Melia Marden is the executive chef at The Smile and The Smile To-Go. She is a graduate of Harvard and the French Culinary Institute. She and her food have been featured in GQ, Vogue, the New York Times, a national Converse shoe campaign, and more. She lives in New York City.
Modern Mediterranean: Easy, Flavorful Home Cookingby Melia Marden
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Melia Marden grew up in New York and Greece, where she enjoyed great seasonal food and a family that loved to entertain. As executive chef at New York City’s hotspot, The Smile, she develops an ever-changing seasonal menu rooted in Mediterranean flavor that has been raved about by Frank Bruni and is loved by celebrities. Now, in Marden’s first book, she presents 125 easy Mediterranean-inspired recipes for the home cook. From Minted Snap Peas to Watermelon Salad to Summer Steak Sliced Over Corn to Almond Cream with Honey, these are recipes calling for fresh ingredients and bold flavor but requiring no special techniques or equipment. Including 100 photos, this is a gorgeous, unique package that will charm and inspire home cooks everywhere.
Praise for Modern Mediterranean:
Modern Mediterranean is a stylish, no-nonsense guide to creating some rather choice staples. . . . The Smile regulars will find a few familiar meals amid the pages, as well as memories of Marden’s fond experiences with certain dishes, how she amended them and made them her signature, and old photographs of her families sprinkled among the recipes.” Interview
This book, by Melia Mardenthe executive chef of the trendy Bond Street restaurant the Smile, and daughter of the artists Brice and Helenis a new favorite of mine. Modern Mediterranean is one of those cookbooks that makes you lust after everything within it.” The New Yorker
An intimate, easy-to-follow guide.” W.com
It’s a culinary scrapbook of Marden’s favorite recipes.”Nowness.com
When Modern Mediterranean landed on our desk, we were just as enamored by the bright, happy colors and gorgeous photographs of chef Melia Marden’s stylish recipes and eclectic home as we were by her fairy-tale backstory.”
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This cookbook by Chef Melia Marden is surprisingly insightful and creative. Throughout the colorful pages, there are so many excellent Greek, Italian, Spanish, and Moroccan recipes! Simple ingredients and simple directions make these recipes easy for the average American cook to replicate at home. I received this book as a gift, and was absolutely delighted by it! I also enjoyed Marden's background stories about spending her summers in Hydra, Greece. A great book to add a little Mediterranean kick to your cooking!