Slideshow: Behind the Scenes at Dirt Candy

Dirt Candy
Dirt Candy
All of Amanda Cohen's dishes have drop-dead gorgeous presentation.
The kitchen
The kitchen
The staging area where dishes get their beauty treatments.
Cucumber
Cucumber
Each dish is centered around one vegetable: this tofu dish is cucumber-themed. It starts with coconut-poached tofu and gets more vegetably from there.
Cucumber
Cucumber
The tofu gets browned and happy-looking.
Cucumber
Cucumber
The vegetables and tofu tower over a bowl of shiso galangal sauce.
Cucumber
Cucumber
A few more squirts of sauce
Cucumber
Cucumber
...fried pickle strands!
Tomato
Tomato
The inspiration for this dish was shortcake, but it's unlike any cake you've ever had before. It starts with a savory tomato cake topped with a spread of smoked feta, which is then wrapped in a delightfully chewy tomato leather made of dehydrated yellow tomatoes, garlic, and peppers.
Tomato
Tomato
Like a savory French tart, the whole thing gets topped with glistening cherry tomatoes.
Tomato
Tomato
The dish is serves with a miniature salad of Micro Opal Basil and dehydrated yellow tomato chips.
Tomato
Tomato
Slivers of tiny yellow tomatoes ready for the dehydrator.
Cauliflower
Cauliflower
Buttermilk waffles in a pool of horseradish sauce can only mean one thing...
Cauliflower
Cauliflower
The plate is topped with a wild arugula salad and garnished with pickled cauliflower.
Ice Cream Nanaimo Bar
Ice Cream Nanaimo Bar
Here, even the desserts feature vegetables. A sweet pea and mint ice cream fills these frozen Nanaimo bars.
Ice Cream Nanaimo Bar
Ice Cream Nanaimo Bar
Mint chocolate sweet pea? Sound like summer to me.
Jalapeno Hush Puppies
Jalapeno Hush Puppies
Jalapeno Hush Puppies are a Dirt Candy classic.
Jalapeno Hush Puppies
Jalapeno Hush Puppies
Fresh from the fryer.
Jalapeno Hush Puppies
Jalapeno Hush Puppies
The hush puppies are served with a generous glob of crack maple butter. Pro tip: hoard some to put on your cauliflower and waffles.