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Bill Daley
Critic
My Role

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.
My Biography

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.
My Interests

Social media, restaurants, theater, art (esp. painting), numismatics, popular culture, France, assorted monarchies, genealogy, history.
My Recent Articles

Reader seeks 1970s recipe for oatmeal whole wheat bread 2/23/2015
Q: Sometime between 1970 and 1975; the Trib published a wonderful bread recipe for an oatmeal whole wheat bread that included honey and dry milk. My memory tells me it was the tastiest bread I've ever made. I took the recipe with me when we moved overseas in 1975 and remember teaching a class...

Lucky bamboo: A fortuitous plant for Chinese New Year 2/19/2015
Lucky bamboo is not bamboo at all — though it bears an uncanny resemblance. Rather it's a plant called Dracaena sanderiana.

XO sauce adds luxurious flavor to Chinese New Year 2/18/2015
The name is something of a fake — XO sauce. The Asian condiment contains no cognac, which is what the XO ("extra old") term famously applies to. Nor is it a sauce in the traditional, smooth sense but more of a chunky relish.

Fudge recipes, Nestle-style 2/17/2015
Q: I have searched for several months and have been unsuccessful trying to track down a recipe that my dad pulled from a Nestle Quik can from about 1971, or 1972. The recipe was for a fudge that either exclusively, or primarily, used Nestle Quik and a double boiler. The fudge was very high in...

Crisp oatmeal cookie recipes 2/10/2015
Q: I believe that the Trib published a recipe years ago for " Viennese Oatmeal Cookies" which I can no longer find. They were very thin and crispy delicious cookies that my grandchildren loved, and since I plan to visit them again over the Valentine's holiday would you see if you can find...