A Simple Feast: A Year of Stories and Recipes to Savor and Share


A real-life fairy tale of a cookbook with stories and recipes that celebrate the seasons, sharing food with friends, and bringing a sense of style to it all.

A beautiful cookbook destined to become an heirloom, A Simple Feast presents a year of life in food. Each chapter presents a story—apple picking, snow day, tea party, date night, rooftop barbeque, etc.—and recipes inspired by the whimsy that lies therein. The food here is simple and elegant, taking cues from the bounty of ...

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A real-life fairy tale of a cookbook with stories and recipes that celebrate the seasons, sharing food with friends, and bringing a sense of style to it all.

A beautiful cookbook destined to become an heirloom, A Simple Feast presents a year of life in food. Each chapter presents a story—apple picking, snow day, tea party, date night, rooftop barbeque, etc.—and recipes inspired by the whimsy that lies therein. The food here is simple and elegant, taking cues from the bounty of local markets and farms, embodying modern American cooking. This is a playful journey guided by the ever stylish Jewels of New York, who lead the reader through the seasons and the culinary adventures each has to offer.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Diana Yen and The Jewels of New York share a fresh take on the classics in their new book A Simple Feast. With their beautiful way of seeing, they elevate the everyday to the exquisite—the photographs inspire and the recipes satisfy. It doesn't get better than that.”—Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer, authors of Canal House Cooks Every Day
A Simple Feast celebrates an unexpected and refreshing approach to eating in New York and beyond. Forget cab rides, long queues and steep bills—instead think bicycle baskets full of local produce, farmers markets, rural adventures, and wonderfully simple seasonal meals.”—Nathan Williams, author of The Kinfolk Table
Library Journal
Ordered by season and by occasion (e.g., apple picking upstate, snow day, date night), this collection of menus from Yen's creative studio the Jewels of New York (thejewelsofny.com) evokes a year in recipes and stories. Sections that usually grace a cookbook's front matter—pantry checklists, apple varieties and uses, a guide to herbs and spices, grilling guidelines—are here reimagined as artful infographics, some more successful than others. Readers who frequent farmers' markets and enjoy planning intimate, tasteful gatherings will find plenty of dishes to impress, from dry-aged steak with chive butter to heirloom tomato and burrata salad. VERDICT This elegant cookbook will appeal to fans of Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton's Canal House Cooks Every Day.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611800326
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/20/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 629,252
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Founded in 2009 and led by DIANA YEN, The Jewels of New York is a multidisciplinary creative studio that combines the love of cooking with the beauty of everyday things. The studio aims to uncover the hidden treasures New York has to offer and share them with others through seasonally based cooking. Diana strives to bring the same sense of warmth found in good home cooking to her clients through catering and food consultation services. Diana's projects with leading lifestyle magazines (Food and Wine, Better Homes and Gardens, and Kinfolk, to name a few) and design-savvy clients (Martha Stewart, West Elm, and Design*Sponge among them) focus on the simplicity and elegance of everyday meals. With a background in home and lifestyle design, Diana brings a sense of beauty and community to the table.

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Table of Contents

Apple Picking: Raw Kale Salad with Pecans and Golden Raisins; Sweet Potato and Apple Dumpling Soup; Pork Chops with Sautéed Apples; Apples with Dipping Sauces: Bourbon Caramel Sauce and Chocolate Honey Sauce
Brown Bag Lunch: Homemade Ginger Ale; Roasted Turkey, Manchego & Fig Onion Jam Sandwich; Root Vegetable Chips; Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
Treasure Hunt: Duck Rillette; Pickled Cauliflower; Seared Scallops and Chanterelle Pasta; Pomegranate Poached Figs
Harvest Celebration: Arugula, Lentil & Butternut Squash Salad; Lamb Shoulder with Wild Rice Stuffing and Pomegranate Sauce; Sautéed Red Cabbage with Caramelized Oranges; Pear Ginger Tart

Snow Day: Hazelnut Hot Chocolate; Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn; Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup; Double Grilled Cheese and Ham Sandwich
Pantry Cooking: Heirloom Bean Soup with Crispy Kale; Wild Mushroom Risotto with Caramelized Leeks; Duck Sausage with Potatoes and Crispy Shallots; Chocolate Pots de Crème with Jasmine Honey Cream
Glitter & Gold: Pear Prosecco Cocktail; Mixed Oysters with Cucumber Mignonnette; Mixed Canapés: Prosciutto, Pear, Blue Cheese & Honey; Smoked Sable with White Bean Hummus and Fried Capers; Spice-Rubbed Steak and Mango Chutney; Baked Alaska with Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Tapping Maple Trees: Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Cranberries and Almonds; Maple-Braised Beef Stew; Celery Root Pear Puree; Pecan Pie with Salted Maple Ice Cream

In the Garden: Herbal Lemonade; Radishes with Citrus Tarragon Butter; Asparagus and Spring Onion Tart; Poached Salmon Salad with Garden Vegetables
Breakfast in Bed: Cardamom Coffee; Minted Grapefruit Brûlée; Turkish Style Eggs with Yogurt; Goat Cheese Pancakes with Blackberry Compote
Tea Party: Homemade Tea Mixture: Floral Herbal Tisane, Spiced Black Tea; Black Tea Scones with Citrus Curd; Open-Faced Tea Sandwiches: Cucumber, Mint, Salmon Roe & Herbed Goat Cream on White Bread; Smoked Salmon with Dill, Capers, & Citrus Cream Cheese on Pumpernickel; Smoked Turkey with Quince Paste, Whipped Brie & Shaved Apple on Rye; Balsamic Strawberry Shortcakes
Date Night: Bib Lettuce Salad with Avocado Dressing; Dry Aged Steak with Chive Butter; Cumin Glazed Carrots; Raspberry Eton Mess

Picnic in Central Park: Strawberry Limeade; Summer Pasta Salad; Porchetta, Cilantro & Pickled Fennel Sliders; Tropical Trifles
Rooftop Barbecue: Grilled Fennel and Watermelon Salad; Whole Fish with Lemon Salsa; Ribs with Coffee Mole Sauce and Jicama Slaw; Cantaloupe Campari Granita with Basil Cream
Beach Day: Tomatillo Salsa; Mixed Seafood Ceviche; Blackened Fish Tacos; Cocktail Popsicles: Blackberry Bramble, Margarita Popsicle
Farmer's Market Feast: Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Salad; Shaved Summer Squash with Quinoa and Feta; Grilled Chicken with Preserved Lemon; Berries and Cream

Bonus Story:
Childhood Favorites: Cherry Cola; Fried Hominy with Chile and Lime; Mac 'n' Cheese; Cracker Jacks

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