The NBA's new MVP, Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors, has a special assist when it comes to his diet: His wife Ayesha Curry, a chef on the rise. Her first cookbook "The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith and the Joy of Eating Well" will be published in September, and she's been in talks for a series tentatively titled At Home With Ayesha. Her website and Twitter feed offer visual clues about the wide range of food she might make on her own show, from saffron salmon, fried chicken and waffles, and blue corn tostadas to a Chinese feast of honey shrimp, chicken lettuce cups, and black pepper beef and broccoli.
But before her book drops and she starts cooking on TV, she's created a summer pop-up dinner experience that you can check out for yourself in San Francisco this summer. Called International Smoke, it's a collaboration with Michael Mina Test Kitchen. Ayesha's family-style meal begins with a snack of spicy corn nuts with ancho chili, lime, cilantro and a selection of soy-pickled vegetables, followed by Thai style barbecue shrimp chili in young coconut red curry with peas and corn bread. Then comes a trio of pork ribs served in styles popularized in Korea, St. Louis and Mexico; a royal barbecue platter with options like Wagyu beef cheek and lamb merguez sausage; and a pineapple and kaffir lime granita with aloe-lemongrass chantilly and citrus lace for dessert. And wait, there's more! Optional supplements include double-dipped onion rings and lobster cooked over Japanese binchotan charcoal .
International Smoke kicks off on June 4, and there are still a few late-night reservations available during the latter part of the month, as well as tickets for dinners in July (just released by popular demand). No guarantee you'll start draining three-pointers like Steph on a good night, but we do know this: Your friends will be jealous.
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