Molly O'Neill

Molly O'Neill
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Molly grew up in Ohio as the oldest child, and only daughter, of five children in a baseball-obsessed family. Her brothers ate all of Molly’s early cooking efforts, worshipping her for making dishes from Spam and processed cheese.

Molly O'Neill
Molly's Featured Recipe
Union Square Cafe’s Mashed Turnips with Crispy Shallots

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For ten years, Molly O'Neill was a reporter for The New York Times and the food columnist for its Sunday magazine. She is the author of three cookbooks, including the best-selling, New York Cookbook (Workman 1992), A Well Seasoned Appetite (1997), and The Pleasure of Your Company (1997). She hosted the PBS series “Great Food.”  

Molly won the Julia Child/IACP Award for The New York Cookbook and was awarded three James Beard citations for books, journalism and television, as well as the foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.


Born in Columbus, Ohio, Molly graduated from Denison University and attended La Varenne in Paris. Mostly True, her memoir of growing up in a major league baseball family, was published by Scribner in May 2007

Molly’s forthcoming book, One Big Table, a portrait of America at the table, will be published by Simon and Schuster in 2009. She has been traveling the country for ten years collecting recipes and people's stories


Molly lives in New York City.



Latest Recipes

Bubbie’s Passover Muffins

These muffins, which taste similar to Yorkshire pudding, are a good accompaniment to brisket and gravy.

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Edna Lewis’ Greens

Edna Lewis observes that “Greens were one of the most important vegetables in the South. They were considered to have great nutritional v...

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Union Square Cafe’s Mashed Turnips with Crispy Shallots

From the time that Union Square Cafe opened in 1985, this rich dish has been converting even avid turnip-haters. It can be served as a ve...

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David (The Latke King) Firestone’s Latkes (In His Own Words)

Every year around Chanukah, David ’The Latke King” Firestone, a journalist, gives a party in honor of the latke in his home in Sunnyside,...

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Wally’s Chopped Salad

This salad is said to have originated at the Palm restaurant, where it’s called the Monday Night Salad. About 20 years ago, when one of t...

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Mike Gordon’s Lasagne

The foundation of Mike Gordon’s lasagne is traditional, but his addition of tarragon and Marsala wine gives it a sophisticated, intriguin...

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