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Bill Daley

Bill Daley
Bill Daley is a food and feature writer with the Chicago Tribune. In tackling the beat, Daley covers chefs and food personalities, cooking techniques and trends. He is active in social media, notably Twitter and Facebook.

Daley arrived at the Tribune in 2004. For six years, he wrote the Good Eating section's weekly wine column, "Uncorked," and a Sunday q-and-a column called "Daley Drink" for four years. He broadcast a weekly food and wine radio segment for five years, first for WBBM-AM and then for WGN-AM. Prior to the Tribune, Daley was a food writer and restaurant reviewer with the San Francisco Chronicle and spent 11 years at the Hartford Courant, where he ultimately became the S...
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Bill Daley is a food and feature writer with the Chicago Tribune. In tackling the beat, Daley covers chefs and food personalities, cooking techniques and trends. He is active in social media, notably Twitter and Facebook.

Daley arrived at the Tribune in 2004. For six years, he wrote the Good Eating section's weekly wine column, "Uncorked," and a Sunday q-and-a column called "Daley Drink" for four years. He broadcast a weekly food and wine radio segment for five years, first for WBBM-AM and then for WGN-AM. Prior to the Tribune, Daley was a food writer and restaurant reviewer with the San Francisco Chronicle and spent 11 years at the Hartford Courant, where he ultimately became the Sunday magazine's restaurant reviewer. He served as president of the Association of Food Journalists from 2002-2004.

A graduate of Manhattanville College, Daley also holds a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. He is a resident of Chicago's Uptown neighborhood.
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  • Brussels sprouts recipe offers plenty of options

     Brussels sprouts recipe offers plenty of options
    Q: I just discovered fried Brussels sprouts on a trip to D.C. and loved them. I would love more ways to prepare Brussels sprouts. --Laura Bollin, Chicago A: Love Brussels sprouts! This cold-hardy vegetable offers a much-needed dose of fresh greenery...
  • Help readers find lost recipes

    Help readers find lost recipes
    Q: Enjoyed your May 28, 2014, article: "Longing for Hong Kong Steak." Here's another Chicago challenge: "Nello's spaghetti and fried chicken." Nello's restaurant was located in Chicago's Little Italy area of 24th and Oakley back in the '40s and '50s and...
  • Lunch in the Loop: More great ideas

    Lunch in the Loop: More great ideas
    Lunch spots in the Loop was the theme of a recent Daley Question column. Jenna North, of Munster, Ind., found herself downtown attending school and hungry for lunches with a price point of $15 or less. Phil Vettel, the Tribune's restaurant critic...
  • What is tamarind, and how do I eat it?

    What is tamarind, and how do I eat it?
    Q: I feel ignorant about tamarind. There are two tamarind things I love: the tamarind sauce I've had in Indian restaurants, and the Jarritos brand tamarind-flavored soda made in Mexico. What else can you tell me about where the ingredient comes from and...
  • Help with lost Sorrento's spaghetti recipe

    Help with lost Sorrento's spaghetti recipe
    Q: We always enjoy reading your column and are often amazed that you are able to help people find "long gone"' food preparations. We are hoping you can help us as well. In the 1980s there was a restaurant in the Yorktown shopping center (Lombard) annex...
  • Cheese storage challenge

    Cheese storage challenge
    Q: I want to know the best way to store cheese...soft cheeses, hard cheeses, etc..Every time I open up the cheese after getting it at the store, I can't wrap it the way they do and it ends up in a Ziploc bag. And can you freeze most cheeses or does it...
  • Nice alternatives to some well-trodden tourist spots

    Nice alternatives to some well-trodden tourist spots
    For decades, visits to New York City have meant Broadway shows, Fifth Avenue shopping and slack-jawed stops at Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. Those experiences will always remain quintessential New York, but for the last year the city's tourism...
  • Hong Kong steak recipe

    Hong Kong steak recipe
    Q: Forty-six years ago I went to the South Pacific Polynesian Restaurant in downtown Chicago with some girlfriends. They had the best Hong Kong steak with grill marks and a nice gravy with vegetables. A few years later returning with my fiance, the...
  • Nostalgic reader hungers for silver cake

    Nostalgic reader hungers for silver cake
    Q: Greetings from a former Chicagoan. I grew up in Chicago in the '40s and '50s and I recall my mom buying a white pound cake with a silver or white frosting. The cake was prepackaged and sold in grocery stores and had a cellophane wrapper. It was...
  • When to salt the rib roast

    When to salt the rib roast
    Q: We cooked a standing rib roast.  It was delicious as always.  We used a simple rub of kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, and garlic. I had saved a couple articles from the Trib that I refer to when tackling a rib roast.  One featured several...
  • The stuff of fortune cookies

    The stuff of fortune cookies
    Q: Just wrapped up lunch and my fortune cookie read, "You are kind and friendly", which is kind of a idiotic fortune don't you think? It predicts nothing. But it did raise the question — what is the batter/dough for fortune cookies made from? They...