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Home : Guest Columnists : Dana Jacobi

About Dana Jacobi:

Dana Jacobi is the author of several cookbooks including The Best of Clay Pot Cooking, The Joy of Soy (A James Beard Award Finalist) and Amazing Soy : A Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking This Nutritional Powerhouse With 240 Recipes (winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Award).

She has written for Food and Wine, Cooking Light, Eating Well, and Natural Health, and her syndicated column "Something Different" appears in over 750 newspapers. She contributed the soy section to The Joy of Cooking, and has taught soy technique classes at the Culinary Institute of America. As a consultant, she has also worked with major food companies to develop new products.

Finding food an endless adventure, she blends influences from her travels to Sicily, Morocco, Tunisia, and other Mediterranean countries, as well as those of Asia, into her cooking. When not in the kitchen or writing, she explores markets, visits culinary artisans, and knits. Dana Jacobi lives in New York City.

Articles by Dana Jacobi

Johnny Kan's Chinese Chicken Salad Gets an Update

Johnny Kan's Chinese Chicken Salad Gets an Update
Johnny Kan served a Chinese chicken salad in his famous San Francisco restaurant and featured it in his 1963 cookbook. Learn more and see how we updated his classic recipe.

Take an Indian Adventure with Spicy Greens

Take an Indian Adventure with Spicy Greens
Served with grilled tofu, cooked red or black lentils or shrimp, you'll love this south Indian side dish if you're a fan of spice and heat.

Revamped Southwestern Bean Soup

Revamped Southwestern Bean Soup
This soup, almost a stew thanks to all the good stuff in it, includes what southwestern Native Americans called the three sisters - beans, corn and squash.

The Infinite Possibilities of Spinach Salad

The Infinite Possibilities of Spinach Salad
What do you add to raw spinach? Maybe the question should be "what don't you add to raw spinach?"

Go Brazilian - A Perfect Dish for a Convivial Summer Supper

Go Brazilian - A Perfect Dish for a Convivial Summer Supper
Brazilian cooking remains one of the least known, and most interesting, cuisines thanks to its combination of Portuguese, African and native Indian influences.

Give Salad a French Accent with Fresh Beets

Give Salad a French Accent with Fresh Beets
I have always loved beets and was delighted to discover this way of serving them as a kind of salad while apprenticing at a restaurant in Paris.

Sesame Salmon Puts Color and Nutritional Goodness on Your Plate

Sesame Salmon Puts Color and Nutritional Goodness on Your Plate
Put some color and nutritional goodness on your plate using fresh, wild fish in this classic Asian-style recipe.

A New Method For Tandoori Chicken

A New Method For Tandoori Chicken
Because slashing skinless chicken parts to better expose the flesh to the marinade can be challenging - cut too deeply and the meat dries out during cooking - I began to think about alternative ways to make this succulent dish.

Fresh Tomato Sauce Makes the Meal

Fresh Tomato Sauce Makes the Meal
Salads draw attention for easy summer eating, but I have another favorite go-to for making quick warm weather meals. As long as local tomatoes are available, I keep fresh homemade tomato sauce on hand.

Inspired by Sesame Noodles

Inspired by Sesame Noodles
When an ethnic dish becomes really popular, I tend to get suspicious. In this light, I wondered how Chinese cooks would make another ethnic favorite, sesame noodles.

Fire up the Grill to Bring Out the Best in Vegetables

Fire up the Grill to Bring Out the Best in Vegetables
Whether you use a charcoal grill, gas grill or a grill-pan on the stove, learn how to bring out the best in fresh vegetables this Summer.

Chicken Salad Fit for a Celebration

Chicken Salad Fit for a Celebration
When June graduations and weddings call for creative menu planning, the biggest challenge can be finding casual yet elegant and attractive dishes that please everybody without stressing the cook.

Go Tropical with Papaya Salsa and Jicama Chips

Go Tropical with Papaya Salsa and Jicama Chips
The color of a tropical sunset, papaya always brings an exotic touch to the table.

Very Versatile Veggie Soup

Very Versatile Veggie Soup
How can you prepare and consume the variety of cruciferous, leafy green, and orange/red vegetables, and other veggies experts urge us to eat every day?


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