We’ve made a new best friend. She’s not only an expert on all things culinary, but is also one of those people you wish could just come around with you all day, every day. Eden Grinshpan is continuously making us smile; a skill she achieves both through her food and her absolutely infectious personality. Both a cook and television personality, Grinshpan’s past/current shows on Cooking Channel (Eden Eats and Log on and Eat with Eden Grinshpan) are only two of the ways she makes her way to the hearts of food-lovers all over the world. Us potato-heads are big fans, which is why we chatted with Grinshpan on all things eating…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I would definitely start off with a big, fluffy waffle smeared with butter and a ton of maple syrup served up with an Americano and milk. For lunch, I would head out for some real authentic Indian food – a fully loaded thali plate with chana masala, aloo gobi, daal and a ton of garlic naan, papadam and a large steaming cup of chai tea. For dinner, I would crave freshly grilled fish, like branzino; I’d head over to a Middle Eastern or Mediterranean restaurant and order a whole grilled or roasted fish, lots of side salads, octopus and a nice glass of wine.
How do you balance eating well and staying healthy?
I get asked that a lot. I am really into yoga and trying to stay fit, especially when I am not shooting. I eat for a living so I really feel that you need to strike a balance between indulging and eating light, healthy and getting in your workout. I am definitely not a diet person. The second I say I am cutting something out, I usually only eat that for the rest of the day (I tend to go for it when I am out and then eat light when I am home…so far, so good).
What’s your go-to drink?
When I am hydrating, sparkling water, coconut water or a large green juice. When I am going for drinks, Dirty Martinis, Sazerac, Manhattans, Bourbon on the rocks, Spanish reds, and dry whites (I’m loving Greek whites right now).
What you never go on set without…
Snacks! I know that sounds weird but even though I’m eating on the job, I try to always have snacks on hand, especially healthy ones. You never know when you are going to be eating your biggest meal of the day so I pack foods that will keep me full but aren’t heavy, like Kind bars, fruits, veggies or trail mix.
Best discovery on Eden Eats and Log On and Eat with Eden Grinshpan…
I have to say I’ve tried some insanely cool things on Eden Eats…from Tibetan butter tea to South African bunny chow. I was always learning and trying new foods. My absolute favorite discoveries would have to be bunny chow, a Cuban sandwich and injera bread.
Some of my favorite dishes on Log On and Eat would have to be the burger at Plan Check in Los Angeles with the ketchup leather, the chicken roti at Gloria’s in Crown Heights and the whole smoked goat neck at Duck’s Eatery in New York City.
What are some go-to recipes when eating at home?
I love cooking with Middle Eastern spices. I love side dishes like my whole roasted eggplant with fresh herbs and sheep’s milk feta, roasted cauliflower with coriander, cumin, sesame seeds, tons of kosher salt, olive oil and served up with tahini, or roasted chicken with preserved lemons, garlic, green olives and tons of olive oil and salt.
What do you always put out when entertaining?
An assortment of olives, olive oil, a nice fresh selection of bread, cheeses, labane and fruit (like fresh figs or fresh grapes).
What is the biggest dinner party faux pas?
Food should always be served hot! Never serve food on plastic dishes at a dinner party. And someone should be on drink duty. You should never run out.
What’s always in your fridge?
Greek yogurt, fresh berries (when in season), eggs, almond milk, regular milk, beer, hot sauce, champagne, white wine, jams, almond butter, leftovers, and unsalted butter.
If you could have anyone be a guest on your show, who would it be?
Oprah…the one and only.
What are your favorite cities for food and where do you go in each?
In London, I would definitely say Ottolenghi and La Fromagerie. In Paris, there is a local place that had the best steak frites I have ever had, but I never wrote down the name. I will always be looking for that restaurant – damn you Cotes du Rhone! In New York City, there are just too many! Café Mogador and Buvette are on the top of my list though. I love Tel Aviv, and just have to give a shout out to some of my favorite restaurants (aside from all the great hummus and grill spots), which are North Abraxis and Miznon.
In the same vein as ‘what is the new black,’ in fashion, what is ‘the new potato’ in food?
Cauliflower. It’s so versatile, classic and delicious. Puree it, fry it, grill it, roast it. It tastes good no matter how you make it.
*For Eden’s recipe for Shakshuka, Click Here
*Eden Grinshpan, photographed at Café Mogador in New York City by Danielle Kosann. Eden wears a Topshop blouse, Acquaverde jeans, and Acne boots.