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#AskAMogulAnything:Hi,I'mLucindaScalaQuinn.I'macook,author,entrepreneurandformerhostofEverydayFoodonPBS.Askmeanythingyou'dlike!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVE1/24@2pmET.

Lucinda Scala Quinn
Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
almost 3 years New York, NY, United States Conversation

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Hi! I'm Lucinda Scala Quinn. I'm the founder of Mad Hungry. I'm also the author of five cookbooks, including Mad Hungry Family, Mad Hungry Cravings, Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys, Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen, and Jamaican Cooking: 150 Roadside and Homestyle Recipes. 

Additionally, I'm a television personality who was the host of Everyday Food on PBS for six seasons. I currently appear regularly on both morning television and QVC!

A fun fact about me is that I am the former senior vice president and director of food and entertaining at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and was the host of my own television show, Mad Hungry: Bringing Back the Family Meal.

I love living in New York and cooking with my husband and three sons. 

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Tuesday, January 24th at 2pm ET.

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  • kbd
    kbd
    almost 3 years ago

    Where can we find you cooking these days? I need a new venue to find you! You are such a joy and inspiration to watch - please tell me you are working on another venture!

    Where can we find you cooking these days? I need a new venue to find you! You are such a joy and inspiration to watch - please tell me you are working on another venture!

  • nickshalfpint
    almost 3 years ago

    What do you suggest to families that have multiple kids in sports and are out most night? I do crock pot stuff, but the kids get bored...lol

    What do you suggest to families that have multiple kids in sports and are out most night? I do crock pot stuff, but the kids get bored...lol

  • nickshalfpint
    almost 3 years ago

    What do you suggest to families that have multiple kids in sports and are out most night? I do crock pot stuff, but the kids get bored...lol

    What do you suggest to families that have multiple kids in sports and are out most night? I do crock pot stuff, but the kids get bored...lol

  • Lucinda Scala Quinn
    Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Thanks to all on Mogul, this has been a great experience! If you're interested to see more check me out @madhungrylsq on the various social channels. Best, Lucinda

    Thanks to all on Mogul, this has been a great experience! If you're interested to see more check me out @madhungrylsq on the various social channels. Best, Lucinda

  • Lucinda Scala Quinn
    Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Thanks to all on Mogul, this has been a great experience! If you're interested to see more check me out @madhungrylsq on the various social channels. Best, Lucinda

    Thanks to all on Mogul, this has been a great experience! If you're interested to see more check me out @madhungrylsq on the various social channels. Best, Lucinda

  • Maeve Nicholson 49
    almost 3 years ago

    Hi Lucinda! What do you think are the cookbooks that inspired your writing the most? Or what would you say are your "must-reads?" X

    Hi Lucinda! What do you think are the cookbooks that inspired your writing the most? Or what would you say are your "must-reads?" X

    • Lucinda Scala Quinn
      Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
      almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Easy! When I wrote my first book I aspired to be like Mexican food writer Diana Kennedy. She has a strong point of view (voice), is uncompromising in her directions (and opinions) and never settles for less. Ditto English-born writer Elizabeth David. In the same vein, everything by Claudia Roden (various mediterranean tomes), Paula Wolfert (various French and Mediterranean) and EIleen Yin-Fei Lo (Chinese). Basically none of these amazing woman or books would have made the cut of exposure in today's youth and celebrity-obsessed culture. My most recent must-read is Judy Rogers' Zuni Cafe Cookbook (especially on early salting—genius through and through).

      Easy! When I wrote my first book I aspired to be like Mexican food writer Diana Kennedy. She has a strong point of view (voice), is uncompromising in her directions (and opinions) and never settles for less. Ditto English-born writer Elizabeth David. In the same vein, everything by Claudia Roden (various mediterranean tomes), Paula Wolfert (various French and Mediterranean) and EIleen Yin-Fei Lo (Chinese). Basically none of these amazing woman or books would have made the cut of exposure in today's youth and celebrity-obsessed culture. My most recent must-read is Judy Rogers' Zuni Cafe Cookbook (especially on early salting—genius through and through).

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      almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

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  • MTFan93
    almost 3 years ago Cornell University, Broad St, New York, NY, USA

    How do you deal with heartbreaks, or how did you growing up?

    How do you deal with heartbreaks, or how did you growing up?

    • Lucinda Scala Quinn
      Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
      almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Like everyone else. Time heals, This I know for sure!

      Like everyone else. Time heals, This I know for sure!

