Our Trusty Experts

Courtesy the contributors

Meet the 29 chefs, cookbook authors, food writers, cooking-show hosts, and specialty-food purveyors who shared their favorites with us.

Alessia Antinori Head of U.S. sales and 26th-generation member of Tuscany's Antinori wine family

Lidia Bastianich Chef, cookbook author, television cooking-show host, and co-owner of Felidia, Del Posto, and Esca in Manhattan, and Lidia's in Kansas City, Mo., and Pittsburgh

John Besh Executive chef of August, Lüke, Besh Steak, and La Provence restaurants in New Orleans

April Bloomfield Chef/owner of the Spotted Pig and the John Dory in NYC

David Chang Owner/head chef of Momofuku restaurants in NYC

Darrell Corti Wine merchant and co-owner of Corti Brothers in Sacramento, Calif.

Ariane Daguin Founder of D'Artagnan, a supplier of foie gras, truffles, meat, and mushrooms

John T. Edge Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance

Patrick Ford V.P. of international marketing for Ford's Gourmet Foods, which distributes Bone Suckin' Sauce

Gabrielle Hamilton Chef/owner of Prune in NYC

Thomas Keller Owner of eight restaurants and author of three cookbooks, including Under Pressure

Niloufer Ichaporia King Author of My Bombay Kitchen

Corby Kummer Senior editor at The Atlantic and author of The Joy of Coffee and The Pleasures of Slow Food

John Mackey Chairman and CEO of Whole Foods Market

Deborah Madison Food writer and author of numerous books, including Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

Danny Meyer CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and founder and co-owner of several NYC restaurants, including Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, and Shake Shack

Masaharu Morimoto Star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, and founder of Morimoto restaurants in Boca Raton, Fla., New York, Philadelphia, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Tokyo

Marion Nestle Professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University and author of Food Politics and What to Eat

Cindy Pawlcyn Cookbook author and owner of Mustards Grill, Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, and Go Fish, in California

Jacques Pépin Chef, cookbook author, and host of 11 public-TV cooking shows

Michael Pollan Author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food

Julie Powell Author of Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously

Wolfgang Puck Chef and owner of Spago, Chinois, and Postrio

Maximilian Riedel 11th-generation Riedel and CEO of Riedel Crystal of America

David Tanis Head chef at Chez Panisse and author of A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes

Ming Tsai Host/executive producer of public television's Simply Ming and chef/owner of Blue Ginger, in Wellesley, Mass.

Eli Zabar Founder of the Eli's franchise, which includes Eli's Manhattan, Taste Restaurant and Wine Bar, W.I.N.E. and Spirits Shop, Eli's Vinegar Factory, and E.A.T., all in NYC

Danilo Zecchin Executive chef at Ciao Bella in NYC and San Francisco

Andrew Zimmern Food writer, chef, and host of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern

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