Kevin Gillespie’s New Book, Fire In My Belly

Author and chef, Kevin Gillespie’s new book.

” Gillespie, the executive chef at Atlanta’s Woodfire Grill, makes an impressive cookbook debut with this inspired collection of more than 120 recipes, based on his restaurant creations but modified for the home cook. In a clever chapter entitled “Foods You Thought You Hated,” he arms himself with garlic, spices, and cream to make palatable dishes like brussels sprouts gratin and haggis with caramelized turnip. The chapter entitled “World Classics Revisited” offers famous mainstays like Welsh rarebit and coq au vin, as well as re-imagined treats like cucumber and almond gazpacho, and smoked trout puffs with bacon jam. He preaches the use of local and sustainable foods, but that does not mean he cannot own up to a chapter entitled “Junk Food,” with such entries as deep-fried candy bars. Gillespie’s intelligence and creativity (he turned down a scholarship to MIT in order to attend culinary school) is apparent in his writing style. Each chapter is prefaced with a brief, compelling tale from his past that is heartfelt without cloying. And each recipe is prefaced with commentary that is just off-color and honest enough to be quite funny (“I’ve always liked ramen noodles. I know they’re total crap, but I like them”).”

Gillespie emphasizes using local, seasonal ingredients

Gillespie hosted Stronger Together’s new video series Co+op. On the show celebrating the “International Year of Cooperatives,” Gillespie visited “food co-ops across the country—from grocery aisles to farm fields.” Of the experience, Gillespie tells Eater Atlanta:

“It was amazing to have an opportunity to travel this country and see the food systems of so many different communities. Seeing that no two co-ops are the same and that the offerings of every store completely reflect the wishes of their community was really inspiring.”