Natasha MacAller

Natasha MacAller

Chef
http://www.dancingchef.net
Biography

If cooking is an art and baking is a science, Natasha MacAller is a pastry chef who flawlessly dances in both worlds. A former professional ballerina, Natasha known as the “DancingChef” brings the same diligence and precision to the kitchen as she did to dancing. Many people think they’re world’s apart - from ballerina to chef – but to Natasha, they are both performance arts, creative disciplines that demand dedication and hours of painstaking practice. She challenges herself constantly, and delights in creating new cooking or taste sensations and designing “First and Last” dishes and retro cocktails. Tash divides her time in Los Angeles, London and New Zealand teaching cookery, restaurant consulting and writing. She teaches her elegant comfort style of starters, desserts and drinks in the states and abroad, including at Haagen-Dazs International, Pru Leith’s in London and The Culinary Institute in Kerikeri, New Zealand. Natasha’s first cookbook, "Vanilla Table: The Essence of Exquisite Cooking from the World's Best Chefs," released in the UK March 2015 and USA April 2015 and Australia July 2015. (Jacqui Small, publisher, UK). With the help of 33 international chefs, who have each contributed their own dazzling recipe to this landmark cookbook; the genesis lies in a Tongan vanilla plantation that began life as an aid project. International chef consultant Natasha has created a truly global compendium of vanilla expertise, showcasing this most exotic and yet everyday spice in over 100 vanilla dishes, sweet and savory, beautifully photographed by Manja Wachsmuth. Natasha is currently working on her next cookbook “Spice Heroes-unlock the power of spice for health, happiness and flavour” with UK publisher Jacqui Small (Fall 2016 release) and photographer Manja Wachsmuth. Natasha is currently collaborating with Chef Anne Conness’ new restaurant: Sausal Nuevo Rancho Cuisine, El Segundo (just moments from Los Angeles International Airport), opened September 8th, 2015. Member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR), Les Dames D’Escoffier (LEDI), International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and New Zealand Chefs Association.

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The Last Course

The Last Course

Claudia Fleming

Creative, beautifully plated desserts from then pastry chef at Gramercy Tavern, Claudia was one of the first to use ingredients considered only for savory dishes in her desserts. Was and am inspired by her recipes and I treasure my now out of print cookbook.

Desserts by the Yard

Desserts by the Yard

Sherry Yard

Beautiful desserts inspired by food adventures, Sherry's creativity and determination make for inspiring reading.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Simone Beck , Louisette Bertholle and Julia Child

This tome taught my Mom to venture beyond boiling water, making toast and baking frozen chicken pot pies. Julia's book inspired me many years and another career later to become a chef.

Café Beaujolais

Café Beaujolais

Margaret Fox

One of my first cookbooks, the story and delicious recipes are all about comfort. I had the opportunity to dine at the Cafe and remember watching the staff picking the herbs to sprinkle on my herbed cheese omelette; I was mesmerized, inspired and bought the book!

Charlie Trotter's

Charlie Trotter's

Charlie Trotter

Filled with stunning photos of ingredients and creative cooking techniques I'd never seen before, this book helped me ace many an exam in culinary school!

Breads From La Brea Bakery

Breads From La Brea Bakery

Nancy Silverton

Complex, in-depth but well-explained understandable to follow recipes for a bounty of breads. I carry the my starter-spattered copy overseas to help me navigate the different ingredients especially the flours available in other countries.

The Sugar Club Cookbook

The Sugar Club Cookbook

Peter Gordon

Chef Peter Gordon considered "The Father of Fusion Cuisine" in the UK, this breakthrough book is tucked full of spice-filled mouth-watering recipes.

The Cook's Book

The Cook's Book

Jill Norman

Complete (and heavy) with skills, techniques, world flavors and ideas.

Chez Panisse Vegetables

Chez Panisse Vegetables

Alice Waters

My go to book when my NZ garden veggie beds overflow with produce, this book has everything!

Tasting India

Tasting India

Christine Manfield

Beautiful recipes coupled with Indian adventures, this modern day take on the culture, flavors and techniques of this incredibly diverse country, her recipes and travel notes keep one glued to the pages!

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Classic Jazz, Adele, and always the Vince Guaraldi Trio-Charlie Brown Christmas always for the holidays.