You might think, after nearly two decades as editor of Food & Wine magazine, that Dana Cowin would have gotten bored. Writing about food is a notoriously quick burnout job, and sometimes it’s hard to stay excited about trying just one more caviar-covered amuse bouche.
But no, not Cowin, whose passion bubbles over like a covered pasta pot that just hit boil. Take, for instance, if you ask her about what ethnic food might take off next.
“Oh, there are so many,” she says. “Filipino maybe. There are a lot of great Filipino chefs out there doing incredible things. Or Taiwanese. There is such a diversity in Taiwanese food. Or maybe Mexican places with specificity to certain regions.”
Cowin, with all her genuine enthusiasm, comes to Fort Lauderdale as the featured speaker of the Broward County Public Library Foundation’s Literary Feast, Feb. 20. There’s a good chance she will talk about some of her favorite dishes: for a night in (roasted chicken with garam masala butter, fluffy green salad with a simple vinaigrette, chia seed pudding); a night out (Spanish tapas and a great wine list at Toro in New York City); the next morning (scrambled eggs, bacon and a biscuit).
Cowin says her zeal has remained on high in part because it’s a great time to care about food.
“The transition in the food world is nothing short of extraordinary,” she says. “It’s not just the restaurant culture, but many people see the importance of food in their lives.”
While Cowin sometimes eats at fabulous restaurants multiple times a day (follow her Instagram feed for proof), she comes across as just another foodie you might bump into at Fresh Market.
– Eric Barton
Broward Public Library Foundation LitLUNCH!, 11:15 a.m., Feb. 20, Hyatt Regency Pier 66, 2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, tickets bplfoundation.org or 954-357-7382.