Walking into Frederick’s makes us feel like insiders—maybe it’s the around-the-corner entrance; the dim, cool interior; the glitzy little bar. Mostly it’s that we can get sublime food, showcasing the best of French technique and Asian flavors (both elements of chef Frederick Costa’s heritage, shared here in the kitchen with his brother Michel). We never stray far from seafood, always fresh and delicately sauced, as with a recent flounder with Thai curry and coconut milk beurre blanc.
NAME: Lisa Fain | AGE: 42 | HOMETOWN: Houston | QUALIFICATIONS: Seventh-generation Texan who moved to New York City in 1995 / Started the food blog Homesick Texan (homesicktexan.com) in 2005 / Wrote The Homesick Texan Cookbook, which will be in stores this month (
The task of writing a culinary memoir troubles even the most talented chefs and writers. The venture proved especially difficult for Louis Lambert, who shied away from the endeavor for years, because he never knew what version of his story he wanted to tell. Would he talk about the childhood memories of his West Texas family and their legacy of cattle ranching, or would he reflect upon years of cooking in the confines of his professional and personal kitchens?
Chilis, Soups, and Stews
“Now, observe closely: this is the secret ingredient,” said Uncle Richard as he poured in a serving of masa harina into his bubbling pot of chili.
It was an early December day, and I was at home in New York, watching my family celebrate Thanksgiving on a video they had made for me. I hadn’t been able to go home to Texas for the holiday that year, and so they had recorded the festivities for me so I wouldn’t feel left out of the family’s fun.