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EMILY: The Cookbook by Emily & Matthew Hyland
The husband-and-wife team behind one of New York City’s and Nashville’s favorite pizza places share the secrets behind their acclaimed restaurants in a cookbook featuring more than 100 recipes.
Legions of fans line the block as they flock to Emily and Matt Hyland’s flagship restaurants EMILY and the popular spinoff Emmy Squared. In their irresistible cookbook, they share their delicious and doable recipes—no wood-fired oven or fancy equipment required. You’ll be shown how to re-create such crowd-pleasing favorites as their famous round pizza, the iconic Detroit pan pizza, and their legendary EMMY Burger, the juicy wonder that tops many New York City “Best Burger” lists. But EMILY: The Cookbook is more than pizza and burger perfection. You’ll also find recipes for small plates (Nguyen’s Hot Wings with Ranch Dip), salads (Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Blue Cheese, Bacon, and Miso Dressing), sandwiches (Lobster Salad Sandwich), pasta (Campanelle with Duck Ragù), cocktails (a Killer Colada), and scrumptious desserts (Rocky Road Brownies with Rum Ganache Dip). Packed with handy tips, EMILY: The Cookbook is a fabulous find for people who want new ways to entertain, feed, and wow their friends and family.
Felidia: Recipes from My Flagship Restaurant: A Cookbook by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Tanya Bastianich Manuali, Fortunato Nicotra
Beloved chef and bestselling author Lidia Bastianich shares, for the first time, the timeless recipes that have made her flagship restaurant, Felidia, a New York City dining legend for almost four decades.
Ever since it opened its doors on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 1981, Felidia has been revered as one of the best Italian restaurants in the country. In these pages, Lidia and longtime Executive Chef Fortunato Nicotra share 115 of the recipes that capture the spirit of the Felidia menu past and present. From pastas and primi to appetizers and meats, and from breads and spreads to sides and soups, these are some of Lidia’s absolute favorite dishes, lovingly adapted for home cooks to re-create in their own kitchens.
Here are recipes for old-school classics such as Pasta Primavera and Linguine with White Clam Sauce and Broccoli. Contemporary favorites include Pear and Pecorino Ravioli, Chicken Pizzaiola, Short Ribs Braised in Barolo, and Eggplant Flan with Tomato Coulis. Exquisite dessert recipes include Warm Nutella Flan, Open Cannolo and Limoncello Tiramisù, while Passion Fruit Spritz and Frozen Peach Bellini come from the restaurant’s lively bar. Felidia is the next-best thing to enjoying an evening out at this award-winning eatery!
The Phoenicia Diner Cookbook: Dished and Dispatches from the Catskill Mountains by Mike Cioffi, Chris Bradley and Sara B. Franklin
85 comfort food recipes, including classic Americana dishes and reimagined favorites, from the celebrated Phoenicia Diner in New York’s idyllic Catskill Mountains.
Whether you’re a local or just passing through, the revamped Phoenicia Diner is an irresistible must-stop in the region, beloved for its honest cooking that seamlessly combines the best of the classics (Classic Buttermilk Pancakes, Chicken with Chive-Buttermilk Dumplings) with the multifaceted way we love to eat today (Chile-Braised Lamb Tostadas, Cider-Braised Duck and Grits). In the Phoenicia Diner Cookbook, you’ll find a roster of approachable, soulful dishes that are deeply delicious and full of life-satisfying abundance. “All Day Breakfast” recipes like a Twice-Baked Potato Skillet and gold standards with a twist, such as Roasted Chicken with Tarragon-Honey Glazed Carrots, are complemented by rich essays on the region’s fascinating history and the revival that defines it today, creating an evocative love letter to both the area and disappearing diners everywhere.
Love Is Served: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes from Southern California by Seizan Dreux Ellis and Café Gratitude
Bright, clean, and hip recipes to enchant vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike, from plant-based haven Café Gratitude.
Before it was a fixture on the L.A. dining scene and a magnet for celebrity diners, Café Gratitude was founded in the Bay Area with the simple ethos that joy derives from loving and being grateful for food, health, and good company. The dishes are named to double as affirmations of self. “I Am Fearless,” “I Am Humble,” and “I Am Open-Hearted” nod to the restaurant’s core belief that food is just as much about spirit as it is about appetite. Since then, the café has evolved quite a bit. But the founding principles have remained the same, and the food continues to celebrate the flavors of plants with organic, from-scratch, and healthful ingredients free of animal products, processed soy, and, in almost all cases, refined sweeteners.
Now, with Love is Served, Seizan Dreux Ellis, executive chef at Café Gratitude, brings Gratitude-quality meals to your table and the soul and mission of the restaurant to your home. Indulge in café favorites “I Am Awakening” (Raw Key Lime Pie) and “I Am Passionate” (Black Lava Cake) while cooking up hearty, nourishing dishes like Grilled Polenta with Mushroom Ragout (“I Am Warm-Hearted”) and Radicchio, Roasted Butternut Squash, and Sundried Tomato Pesto Grain Salad (“I Am Gracious”). With unfussy methods and easy-to-access ingredients, this cookbook makes the wholesome satisfaction of the restaurant as accessible as ever for the home cook as it charms and inspires readers to change the way they look at food.
