times a day and you want me t ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Some of the Many Wonderful Things We Ate at Choice Eats Last Night

    Rebecca Marx​ The broccoli sandwich from No. 7 Sub was equal parts virtue (broccoli!) and vice (everything else), and as a bonus came with some nifty cookies. We ate an ungodly amount of food at Choice Eats last night, and, if the crowds were any indication, so did you. What follows is a samp ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    What Happens When Women Cook in John Fraser's Kitchen

    ​Last week, Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez told us that she'd be taking part in a weekly female chefs series beginning next month at What Happens When. Now the restaurant, which just began its third movement yesterday, has coughed up some more details about the series, which will every Monday feat ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Animated Foodies: Showtime Buys Rights to Chew Comic

    ​It appears the next frontier in foodie entertainment is animated. As we patiently await the comic cookbook by Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy and Anthony Bourdain's graphic novel Get Jiro!, news arrives that an animated endeavor for epicures is about to leap to the small screen.

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    March 1, 2011

    Pachanga Patterson Is Now Sexing up Family Meal in Astoria

    Photo courtesy of Pachanga Patterson​Due largely to the photographic evidence Amanda Cohen exhibits on the Dirt Candy blog, "family meal" usually puts us in mind of heaping bowls of starch and pans full of sautéed vegetable matter. But the owners of Vesta, the small and superlative Asto ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    Amanda Cohen Is a Pop-Up Ninja

    ​"In the past month I've launched so many pop-ups I can't even count them anymore. Not only that, but I've pioneered the technique of the pop-down. I had Hour, then there was Minute, then the startling Behind You! and my personal favorite, The Commodore Beckwith, located inside the 2nd floor b ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Our 10 Best Tofu Dishes in NYC

    Rebecca MarxNo. 7 Sub's General Tso's tofu.​ The end product of coagulated, molded soy milk, tofu is one of America's most beleaguered foods, ridiculed for its wobbly texture and inherently bland flavor. And that's a shame, because the favorite whipping boy of the vegetarian/vegan world has a ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    NYC Chefs Resolve to Eat Better (and Eat Worse!) in 2011

    pguild.comA new decade, new resolutions​ Now that the New Year has come and gone, it's time to get those resolutions going. The Wall Street Journal,, and The Daily Meal all have extensive roundups of celebrity chefs resolutions for the coming year and New York City chefs are well re ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Amanda Cohen Enlightens Us on the Topic of Canadian Thanksgiving

    ​What can one say about Thanksgiving that hasn't been said already? Absolutely nothing. Which is why we find ourselves thinking about our friends to the north, who already celebrated Thanksgiving a month ago. Canadian Thanksgiving, like Canadian Nanaimo bars and Canadian curling, is a subject ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Here's More Pictures From the Dirt Candy Comic cum Cookbook

    As she announced yesterday, Amanda Cohen is hard at work on a Dirt Candy comic book cum cookbook that she's likening to "VH1's Behind the Music. But with recipes." It's due out in summer 2012, but in the meantime, the chef sent over a couple of sample pages used in her book proposal. They're the wor ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Dirt Candy Will Go Graphic With a Comic-Cookbook

    ​Holy parsnips, Batman! Amanda Cohen, chef-owner of Dirt Candy and confectionery avenger extraordinaire, is hard at work on a Dirt Candy comic book cookbook that will be published by Clarkson Potter in summer 2012. Cohen is collaborating with Ryan Dunlavey, an artist best-known for his award-w ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Sara Jenkins Questions the Charity of All of Those Benefits We Keep Getting Press Releases for

    ​A couple of weeks ago, a tasting event at the New York Wine & Food Festival drove Dirt Candy's Amanda Cohen to more or less lose her shit. Cohen, who'd spent 10 days prepping for the event, only to be rewarded by indifference and thievery by its attendees, isn't alone wondering about how much ... More >>

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    October 12, 2010

    Do Not Fuck With Amanda Cohen's Candy

    ​Given the rapid proliferation of autumn tasting events and the stress they seem to put on restaurants - particularly small restaurants, who must both shoulder the cost of ingredients and surrender their kitchens to days of prep work -- we weren't particularly surprised when Amanda Cohen menti ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Our 10 Best Vegetarian Restaurants

    Robert SietsemaSapthagiri's kanchipuram idli.​ While New York has no scarcity of excellent vegetarian food, actual vegetarian restaurants are in shorter supply, and categorically superb vegetarian restaurants are an even rarer breed. Or so it would appear if you limit your search only to plac ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Scarpetta Latest to Jump on Vegetarian Bandwagon

    peet-astn/flickrIt's what's for dinner.​ Scott Conant is the latest chef to go meatless. He is introducing a new vegetarian menu at Scarpetta, featuring such garden delights as vegetable and farro risotto with shaved parmigiano, and rosemary-braised lentils with broccoli rabe and concentrated ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Amanda Cohen Will Flex Some Veggie Muscle on Iron Chef This Sunday

    On Sunday, Cohen will pump some iron.​Having already slayed the competition in the PETA Fine Faux Gras Challenge, Amanda Cohen will take on Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef this Sunday. The Dirt Candy chef, who is the first vegetarian chef to compete on the show, e-mailed us to let us know that ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Amanda Cohen Wins PETA's Faux Foie Gras Challenge

    Faux foie fabulousness!​We're no strangers to the delights of the mushroom mousse Amanda Cohen serves at Dirt Candy, and now PETA isn't, either.

