Molly Yeh, the exuberant foodie and creative mind behind the cooking blog, My Name Is Yeh, shares snippets of her interesting life experience. The Julliard-trained percussionist left her high-energy New York City life of album parties and a bustling food scene for the simplicity of life on a North Dakota farm where she has the elbow room to whip up some real magic. We profile this clever cook, writer, photographer, traveler, and musician—and share a couple of her inventive recipes—in our March/April issue. Below are some behind-the-scenes snippets of our interview with Molly.
fresh style: Who or what has taught or teaches you the most about cooking?
Molly Yeh: My mom, the internet, and screwing up.
fs: What is your favorite thing to cook?
my: Dumplings! Dumpling parties are the best. Also, breakfast for my boyfriend or any other guests. And I love baking and decorating cakes and baking challah.
fs: Favorite thing to pickle?
fs: What do you miss from New York?
my: I miss the wild personalities in New York.
fs: Do you help on the farm?
my: I like to think that my photo efforts help in documenting, and I once drove a tractor. Occasionally I’ll make a farm lunch or deliver some cookies to the truck drivers…so in other words no, not really.
fs: We read that you want to own chickens? Have you gotten your chickens yet? More importantly, we read that you enjoy dreaming up names for them. Can you share some of the top chicken names that you’ve dreamt up for your future chickens?
my: We are planning to get our chickens in May and they will all be named after male pen names of female authors: Curer Bell, George Elliot, Robert Galbraith, etc. They’ll likely transform into cuter versions: Curry, Georgie, Robbie…
fs: You work at the town bakery, write music reviews for wqxr, contribute articles and recipes to various online food blogs, play and teach music in a variety of situations, and maintain a creative food blog with beautifully styled images. Do you sleep? How do you juggle all of these disciplines?
my: Oh, it all gets done when it’s what you love to do. I’d get bored if I wasn’t juggling different things!