With all the cookie baking going on around the holidays, it was nice to not have to turn on the oven for this over-the-top icebox cake from The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking, by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand. Graham crackers are layered with a cream cheesy whipped cream, bananas, chopped peanuts and pecans, and a killer peanut butter caramel sauce.
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From The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking, by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand, this pizza dough recipe is quick and easy and results in a pleasantly chewy crust.
This pizza sauce from The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking, by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand, gets an interesting lift from lemon zest.
What better way to start the day than cold pizza straight out of the fridge? Maybe...hot pizza straight out of the oven? Enter the Breakfast Pizza, from The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking, by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand, a straightforward, customizable pie with just-set eggs baked right on top.
Many of the recipes in The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking, by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand are essentially well-executed basics like this one. Nothing groundbreaking here, but the simply roasted veggies and the aioli are spot-on, and that's really all you need.
In her new book, Baking Chez Moi, Dorie Greenspan calls this satisfying cake her "back-pocket recipe." So easy to throw together, it relies more on the alchemy of a hot oven than on elbow-grease.
Among the plethora of simple, straightforward French desserts that fill the pages of Dorie Greenspan's new Baking Chez Moi, there is a handful of more involved desserts, and those she reimagines in her own way. Her Gingerbread Buche de Noel is both. Yule logs are a staple of the French holiday season, but this version seems quite American, with it's cream cheese filling and sweet meringue frosting.
In her new cookbook, Baking Chez Moi, Dorie Greenspan admits she was thrown for a loop by these no-bake clusters of dried fruit, nuts, coconut, and cornflakes—yup, apparently the French can do low-brow—suspended in butter-enriched chocolate.
This recipe from Cortney Burns and Nicolaus Balla's new cookbook, Bar Tartine: Techniques and Recipes, is a wonderful way to preserve the unique flavor of ramps, wild onions which are uncultivated and only grow for a brief spell in the spring, for use year round.
Co-chefs Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns have made fermented and pickled foods a defining part of their menu at Bar Tartine, and these Pickled Mushrooms from their newly released cookbook, Bar Tartine: Techniques and Recipes, deliver on their promise of addictiveness.
Making black garlic, per these instructions from Cortney Burns and Nicolaus Balla's new cookbook, Bar Tartine: Techniques and Recipes, is a simple, hands-off process. Only note that your neighbors may leave notes inquiring about the pervasive aroma.
This rice vinegar from Cortney Burns and Nicolaus Balla's new cookbook, Bar Tartine: Techniques and Recipes, can be made from sake, or you can go whole-DIY-hog and make your own fermented rice beverage using rice koji (the recipe for which is also found in the book).
In Cortney Burns and Nicholaus Balla's new cookbook, Bar Tartine: Techniques and Recipes, they share the recipe for their Smoked Potatoes with Ramp Mayonnaise. This dish has been obsessed over and blogged about, and has a permanent place on their ever-changing menu. There's a lot going on with these spuds: The potatoes themselves are roasted and smoked, then smashed and deep-fried. They're tossed with herbs and a mushroom-infused black garlic vinaigrette—earthy, sweet, and tangy. The crowning glory is the bright and rich mayonnaise. Individually, each component is brilliant; together, they make you think you've died and gone to umami heaven.
This red wine vinegar from Cortney Burns and Nicolaus Balla's new cookbook, Bar Tartine: Techniques and Recipes, could also be made with white or fortified wine.
Like many of Gabrielle Hamilton's desserts in her new cookbook, Prune, the Calvados Omelette is both simple and strange, at least to our American palettes—sweet, enriched egg flambeed with apple brandy. We are not used to having our eggs for dessert, at least not served to us so unabashedly, instead of under the guise of custard or crepe or soufflé. And though the eggs here are mixed with a substantial amount of cream and a bit of flour, the end result is in fact just a plateful of sweet (buttery, boozy) eggs. But it comes off as elegant, urbane, and perfectly delicious.
This potent, lively compound butter from Gabrielle Hamilton's cookbook, Prune, dresses up her cheeseburger, but would be delicious in myriad applications, from dolloped on a piece of grilled swordfish to rubbed under the skin of a chicken before roasting.
Grilled Hamburger With Cheddar Cheese on Toasted English Muffin With Parsley-Shallot Butter From 'Prune'
Gabrielle Hamilton's burger from her new cookbook, Prune, is obscenely good and feels quite fancy, despite being so simple. The name really discloses the whole recipe: chubby beef and lamb patties are topped with white cheddar and sandwiched in a Thomas's English muffin, dressed only with the parsley-and-shallot compound butter. The cheese oozes down the sides of the salty, fatty burger, and the bright and potent butter, slathered on the top and bottom of the English muffin, seeps into every 'nook and cranny' of the burger and bun.
Prune's brunch is known as being one of the best in the city, and is worth the two hour wait, even on a chilly, hungover morning. One of the big draws is the Monte Cristo, an outrageous, deep-fried, French-toast/ ham-and-cheese hybrid. Gabrielle Hamilton shares the recipe in her new cookbook, Prune. She builds the triple-decker sandwich on white bread with loads of butter, French ham, Swiss Cheese, and roasted turkey. This gets soaked briefly in eggs and milk and griddled in clarified butter. And THEN deep-fried.
Katherine Thompson's Impromptu Tiramisu from Downtown Italian, written with Gabriel Thompson and Joe Campanale, is the perfect sorta cheffy, sorta lazy dessert. Let me say right off, you'll have to make a separate sweet for the kids' table, because this one is strictly 21 and over.
Gabriel Thompson's branzino from his new cookbook, Downtown Italian, written with Katherine Thompson and Joe Campanale, is as simple as it is sophisticated, and delivers his trademark clean, bold, bright flavor. Branzino fillets are laid over what is essentially a fregola (tiny, toasted balls of semolina pasta) and tomato salad, doused with olive oil, wrapped in parchment packets, and baked.