Kitchen Careers is a regular feature that goes behind-the-scenes with chefs, bloggers, critics and others in the food industry to get the inside scoop on what its like to cook, or eat, for a living.
Don’t let the name fool you! This Pam Anderson, along with her two daughters, Maggy and Sharon, writes a food blog at threemanycooks.com. The trio also have a weekly food column in USA Weekend, a Sunday insert in many papers around the country. Pam is also AARP’s food expert where she has a bi-weekly food column at aarp.org. She is also a contributing chef at Runner’s World with recipes three to four times a year. On top of her already full schedule, Pam has a cookbook coming out in October 2011 called “Cook Without a Book: Meatless Meals” (Rodale Press).
What is the best part about being a food blogger?
I love being a blogger because I get to share what I’m excited about immediately. With books, newspapers and magazines you might wait months–years even–to see your work in print. I also love the food blogging community–so many smart entrepreneurial people doing inspiring work.
Who is your culinary icon?
When you come of age as I did in the 1970,’s Julia Child is it. She was a charismatic cook and a strong woman.
Why do you love to cook?
Whether it’s sitting down for family dinner, having friends and family over, or sharing a meal with a stranger, I’ve seen how good food brings people together. I love making that happen.
Who would you want to battle on Iron Chef?
I consider myself Every Cook, that person who identifies with and speaks to the average person in the kitchen, so competing on Iron Chef is not a top priority. If, however, I had to pick someone, it’d probably be Mario Batali. He and I were on the cover of USA Weekend several years ago. Who knows. He might have a soft spot and let me win!
What was your first published recipe?
I had written a little here and there but my debut was the charter issue of Cook’s Illustrated. I wrote two articles in the very first issue–Everyday Bread and Improvising Vegetable Soups.
What is your favorite food city?
That’s like asking me my favorite dish! My favorite food city is wherever I happen to be eating. You know what they say, love the one you’re with!
What three PBS personalities would you invite to dinner?
Gwen Ifill and Margaret Warner–love those two strong women–with a little Mark Shields to keep things lively and I imagine a little bit raucous.
What meal/snack is your guilty pleasure?
Without hesitation: french fries and potato chips.
What is your favorite under appreciated kitchen tool?
My hands are my favorite tool, and actually I appreciate them quite a lot!
In one tweet (140 characters or less)- what is your culinary style?
When you wanna get it right, need to get it on the table, have people over, lose weight and still eat great, and eat pleasurable meatless. Like I said earlier, I’m Every Cook!
When outside the kitchen, how do you spend your time?
I run, I read, I write.
What is your advice for amateur cooks?
Don’t just follow recipes. Learn how to cook. The only way is practice, practice, practice–a little bit everyday.
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