The year Gabrielle Hamilton opened her restaurant, Prune, on the lower east side of Manhattan, she was approached about doing a cookbook. Finally, after 15 years and the wild success of her acclaimed memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter, Hamilton gives her hungry fans the cookbook they've been waiting for: Prune is a thick anthology of recipes from her restaurant, and it's as autobiographical as her previous literary effort, but in a very different way.
The powerhouse trio behind New York destinations dell'anima, L'Artusi, L'Apicio, and Anfora—beverage director Joe Campanale, chef Gabriel Thompson, and pastry chef Katherine Thompson—have joined forces again to bring their modern take on Italian dining out of lower Manhattan and into your kitchen with their new cookbook. Downtown Italian is filled with recipes that deliver the subtly novel and full-flavored dishes the trio is known for—simple Italian cooking that revels in New York sass.
Recently, I posted about a kale gratin made with an obscene three cups of heavy cream. Well, gratin, this mac 'n' cheese from Marcus Samuelsson's new cookbook, Marcus Off Duty, will see you those three cups of cream and raise you coconut milk, bacon, crème fraîche, a stick of butter, and pasta. Oh, and over a pound of cheese.
There's a reason why these meatballs have a permanent place on the menu at Marcus Samuelsson's Harlem hotspot, Red Rooster, and why they get mentioned in nearly every review of the place: his grandmother was on to something. In an act of kindness, he shares the recipe—her recipe—in his new cookbook, Marcus Off Duty, and it's a winner.
Marcus Samuelsson is downright obliged to love salmon, having grown up on the coast of Sweden. And he has a thing for the flavors of Southeast Asia, choosing the foods of that region to be his desert-island pick, so to speak. In this dish from his new cookbook. Marcus Off Duty, he combines both cuisines into one weird and weirdly wonderful bowl.
If you're of the 'judge a chef by his soup' mindset, this vibrant bowlful from Marcus Samuelsson's new cookbook, Marcus Off Duty, should earn him some high points. Bright as the autumn sun and perfect for a cold day, the warm earthiness of the parsnips and vaguely floral sunchokes fills your mouth at first slurp.
When you get to peek inside Marcus Samuelsson's home kitchen to see what he cooks for himself and his family and friends, you'd be well-advised to take notes. Scratch that—he's taken notes for you. His hot-off-the-press cookbook, Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home, is a compilation of recipes from Samuelsson's personal collection, and it's an eclectic, bordering on wacky, mix.
Most would agree, the best part of fried chicken is the skin. Evil-genius chef Sean Brock decided to skip the middle man—er, chicken—and go right for the good stuff. He serves these deep-fried strips of chicken skin as a bar snack at Husk, and was benevolent enough to share the recipe for them in his new cookbook, Heritage.
This farrotto—farro cooked in the style of risotto—from Sean Brock's new cookbook, Heritage, is the perfect foil to the artfully composed, modernist plates that make up most of the book: it's a warming, rustic potful of fall flavors.
Watermelon and Red Onion Salad With Bibb Lettuce, Pickled Shrimp, and Jalapeño Vinaigrette From 'Heritage'
Chef Sean Brock's salad from his new book, Heritage, hits all the right notes: the melon is sweet and juicy, the onions are bracing, the vinaigrette is spicy and tangy, and the pickled shrimp are...all of the above.
Chef Sean Brock makes his no-flour-no-sugar cornbread with Anson Mills Antebellum Coarse Yellow Cornmeal, buttermilk for tang, and a single egg, leaving it light and corny. He also adds crisp crumbles of bacon (preferably Benton's) to the batter, as well as some of the bacon grease, to give the bread a vague and pleasant smokiness and decidedly savory edge. It's a very classic cornbread that would be as at home with a country supper as gracing the table at Husk.
Sean Brock, James Beard Award-winning chef and champion of all that is heirloom, walks the tightrope of culinary nostalgia with his modernist eyes locked on the future of Southern food. To the giddy delight of the food world, he is finally releasing his first cookbook, Heritage, this week, which he's labored over for years and which has the potential to redefine Southern cooking for a lot of people, both in the South and out.
