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Fresh Picks

The woman of all culinary trades tells us what she’s loving right now.

10.27.10 7:46 PM ET

Katie Lee

Katie Lee’s broad culinary experience ranges from hosting the first season of Bravo’s hit reality series Top Chef to writing culinary and lifestyle features for an array of magazines. She regularly appears as a special correspondent for The Early Show and has served on the judges’ panel on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America. She has been featured in Vogue, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She refers to her culinary approach as “conscious consumption,” a philosophy which is clearly reflected in her bestselling cookbook, The Comfort Table. Her second book, The Comfort Table: Everyday Occasions was released in October 2009. Outside of her culinary adventures, Katie sits on the Celebrity Board for Feeding America and is a member of the Junior Committee for New Yorkers for Children. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time in her organic garden, traveling, surfing, and playing with her pug, Fionula. She resides in New York City. Her website is: www.katieleehome.com.

Fresh Peach Cobbler with Nutmeg Sauce from Edna Lewis

Colder temperatures mean one thing: The time for a warm and delicious dessert like this one is finally upon us.

Edna is the original queen of Southern cooking. I love her lattice crust variation, and the addition of nutmeg sauce takes it to a whole other level.

Klaas Lingbeek- van Kranen

Restaurant

A fabulous Italian food fix can be all yours (and your date’s) at this NYC hot spot.

My favorite restaurant is Ballato on East Houston. Emilio, the chef, is a superstar in my book. His spaghetti pomodoro is simply perfect and his focaccia, freshly baked and still warm from the oven, is so light and airy it's almost like the angel food cake of bread.

Cookbook

I love all of the Barefoot Contessa's cookbooks. I want to eat everything in her books and the recipes always come out exactly right.

Food Destination

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: When it comes to dining, France is the place to be.

Paris. I'm a total Francophile and I love the restaurants in Paris. I go to the same places on every trip, always a roast chicken at L'Ami Louis, a Dover sole meuniere at Le Dome, and I start every morning at Laduree with a croissant and cafe au lait.

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Since hosting the first season of Bravo’s cooking show Top Chef, Katie Lee has gone on to serve as both a print and television culinary connoisseur. She published her first cookbook, The Comfort Table in 2008 and also sits on the council of Chefs for Humanity and is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier.