Food critic, cafenatic and events leader Daniel Young is on a constant quest for the next breakthrough in taste. He has shared his discoveries, as well as the passions and insights they’ve inspired, in five cookbooks, three restaurant guides, dozens of magazine articles, 100s of newspaper restaurant reviews and at dining and tasting events in London, Paris, Cannes, Nice, Grasse, Marseille, Toronto, Montréal, New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Yountville (Napa Valley), Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.
Coffee Love, published in spring 2009, is Young’s latest evocation of the café experience. He takes readers to Rome, Vienna, Venice, Paris, Prague, Budapest and Seattle in search of the 50 incomparable cups and, in the process, proves there is a correlation between the quality of the coffee and that of the conversation. The Bistros, Brasseries, and Wines Bars of Paris was a sequel of sorts to his first exploration of the café lifestyle, The Paris Café Cookbook. Made in Marseille , a culinary portrait of France’s great Mediterranean seaport, was judged “authoritative” by R.W. Apple of The New York Times. Young is also author of two editions of The Rough Guide to New York City Restaurants and co-author of Frappé Nation. He has written articles about cooking, dining and travel for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Bon Appetit Magazine, Gourmet Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Elle Decor and bloomberg.com. He was a food critic and columnist at the New York Daily News from 1985-1996 and head restaurant critic from 1996-2000.
Young’s passions are too numerous to list here. His favorite C’s, to take one letter, are the Café de la Mairie, Cartier-Bresson, Calibaut chocolate, Campagnola cycling components, Carnegie Hall, Casablanca the movie, Caffè Terzi, the cello, Chablis, Champagne, chanterelles, Charlie Chaplin, Châteauneuf du Pape, the Chrysler Building, the Cinémathèque française, Clarks desert boots, Classic Century tableware, croissants, Crunchie bars, Curb Your Enthusiasm, the Cycladic islands, and, most of all, Constantinopoulos (first name Vivian), his co-conspirator and cohabitant.
Young & Foodish should not be confused with Young & Foolish, the title of two popular songs. The first was written by composer Albert Hague and lyricist Arnold Horwitt for the 1955 Broadway musical Plain and Fancy but is perhaps more closely associated with jazz pianist Bill Evans. The second was the hit collaboration (listen here) of Corinne Bailey Rae and Mark Hix for The stiX album Better Luck Next Time.
The 2005 release marked a breakthrough for Rae, bringing her to the attention of major record labels. Within a year she had released her debut single (Like a Star) and album (Corinne Bailey Rae). Bill Evans recorded the Hague-Horwitt version twice, first (listen here) with his trio (Philly Joe Jones on drums, Sam Jones on bass) for the 1958 jazz classic Everybody Digs Bill Evans and then in 1975 for The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album, the first of his two LP collaborations with the great vocalist.