This savory cake from Yotam Ottolenghi's newest cookbook, Plenty More, is as beautiful as it is unusual: cauliflower florets are suspended in a golden cake with green flecks of basil and a load of parmesan cheese, with an orbit of onion rings on top and crunchy, aromatic seeds gilding the edges. And, as with most of Ottolenghi's out-of-the-box creations, it's just delicious.
Roasted Brussels sprouts were a thing of beauty in my book already, but in his book, Plenty More, Yotam Ottolenghi created a masterpiece with them, and they're unlike any roasted Brussels sprouts I've ever had.
This salad from Yotam Ottolenghi's newest cookbook, Plenty More, has a lot going on and everything going for it. A beautiful mix of grains, crunchy almonds and pine nuts, chewy dried cherries, silky onions, and enlivening arugula, basil and tarragon—every bite is fairly dazzling.
As Yotam Ottolenghi says in the introduction to this recipe from his new cookbook, Plenty More, this is only vaguely reminiscent of baba ghanoush. Garlicky broiled zucchini is topped with a funky and captivating custard sauce made with goat's milk yogurt and Roquefort cheese. Finally, toasted pine nuts and a sprinkle of za'ata finishes off this "volcanic eruption" (his words) of a spread.
Yotam Ottolenghi's previous three cookbooks (Ottolenghi, Jerusalem, and Plenty) inspired a global epidemic of fevered fandom, and this week sees the release of his anxiously awaited latest, Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi. Commence hot-flashes. A follow-up to Plenty, his new book expands his already bursting universe of plant-based cooking.
These ground lamb patties from Nigel Slater's newest cookbook, Eat, are boldly seasoned with black mustard seeds, garam masala and green onions, with a good handful of sesame seeds for nutty crunch. Pressed very thin and fried until crisp, they have the savory addictiveness of a salty snack, but enough substance to make a meal.
This is as simple as it gets, and it's perfect for a busy night. For this recipe from his newest cookbook, Eat, Nigel Slater combines marmalade and whole-grain mustard, pours the mixture over chicken legs, and bakes them. Then he...Nope, that's it, and they're terrific.
Alright, I'll tell you upfront that this ain't pretty, in the conventional sense; I doubt I'll be seeing it on anybody's Instagram feed. But Nigel Slater's lentil bolognaise from his newest cookbook, Eat, makes up for it's deficit in the looks department with earthy, sweet, tangy flavor that belies it's homely simplicity.
Nigel Slater's recipe from his newest cookbook, Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food, is simple and smart. The crab cakes only require throwing a hot chili pepper, a garlic clove, a bit of bread, and a lot of cilantro into a food processor, then combining the mixture with lump crabmeat and mirin. Formed into little balls and pan-fried, they're crisp, crabby, and terrifically aromatic.
Nigel Slater's newest cookbook, Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food, released in the U.K. last year and landing on U.S. shelves tomorrow, is brimming with ideas to guide you to a quick but nourishing meal in around half an hour.
Here's yet another winning recipe from Renee Erickson's new cookbook, A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus. She cooks her mussels in hard cider with shallots, butter, and Dijon mustard, and finishes them with uplifting and enriching lemon juice and crème fraîche, and a good amount of whole tarragon leaves, which perfume the delicious broth.
I know it's early, but I feel I have to recommend that you go ahead and give a little forethought to your festive winter spread in light of this recipe from chef Renee Erickson's new cookbook, A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus. It is beyond easy and beyond decadent—what more do you need out of a holiday dish? Oh, and it still counts as eating your vegetables.
If summer has already left you where you are, bookmark this recipe from chef Renee Erickson's new A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus for next year; it's worth remembering. She pairs grilled salmon with deeply flavorful tarator—a Turkish sauce made with walnuts, bread, lemon, garlic, and olive oil—and a bright and dilly tomato-and-cucumber salad.
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