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    May 13, 2010

    Laurent Tourondel Migrates to Sag Harbor; Michael Psilakis Still Waffling on Williamsburg

    ​ Christopher Lee of Aureole and the creators of TLC's American Chopper have joined forces to open Orange County Choppers Roadhouse, an 8,500-square-foot "restaurant, bar, microbrewery, gaming, hospitality, retail and entertainment experience" in Newburgh, N.Y. [Zagat Buzz] Laurent Tourondel ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Post-Beard Awards, Amanda Cohen Concludes That "Girls Can't Cook"

    Dirt Candy​The Beard Awards are commonly referred to as the Oscars of the food world. Ostensibly, that's because of all of the industry back-slapping and fierce PR campaigns that accompany them. Plus, both have prizes that feature the likenesses of gold, bald men. But in one respect, the simil ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    Broadway East Gets Yet Another Chef

    Photo courtesy of Broadway EastBroadway East, home of many chefs.​Trying to keep up with which chef Broadway East has in its kitchen is like trying to keep up with where Ryan Skeen is working this week. Eater has learned that the self-described flexitarian restaurant has just hired Sasha St. G ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Live Blogging Choice Eats 2010

    Fort Defiance's deviled egg with amaranth.​Hello from deep inside the bowels of the Lexington Avenue Armory! It's 6:19, meaning there are 11 minutes until Choice Eats 2010 officially begins. When we arrived at 5 p.m., people were already lining up outside in the rain; now, the crowds are begin ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Live Blogging Choice Eats, Round 3

    7:42 p.m. Trio of women standing at the Fork in the Road table eating sliders from Purple Yam. Another woman sips a beer and eats some of the Tiffin Wallah spread, which looks bountiful, stomach-filling, and quite wonderful. Crowd is large but not out of control. People wander around with happy, ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Amanda Cohen Chats About Her New Menu, Diners Who Photograph Their Food, and the Demands of Lost Fandom

    Photo courtesy of Dirt CandyAmanda Cohen​ As the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, Amanda Cohen has over the past year and a half done more to promote the cause of vegetarian cooking than a slew of lascivious PETA commercials could ever hope to, simply by cooking vegetarian food that actually tast ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    'Tis Friday. Thus, 'tis time to look back on the best posts of the last 120 hours: We ranked Our 10 Best Sausages. Kunafa is like the Middle East's version of a cheese Danish, and can be found in Bay Ridge. Donatella Arpaia confirmed her cooking show and suggested she might replace Michael Psila ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    Dirt Candy's Family Meals Receive Proper Documentation

    Amanda CohenBefore you ate at Dirt Candy, this is what the staff ate.​ While there are plenty of photos dedicated to the food chefs put on customers' plates, there are far fewer that document what, exactly, the chef and the rest of her or his kitchen staff eat when they sit down to partake of ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Under the Toque: Glimpsing Grand Tasting Menus; Anita Lo Writing a Cookbook

    ​ The three-month-old Mott has announced that Brian Bieler is out at the restaurant, which still has no liquor license. Brian Murphy, who worked under Bieler, will take over for the new fall menu. [Eater] Fabio Trabocchi, formerly of Fiamma, has taken over as the new head chef at The Four Sea ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    This Year's Chefs Congress Will Eat Its Greens

    Dirt Candy​The Star Chefs International Chefs Congress, which will hold its fourth annual gathering next week, is a fairly big deal among food industry types, replete as it is with big-name panel discussions, demonstrations, and its Rising Stars awards. New York, as always, is well-represented ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009

    Choice Eats: Dirt Candy's Behind the Scenes Account

    Over at the Dirt Candy website, owner Amanda Cohen takes you through the Choice Eats experience from the restaurateur's point of view. First of all, Cohen and gang order 11 cases of portobellos for their portobello mousse (one of the biggest hits of the night). Only one case arrives. Madness ensues. ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    Fork in the Road reviews Dirt Candy

    Carrot risottoThis week, I take a trip to Dirt Candy, where the vegetarian food is so zippy and pleasurable that it doesn't even occur to you to miss meat. Amanda Cohen, the chef and owner, mans the tiny kitchen, and her cooking prioritizes flavor and whimsy above health. Take the salads, for instan ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    Sexy Veggies at Dirt Candy

    Breaking the vegetarian rules