• How Chefs Holiday

  • By: Dana Cowin
  • Narrated by: Dana Cowin
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (4,584 ratings)

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How Chefs Holiday

By: Dana Cowin
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Publisher's Summary

Once autumn hits, the holiday season has begun! And nothing embodies holiday spirit more than family traditions and recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Maybe it’s sharing stories at the dinner table, having a laugh on the front porch, or just relaxing with loved ones—everyone has their own ritual.

Join Dana Cowin, author and former Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine, as she chats with some of today’s most popular chefs and food personalities. Together they pass along their own holiday traditions and stories, from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. Dana and company also discuss how these experiences impact their current holiday traditions and menus.

Cowin takes advantage of her career-spanning relationships with these top chefs to have them share

  • Unique ways to celebrate Thanksgiving with Padma Lakshmi
  • The Swedish Christmas with Marcus Samuelsson 
  • The "hard knocks of the holidays" with Kwame Onwuachi 
  • A holiday catastrophe with Carla Hall 
  • The importance of gratitude with Mike Solomonov 
  • The Anti-Christmas with Alex Guarnaschelli. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Our favorite moments from How Chefs Holiday

Dana Cowin’s introduction
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Kwame Onwuachi’s Thanksgiving memories
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Marcus Samuelsson’s Yule Board
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Carla Hall’s connection to food
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  • How Chefs Holiday
  • Dana Cowin’s introduction
  • How Chefs Holiday
  • Kwame Onwuachi’s Thanksgiving memories
  • How Chefs Holiday
  • Marcus Samuelsson’s Yule Board
  • How Chefs Holiday
  • Carla Hall’s connection to food

Publisher's Summary

Once autumn hits, the holiday season has begun! And nothing embodies holiday spirit more than family traditions and recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Maybe it’s sharing stories at the dinner table, having a laugh on the front porch, or just relaxing with loved ones—everyone has their own ritual.

Join Dana Cowin, author and former Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine, as she chats with some of today’s most popular chefs and food personalities. Together they pass along their own holiday traditions and stories, from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. Dana and company also discuss how these experiences impact their current holiday traditions and menus.

Cowin takes advantage of her career-spanning relationships with these top chefs to have them share

  • Unique ways to celebrate Thanksgiving with Padma Lakshmi
  • The Swedish Christmas with Marcus Samuelsson 
  • The "hard knocks of the holidays" with Kwame Onwuachi 
  • A holiday catastrophe with Carla Hall 
  • The importance of gratitude with Mike Solomonov 
  • The Anti-Christmas with Alex Guarnaschelli. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.
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About the Creator

Dana Cowin, best known for her two decades as the Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine, is a tastemaker, talent scout, consultant, author, lecturer, and radio show host. During her tenure at the award-winning magazine (1995-2016), she oversaw every editorial aspect of the brand from print to web to books to social media. She expanded and introduced several programs to highlight emerging talent including the magazine's annual Best New Chefs award. After Food & Wine, Cowin founded DBC Creative, a brand consultancy with clients such as Dig and Neiman Marcus. She is host of Speaking Broadly on Heritage Radio Network where she interviews extraordinary women in the food industry about their greatest challenges and triumphs. She has also launched a coaching business to help people figure out what to do next.

A sought-after speaker, Cowin has been a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef, a presenter at TedXManhattan, a motivational speaker for brands like Bacardi, lecturer at the Food & Wine Classic, and multiple other food festivals and other events. A noted author, Cowin in 2014 published Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes, which garnered a spot on many "Best of Fall" lists. Cowin serves on the advisory Board of Directors of City Harvest, a hunger-relief organization, Hot Bread Kitchen, a workforce development group, and the Food Education Fund of Food and Finance High School. For her many contributions to the culinary world, Cowin was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America.

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Meh

The overall concept was decent, but this would be better suited as a podcast not an audible story. The time with each chef felt rushed, the personalities did not translate to audio and the recipes discussed, were easier to figure out with the website companion. Also, ending with the sound of people eating into microphones was very unpleasant.

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Chefs are people too.

If you like NPR, then you will like this short feature. The chefs give some very intimate details of their personal lives and memories of the Holidays. Of course there is talk of food. But what I really liked is that the chefs each included a recipe in PDF format that comes with this Audio Short.

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Kind of boring

If you love all of the chefs then this would be quite fun. Since I only knew a couple and only really am interested in one of them, it was just okay. I wish there had been more interesting stories. Glad I didn't pay for this.

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Stories to Warm the Heart

This short little audiobook is a peek into the holiday traditions that helped to shape these chefs into the men and women they are today. Each chef is from a very different background, and their varied tales, from New York to Nigeria, shows that inspiration begins with those closest to you.

The narrator is personable and I enjoyed her reading style. This is a delightful listen, showing that no matter where you begin, you can become something great, and, no matter where you are, don’t forget your roots.

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Downhill originals

Man these monthly audible original selections just keep getting worse and worse every month. This one was especially horrible. Can’t say I got anything at all out of listening to it. Don’t waste your time.

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Disjointed

This didn't feel like a cohesive, finished, project- more like a rough draft. Some of the voices, including the main host, were pretty hard to listen to. If you want to listen to radio interviews, it might be OK, but if you want an audiobook look elsewhere. I do like the subject matter and even the subjects, it just didn't mesh together for me.

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Loved it!

If your a foodie & know some of the famous chefs, you’ll enjoy this conversation about food & traditions!

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Perfect Book for Cooking Around the Holidays!

Great stories about cooking and advice. Recommend for anyone in the mood to make food with/for family around the holidays!

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Perfect to listen to while cooking

I was looking for a good cooking companion while getting ready for the holidays and stumbled upon this delightful one-hour listen. Each chef has a fascinating backstory with insight into their lives and unique culture. I loved the latke story! It really reminded me of home... And it gave me inspiration to try out some new recipes - I'm planning to use those on the pdf tomorrow night! Awesome music too. Overall, great listen for while you're in the kitchen.

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Best Audible Original Ever!

I can’t begin to fully relate how wonderful it was to hear about all these wonderful food traditions. It was so intimate. The part about the sister and the vegetables blew my mind. Thank you all for sharing your stories. I want to hear more please!

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