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In the Kitchen: Gail Simmons's Latkes

In the Kitchen: Gail Simmons's Latkes

The "Top Chef" judge shares her mom's recipe

Does life get any better than fried starch?

The answer is no, which is why we asked author and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons to make her mom’s latkes for today’s In the Kitchen video.

Simmons uses everything you’d expect (shredded potatoes, eggs, oil), but there’s a secret ingredient (hint: Marcus Samuelsson also loves it) that’ll make you ask, “Why do we make these only at Hanukkah?”

Even if you don’t celebrate the Festival of Lights, we recommend mixing a batch immediately, since the gentile editors at our shoot pounded them.

No miracle there.

Want to taste them straight from Simmons’s pan? Head to the Latke Sizzle (vodka tastings included), tomorrow at 8:15 p.m., at 92Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, at 92nd Street (212-415-5500 or 92y.org). Enter code DCANDY at checkout for 20 percent off tickets. For more Hanukkah recipes, decorations, and menorahs, check out our flipbook.