Are you looking for tasty, no bullshit food? You've come to the right place. Cooking, Blokes & Artichokes is for every bloke searching for inspiration and a solid guide to good cooking. Brendan's 100 straightforward recipes can help any modern man broaden his kitchen skills―from making proper vinaigrette to the foolproof technique for braising meat. Brendan covers everything, from super simple side dishes, such as Roasted Winter Vegetables and Burrata Salad, to game day nibbles such as Spiced Lamb Shanks, Homemade Pita Breads, and Spiced Yogurt Dip, and ending with desserts; the book wouldn't be complete without his famous Sticky Toffee Pudding.
Sometimes it's about a quick meal thrown together on the fly―mushrooms on toast, or a lamb burger charred up nicely on the grill―but when you have some time to tinker, Brendan will show you how to roast a pig's head to glistening, golden perfection, cure your own duck prosciutto, and put up jars of silky, savory caramelized onion compote for a crazy flavor boost. Over time, you'll grow into a solid, intuitive cook―just wait and see. So go ahead; roll up your sleeves and get cooking.
ABOUT BRENDAN COLLINS
Brendan Collins Born and raised in Nottingham, England, chef Brendan Collins began his career behind the stoves more than 20 years ago in some of the most disciplined and avant-garde kitchens in London. For more than a dozen of those years, he has lived in Los Angeles and now proudly considers the sprawling metropolis his home, where he has become known for his refined and modern approach to food, as well his passion for whole animal butchery and seasonal cooking. All of this has led him to the opening of Birch, a new restaurant unexpectedly located in the burgeoning neighborhood of the Cahuenga Corridor in Hollywood. Named one of LA Magazine's Best New Restaurants, 2015, Birch is Collins’ flagship featuring elevated seasonal standards tempered with a straightforward sensibility and relaxed atmosphere.
Brendan Collins knew very early on that he wanted to be a chef. He dropped out of secondary school to enroll in culinary school and proceeded to build an ambitious resume. His first job, at the age of 17, was at Michelin two-starred La Gavroche in London. He continued to hone his skills at several restaurants considered to be some of London’s finest gastronomic temples, including The Café Royal, The Heights and Pied à Terre.
Collins’ first executive chef position was at The Calls Grill in Leeds, which would earn the prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand in 1999. He subsequently returned to London to sharpen his knives at the Oxo Tower and then became a sous chef under Marco Pierre White at Quo Vadis. During his tenure there, he was part of the team to garner a Michelin star and was quickly recognized as rising star in London’s culinary scene.
In 2002 Collins crossed the pond to work with revered chef Josiah Citrin at Melisse in Santa Monica as chef de cuisine. During his four years with Citrin, Melisse consistently earned a Mobil Four Star rating and became one of California’s first Michelin two-star rated restaurants. He then struck out on his own opening Mesa in Orange County to much acclaim. However he would find himself back in Santa Monica to open Anisette with chef Alain Giraud. Later he would be lured to become executive chef of The Hall at Palihouse in West Hollywood.
Most recently, Collins was the executive chef and co-proprietor of the former Waterloo & City alongside respected front of house conductor Carolos Tomazos (of Per Se and LeBernardin in New York). The elevated English gastropub opened in 2010 and became an instant success in its non-descript corner of Culver City, earning a loyal following and critical success. Although now closing its residence on Washington Blvd., Waterloo & City may find a new home sometime in the near future. In 2011, Collins and Tomazos also partnered with Hotel Erwin on the Venice Beach Boardwalk to open the ever-popular Larry’s, a casual neighborhood eatery named after iconic local artist, Larry Bell.
This spring, Collins will release his first cookbook, Cooking, Blokes + Artichokes: A Modern Man's Kitchen Handbook.
NICOLE YOUNG - WORLD RENOWNED BEAUTY & STYLE EXPERT SHARES STYLE TIPS FOR SPRING & SUMMER
STYLISH TRENDSETTER NICOLE YOUNG SHARES TIPS FOR SPRING & SUMMER
Former Co-Host of STYLIN’ Explains How to Look Stylish without Going Broke!
There’s a “beauty revolution” going on and the message is back to basics. On May 9th, we have a lady who is renowned for always having her finger on the pulse of what’s hip and fabulous in the City that never sleeps and beyond. Nicole Young is a lifestyle and style expert who has some timely tips and information about the newest trends and even technology to keep your look fresh. You’ll find out that there is a lot more to fashion than rockin’ a little black dress, and that bold bright colors can make a statement this summer. You can also ask about Nicole’s own successful clothing line, worn by Hollywood glamour girls like: Kate Hudson, Eva Longoria, Naomi Campbell and uber stylist Rachel Zoe.
Young is an accomplished fashion journalist who has been published in USA Weekend, the New York Post, The Daily Mail (London), In Touch Weekly, Stuff, Zink, and NY Moves magazine. As a wardrobe stylist, Nicole has conceptualized chic progressive ad campaigns for Le Tigre, Morgan Cooper and Rebecca Beeson, and enjoys playing fashion fairy godmother when dressing celebrities like Gabrielle Union, Zoe Saldana, Lisa Ling, and U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes. Nicole has worked on air serving as an entertainment reporter for the Madison Square Garden Network (MSG), a correspondent for ABC World News Now and co-host of the network’s ½ hour lifestyle program Stylin. She is frequently called upon to share her expertise on all things fashionable, Nicole appears regularly on The CBS Early Show, E! News, the CW11 Morning news, Good Day NY, and VH1.