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Queens Comfort Wins NYC Wine & Food Fest’s Chicken Coupe

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Thursday night was opening night of the seventh-annual Food Network New York Wine and Food Festival, and it started with a bang. Eleven events across the city fed more than 4,500 people, and for those interested in walk-around tastings, there were two options: pizza or fried chicken. Those who chose fried chicken were amply rewarded, with more than 20 restaurants serving their finest variations at the Chicken Coupe in the stunning Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, presided over by none other than Whoopi Goldberg.

“When I was a kid, the one junk food my mom would let me eat was fried chicken,” Dale Talde (below), the chef/owner of Brooklyn’s Talde and Pork Slope, told us (He was serving a fried chicken and waffle sandwich with bacon, American cheese, and sriracha maple syrup). His secret to great chicken? “Always brine it in yogurt, almost like it’s tandoori-style,” he said. “It’s expensive, but it works.”

Jeff McInnis, who runs New York’s Root & Bone with fellow Top Chef alum Janine Booth and was serving sweet tea-brined lemonade fried drumsticks, was renowned for his fried chicken when he helmed the kitchen at Miami’s Yardbird. “One of the first things I sunk my teeth into as a kid was fried chicken, so it’s very comforting,” he told us. “I remember watching my grandparents make it.” As for his secret? “You need to start with a good bird,” he said. “If it’s not a happy chicken, it’ll affect the flavor.”

Whoopi Goldberg was on hand throughout the event, traveling from station to station sampling all the goods. “Not everybody can make fried chicken, but everybody in this room rocks!,” she told the crowd before announcing the runner-up (Umami Burger founder Adam Fleishman’s ChocoChicken) and the winner, Queens Comfort, who served Captain Crunch chicken fingers with sweet and spicy red chicken caramel sauce and mac and cheese. She told the crowd that since Planet Hollywood (which she was involved with) closed, she’d been unable to find Captain Crunch chicken like the one they served, and this was so close that it nearly brought a tear to her eye.

“It’s a little crazy, I never expected to win. I’m just here having fun!” Queens Comfort owner Donnie D’Allesio told us. “I’m happy, surprised, and humbled.”

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GoF Dish and Discuss: Favorite Cookbook

Girl Bonnie here – your resident DIY-er. See that rectangular object I’m holding? It’s a “cookbook”. I know there are young-uns out there scratching your heads, wondering what a cookbook is.

Well, in my day, there was no internet. It’s true. We had to rely on books full of recipes to figure out how to cook things. And, while I confess I’ve dipped my typing fingers into the world wide web to figure out what to do with zucchini, I still love to flip through my many cookbooks. I have a few friends who have had their cookbooks made by traditional publishing standards, and they are amazing! To see your own recipes in print, and actual people are holding them and making these amazing dishes… what a thrill it must be!

My absolute favorite is “The Greens Cook Book” by Debroah Madison. Nearly every recipe I’ve tried has become a success. It’s a vegetarian cookbook, but even you carnivores out there will enjoy recipes such as Cheese & Nut Loaf, Eggplant Gratin With Saffron Custard, and Curried Vegetable Stew.

BTW, Greens is a fabulous vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco. Not only is the food delicious, but the view is spectacular.

I may lose street cred for not plugging a classic cookbook, but “Eggs on Top” by Andrea Slonecker has recently become my favorite. Every recipe includes my favorite food to eat- EGGS! I can eat eggs with every meal, seven days a week. I love them any temperature too, just depends on what kind of a mood I’m in that day.

It won my heart by clearly explaining how to poach an egg, one thing I could never figure out how to do at home. The sage-brown butter eggs is one of those “how have I never thought of that?” recipes and I could eat it all the time. It has fantastic recipes that incorporate eggs into chilaquiles and bourguignon. The eggs in purgatory dish is also great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This book is a great gift for the chicken coupe owner in your life!

