Join Ilene Rosen as she celebrates the publication of her first book SALADISH: A Crunchier, Grainier, Herbier, Heartier, Tastier Way with Vegetables. She will be in conversation with Helen Rosner about her passion for produce, her fearless approach to mixing flavors and ingredients, her career in food and much more. A variety of small bites will be served featuring an all-season vegetable they both adore.
*This event is free and open to the public and books will be available for sale and signing.*
Cooking the saladish way has been Ilene Rosen’s genius since she unveiled the first kale salad at New York’s City Bakery almost two decades ago, and now in SALADISH she shares 100 fresh and creative recipes, organized seasonally. Her “saladish” recipes are like a salad, and yet so much more. They start with an unexpectedly wide range of ingredients, such as Japanese eggplants, broccoli rabe, shirataki noodles, Bosc pears, and chrysanthemum leaves. They emphasizes contrasting textures—toothsome, fluffy, crunchy, crispy, hefty. And marry contrasting flavors—rich, sharp, sweet, and salty.
Ilene Rosen is the chef, creative director, and co-owner of R&D Foods, a specialty grocery shop featuring her prepared foods that opened in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, in 2013. Previously, Rosen spent fifteen years as the savory chef at City Bakery, where she basked in the glory of seasonal produce and honed her craft creating the salad bar that gained a cult following. Rosen resides in Brooklyn, a seven-minute walk from her shop and a two-minute walk from the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, where she continues to be exuberant about fruits and vegetables.
Helen Rosner is the New Yorker’s digital food correspondent, covering chefs, restaurants, cookbooks, and culinary culture. Previously an editor at Eater, Saveur, and New York Magazine, and a founder of the short-lived but influential site Eat Me Daily, her work can also be found in Afar, Racked, The Awl, Departures, and more. Her essay “On Chicken Tenders” was the winner of the 2016 James Beard award. She lives in Brooklyn.