We’ve curated a few of our favorite food-related maker stories, featuring inspiring chefs, incredible kitchen craftsmanship, and iconic cooking wares. Happy holidays!

How Julia Child Conquered the World: An Illustrated Life Story


Legendary chef Julia Child not only revolutionized the world of cookbooks, but was also a remarkable beacon of entrepreneurship and perseverance more than a decade before women started raising their voices in the media world. Read this story.

Made by Hand: The Knife Maker

Writer turned knife maker Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn talks about the human element of craft, and the potential for a skill to mature into an art. And in sharing his story, he alights on the real meaning of handmade—a movement whose riches are measured in people, not cash.

Grill Master: The Story of the Weber Grill

1952 George Stephen Weber Kettle copy

In 1952 George Stephen Sr. was working at Weber Brothers Metal Works in Chicago, Illinois, manufacturing marine buoys when he came up with an idea for a better grill. His invention: a dome-shaped grill with a lid to protect food from the elements, while sealing in that only-from-the-grill barbecue flavor. Read this story.

Cronut Inventor Dominique Ansel: “I Have A Lot More Ideas”


Dominique Ansel created the biggest thing in pastry since sliced bread. Here, he shares his thoughts on creativity, baking, and life. Read this story.

David Chang: The Secrets Behind Momofuku’s Delicious Success


How does David Chang, the chef behind the acclaimed Momofuku restaurant group in New York City, invent his wildly delicious dishes? He embraces the possibility of failure. As he puts it: “Taking risks leads to good, new food.” Photo by Gentl and Hyers. Read this story. 

Alice Waters: Food Pioneer


Alice Waters on her epicurean awakening in Paris, breaking the culinary mold stateside, and bringing gardens to public schools. Read this story.

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