Although I am not a vegan, or even a vegetarian, my favorite cookbook is the vegan “Thug Kitchen” by Thug Kitchen. I first found them years ago via their blog, was drawn in by the foul mouthed writing (I have a famously bad mouth), and was sold upon trying their healthy their healthy meals. This cookbook was probably the only one I’ve ever anticipated the release of and considered pre-ordering. With the tagline “Eat Like You Give a F*ck” it features great meal and snack options that are vegan and it’s genuinely fun to read. Mysterious ingredients such as tempeh and tofu are broken down in a way that they become child’s play to prepare. I learned about new (to me) things like Chinese five spice, Tamari, and nutritional yeast. I don’t eat near enough vegetables so I often make the recipes as is, but you can easily add meat to most of the recipes. If you haven’t yet, check out their blog and test-drive a few recipes!


GoF Dish and Discuss: Favorite Cookbook

Girl Bonnie here – your resident DIY-er. See that rectangular object I’m holding? It’s a “cookbook”. I know there are young-uns out there scratching your heads, wondering what a cookbook is.

Well, in my day, there was no internet. It’s true. We had to rely on books full of recipes to figure out how to cook things. And, while I confess I’ve dipped my typing fingers into the world wide web to figure out what to do with zucchini, I still love to flip through my many cookbooks. I have a few friends who have had their cookbooks made by traditional publishing standards, and they are amazing! To see your own recipes in print, and actual people are holding them and making these amazing dishes… what a thrill it must be!

My absolute favorite is “The Greens Cook Book” by Debroah Madison. Nearly every recipe I’ve tried has become a success. It’s a vegetarian cookbook, but even you carnivores out there will enjoy recipes such as Cheese & Nut Loaf, Eggplant Gratin With Saffron Custard, and Curried Vegetable Stew.

BTW, Greens is a fabulous vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco. Not only is the food delicious, but the view is spectacular.

I may lose street cred for not plugging a classic cookbook, but “Eggs on Top” by Andrea Slonecker has recently become my favorite. Every recipe includes my favorite food to eat- EGGS! I can eat eggs with every meal, seven days a week. I love them any temperature too, just depends on what kind of a mood I’m in that day.

It won my heart by clearly explaining how to poach an egg, one thing I could never figure out how to do at home. The sage-brown butter eggs is one of those “how have I never thought of that?” recipes and I could eat it all the time. It has fantastic recipes that incorporate eggs into chilaquiles and bourguignon. The eggs in purgatory dish is also great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This book is a great gift for the chicken coupe owner in your life!

Although I am not a vegan, or even a vegetarian, my favorite cookbook is the vegan “Thug Kitchen” by Thug Kitchen. I first found them years ago via their blog, was drawn in by the foul mouthed writing (I have a famously bad mouth), and was sold upon trying their healthy their healthy meals. This cookbook was probably the only one I’ve ever anticipated the release of and considered pre-ordering. With the tagline “Eat Like You Give a F*ck” it features great meal and snack options that are vegan and it’s genuinely fun to read. Mysterious ingredients such as tempeh and tofu are broken down in a way that they become child’s play to prepare. I learned about new (to me) things like Chinese five spice, Tamari, and nutritional yeast. I don’t eat near enough vegetables so I often make the recipes as is, but you can easily add meat to most of the recipes. If you haven’t yet, check out their blog and test-drive a few recipes!


GoF Dish and Discuss: Favorite Cookbook

Girl Bonnie here – your resident DIY-er. See that rectangular object I’m holding? It’s a “cookbook”. I know there are young-uns out there scratching your heads, wondering what a cookbook is.

Well, in my day, there was no internet. It’s true. We had to rely on books full of recipes to figure out how to cook things. And, while I confess I’ve dipped my typing fingers into the world wide web to figure out what to do with zucchini, I still love to flip through my many cookbooks. I have a few friends who have had their cookbooks made by traditional publishing standards, and they are amazing! To see your own recipes in print, and actual people are holding them and making these amazing dishes… what a thrill it must be!

