Cooking with Norman

Please join me virtually for fun and informative classes

South Meets East

Thursday August 18th | 6pm EST

Fried Chicken, Asian Spice Syrup & Miso BBQ Carrots

A true classic of the American South combined with some of the ingredients of the Far East.

Tailgate Party

Thursday September 22nd | 6pm EST

Queso & Black Bean Salsa and
Sweet & Spicy Glazed Chicken Wings


Whether you party at home or in the parking lot of a sports arena it is always fun to have some dishes that will score plenty of points with your friends.

Cooking Classes

Wine Pairing Recommendations by Proal Perry

I have an exciting and educational new addition to my classes. My dear friend and wine expert Proal Perry has agreed to give wine recommendations for each month’s classes. Proal has done this with a few of my cookbooks. He is not affiliated with the wineries and receives no compensation…

Cooking Classes

Wine Pairing Recommendations by Proal Perry

I have an exciting and educational new addition to my classes. My dear friend and wine expert Proal Perry has agreed to give wine recommendations for each month’s classes. Proal has done this with a few of my cookbooks. He is not affiliated with the wineries and receives no compensation…

Food Culture

The Fishmonger & The Sea

I had the great fortune to meet a fishmonger named Kelly Probst a few years ago. He had started a fishing business and it was clear that he was going about it in a way that spoke very clearly to what I look for in any raw product. If you…

Turntable

Tom Waits Reads Charles Bukowski

Many years ago it was my great luck to see Tom Waits perform in a very small venue in Chicago. He was really just becoming the star he eventually would. But back then it was an insiders group that braved a nasty Midwestern storm to see his show. A single…

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The Typewriter

“If the map of the world were a tablecloth, and I could choose a place at that table, I would sit at the Southern tip of Florida, at the nexus of North America and the Caribbean. My plate would touch Cuba, the Florida Keys, the Yucatan, the West Indies, the Bahamas, and South America. And, if time could tell, I would listen to the tales of voyagers, discoverers, traders and mystics who, in searching for “the Indies”, the Great Kahn and the riches of China, discovered something much more valuable and enduring, A New World of Culinary Treasures. Almost instantly, the cuisines of the Old World began to merge with foods of the new one; This evolutionary and inexorable fusion lies at the heart of New World Cuisine.”

— Norman Van Aken, July, 1993
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