Cooking Tips & Planning Ideas

Top US chef Grant Achatz shares tips for home cooks

I’m thrilled to share an interview with leading US chef Grant Achatz. His Chicago restaurant Alinea is at the forefront of modern cuisine, largely because Grant never stops asking ‘why?’ He’s the ultimate culinary provocateur, questioning every aspect of dining. Why do we need to eat from plates? Why can’t food float? Can I make a stew that’s ice cold and boiling at the same time? His endless questing has led to some of the most mind-bending meals ever served.

Winter Warmers

I look forward to cold weather for many reasons. I love winter clothes: pulling out my stockings, knits, scarves and layers is like reconnecting with old friends. I like the way that winter gives us permission to hibernate. Short days and icy weather make snuggling at home seem absolutely sensible. And, above all, I love winter food: succulent, warming, sticky and nourishing. As well as simple, slow-cooked comfort food, I also try to up my intake of leafy greens. Smoothies make that so easy.

Mother’s Day Menu

Mother’s Day doesn’t have to mean burnt toast in bed and bad soap from school stalls. If you are a mum, you can steer the family towards these menu suggestions, and if you have a mum, please enjoy these suggestions for Mum-friendly Thermomix dishes and tasty gifts that keep on giving. Of course, a Dani Valent Cooking subscription is a gift that will bring joy and inspiration for a whole year.

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