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Potluck in a Nutshell

This is a place for home cooks and food lovers to bring everyone to the table and find inspiration in a judgement-free zone. On here you will find a combination of videos and recipes from some of the world's best chefs along with ideas of my own. 


About Ali

Thanks for taking a look at my little corner of the food world. I'm pretty obsessed with the intersection between cooking that is both easy and impressive looking. 

I got my start in food very young, cooking beside my grandmother and shadowing along at restaurants in Charleston, SC, where I grew up. I'm lucky to have been influenced by so many places - the Southern food I grew up with; the New England cuisine of my mom's family. Stints living in Scotland, Paris and Mumbai; and now my adopted home of NYC. And though I've never lived there, if you follow along my recipes or travels you'll also get a sense that I have a slight obsession with Italy. 

Now in New York I've carved out a pretty cool little job for myself. After a background in news production I made the jump to food almost 10 years ago. 5 years ago I was lucky enough to get the gig hosting my show on NYC Life called Potluck. It has allowed me to interview chefs,restaurateurs, farmers and makers across the country and the world. 

I now live in NYC and am trying to learn every day how to be a better cook and eater- and I hope this site helps you in your journey to do that as well. Along with videos from the experts you'll get my takes through the blog on new recipes I'm trying and new techniques I'm learning.

If you like my recipes and take on things I hope you’ll check out my cookbook, Bring It!: Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and Casual Entertaining. I’m biased but I think the book is a great guide for parties, making food ahead and having recipes that are easy but impressive.

I also am a frequent contributor to Dr Oz, as a Food Investigator - which is a wonderful title that really just means I help break down questions people often have about food. It’s a real passion of mine to help people understand the differences between what they are eating so I am pretty grateful I also get to contribute that to the dialogue.

I'm very proud that Potluck has been nominated for an Emmy and two IACP Awards and that I was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 (back when I could claim to be under 30!) and Thrillist once said I had one of the Coolest Jobs in Food. I tend to agree with that and appreciate you finding your way to my little corner of the interwebs.

Check in often for more videos, more food and updates!