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Oy, it’s hot. Not only are you not going to cook today, you don’t even want to look at the stove. You’re not going to simmer, dice, broil, or sauté a darn thing. We feel you. For those days, there’s one solution: the no-cook, minimal-prep meal. Here’s how to keep your cool in the kitchen.Charcuterie supperHey, if it works on a patio in Paris, it can work in a studio apartment. Open the windows and a bottle of wine, grab some grapes, figs, or whatever fruits are in season, and find the prettiest platter or cutting board you own. Slice some cured meat, such as Spanish chorizo, unravel a few slices of prosciutto di Parma, drop a fistful of olives on the board, and let a hunk of good cheese come to room temperature. Add cornichons, a little dish of mustard, another of butter, baguette, and a p
Some cooks are so legendary that when you see them in the flesh you truly do quake in your boots.For my mother, waitressing at Legal Sea Foods in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the 1970s, that cook was Julia Child. Mom was asking a fishmonger how to cook a roast she’d just bought. He laughed, pointed, and said, “Ask that lady!” My mother turned, and there was the six-foot-two PBS host, trilling away about how to do right by a nice roast. Mom will never forget it.Octogenarian Madhur Jaffrey, the doyenne of Indian cuisine, proved just as daunting for me. The bespectacled Ms. Jaffrey is diminutive in stature, but when she quietly glided by me at a recent culinary conference, I flattened myself against the nearest door. Her book An Invitation to Indian Cooking, edited by the famous, late Knopf e
Stars' food diaries are fun to read—but remember that every body has different needs. It's hard to resist headlines that promise to reveal what stars like Jessica Alba and Jenna Dewan Tatum eat in a day—in hopes of discovering their dietary secrets to flat abs and glowy skin. (If only it were that simple!) But as a nutritionist who works with celebrities, I strongly advise against copying exactly what they eat in a day. Let me explain why.First and foremost, what works for a particular star may not be what works for you. Sure, adopting your favorite celeb's general diet philosophy (say, clean eating or vegetarianism) may help you reach your healthy goals. But the specific foods and portions you consume—as well as how often you eat per day—should be based on your own age,