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Are you feeling a little tired of the same old dinner routine? If you’re anything like us, your week is basically a set menu of familiar favorites that are easy to whip up after a long day. We get it. Life is crazy busy, and time is in very short supply; ain’t nobody got time for that. But we believe your health should always be priority number one, and your palette is up there too. Don’t you think those taste buds of yours deserve some new and exciting flavors? We do.
So this week, we challenge you to up your skill level in the kitchen and test out some new recipes. It’s time to ditch the familiar for the foreign and create a culinary feast you’ll want to come home to. You deserve it.
If you live in Los Angeles, we’re fairly certain you’ve heard of a little place on the east side called Sqirl. For those who don’t, this cool café is run by award-winning chef Jessica Koslow, serving up fresh, market-driven cuisine that’s delectable yet approachable and, above all, healthy. It’s delicious, too, by the way, which is why we’re super excited by her first cookbook featuring more than 100 recipes. Learn how to make her raspberry and vanilla bean jam (she’s famous for her preserves), sorrel-pesto rice bowl, and the famed butternut squash latkes with crème fraîche and applesauce. This exciting collection will challenge your senses, but the taste is totally worth it.
The beautifully styled cover makes us want to open this book and make everything in it. But when you flip through the pages, you’ll discover over 150 recipes and a stunning illustrated guide to 35 relatively unknown herbs, fruits, and vegetables that deserve a place in your kitchen. From mustard and kumquats to nettles, fava leaves, sunchokes, and more, this book will teach you about each while helping you develop the necessary skills to create the recipes that use them. Ready to explore?
Whether you’ve been vegetarian for years or are new to the lifestyle, this stylish cookbook is the perfect modern guide to meat-free dining. With a sumptuous collection of over 150 recipes, you’ll be cooking veggie-packed meals on weeknights in no time. Author Anna Jones was one of the originals in Jamie Oliver’s apprentice kitchen, Fifteen (also dubbed the new Nigella Lawson by The Sunday Times), and eventually became his food stylist. Since going vegetarian at 25, she’s developed a tasty repertoire and, thankfully, compiled them all in this handy cookbook. Jones makes eating healthy easy.
If you’re just as obsessed with Mimi Thorisson as we are (we have Manger bookmarked for quick reference) then you’ll squeal like we did at the news of her latest cookbook, French Country Cooking. After the success of her first book, A Kitchen in France, we all wanted to entertain like a French girl. This stylish sequel to the best seller takes us off the beaten path into French wine country, fusing fresh local ingredients with Thorisson’s je ne sais quoi. If you want a preview of what’s to come, then check out her blog, where she shared two of her favorite recipes from the new release. Fig and pistachio cake, anyone? Yum.
If you’re a busy working mom, then you’ll know that the struggle is real when it comes to preparing healthy weeknight meals the whole family will enjoy. It’s exhausting just thinking about it. Thankfully award-winning chef Nancy Silverton knows all about our battle. As the owner of six busy restaurants across two continents, she never had the time to cook at home. After a much-needed trip to Italy, she rediscovered her great love for cooking and wrote an entire book dedicated to recipes that are easy to follow and taste delicious. Now there’s really no excuse.
If you’re looking for inventive dishes and unique flavor combinations, then reach for Ashley Christensen’s bold recipes. Her modern take on Southern food honors the traditional meals while incorporating new ingredients that take the flavors to a whole new level. Delight the senses with turnip green fritters with whipped tahini and warm broccoli salad with cheddar and bacon vinaigrette. It’s a beautiful collection.
After swapping Brooklyn for a farm on the North Dakota–Minnesota border in 2013 (her fiancé is a fifth-generation Norwegian-American sugar beet farmer), food blogger and classical musician Molly Yeh decided to chronicle her journey. This gorgeous book features delicious and varied home-cooked meals with major comfort factor. Recipes like Asian Scotch eggs and scallion pancake challah bread fuse recipes from her heritage with a modern perspective. It’s a joy to read and create these delicious creations.