  • Luca John 87
    almost 3 years ago

    Hi Mom! What's the best way to communicate to the public that home cooking is the best way to feed oneself? What vehicles do you find most useful in conveying your philosophy?

    Hi Mom! What's the best way to communicate to the public that home cooking is the best way to feed oneself? What vehicles do you find most useful in conveying your philosophy?

    • Lucinda Scala Quinn
      Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
      almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Luca! In a world offering more and more opportunities to keep your hands OFF your food prep, I can only lead by example and point to the 40 years that I've been a daily home cook, of which 30 of those have been feeding a family. And now you and your brothers are all self-sufficient cooks, who feed and nourish yourselves and others. So I guess you could say the proof is in the pudding. As for which vehicles, I love the direct communication social media affords, but I adore writing cookbooks packed with recipes and philosophies (and edited by masters). But nothing can compare to in-person events in which I have face-to-face conversations with fellow home cooks. xo mama

      Luca! In a world offering more and more opportunities to keep your hands OFF your food prep, I can only lead by example and point to the 40 years that I've been a daily home cook, of which 30 of those have been feeding a family. And now you and your brothers are all self-sufficient cooks, who feed and nourish yourselves and others. So I guess you could say the proof is in the pudding. As for which vehicles, I love the direct communication social media affords, but I adore writing cookbooks packed with recipes and philosophies (and edited by masters). But nothing can compare to in-person events in which I have face-to-face conversations with fellow home cooks. xo mama

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    almost 3 years ago

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  • Lucinda Scala Quinn
    Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi! Lucinda here. Excited to begin the conversation!

    Hi! Lucinda here. Excited to begin the conversation!

    • nickshalfpint
      almost 3 years ago

      What do you suggest to families that have multiple kids in sports and are out most night? I do crock pot stuff, but the kids get bored...lol

      What do you suggest to families that have multiple kids in sports and are out most night? I do crock pot stuff, but the kids get bored...lol

  • MTFan93
    almost 3 years ago Cornell University, Broad St, New York, NY, USA

    Where do you recommend people go to study cooking?

    Where do you recommend people go to study cooking?

    • Lucinda Scala Quinn
      Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
      almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

      I'm a huge fan of hands-on experience. Start with a book, or with a favorite website (like food52.com) and jump right in. Cook your own meal to begin with. And just keep cooking. Take a food job in a restaurant of elsewhere. Wander markets everywhere you can as they are often the focal center of a community. Ask questions of purveyors. Eat out. Once you've gotten your feet wet, you may be confident enough to piece together your own education, If you still want an academic setting, I'm a fan of programs at local community colleges. What school does is cement the techniques and skills. I discourage taking on debt for cooking school, as there are so many other options for learning. Full disclosure: I am self a self taught professional chef who pieced together her own education through experiences, travel, jobs, and mentors.

      I'm a huge fan of hands-on experience. Start with a book, or with a favorite website (like food52.com) and jump right in. Cook your own meal to begin with. And just keep cooking. Take a food job in a restaurant of elsewhere. Wander markets everywhere you can as they are often the focal center of a community. Ask questions of purveyors. Eat out. Once you've gotten your feet wet, you may be confident enough to piece together your own education, If you still want an academic setting, I'm a fan of programs at local community colleges. What school does is cement the techniques and skills. I discourage taking on debt for cooking school, as there are so many other options for learning. Full disclosure: I am self a self taught professional chef who pieced together her own education through experiences, travel, jobs, and mentors.

  • Default
    Guest
    almost 3 years ago

    Did you ever hit a point where you were discouraged? What did you do to get through it?

    Did you ever hit a point where you were discouraged? What did you do to get through it?

    • Lucinda Scala Quinn
      Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
      almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Diana, fortunately time has taught me to resist discouragement but there has been so many times in my career that I've felt it. My advice to myself and others is: just stand up and chop the onions. The rest will follow.

      Diana, fortunately time has taught me to resist discouragement but there has been so many times in my career that I've felt it. My advice to myself and others is: just stand up and chop the onions. The rest will follow.

  • AudreyCodes
    AudreyCodes xxCoder
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    What role does living in a uniquely cultural place like New York play in your recipes?

    What role does living in a uniquely cultural place like New York play in your recipes?

