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Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Maneet Chauhan in conversation with Jennifer Justus.
A Place at the Table: New American Recipes from the Nation’s Top Foreign-Born Chefs showcases the work, stories, and recipes of 40 foreign-born chefs, who are transforming America's culinary landscape.
A Place at the Table features profiles, photographs and recipes from chefs from around the world who are working at top kitchens and at the top of their game, throughout the United States. Within the collection, each chef is profiled, along with an original portrait, followed by a favorite recipe or two, as perfect on a restaurant menu as they are served at a kitchen table.
A Place at the Table offers dishes from such leading foreign-born chefs as Dominique Crenn (France), Michael Solomonov (Israel), Marcus Samuelsson (Ethiopia/Sweden), Corey Lee (Korea), and Daniela Soto-Innes (Mexico). These chefs, and the three dozen others featured here, are running the kitchens of some of the country's most exciting restaurants. They have oftentimes adapted the foods of their homelands to create new flavor combinations that offers their own specific accents and defining touches. Each chef has a compelling story to tell, from tackling economic injustice to redefining restaurant culture. With 120 rich color photographs throughout, this is a sumptuous, global, and inspiring book honoring immigrants' enormous contributions to redefining American cuisine.
The more than 70 recipes in the collection range from breakfast (Teff Pancakes) to entrees (Coffee Braised Short Ribs, Shrimp with Sweet Onions and Vietnamese Coriander, Scallops with Ponzu-Poached Butternut Squash, Soy and Sugarcane-glazed Grilled Pork Chops with Tomato-Peach Salad) to side dishes (Hand-Torn Noodles with Cumin Lamb, Spring Barley and Vegetables, Takoyaki Hush Puppies, Naanzanella), to desserts (Banana Babingka, Panna Cotta with Cantaloupe Granita).
A Place at the Table is produced in collaboration with the Vilcek Foundation, which is dedicated to raising awareness of immigrant contributions to America and fostering appreciation of the arts and sciences. The publication of the book follows the prestigious 2019 Vilcek Foundation Prizes in Culinary Arts, awarded earlier this spring and bestowed about once every ten years. The book features Ethiopian-born Marcus Samuelsson, winner of Vilcek Pize in Culinary Arts, as well as two winners of the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Culinary Arts, Fabian von Hauske Valtierra, born in Mexico; and Nite Yun, born in Thailand to parents of Cambodian descent.
The Vilcek Foundation was established by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia, who arrived as penniless refugees and built successful careers in biomedical science and art history. To date, the foundation has awarded over $4.5 million in prizes to immigrants in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
Chef Maneet Chauhan is the founding partner and president of Morph Hospitality Groupin Nashville, Tennessee. She is a recipient of the 2012 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award for her role as a permanent judge on Food Network’s “Chopped,” and sits on the panel of judges for Food Network’s “Wedding Cake Championship”. She has also written her own cookbook, Flavors of My World. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Chauhan worked in some of the finest hotels in India before the start of her professional career in the States.
Chauhan is the founding partner of Morph Hospitality Group in Nashville, Tennessee, which includes restaurants Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Tànsuǒ, The Mockingbird and Chaatable. She is also the co-owner of Mantra Artisan Alesin Franklin, Tennessee. A native of India, Chef Chauhan chose Nashville for her first namesake restaurant after being contacted by developer Moni Advani to come down to Music City for a visit. It was during her first trip that she fell in love with the city and its people and decided to stay. The Music City chef is a passionate advocate for the March of Dimes, and now lives in Franklin, Tenn., with her husband, Vivek and their daughter, Shagun and son, Karma.
Jennifer Justus is author of Nashville Eats. She worked as food culture and lifestyles reporter at The Tennessean for six years before embarking on a freelance career that led to work in TIME, The Bitter Southerner, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Rolling Stone Country and more. Jennifer also works as culinary community liaison at The Nashville Food Project.