Volume 2 - Reflections & Recipes



While Entertaining focuses on food, people who make food, and the relationship of food in our homes. Volume Two of While Entertaining is a collection of reflections and recipes from foodies around the U.S. In this second edition, we explore the thoughts and cravings that foodies experienced in the past year. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, and political uncertainty, cooking and journaling became a form of self care for many. The people we connect with in Volume Two gave us access to what they were thinking, feeling, and cooking throughout the year.

Some took us to the memories and dishes of their past, while others described their hopes for the future. While opening a new bakery in New York City, Lani Halliday reflected on the work she’s done to feel free and tell her own story. From quarantine in Jamaica, Kalisa Marie Martin contemplated how to define herself outside of work. Meanwhile, Aretah Ettarh served as a sous chef in a top New York City restaurant. As her team rallied to cook and serve as safely as possible, her thoughts wandered back to why she initially pursed a career in the kitchen. In Austin, Texas, Tavel Bristol-Joseph made time to share advice for young and aspiring Black chefs. From Chicago, Justice of the Pies founder Maya-Camille Broussard submitted her request for more kindness.

Alongside each essay is a recipe that brought the individual comfort throughout the year. Some of the recipes are simple, like Max Hardy’s guava and ginger sea bass or Kiki Louya’s coconut bread pudding with dulce de leche. Others may take a little more time and practice, like Mavis-Jay Sanders’ eggplant and grits, or India Johnson’s braised oxtail wonton soup.In putting together Volume Two, we hoped it would bring more delicious food and thought-provoking conversation to your table. Whether you are entertaining one, two, or just a few, we look forward to the meals and memories you will create with While Entertaining. 

Issue Highlights: 86-page print edition, 12 essays and open letters from food professionals, 4 Q&A’s with beverage professionals, 13 recipes with wine pairings and hostess tips for each, 5 drink recipes, seasonal playlists, and decor inspiration for every season. 

Featured Foodies: Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Maya-Camille Broussard, Paul Ryan Elliott, Aretah Ettarh, Lani Halliday, Max Hardy, Hawa Hassan, India Johnson, Kiki Louya, Kalisa Marie Martin, Kelly Mitchell, Lauren Paylor, Mavis-Jay Sanders, Chris Scott, Alisha Sommer, and Robert Toland 


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Where to Find Us

Archestratus Books & Foods (New York City)

Home Ec (San Diego)

Hunky Dory (Brooklyn)

Kitchen Arts & Letters (New York City)

Lolo NYC (Brooklyn)

Now Serving LA (Lost Angeles)

Omnivore Books on Food (San Francisco)

Skylight Books (Los Angeles) 

Sylvester & Co (Sag Harbor, NY)

The Primary Essentials (Brooklyn) 


Volume 1 - 2020 (DIGITAL)

Published in March 2020, the  inaugural issue of While Entertaining brings you along for The Journey, providing candid conversations with Black food and beverage experts.. The 80-page digital issue includes a collection of interviews, recipes, and recommendations from Lamar J. Moore, Paola Velez, Kathleen O’Brien Price, JJ Johnson, Sicily Sierra, Aaron Hutcherson, Cha McCoy, Cybille St. Aude, Dayana Joseph, Joseph Stinchcomb, Tunde Wey, Zoe Adjonyoh, and more.

Recipe Highlights: Soy-Marinated Grilled Short Ribs, Warm Pitimi & Squash Salad, Southern Catfish & Grits, Oxtail Pappardelle Pasta, Passion Fruit Tart, and Strawberry Basil Crostata.

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