    • Lucinda Scala Quinn
      Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
      almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Everything! I am constantly exploring the five boroughs, poking around at markets and little out of the way restaurants. I learn history through food. I like to explore menus of different cultures and then when I'm home and writing I try to distill the flavors into the most simplified yet delicious versions of what I remember. Depending on where you head, a day exploring NYC can be like traveling to another country :)

      Everything! I am constantly exploring the five boroughs, poking around at markets and little out of the way restaurants. I learn history through food. I like to explore menus of different cultures and then when I'm home and writing I try to distill the flavors into the most simplified yet delicious versions of what I remember. Depending on where you head, a day exploring NYC can be like traveling to another country :)

  • Kelly Hudson
    almost 3 years ago

    What is your favorite show to appear on? Do you have a funny story that's happened when cooking on air?

    What is your favorite show to appear on? Do you have a funny story that's happened when cooking on air?

    • Lucinda Scala Quinn
      Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
      almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Kelly, I really love the Today Show because every time I return it feels like family. Everyone on the staff seems happy and energized. They've always made me feel at home, which is really important because anything can happen on live television. One time I burned off my eyelashes and brows when flambéing a steak on a Martha's show (there was too much vermouth in the cup, which I didn't notice). Two things I learned: stay calm and it'll burn off soon. Always bring the pan off the flame before adding the alcohol (especially on live TV!).

      Kelly, I really love the Today Show because every time I return it feels like family. Everyone on the staff seems happy and energized. They've always made me feel at home, which is really important because anything can happen on live television. One time I burned off my eyelashes and brows when flambéing a steak on a Martha's show (there was too much vermouth in the cup, which I didn't notice). Two things I learned: stay calm and it'll burn off soon. Always bring the pan off the flame before adding the alcohol (especially on live TV!).

  • Sarah Fein
    almost 3 years ago

    How do people even break into working as a television personality? It seems like a dream job!

    How do people even break into working as a television personality? It seems like a dream job!

    • Lucinda Scala Quinn
      Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
      almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Sarah, I never began as someone looking to work on television. I just did my work as a cook for decades. Eventually I was asked to audition for a cooking show, and made the cut. It was a show called Everyday Food on PBS that I very much believed in. TV for TV's sake was never my goal. I say do the work you love, and if it's meant to be on TV, it will!

      Sarah, I never began as someone looking to work on television. I just did my work as a cook for decades. Eventually I was asked to audition for a cooking show, and made the cut. It was a show called Everyday Food on PBS that I very much believed in. TV for TV's sake was never my goal. I say do the work you love, and if it's meant to be on TV, it will!

  • Gabriela Motroc
    Gabriela Motroc Mogul Influencer | Content specialist @EclipseFdn
    almost 3 years ago Frankfurt, Germany

    What was it like to work at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia? How did you end up there? Must have been pretty cool

    What was it like to work at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia? How did you end up there? Must have been pretty cool

    • Lucinda Scala Quinn
      Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
      almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Gabriela, yes it was really cool. Mostly, I was surrounded with incredible talent; artists, writers, stylists, gardeners, designers, crafters, chefs all brought together by Martha. When my kids were a little older, after working as a writer and freelance cook, I applied for two jobs, one at Gourmet Magazine and the other at MSLO. Choosing the offer from Martha was a good move because I was given so many opportunities to grow. She is one of the most evolutionary thinkers I know.

      Gabriela, yes it was really cool. Mostly, I was surrounded with incredible talent; artists, writers, stylists, gardeners, designers, crafters, chefs all brought together by Martha. When my kids were a little older, after working as a writer and freelance cook, I applied for two jobs, one at Gourmet Magazine and the other at MSLO. Choosing the offer from Martha was a good move because I was given so many opportunities to grow. She is one of the most evolutionary thinkers I know.

      • Gabriela Motroc
        Gabriela Motroc Mogul Influencer | Content specialist @EclipseFdn
        almost 3 years ago Frankfurt, Germany

        I can only imagine! I used to watch your show with my mom and we used to laugh about the fact that I'm just like your kids. Thank you for answering my question — you are the greatest

        I can only imagine! I used to watch your show with my mom and we used to laugh about the fact that I'm just like your kids. Thank you for answering my question — you are the greatest

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  • lherlihy
    almost 3 years ago

    Lucinda, how do you juggle all of your entrepreneurial pursuits and family life? I work full time, have 2 school age kids and a husband who travels constantly. I'd love to write a novel, but have a hard time fitting much else in...

    Lucinda, how do you juggle all of your entrepreneurial pursuits and family life? I work full time, have 2 school age kids and a husband who travels constantly. I'd love to write a novel, but have a hard time fitting much else in...

