The Select Guest
MEET | MELISSA CLARK
Featured 6.3-6.9.19 | What do Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Instant Pots and Deep Fried Twinkies have in common? Not a whole lot except for Melissa Clark, the award-winning food writer, cookbook author (of 42 books and some of them with the most celebrated names in food, NBD) and New York Times food columnist, who loves opera (she sees at least four per year), has mastered the Instant Pot (and shares her best recipes in her newest tome, Dinner In An Instant) and introduced the world to the Deep Fried Twinkie (thank you?) in 2002. It’s this unexpected combination of sublime sophistication and casual camp that makes Clark the incredible storyteller she is, turning food from mere sustenance into something so much more (she has two James Beard Foundation awards to prove it). Her recipes go well beyond the basic while still being completely accessible (trust us: If we can cook it, you can, too) and her love for all things culinary is contagious. Yep, Clark is a bon vivant If ever we’ve met one, and we’re pretty excited to get cooking with her.
Welcome to Melissa’s week.
more about melissa
An award-winning food writer, cookbook author, and New York Times food columnist, Melissa Clark writes about cuisine and other products of appetite. She earned an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University. She’s won two James Beard Foundation awards and two IACP awards (International Association of Culinary Professionals), and her work has also been selected for the Best American Food Writing series. In 2012 she joined the staff of the New York Times, where she writes the highly popular Food Section column, A Good Appetite. She is a frequent guest on NBC’s The Today Show and The Rachel Ray Show, and is a regular guest host on NPR’s The Splendid Table, and on Midday on WNYC. In addition, Clark has written 42 cookbooks, many of them in collaboration with some of New York’s most celebrated chefs. Her latest cookbook, Dinner In An Instant, explores the current fascination with Instant Pots and electric pressure cookers.