New York Times writers Julia Moskin and Kim Severson were all of the former, until legendary Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni challenged them to go head-to-head in a culinary duela battle for dinner dominance that turned them into kitchen combatants. Armed with only $50 each, Bruni dared them to prepare a full meal for six, a showdown which he would judge for the newspaper. The thrill of battle proved too exhilarating to resist, and that initial clash turned into a yearlong kitchen war as Julia and Kim faced off to tackle the most vexing kitchen predicaments, from how best to console friends in need through old-fashioned home cooking to conjuring kids' food that keeps both parents and children happy at a party.
CookFight is the delicious result of their brinksmanship, a chronicle of their skirmishes over the course of twelve months and a look at how two very different peoplebest friends from wildly divergent backgroundsapproach the kitchen. In each heartfelt and hilarious chapter, Kim and Julia confront a new "challenge"those quandaries all home cooks deliberate, from how to strategize a dinner party (the Fancy Food Challenge) to how to eat more seasonally and locally (the Farmer's Market Challenge). Every recipe, from Julia's Caramelized Corn with Mint to Kim's Carnitas, is a delectable testament to their creativity and savvyonly the reader will be able to call the winner.
Kim Severson is the Atlanta bureau chief for the New York Times, a position she has held since 2010. The winner of four James Beard Awards, she has written about food and dining for the Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and several magazines. She is also the author of the memoir Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life. Severson lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her daughter.