Whats4Eats is a celebration of the various cuisines of the world. It started as a big, messy pile of recipes in a box that moved around the country with Chef Brad for about 10 years. It went on the web in 1999 as a way of getting rid of that box.
I have a degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America in New York and worked in the foodservice industry for 15 years. I have been in online media for the last 10 years and currently manage the food and recipe section of the website of a major global retailer.
I research each country's cuisine with books, in conversations and on the internet. I shop at local ethnic markets and eat at ethnic restaurants in every city I visit (but primarily in the San Francisco Bay area where I live). I gather menus, eat extravagantly and inquire about local customs in every state and every country I visit.
My primary goal with country backgrounds is to provide a brief synopsis of the country's history, the development of its food culture, and local ingredients, dishes and customs.
Menus for each country are created on the basis of much research and gustatory investigation ... I read a lot and I eat a lot. With Whats4eats I try to provide a well-rounded list of dishes that represent the best and most beloved of a country's culinary heritage. That includes not only basic dishes, but also more intricate creations and celebratory items.
To add a recipe, I first research each one and find as many versions as possible to see what makes the core of the dish. I then try to cut each dish down to its essentials and, if needed, simplify it. I then cook the dish and revise the recipe before I add it to the website. This involved process takes longer than I like, but it helps me ensure authenticity. Over time all your favorite recipes will be added and more!
I hope you enjoy the site. I appreciate your feedback and love inquiries from around the world. The next time someone asks, "What's for eats?," send 'em here!
You can contact me with questions here.