My absolute favorite is “The Greens Cook Book” by Debroah Madison. Nearly every recipe I’ve tried has become a success. It’s a vegetarian cookbook, but even you carnivores out there will enjoy recipes such as Cheese & Nut Loaf, Eggplant Gratin With Saffron Custard, and Curried Vegetable Stew.

BTW, Greens is a fabulous vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco. Not only is the food delicious, but the view is spectacular.

I may lose street cred for not plugging a classic cookbook, but “Eggs on Top” by Andrea Slonecker has recently become my favorite. Every recipe includes my favorite food to eat- EGGS! I can eat eggs with every meal, seven days a week. I love them any temperature too, just depends on what kind of a mood I’m in that day.

It won my heart by clearly explaining how to poach an egg, one thing I could never figure out how to do at home. The sage-brown butter eggs is one of those “how have I never thought of that?” recipes and I could eat it all the time. It has fantastic recipes that incorporate eggs into chilaquiles and bourguignon. The eggs in purgatory dish is also great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This book is a great gift for the chicken coupe owner in your life!

Although I am not a vegan, or even a vegetarian, my favorite cookbook is the vegan “Thug Kitchen” by Thug Kitchen. I first found them years ago via their blog, was drawn in by the foul mouthed writing (I have a famously bad mouth), and was sold upon trying their healthy their healthy meals. This cookbook was probably the only one I’ve ever anticipated the release of and considered pre-ordering. With the tagline “Eat Like You Give a F*ck” it features great meal and snack options that are vegan and it’s genuinely fun to read. Mysterious ingredients such as tempeh and tofu are broken down in a way that they become child’s play to prepare. I learned about new (to me) things like Chinese five spice, Tamari, and nutritional yeast. I don’t eat near enough vegetables so I often make the recipes as is, but you can easily add meat to most of the recipes. If you haven’t yet, check out their blog and test-drive a few recipes!


GoF Dish and Discuss: Favorite Cookbook

Girl Bonnie here – your resident DIY-er. See that rectangular object I’m holding? It’s a “cookbook”. I know there are young-uns out there scratching your heads, wondering what a cookbook is.

Well, in my day, there was no internet. It’s true. We had to rely on books full of recipes to figure out how to cook things. And, while I confess I’ve dipped my typing fingers into the world wide web to figure out what to do with zucchini, I still love to flip through my many cookbooks. I have a few friends who have had their cookbooks made by traditional publishing standards, and they are amazing! To see your own recipes in print, and actual people are holding them and making these amazing dishes… what a thrill it must be!

My absolute favorite is “The Greens Cook Book” by Debroah Madison. Nearly every recipe I’ve tried has become a success. It’s a vegetarian cookbook, but even you carnivores out there will enjoy recipes such as Cheese & Nut Loaf, Eggplant Gratin With Saffron Custard, and Curried Vegetable Stew.

BTW, Greens is a fabulous vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco. Not only is the food delicious, but the view is spectacular.

I may lose street cred for not plugging a classic cookbook, but “Eggs on Top” by Andrea Slonecker has recently become my favorite. Every recipe includes my favorite food to eat- EGGS! I can eat eggs with every meal, seven days a week. I love them any temperature too, just depends on what kind of a mood I’m in that day.

It won my heart by clearly explaining how to poach an egg, one thing I could never figure out how to do at home. The sage-brown butter eggs is one of those “how have I never thought of that?” recipes and I could eat it all the time. It has fantastic recipes that incorporate eggs into chilaquiles and bourguignon. The eggs in purgatory dish is also great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This book is a great gift for the chicken coupe owner in your life!

