Throw some bourbon and maple syrup into homemade marshmallows as Max and Eli Sussman suggest in This is a Cookbook, and you've got an excellent adult-style treat. The brothers take their marshmallows one step further by incorporating them into a year-round take on s'mores (with ganache instead of Hershey's). These are no girl-scout dessert--they're boozy, sweet, and the sheer size of the marshmallows will gleefully turn even the most resolute health nut on the path to diabetes--but they're totally worth it.
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Any of the meals in the "Lazy Brunch" chapter would be excellent contenders for a home-cooked hangover helper, but perhaps the most appropriate is Max and Eli Sussman's recipe for five-minute Chilaquiles with Tomatillo Salsa. Simply a pile of chips smothered in warmed salsa, leftover chicken, eggs, and cheese, the dish isn't (I would say) true chilaquiles, but it certainly fills that greasy, rich void when the most you can handle in the morning is to fry an egg.
While many tomato gazpachos could easily be mistaken for watery salsa, this watermelon version from This is a Cookbook is anything but. Max and Eli Sussman blend together freshly strained watermelon juice with a rich, thickening mixture of almonds, bread, onion, bell peppers, and olive oil to create a vibrantly red, totally slurp-able, tail end of summer appetizer. It's a little on the sweet side, sure, but that's easily fixable with a drizzle of hot sauce and squirt of lemon.
Anyone who thinks a pork chop is "a flavorless hunk of chewy meat" (as Max and Eli Sussman put it) have yet to try a double-cut chop prepared steakhouse-style. Seriously, the double-cut chop could change just about anyone's mind when it comes to leaner cuts of pork. The width of the chop and presence of the bone allows it to be cooked long enough to develop a crust while staying juicy and tender on the inside. In This is a Cookbook, the Sussman brothers add extra insurance by brining these extra-large chops overnight before searing them off while basting in herb butter.
In This is a Cookbook, Max and Eli Sussman offer just that--a stupidly easy recipe for sweet, spicy, and sticky Korean-Style Short Ribs. The ribs take overnight marinade in soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, sriracha, and aromatics and then are simply thrown a broiler for 10 minutes to quickly cook and caramelize. Two steps and you've got Koreatown in your kitchen.