DUMBO — Award-winning chef Seamus Mullen, who specializes in food from Spain, will talk about his book Hero Food: How Cooking With Delicious Things Can Make Us Feel Better on Wednesday, April 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St.
Mullen was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2007 and has since discovered that incorporating 18 key ingredients into his cooking has vastly improved his quality of life. In Hero Food, Mullen guides readers through his beloved Spain, demonstrating how to prepare more than 80 recipes inspired by the country’s rich culinary traditions that also possess special healing properties.
At his restaurant Tertulia, Seamus is known for seasonal Spanish cooking with an emphasis on the finest ingredients. With Hero Food, he hopes to extend his philosophy that eating well can improve one’s overall health and wellness.
“I know there’s no silver bullet, but I have discovered that some foods can make dramatic differences. These foods—all 18 of them—have become my heroes,” Mullen writes. “And here’s the good news—that what I like turns out to be good for me!”
Readers can look forward to recipes for flavorful dishes such as Salt Cod with Garbanzo Beans, Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder and Autumn Squash Salad, along with tips for how to master practical techniques such as steaming greens, pickling, or preserving tuna.
Mullen lived in Spain for several years and worked in some of the country’s top kitchens before returning to New York in 2005. In 2006, he opened Boqueria as the executive chef and partner and received two stars in The New York Times. In 2009, he introduced his cooking style to a national audience and was a finalist on the Food Network series “The Next Iron Chef.” In 2010, he left Boqueria to begin work on Tertulia, his first solo venture.