Although I am not a vegan, or even a vegetarian, my favorite cookbook is the vegan “Thug Kitchen” by Thug Kitchen. I first found them years ago via their blog, was drawn in by the foul mouthed writing (I have a famously bad mouth), and was sold upon trying their healthy their healthy meals. This cookbook was probably the only one I’ve ever anticipated the release of and considered pre-ordering. With the tagline “Eat Like You Give a F*ck” it features great meal and snack options that are vegan and it’s genuinely fun to read. Mysterious ingredients such as tempeh and tofu are broken down in a way that they become child’s play to prepare. I learned about new (to me) things like Chinese five spice, Tamari, and nutritional yeast. I don’t eat near enough vegetables so I often make the recipes as is, but you can easily add meat to most of the recipes. If you haven’t yet, check out their blog and test-drive a few recipes!


GoF Dish and Discuss: Favorite Cookbook

Girl Bonnie here – your resident DIY-er. See that rectangular object I’m holding? It’s a “cookbook”. I know there are young-uns out there scratching your heads, wondering what a cookbook is.

Well, in my day, there was no internet. It’s true. We had to rely on books full of recipes to figure out how to cook things. And, while I confess I’ve dipped my typing fingers into the world wide web to figure out what to do with zucchini, I still love to flip through my many cookbooks. I have a few friends who have had their cookbooks made by traditional publishing standards, and they are amazing! To see your own recipes in print, and actual people are holding them and making these amazing dishes… what a thrill it must be!

My absolute favorite is “The Greens Cook Book” by Debroah Madison. Nearly every recipe I’ve tried has become a success. It’s a vegetarian cookbook, but even you carnivores out there will enjoy recipes such as Cheese & Nut Loaf, Eggplant Gratin With Saffron Custard, and Curried Vegetable Stew.

BTW, Greens is a fabulous vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco. Not only is the food delicious, but the view is spectacular.

I may lose street cred for not plugging a classic cookbook, but “Eggs on Top” by Andrea Slonecker has recently become my favorite. Every recipe includes my favorite food to eat- EGGS! I can eat eggs with every meal, seven days a week. I love them any temperature too, just depends on what kind of a mood I’m in that day.

It won my heart by clearly explaining how to poach an egg, one thing I could never figure out how to do at home. The sage-brown butter eggs is one of those “how have I never thought of that?” recipes and I could eat it all the time. It has fantastic recipes that incorporate eggs into chilaquiles and bourguignon. The eggs in purgatory dish is also great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This book is a great gift for the chicken coupe owner in your life!

Although I am not a vegan, or even a vegetarian, my favorite cookbook is the vegan “Thug Kitchen” by Thug Kitchen. I first found them years ago via their blog, was drawn in by the foul mouthed writing (I have a famously bad mouth), and was sold upon trying their healthy their healthy meals. This cookbook was probably the only one I’ve ever anticipated the release of and considered pre-ordering. With the tagline “Eat Like You Give a F*ck” it features great meal and snack options that are vegan and it’s genuinely fun to read. Mysterious ingredients such as tempeh and tofu are broken down in a way that they become child’s play to prepare. I learned about new (to me) things like Chinese five spice, Tamari, and nutritional yeast. I don’t eat near enough vegetables so I often make the recipes as is, but you can easily add meat to most of the recipes. If you haven’t yet, check out their blog and test-drive a few recipes!


GoF Dish and Discuss: Favorite Cookbook

Girl Bonnie here – your resident DIY-er. See that rectangular object I’m holding? It’s a “cookbook”. I know there are young-uns out there scratching your heads, wondering what a cookbook is.

Well, in my day, there was no internet. It’s true. We had to rely on books full of recipes to figure out how to cook things. And, while I confess I’ve dipped my typing fingers into the world wide web to figure out what to do with zucchini, I still love to flip through my many cookbooks. I have a few friends who have had their cookbooks made by traditional publishing standards, and they are amazing! To see your own recipes in print, and actual people are holding them and making these amazing dishes… what a thrill it must be!

My absolute favorite is “The Greens Cook Book” by Debroah Madison. Nearly every recipe I’ve tried has become a success. It’s a vegetarian cookbook, but even you carnivores out there will enjoy recipes such as Cheese & Nut Loaf, Eggplant Gratin With Saffron Custard, and Curried Vegetable Stew.

