Jim Feldman

Jim Feldman
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Jim Feldman is the food sleuth and adventurous home cook who is the creator and director of The Ingredient Finder. Jim has lived, eaten, and explored the world and has an insatiable desire to learn about ingredients and how to use them.

I love searching the globe for wonderful ingredients, tasting and testing to find the best for you. I've eaten and explored the world with an insatiable desire to find the most authentic ingredients and to learn how to use them.

Challenge me! Tell me what you’re looking for, ingredients and recipes that intrigue you.

Stay tuned to see what I can find for you.

Like millions of other home cooks, I love to eat and I love to make interesting food. For a long time, I was frustrated by not being able to find many of the authentic ingredients for fine home cooking at my local supermarket. If exotic ingredients are available, they pale in comparison to the vibrant spices, robust oils, and pure flavors I have found in local markets around the world. Like many busy people these days, I don’t have time to search for these ingredients at obscure ethnic markets or pricey gourmet shops, if they can be found at all.

So I became The Ingredient Finder. My passion is to bring over 10,000 of the best of the world’s ingredients to the millions of home cooks and food enthusiasts who want to be kitchen heroes. I created theingredientfinder.com, to be their primary resource for shopping as well as for information about cooking with the best ingredients the world has to offer.

As the host of theingredientfinder.com, I strive to provide a lively forum for food lovers. A place where home cooks can share ideas, recipes, and food memories with guest chefs like Lior Sercarz, prominent cookbook writers like Francine Segan, author of “Dolci: Italy’s Sweets” and talented amateur cooks. A place to find exciting answers to “What shall I cook tonight?”

Because cooking at home should not be a chore, but a daily voyage of discovery.

  • Twelve Asparagus Tips From The Source

    Asparagus is one of Spring's greatest gifts. And one of the best surprises the family who built my farm left for us. We coddle our asparagus patch, which is nearing a hundred years old. Every year at this time we watch eagerly for the first tiny spear to push its way up (the deer are watching too). And then the feast begins.
  • The Coffee Bridge and The Chocolate Bridge

    When I was a little boy, we moved from Brooklyn to Yonkers. Most of our relatives stayed in Brooklyn, which was an epic car trip away from Yonkers. On occasion it was just my father and me in the car. On those trips I got to sit in the passenger seat next to Dad, which made me feel very grown up. But more importantly I got to make two choices during the trip that I spent days in advance thinking about. Do we take the Coffee Bridge first or the Chocolate Bridge first?
  • Marcella, I will miss you, you taught me how to cook

    Marcella Hazan taught me how to cook. My mother, grandmother, great aunts all introduced me to cooking, although as a boy I was only allowed to linger on the fringes of the activity. When I was first introduced to Marcella's cookbooks, it was a revelation. Just like when I first entered art school, when I first read her books, I had to sweep away misconceptions and bad habits, and learn to replace them with practices that are the bedrock of my cooking now. Marcella disciplined me, my drill sergeant in the kitchen.
  • How To Store Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Our friends at Eliunt have shared these simple rules for storing fine olive oil for maximum flavor and freshness. Their bottles, made of the same glass used for insulation on the Space Shuttle, go a long way to keeping their oils pristine.
  • Salad Days

    One of my greatest pleasures in life is growing organic vegetables in my kitchen garden. From spring into early summer the gardens are full of crisp, flavorful lettuces and greens, and there’s always a salad on the table.
  • Examiner.com profiles Jim, The Ingredient Finder

    Last week Linda Covello from Examiner.com came by to talk about the inspiration for The Ingredient Finder, our love of home cooking, and some great new food finds. “Signora Risotto” and “Signora Polenta” make a guest apperance.
  • Risotto with Chicken and Cream Sauce (Riz al Crem)

    This is a recipe near and dear to my family. I’ve just returned from Italy and am glad to report that I have found a truly exceptional Arborio Rice, creamy and retaining that essential tooth. Try Antica Riseria Vignola Arborio Rice for this recipe, it is perfect.
  • Four Hard-To-Find Culinary Holiday Gifts Exclusively from The Ingredient Finder

    Here at The Ingredient Finder, we search the world for the most authentic and best ingredients, giving every home cook a passport to making memorable meals at home.
  • Pimenton Spicy Roast Turkey or Chicken

    So here is my new favorite way to make a fragrant and delicious roast chicken with a smokey spicy flavor. Want to make the skin of the Thanksgiving Turkey better than ever? Add some Pimenton de la Vera Picante to your usual rub to spice things up.
  • Melanzanata Sicilian Style Eggplant

    Here is another great dish that I encountered during my recent trip to Italy. Our great friend Melania Vaccaro, originally from Sicily, put me to work making this wonderful Sicilian Style Eggplant. Make this a day ahead, and refrigerate for best results.
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