I’m Abby Goldstein and I live in Pittsburgh, PA by way of Concord, NH with roots in Texas. My husband Jason and I love to explore, we like to travel and we love those random, oddball, out of the way places that seem to make the best travel stories.
Alan, my Killer Delicious partner in crime, is my twin brother. We grew up in New Jersey, but moved to Texas when we were 16. Both of our parents are native New Yorkers from Hungarian and Eastern Europpean backgrounds, both first generation Americans whose families arrived before the turn of the century and made their way from the Lower East Side to various parts of New York, New Jersey, the northeast and beyond.
We inherited our love of food and cooking from our mother Bonnie. There are many recipes and techniques that she passed down to us that became launching points for our future experiments. Mom was a great cook. Her food was delicious, she had good kitchen skills and she really enjoyed preparing good food. That said, she had sort of a rigid way of doing things and she didn’t change her recipes up very much. She made the same dishes the same way every time and while they were always yummy, they were always the same. She was resourceful and always managed to get a balanced and well prepared meal on the table, but I would not say Mom was an experimental cook or an adventurous eater. She didn’t like anything spicy or too exotic. No sushi, no Thai or Indian, Mexican was OK as long as there were no jalapenos on her food. But she loved Julia Child and she had a strong appreciation for fine food. When she got her groove on in the kitchen, she did great things.
My Dad, on the other hand, will sample just about anything and is challenged by exotic cuisine. His parents were jet setters and he grew up with a taste for the finer things in life. Dad didn’t cook all that much when we were growing up, but when he did cook, it frequently blew our minds. It was my Dad’s side of the family, my Grandma Dagmar, that took us to the legendary restaurants in New York. As children, we ate at the Russian Tea Room and Trader Vic’s and we dined in China Town and Little Italy. We were taught good table manners and learned how to behave in restaurants at a young age.
Alan definately got the cooking bug before I did. I remember Alan making pasta fagioli when we were about 10 years old. When we were about 12, Alan made eggrolls for his friends, but since there was no other meat in the fridge, he used kosher hot dogs instead of pork. He was the real trailblazer, I followed him down the trail.
Once I started cooking, I was quick to try new things and new techniques. I became a cooking show fanatic and gravitated to the public television cooking shows. I loved watching Julia Child and Jaques Pepin and Rick Bayliss and when the Food Network signed on, I was hooked. While living in Dallas, I worked in public media and during the TV pledge drives, I’d volunteer to go on camera and cook with guest chefs. I’ve cooked with Dean Fearring, Mark Bittman, Christopher Kimball and many other familair faces. I guess I’m a bit of a chef groupie.
These days, I cook frequently and I take my inspiration from Cooks Illustrated, Yankee Magazine and some of my favorite food blogs. I have the most fun cooking when I’m cooking with Alan, but since we live 2,000 miles apart, that doesn’t happen very often. Thanks for spending time with The Goldstein twins on our Killer Delicious blog.