BTW, Greens is a fabulous vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco. Not only is the food delicious, but the view is spectacular.

I may lose street cred for not plugging a classic cookbook, but “Eggs on Top” by Andrea Slonecker has recently become my favorite. Every recipe includes my favorite food to eat- EGGS! I can eat eggs with every meal, seven days a week. I love them any temperature too, just depends on what kind of a mood I’m in that day.

It won my heart by clearly explaining how to poach an egg, one thing I could never figure out how to do at home. The sage-brown butter eggs is one of those “how have I never thought of that?” recipes and I could eat it all the time. It has fantastic recipes that incorporate eggs into chilaquiles and bourguignon. The eggs in purgatory dish is also great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This book is a great gift for the chicken coupe owner in your life!

Although I am not a vegan, or even a vegetarian, my favorite cookbook is the vegan “Thug Kitchen” by Thug Kitchen. I first found them years ago via their blog, was drawn in by the foul mouthed writing (I have a famously bad mouth), and was sold upon trying their healthy their healthy meals. This cookbook was probably the only one I’ve ever anticipated the release of and considered pre-ordering. With the tagline “Eat Like You Give a F*ck” it features great meal and snack options that are vegan and it’s genuinely fun to read. Mysterious ingredients such as tempeh and tofu are broken down in a way that they become child’s play to prepare. I learned about new (to me) things like Chinese five spice, Tamari, and nutritional yeast. I don’t eat near enough vegetables so I often make the recipes as is, but you can easily add meat to most of the recipes. If you haven’t yet, check out their blog and test-drive a few recipes!


GoF Dish and Discuss: Favorite Cookbook

Girl Bonnie here – your resident DIY-er. See that rectangular object I’m holding? It’s a “cookbook”. I know there are young-uns out there scratching your heads, wondering what a cookbook is.

Well, in my day, there was no internet. It’s true. We had to rely on books full of recipes to figure out how to cook things. And, while I confess I’ve dipped my typing fingers into the world wide web to figure out what to do with zucchini, I still love to flip through my many cookbooks. I have a few friends who have had their cookbooks made by traditional publishing standards, and they are amazing! To see your own recipes in print, and actual people are holding them and making these amazing dishes… what a thrill it must be!

My absolute favorite is “The Greens Cook Book” by Debroah Madison. Nearly every recipe I’ve tried has become a success. It’s a vegetarian cookbook, but even you carnivores out there will enjoy recipes such as Cheese & Nut Loaf, Eggplant Gratin With Saffron Custard, and Curried Vegetable Stew.

BTW, Greens is a fabulous vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco. Not only is the food delicious, but the view is spectacular.

I may lose street cred for not plugging a classic cookbook, but “Eggs on Top” by Andrea Slonecker has recently become my favorite. Every recipe includes my favorite food to eat- EGGS! I can eat eggs with every meal, seven days a week. I love them any temperature too, just depends on what kind of a mood I’m in that day.

It won my heart by clearly explaining how to poach an egg, one thing I could never figure out how to do at home. The sage-brown butter eggs is one of those “how have I never thought of that?” recipes and I could eat it all the time. It has fantastic recipes that incorporate eggs into chilaquiles and bourguignon. The eggs in purgatory dish is also great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This book is a great gift for the chicken coupe owner in your life!

Although I am not a vegan, or even a vegetarian, my favorite cookbook is the vegan “Thug Kitchen” by Thug Kitchen. I first found them years ago via their blog, was drawn in by the foul mouthed writing (I have a famously bad mouth), and was sold upon trying their healthy their healthy meals. This cookbook was probably the only one I’ve ever anticipated the release of and considered pre-ordering. With the tagline “Eat Like You Give a F*ck” it features great meal and snack options that are vegan and it’s genuinely fun to read. Mysterious ingredients such as tempeh and tofu are broken down in a way that they become child’s play to prepare. I learned about new (to me) things like Chinese five spice, Tamari, and nutritional yeast. I don’t eat near enough vegetables so I often make the recipes as is, but you can easily add meat to most of the recipes. If you haven’t yet, check out their blog and test-drive a few recipes!


