A Very Serious Cookbook

A Very Serious Cookbook: Contra Wildair by Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske is a tale of two places beloved by chefs and foodies worldwide - Lower East Side tasting-menu restaurant Contra, and its more casual sister, Wildair. The chefs are known for their seasonal cooking style, boundary-pushing creativity, and love of natural wine. This book provides a snap shot of two New York restaurant chefs and what makes them tick.


A Very Serious Cookbook includes 85 recipes organized into the following chapters: Always (mainstay, non-seasonal); Sometimes (hyper-seasonal, guest chef collaborations, international travel inspiration); Never (dishes on the menu once, not existent yet, all important); and Pantry. Photographs of finished dishes, its locality, and travel bring the restaurant and its dishes to life. 

These recipes are not for the faint of heart. They require some skill and planning. While more approachable than some high-end restaurant cookbooks, the dishes here are impressive and unlike any others that your dinner guests (or yourself) will experience. This is a book for the adventurous cook - the one who wants to push the envelope and expand their culinary horizons. All of the above is delivered with witty narrative, fun graphics and gorgeous photographs. 


Our   takes you inside this title and features the following 

Special thanks to Phaidon for providing us with the materials for our preview above as well as offering two copies of this book in our giveaway below.  


The publisher is offering two copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, CA, UK and AU. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option - the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries.

Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on March 15th, 2019. (Prizes may be delayed in sending awaiting re-printing).


  • kmn4  on  1/8/2019 at 8:16 AM

    Strawberry, lavender

  • parnassus  on  1/8/2019 at 12:44 PM

    tripe, razor clams, dandelion

  • stepspior  on  1/8/2019 at 1:02 PM

    Pommes Darphin, uni, jalapeño

  • Brancica  on  1/8/2019 at 2:05 PM

    The spicy tuna & tomatoes dish looks good. I love the chapter headings

  • Kduncan  on  1/9/2019 at 9:02 AM

    Blue crab, celery, white asparagus

  • lapsapchung  on  1/9/2019 at 10:54 AM

    Persimmon, butternut squash. country ham

  • ravensfan  on  1/9/2019 at 12:41 PM

    XO Sauce

  • sarahawker  on  1/10/2019 at 7:25 AM

    Persimmon, tangerine, bourbon

  • whatamunky12  on  1/10/2019 at 3:06 PM

    Spicy tuna, tomato, sourdough

  • Livia  on  1/11/2019 at 2:16 AM

    Persimmon, butternut squash, country ham sounds niceeee

  • Dannausc  on  1/11/2019 at 5:40 AM

    Strawberry, charred milk

  • Amandaspamanda  on  1/11/2019 at 10:20 AM

    I would try " Spicy tuna, tomato, sourdough ", it sounds so fresh and tasty!

  • fraujunk  on  1/11/2019 at 6:02 PM

    The spicy tuna, tomato and sourdough sound delicious!

  • Lkitchings  on  1/11/2019 at 6:50 PM

    Little gem lettuce, pistachio, herbs (page 50)

  • banba1  on  1/11/2019 at 7:39 PM

    Mmmm, Sumac crackers

  • lgroom  on  1/11/2019 at 10:09 PM

    Persimmon, tangerine, bourbon

  • Steben  on  1/12/2019 at 4:13 PM

    Blue crab, celery, white asparagus

  • debbiehb  on  1/12/2019 at 4:41 PM

    Scallop, succulents, brown butter

  • t.t  on  1/12/2019 at 7:42 PM

    The chocolate tart

  • KarenGlad  on  1/12/2019 at 8:46 PM

    the panna cotta

  • LaurenE  on  1/13/2019 at 8:59 AM

    Strawberry, charred milk

  • jmay42066  on  1/13/2019 at 12:13 PM

    The chocolate tart

  • thecharlah  on  1/13/2019 at 9:32 PM

    Sumac crackers

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  1/14/2019 at 11:49 AM

    I would like to make the Tomato, leche de tigre, nasturtium.

  • popoff  on  1/16/2019 at 4:31 PM

    Monkfish, cabbage, greens

  • elsid22  on  1/16/2019 at 5:25 PM

    Elderflower pistachio!

  • antpantsii  on  1/17/2019 at 10:06 PM

    Fried squid and lemon aioli

  • CarbonToe  on  1/18/2019 at 4:40 PM

    Chicken, mushroom blood pudding

  • antpantsii  on  1/19/2019 at 11:23 AM

    Monkfish Cabbage Greens sounds bizarre but would like to attempt it

  • tennyogirl  on  1/22/2019 at 3:47 PM

    Melon, cucumber, almond milk

  • Karla123  on  1/23/2019 at 5:45 PM

    Pickled jalapeños!

  • Ishtar  on  1/24/2019 at 10:25 AM

    Skate, chamomile, morel

  • TanyaD  on  1/27/2019 at 9:42 AM

    Fried squid, lemon, aioli

  • susannahchen  on  1/28/2019 at 4:42 PM

    Fried squid and lemon aioli

  • Sfgordon  on  1/28/2019 at 5:28 PM

    I would love to try the Sumac crackers!

  • MiMi60  on  1/28/2019 at 8:41 PM

    Blue crab, celery, white asparagus

  • EmilyR  on  1/28/2019 at 10:15 PM

    the chocolate tart

  • Laura1  on  1/30/2019 at 7:35 PM

    chocolate tart

  • Uhmandanicole  on  2/2/2019 at 1:29 AM

    Strawberry, charred milk

  • RSW  on  2/3/2019 at 8:14 AM

    Beet, hazelnut, yogurt

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  2/3/2019 at 1:22 PM

    spring lamb, peas, pistachio found on page 210

  • janv  on  2/3/2019 at 3:46 PM

    Spicy tuna, tomato, sourdough

  • auntietina  on  2/5/2019 at 10:10 PM

    Beef tartare, smoked cheddar, horseradish! Beef tartare is one of my best childhood food memories!

  • JenjiRM  on  2/6/2019 at 3:20 PM

    Halibut, green peppercorn, spring onion

  • Dendav  on  2/9/2019 at 2:44 PM

    Panna cotta

  • RickPearson54  on  2/9/2019 at 4:50 PM

    Panna cotta

  • alicemb  on  2/9/2019 at 5:06 PM

    Potato, cheddar, walnut- a delicious combination of ingredients

  • Goodcookermom  on  2/9/2019 at 7:53 PM

    The chocolate tart

  • jnavarro2019  on  2/10/2019 at 7:41 AM

    rye, raspberry and banana sounds interesting!

  • mph993  on  2/10/2019 at 11:01 AM

    Beef tartare, smoked cheddar, horseradish

  • mrscahughes  on  2/10/2019 at 2:43 PM

    blue crab with veg

  • tararr  on  2/11/2019 at 12:38 PM

    Being a Marylander, I would have to try Blue crab, celery, white asparagus first.

  • chimpbob  on  2/13/2019 at 1:31 PM

    Chocolate Tart

  • edyenicole  on  2/13/2019 at 7:34 PM

    the XO sauce!

  • laurencooks  on  2/15/2019 at 12:56 PM

    Fluke, pineapple, and 'nduja sounds pretty perfect. A great cookbook to have in the arsenal!

  • Sand9  on  2/17/2019 at 7:29 AM

    The Chocolate tart x

  • silversand  on  2/22/2019 at 5:37 AM

    Squid, eggplant, squash

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