A hilarious new cookbook from two young, up-and-coming chefs. Equal parts entertainment and culinary know-how, this engaging cookbook is for any guy or gal trying to navigate a kitchen for the first time or wanting to up his or her game.
Get into the kitchen. Use what’s in there. And don’t be worried about f’ing it up. James Beard Foundation 2012 Rising Star nominee Max Sussman and his partner in crime, Eli, are over perfection. They care about cooking good food that tastes like you made it. Teaming up with Olive Press, these Brooklyn brothers of über-hip New York establishments Roberta’s and Mile End have a go-to, hands-dirty method for wannabe-kitchen-badasses. This is a Cookbook for Real Life features more than 60 killer recipes that demystify the cooking process for at-home chefs, especially young people just starting out. Combining years of elbow grease in the fiery bowels of restaurants, the Sussmans bring readers a plethora of tricks to make life in the kitchen easier and frankly, more fun. This new cookbook also re-creates some of their favorite comfort foods while growing up, as well as some recipes with their origins in brotherly b.s. that wound up tasting delicious.
The Sussmans have got the back of twenty-somethings, who may be too freaked to pick up a cast-iron skillet and instead opt for cop-out take-out as a culinary standby. This is a Cookbook for Real Life is designed to be a go-to kitchen companion with meals fit for one, two, or many, and features plans of attack for dinner shindigs. The best part? All of the book's recipes have easy-to-find ingredients that limit the prep time fuss and can be prepared in small (read: shoebox) kitchens. Chapters are organized by occasion, eating habits, and time of day so readers can enjoy lazy brunches, backyard grilled grub, a night in, dinner parties, midnight snacks, and sweet stuff. Want to increase your kitchen swag? Each chapter boasts special projects like home-curing bacon; pickling; making pasta from scratch; mixing cocktails, and “what’dya got sandwiches”--and take it from the Sussmans, creativity in the kitchen makes a good impression in the long run.
The cool design features spare chalk-style line illustrations and full-color photography throughout, showcasing Max and Eli cooking and sharing food with friends. Sure to appeal to young cooks, the collection of recipes draws on homey favorites like fish tacos, grilled meatball sandwiches, buttermilk fried chicken with savory waffles, and peanut butter cheesecake. The book is organized into five chapters that target key occasions when young cooks need inspiration, whether cooking for themselves or friends: Lazy Brunch, Backyard Grub, Night In, Dinner Party, Midnight Snacks, and Sweet Stuff. Six DIY-style projects describe fun and easy culinary adventures, from pickling and making cocktails to curing bacon. Highly narrative, Max and Eli’s engaging tales and irrepressible humor are woven throughout the book.