Butcher and Beast: Mastering the Art of Meat: A Cookbook by Angie Mar with Jamie Feldmar
In Mar’s cookbook, the Beatrice Inn experience will resonate with readers no matter where they live. Butcher and Beast invites readers into this glamorous, gutsy, and forever-nocturnal world.
The Beatrice Inn’s presence in New York City spans close to a century, and its history is ever changing, from one of New York’s first speakeasies, frequented by Fitzgerald and Hemingway, to a beloved neighborhood Italian restaurant to one of the city’s most notorious night clubs. Angie Mar purchased the Beatrice Inn in 2016 and led the storied landmark into its next chapter. Mar transformed the space and the menu into a stunning subterranean den where guests are meant to throw caution to the wind and engage in their most primal of senses. Pete Wells, in his rave two-star New York Times review, summed it up best: “It is a place to go when you want to celebrate your life as an animal.”
In Butcher and Beast, Mar’s unconventional approach to flavor profiles are captured in over 80 recipes, including Milk-Braised Pork Shoulder, Duck and Foie Gras Pie, Venison Cassoulet, and Bone Marrow–Bourbon Crème Brûlée. Throughout are also essays on Mar’s controversial and cutting-edge dry-aging techniques, her adoration of Champagne, the reality of what it takes to lead in the New York City restaurant scene, and the love and loyalty of her tight-knit family.
Eleven Madison Park: The Next Chapter, Revised and Unlimited Edition: A Cookbook by Daniel Humm; Illustrated by Janice Barnes; Photographed by Francesco Tonelli
From one of the world’s top dining destinations, New York’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant Eleven Madison Park, comes an updated single-volume collection of more than 80 recipes, stories, food photographs, and watercolor paintings from celebrated chef Daniel Humm.
Originally published as a two-volume, signed edition and limited to only 11,000 print copies, this revised edition of Eleven Madison Park: The Next Chapter refashions the deluxe slipcase edition into one high-quality, single volume. Of the 80 recipes and stories, more than 30 of the recipes are brand new and reflect the dishes being served at the restaurant now. Along with 30 brand-new food photos, there are also nearly 15 new watercolors and stories discussing the restaurant’s recent renovation, among other topics. This collection reflects on the time during which Eleven Madison Park garnered scores of accolades, including four stars from the New York Times, three Michelin stars, seven James Beard Foundation awards, and the number one spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. In this fresh package, Chef Daniel Humm describes his unparalleled culinary journey and inspiration.
Perfect Pies: The Best Sweet and Savory Recipes from America’s Pie-Baking Champion: A Cookbook by Michele Stuart
You don’t have to travel to Michele’s Pies in Norwalk and Westport, Connecticut to taste Stuart’s mouthwatering creations. Perfect Pies shares nearly eighty delicious recipes, many of them National Pie Championships winners.
The smell of a pie baking in the kitchen immediately conjures up feelings of comfort, nostalgia, and love. Michele Stuart vividly remembers standing at her grandmother’s apron hem as a child, as she fine-tuned (and improved!) family recipes that had been passed down for generations. Eventually, Stuart’s lifelong passion for pie-making inspired her to open what would become the world-famous shop Michele’s Pies.
From sweet desserts bursting with fruit (Country Apple Pie, Blueberry-Blackberry Pie), crunchy with nuts (Chocolate-Pecan-Bourbon Pie, Maple Walnut Pie), cream-filled delights (Coconut Custard Pie, Lemon Chiffon Pie) to sensational savory creations like Lobster Pot Pie to Quiche Lorraine to Italian Wheat Pie—Perfect Pies shares pie recipes for everyone.
“The best pies are the ones that keep it simple,” Stuart notes. So whether you’re a pie novice, a weekend baker, or a seasoned pastry chef, Perfect Pies will help make everything you bake worthy of a blue ribbon.
The Meatball Shop Cookbook by Daniel Holzman, Michael Chernow, and Lauren Deen
Bring The Meatball Shop to you with this crowd-pleasing cookbook that will have people lining up outside your kitchen.
The Meatball Shop has quickly grown into a New York City dining destination. Food lovers from around the city and beyond are heading down to Manhattan’s Lower East Side for a taste of this breakout comfort food phenomenon. In this fun and satisfying cookbook, chef Daniel Holzman and general manager Michael “Meatball Mike” Chernow open up their vault of secrets and share nearly 100 recipes—from such tried-and-true favorites as traditional Bolognese Meatballs and Mediterranean Lamb Balls to more adventurous creations like their spicy Mini-Buffalo Chicken Balls and Jambalaya Balls.
Accompanying the more than twenty meatball variations are recipes for close to a dozen delectable sauces, offering endless options to mix and match: from Spicy Meat to Parmesan Cream to Mango Raisin Chutney. And what would a meatball meal be without succulent sides and simple salads to round out the menu: Creamy Polenta, Honey Roasted Carrots, and Marinated Grilled Eggplant, just to name a few. You’ll also find helpful tips on everything from choosing the best cuts of meat to creating the perfect breadcrumbs to building the ultimate hero sandwich.
