We’re so excited to continue the TASTE In Residence program, with Jenn de la Vega and Therese Nelson serving as our current residents. The program is structured like a traditional artist-in-residence program, where residents are given time, space, and resources to create art in their chosen medium; our residents will work with the TASTE editorial staff on a series of stories to be published over the next four months, April through July 2018. While editors will serve as the residents’ sounding boards—as editors do—we’ve set zero limits for Jenn and Therese. You can read more about them in our two profiles below, and follow their essays, recipes, and creative adventures.
Past TASTE In Residence
Maya Erickson (Baker In Residence)
Maryam Jillani (Cook In Residence)
Cook In Residence
Nelson has passions that extend beyond professional cooking. She founded blackculinaryhistory.com, writing in the wee hours after long days in the kitchen not only as her own personal catharsis but also as a way to centralize all things black foodways. While writing the blog on and off over the past nine years, Nelson has curated a network of global black chefs that she calls “expansive, diverse, and dope.”
Communal construction and discord about one of the most ubiquitous party dishes of the Philippines.
A botanist, chemist, professor, and tireless advocate for African-American empowerment, he was the Beyoncé of the early 20th-century scientific community.
Baker In Residence
Pull up a chair, get out your blowtorch and a bottle of fernet, and let’s get baking.
Cook In Residence
An introduction to Pakistani home cooking and culture through the eyes of a world traveler.
Goma dofu is usually served at the start of a meal, but for one pastry chef it has become a creamy, nutty building block for desserts.
A teatime ritual in Pakistan, and a unique kebab recipe for all.
After years of unrelenting drug cartel violence, a group of ambitious Mexican chefs are helping reshape the city’s culinary identity.
When you get them in season, persimmons are a perfect ingredient for both folklore and layer cakes.
As someone who grew up in Islamabad, went to college in Lahore, and has traveled extensively across Pakistan, a writer can say, with certainty, that Karachi is the best food city in Pakistan.
For TASTE’s Cook In Residence, the holiday season spans two continents and many family members.
For a chef struggling with an eating disorder, a restaurant kitchen is an especially painful place to be.