Books & Books Fort Lauderdale Grand Opening: Highlights From Q&A With Chef Allen Susser, Radio Host Linda Gassenheimer

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Chef Allen Susser and Linda Gassenheimer.
Chef Allen's creator, chef Allen Susser, and author and radio host Linda Gassenheimer were on hand for the opening celebration of Books & Books' newest café, at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science. The Books & Books café features sandwiches and salads created by Allen, as well as a variety of coffee drinks. Allen and Linda Gassenheimer participated in a lively conversation, answering a variety of questions, ranging from favorite restaurants to cooking tips.

Cooking Skills

Allen Susser: The key to cooking is mise en place, which literally means "having everything in place." Organize your cooking. When you see cooks on a show make a dish in 30 minutes, it's because their vegetables are chopped and everything is organized. Once you have your mise en place in place, any recipe is easier.

Testing Recipes

Linda Gassenheimer: How do I test a recipe? I cook it. The big test is my family. If I test a recipe and my husband doesn't like it, he walks out the door.

Favorite Places to Eat in the Keys

Linda Gassenheimer: What's your mood? In Key West, I like Blue Heaven. The restaurant used to be a bordello. It's the perfect place for brunch, filled with roosters roaming around. I also like restaurants off the beaten path, like Azure. They make a Key lime French toast. In the lower Keys, I like the Square Grouper. A "square grouper" was the name for bales of marijuana that were ditched in the water by smugglers. The cracked conch with wasabi dressing is terrific.  I also like Bob's Buns in Islamorada for their blue crab eggs Benedict and their potato chip cookies. 

Suggestions for Young Chefs Starting Out

Allen Susser: Education is important, but I suggest you work in the industry before you go to school. And enjoy working nights, weekends, and holidays.

Linda Gassenheimer: Develop your palate. Go to Europe and eat.

Favorite Foods

Allen Susser: The simpler the better. I love cracking open stone crabs and eating the sweet lucious meat.

Linda Gassenheimer: I love food, and I love sweets. I want nice, fresh tastes. Just good, simple food.



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Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

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2 comments
Frank
Frank

So is this a cafe, where they actually make the food to order, or is it pre-packaged like the stuff at the airport?

Frank
Frank

So I guess the writer of this article was actually just puppeting the PR for this event, and likely didn't even go. Otherwise why not answer?

I popped in yesterday to see for myself and all they have are the same pre-packaged sandwiches and salads you get at the airport. Good sandwiches for pre-prepared, but very disappointing as I was hoping for a Books and Books Cafe similar to Lincoln Rd.

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