    • Lucinda Scala Quinn
      Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
      almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

      On of the best pieces of advice I ever received is that a woman CAN have it all, just maybe not at the same time. So I began to think of my life in chapters, confident that I could write them one after another. And it's worked. Yes, there were overwhelming times, but in general I have just put one foot in from of the other, and so far it has worked. I've always talked to my friends and family about my desires, and accepted help when offered. Honestly, often my book writing occurred early in the mornings before the kids got up, after they went to bed, or any other time I could squeeze in between. But you must first make sure there is time to nourish your own body, mind and soul. My time (although it never seemed enough at the time) did that for me. Eventually I was able to find publisher who believed in me and was able to get published -- but the bottom line is that I just started writing even if I only had fifteen minutes a day.

      On of the best pieces of advice I ever received is that a woman CAN have it all, just maybe not at the same time. So I began to think of my life in chapters, confident that I could write them one after another. And it's worked. Yes, there were overwhelming times, but in general I have just put one foot in from of the other, and so far it has worked. I've always talked to my friends and family about my desires, and accepted help when offered. Honestly, often my book writing occurred early in the mornings before the kids got up, after they went to bed, or any other time I could squeeze in between. But you must first make sure there is time to nourish your own body, mind and soul. My time (although it never seemed enough at the time) did that for me. Eventually I was able to find publisher who believed in me and was able to get published -- but the bottom line is that I just started writing even if I only had fifteen minutes a day.

  • Tara Morissette 62
    almost 3 years ago

    How do you keep track of changes you make to recipes?

    How do you keep track of changes you make to recipes?

    • Lucinda Scala Quinn
      Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
      almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Over my five published books, I write in pencil directly into the first draft of my book and then the publisher's subsequent printing reflects the changes and we keep going in that manner until we reach the final draft when it's ready for official publication. With straight-to-digital recipes @ madhungry.com we change as needed directly on the website.

      Over my five published books, I write in pencil directly into the first draft of my book and then the publisher's subsequent printing reflects the changes and we keep going in that manner until we reach the final draft when it's ready for official publication. With straight-to-digital recipes @ madhungry.com we change as needed directly on the website.

  • namisha
    namisha Inquisitive, Avid Reader, Food Lover, Amateur Chef, Digital Sensei
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    What is your favorite memory working with Martha Stewart?

    What is your favorite memory working with Martha Stewart?

    • Lucinda Scala Quinn
      Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
      almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Hi Namisha, There are so many amazing memories from my time there, but if I had to pick one it would be a meal I was lucky enough to share with Martha and Ann Richards (pioneering female political/business/social leader and legendary former governor of Texas). We all shared sushi at Kuruma (a small restaurant in midtown Manhattan) and the conversation over the meal and the feeling of being in her presence left a long lasting impression on me.

      Hi Namisha, There are so many amazing memories from my time there, but if I had to pick one it would be a meal I was lucky enough to share with Martha and Ann Richards (pioneering female political/business/social leader and legendary former governor of Texas). We all shared sushi at Kuruma (a small restaurant in midtown Manhattan) and the conversation over the meal and the feeling of being in her presence left a long lasting impression on me.

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    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

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  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi Lucinda! What is your favorite dish to make? Did you always love cooking?

    Hi Lucinda! What is your favorite dish to make? Did you always love cooking?

    • Lucinda Scala Quinn
      Lucinda Scala Quinn Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality
      almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Hi Bethany, That's a tough question but given my Italian heritage, I'd have to say it's the simple Spaghetti and Simple Tomato sauce from my childhood. The recipe is printed in the Mad Hungry Family Cookbook. And yes, as long as I can remember, I have loved cooking and never ever considered it a chore? Best, Lucinda

      Hi Bethany, That's a tough question but given my Italian heritage, I'd have to say it's the simple Spaghetti and Simple Tomato sauce from my childhood. The recipe is printed in the Mad Hungry Family Cookbook. And yes, as long as I can remember, I have loved cooking and never ever considered it a chore? Best, Lucinda


Lucinda Scala Quinn
Founder of Mad Hungry, Cook, Author and Television Personality

Lucinda Scala Quinn is the author of five cookbooks, Mad Hungry Family, Mad Hungry Cravings, Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys, Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen, Jamaican Cooking: 150 Roadside and Homestyle Recipes. Lucinda was the host of Everyday Food on PBS for six seasons and appears regularly on [...]

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