GoF Dish and Discuss: Favorite Cookbook

Girl Bonnie here – your resident DIY-er. See that rectangular object I’m holding? It’s a “cookbook”. I know there are young-uns out there scratching your heads, wondering what a cookbook is.

Well, in my day, there was no internet. It’s true. We had to rely on books full of recipes to figure out how to cook things. And, while I confess I’ve dipped my typing fingers into the world wide web to figure out what to do with zucchini, I still love to flip through my many cookbooks. I have a few friends who have had their cookbooks made by traditional publishing standards, and they are amazing! To see your own recipes in print, and actual people are holding them and making these amazing dishes… what a thrill it must be!

My absolute favorite is “The Greens Cook Book” by Debroah Madison. Nearly every recipe I’ve tried has become a success. It’s a vegetarian cookbook, but even you carnivores out there will enjoy recipes such as Cheese & Nut Loaf, Eggplant Gratin With Saffron Custard, and Curried Vegetable Stew.

BTW, Greens is a fabulous vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco. Not only is the food delicious, but the view is spectacular.

I may lose street cred for not plugging a classic cookbook, but “Eggs on Top” by Andrea Slonecker has recently become my favorite. Every recipe includes my favorite food to eat- EGGS! I can eat eggs with every meal, seven days a week. I love them any temperature too, just depends on what kind of a mood I’m in that day.

It won my heart by clearly explaining how to poach an egg, one thing I could never figure out how to do at home. The sage-brown butter eggs is one of those “how have I never thought of that?” recipes and I could eat it all the time. It has fantastic recipes that incorporate eggs into chilaquiles and bourguignon. The eggs in purgatory dish is also great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This book is a great gift for the chicken coupe owner in your life!

Although I am not a vegan, or even a vegetarian, my favorite cookbook is the vegan “Thug Kitchen” by Thug Kitchen. I first found them years ago via their blog, was drawn in by the foul mouthed writing (I have a famously bad mouth), and was sold upon trying their healthy their healthy meals. This cookbook was probably the only one I’ve ever anticipated the release of and considered pre-ordering. With the tagline “Eat Like You Give a F*ck” it features great meal and snack options that are vegan and it’s genuinely fun to read. Mysterious ingredients such as tempeh and tofu are broken down in a way that they become child’s play to prepare. I learned about new (to me) things like Chinese five spice, Tamari, and nutritional yeast. I don’t eat near enough vegetables so I often make the recipes as is, but you can easily add meat to most of the recipes. If you haven’t yet, check out their blog and test-drive a few recipes!


GoF Dish and Discuss: Favorite Cookbook

Girl Bonnie here – your resident DIY-er. See that rectangular object I’m holding? It’s a “cookbook”. I know there are young-uns out there scratching your heads, wondering what a cookbook is.

Well, in my day, there was no internet. It’s true. We had to rely on books full of recipes to figure out how to cook things. And, while I confess I’ve dipped my typing fingers into the world wide web to figure out what to do with zucchini, I still love to flip through my many cookbooks. I have a few friends who have had their cookbooks made by traditional publishing standards, and they are amazing! To see your own recipes in print, and actual people are holding them and making these amazing dishes… what a thrill it must be!

My absolute favorite is “The Greens Cook Book” by Debroah Madison. Nearly every recipe I’ve tried has become a success. It’s a vegetarian cookbook, but even you carnivores out there will enjoy recipes such as Cheese & Nut Loaf, Eggplant Gratin With Saffron Custard, and Curried Vegetable Stew.

BTW, Greens is a fabulous vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco. Not only is the food delicious, but the view is spectacular.

