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Antoni in the Kitchen

A cookbook by Antoni Porowski.

Antoni Porowski & Mindy Fox

Antoni Porowski, the food and wine guru on Netflix's sensation Queer Eye, meets people where they live — literally. With appealing vulnerability, he shows cooks of all levels how to become more confident and casual in the kitchen. The verve and naturalness of his approach earned raves from Food & Wine and Bon Appetit to GQ and the New York Times, which noted his dishes prove that "sometimes simple is anything but simplistic."

Some of the recipes in this book are weeknight healthyish meals, while others are perfect for off-the-cuff entertaining. Visual stunners, they're often composed of fewer than five ingredients. Whether Bastardized Easy Ramen; Malaysian Chili Shrimp; Roasted Carrots with Carrot-Top Pesto; or Salty Lemon Squares, all are visual stunners and can be carried off with panache, even by beginners." (From Raincoast Books)

From the book

For one, I questioned whether I was gay enough to be on a show called Queer Eye. Yes, I was living with a man I dearly loved. But I had never come out as gay, never felt polarized at one end of the spectrum, never felt entirely sure whether I'd live forever as a gay man or fall in love and spend my life with a woman.

And, really, was I enough of a food guy? Many of the contenders I'd been up against for the role of Queer Eye "food and wine expert" had longtime careers as chefs, food-industry people, and food personalities. Sure, I had worked in restaurants and been a private chef, waded into TV food territory by auditioning for the part of host for Chopped Canada, and taped a short Tasting Table video or two, but my food passion felt more personal than professional. I saw myself as an aspiring actor, my work in the food business as a means to an end. It would be a full season of working on Queer Eye before I realized the track was one I'd been on all my life.


From Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski ©2019. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Interviews with Antoni Porowski

Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski on Montreal, insecurities and coming out

3 years ago
Duration 10:11
Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski is a Montreal-born former actor who credits his upbringing for shaping his worldview, with his love of food from all over the world being a key part of that.

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