welcome to The Pioneer Woman’s Cookbook Club! This month we feature Eitan Bernath, Chef, Social Media Star, Culinary Contributor for The Drew Barrymore Showand cookbook author Eitan Eats the World: new comfort classics to cook now. Read on to learn more about his success on TikTok, the creative ingredients that make his chocolate chunk cookie recipe stand out from the crowd, and the lesson he learned from Ree Drummond.
The parents of Eitan Bernath, a high school teacher and pediatric therapist, have always found creative ways to educate their children. Every typical Sunday afternoon, the Bernath family would pile into their car and seek out new restaurants with varied regional specialties. When a young Eitan asked why some served naan and others served rice, it became a moment to discuss how geographical differences impacted his favorite cuisine. Eitan’s parents believed that food was “the most delicious kind of teacher” and they used it to teach Eitan and his brother about the world. (Sounds like a Ree Drummond idea!) The ritual planted a seed in young Eitan, and a passion for cooking took root.
At the age of 8, he began to spend his free time watching culinary documentaries while taking scrupulous notes. The birthday gifts weren’t baseball cards but cooking utensils. At the age of 11, he participated in the first child-focused episode of Chopped.
You must be a little obsessed with going from cooking Indian with his family to being one of the most popular chefs on TikTok and now a published author, all at the age of 20! It is this boundless enthusiasm that shapes Eitan’s first book and makes it so compelling. Eitan eats the world is a collection of globally inspired recipes that marry her curiosity and creativity with her love for comfort food.
Take his favorite dish in the world: chocolate chip cookies. Apparently one of the most basic desserts from childhood, right? Not if you’re Eitan, who wants to make the most of everything. As a “sweet chocolate chip cookie snob,” he came up with his recipe for Bourbon Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies.
Eitan takes your typical chocolate chip cookies and adds three essentials that take dessert to a new level. “Brown butter in cookies is a classic technique for bringing out the deep, rich, nutty flavors of butter,” says Eitan. “Then, to elevate it all and make the cookies a little more sophisticated, I added bourbon for its unique and intense smoky taste. It’s topped with a pinch of flaky sea salt for the perfect balance of salty and sweet. !”
The magic is in the details, yet the recipe has only five steps! 😮
This economical approach to cooking – a few steps, simple ingredients, optimized cooking time – is characteristic of his book and his TikTok videos and is part of what makes the young chef’s recipes so accessible. “A lot of people think social media and traditional media are mutually exclusive, but I think they complement each other really well,” he says.
With seven million followers on his social media platforms, Eitan has undoubtedly managed to share his enthusiasm. “The biggest part of TikTok is that it’s definitely not one size fits all.”
That said, it has a few proven ingredients for a successful video: show your personality (and a lot!), maximize your light to show the food, and stay consistent. He explains that anyone can make chocolate chip cookies, but only you can teach people how to make them. your voice and with your energy.
With multiple television appearances, a huge social following, and a cookbook now under her belt, anyone might wonder what’s next for the 20-year-old prodigy. “Writing a book hasn’t been easy, so the first thing I’m going to do now is relax. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from Ree Drummond, it’s that there’s a lot of things you can do with the love of food, so I can’t wait for what’s in store.”
You can bake Eitan’s Bourbon Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies for a party or the perfect holiday dessert to impress your guests. They’re everything you love about cookies from your childhood, but with a decadent, gooey, grown-up twist.
Reprinted with permission from Eitan Eats the World. Copyright © 2022 by Eitan Bernath. Photography Copyright © 2022 by Mark Weinberg. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House
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