I may lose street cred for not plugging a classic cookbook, but “Eggs on Top” by Andrea Slonecker has recently become my favorite. Every recipe includes my favorite food to eat- EGGS! I can eat eggs with every meal, seven days a week. I love them any temperature too, just depends on what kind of a mood I’m in that day.

It won my heart by clearly explaining how to poach an egg, one thing I could never figure out how to do at home. The sage-brown butter eggs is one of those “how have I never thought of that?” recipes and I could eat it all the time. It has fantastic recipes that incorporate eggs into chilaquiles and bourguignon. The eggs in purgatory dish is also great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This book is a great gift for the chicken coupe owner in your life!

Although I am not a vegan, or even a vegetarian, my favorite cookbook is the vegan “Thug Kitchen” by Thug Kitchen. I first found them years ago via their blog, was drawn in by the foul mouthed writing (I have a famously bad mouth), and was sold upon trying their healthy their healthy meals. This cookbook was probably the only one I’ve ever anticipated the release of and considered pre-ordering. With the tagline “Eat Like You Give a F*ck” it features great meal and snack options that are vegan and it’s genuinely fun to read. Mysterious ingredients such as tempeh and tofu are broken down in a way that they become child’s play to prepare. I learned about new (to me) things like Chinese five spice, Tamari, and nutritional yeast. I don’t eat near enough vegetables so I often make the recipes as is, but you can easily add meat to most of the recipes. If you haven’t yet, check out their blog and test-drive a few recipes!


GoF Dish and Discuss: Favorite Cookbook

Girl Bonnie here – your resident DIY-er. See that rectangular object I’m holding? It’s a “cookbook”. I know there are young-uns out there scratching your heads, wondering what a cookbook is.

Well, in my day, there was no internet. It’s true. We had to rely on books full of recipes to figure out how to cook things. And, while I confess I’ve dipped my typing fingers into the world wide web to figure out what to do with zucchini, I still love to flip through my many cookbooks. I have a few friends who have had their cookbooks made by traditional publishing standards, and they are amazing! To see your own recipes in print, and actual people are holding them and making these amazing dishes… what a thrill it must be!

My absolute favorite is “The Greens Cook Book” by Debroah Madison. Nearly every recipe I’ve tried has become a success. It’s a vegetarian cookbook, but even you carnivores out there will enjoy recipes such as Cheese & Nut Loaf, Eggplant Gratin With Saffron Custard, and Curried Vegetable Stew.

BTW, Greens is a fabulous vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco. Not only is the food delicious, but the view is spectacular.

I may lose street cred for not plugging a classic cookbook, but “Eggs on Top” by Andrea Slonecker has recently become my favorite. Every recipe includes my favorite food to eat- EGGS! I can eat eggs with every meal, seven days a week. I love them any temperature too, just depends on what kind of a mood I’m in that day.

It won my heart by clearly explaining how to poach an egg, one thing I could never figure out how to do at home. The sage-brown butter eggs is one of those “how have I never thought of that?” recipes and I could eat it all the time. It has fantastic recipes that incorporate eggs into chilaquiles and bourguignon. The eggs in purgatory dish is also great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This book is a great gift for the chicken coupe owner in your life!

Although I am not a vegan, or even a vegetarian, my favorite cookbook is the vegan “Thug Kitchen” by Thug Kitchen. I first found them years ago via their blog, was drawn in by the foul mouthed writing (I have a famously bad mouth), and was sold upon trying their healthy their healthy meals. This cookbook was probably the only one I’ve ever anticipated the release of and considered pre-ordering. With the tagline “Eat Like You Give a F*ck” it features great meal and snack options that are vegan and it’s genuinely fun to read. Mysterious ingredients such as tempeh and tofu are broken down in a way that they become child’s play to prepare. I learned about new (to me) things like Chinese five spice, Tamari, and nutritional yeast. I don’t eat near enough vegetables so I often make the recipes as is, but you can easily add meat to most of the recipes. If you haven’t yet, check out their blog and test-drive a few recipes!


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