Eataly: All About Dolci: Regional Italian Desserts and Sweet Traditions by Eataly; Text by Natalie Danford; Photographed by Francesco Sapienza
From the most trusted purveyor of Italian delicacies worldwide, this is an indispensable guide to Italian sweets and desserts and a delectable exploration of la dolce vita.
Every cook knows that any great dinner party is only as good as its sweet ending, even multicourse Italian feasts. All About Dolci, from the pastry chefs at Eataly, is an enticing presentation from biscotti to gelati, torte, and classic pasticceria, with more than fifty recipes that inspire the perfect flourish to any Italian meal. The book takes readers through the history and tradition behind biscotti, with recipes including cantucci, baci di dama, and amaretti; holiday recipes such as panettone, pandoro, and struffoli; the classic tradition of Italian mini-pastries, piccola pasticerria, featuring rum baba, meringa, and cannoli; and all things gelati, including granita, sorbetto, and affogato, among many others. All About Dolci is, like Eataly itself, a one-stop source for classic Italian dessert traditions and recipes.
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Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein; Read by Kwame Onwuachi
A powerful, heartfelt, and shockingly honest story of chasing your dreams—even when they don’t turn out as you expected—Notes from a Young Black Chef is one man’s pursuit of his passions, despite the odds.
By the time he was twenty-seven years old, Kwame Onwuachi had opened—and closed—one of the most talked about restaurants in America. He had launched his own catering company with twenty thousand dollars that he made from selling candy on the subway, yet he’d been told he would never make it on television because his cooking wasn’t “Southern” enough. In this inspiring memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, he shares the remarkable story of his culinary coming-of-age.
Growing up in the Bronx, as a boy Onwuachi was sent to rural Nigeria by his mother to “learn respect.” However, the hard-won knowledge gained in Africa was not enough to keep him from the temptation and easy money of the streets when he returned home. But through food, he broke out of a dangerous downward spiral, embarking on a new beginning at the bottom of the culinary food chain as a chef on board a Deepwater Horizon cleanup ship, before going on to train in the kitchens of some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the country and appearing as a contestant on Top Chef.
Onwuachi’s love of food and cooking remained a constant throughout, even when he found the road to success riddled with potholes. As a young chef, he was forced to grapple with just how unwelcoming the world of fine dining can be for people of color, and his first restaurant, the culmination of years of planning, shuttered just months after opening.
Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters; Read by Alice Waters
The New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the opening of what is arguably America’s most influential restaurant.
When Alice Waters opened the doors of her “little French restaurant” in Berkeley, California in 1971 at the age of 27, no one ever anticipated the indelible mark it would leave on the culinary landscape—Alice least of all. Fueled in equal parts by naiveté and a relentless pursuit of beauty and pure flavor, she turned her passion project into an iconic institution that redefined American cuisine for generations of chefs and food lovers.
In Coming to My Senses Alice retraces the events that led her to 1517 Shattuck Avenue and the tumultuous times that emboldened her to find her own voice as a cook when the prevailing food culture was embracing convenience and uniformity. Moving from a repressive suburban upbringing to Berkeley in 1964 at the height of the Free Speech Movement and campus unrest, she was drawn into a bohemian circle of charismatic figures whose views on design, politics, film, and food would ultimately inform the unique culture on which Chez Panisse was founded. Dotted with stories, recipes, photographs, and letters, Coming to My Senses is at once deeply personal and modestly understated, a quietly revealing look at one woman’s evolution from a rebellious yet impressionable follower to a respected activist who effects social and political change on a global level through the common bond of food.
Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson and Veronica Chambers; Read by Marcus Samuelsson
A tale of personal discovery, unshakable determination, and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavors—one man’s struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world.
It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Samuelsson’s journey, from his grandmother’s kitchen to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. But Samuelsson’s career of chasing flavors had only just begun—in the intervening years, there have been White House state dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs, and, most important, the opening of Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fulfilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room—a place where presidents rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, and bus drivers. It is a place where an orphan from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home.
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton; Read by Gabrielle Hamilton
Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all she sought family, particularly the thrill and the magnificence of the one from her childhood that, in her adult years, eluded her. Hamilton’s ease and comfort in a kitchen were instilled in her at an early age when her parents hosted grand parties, often for more than one hundred friends and neighbors. The smells of spit-roasted lamb, apple wood smoke, and rosemary garlic marinade became as necessary to her as her own skin.
Blood, Bones & Butter follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton has inhabited through the years: the rural kitchen of her childhood, where her adored mother stood over the six-burner with an oily wooden spoon in hand; the kitchens of France, Greece, and Turkey, where she was often fed by complete strangers and learned the essence of hospitality; the soulless catering factories that helped pay the rent; Hamilton’s own kitchen at Prune, with its many unexpected challenges; and the kitchen of her Italian mother-in-law, who serves as the link between Hamilton’s idyllic past and her own future family—the result of a difficult and prickly marriage that nonetheless yields rich and lasting dividends.