Bestia: Italian Recipes Created in the Heart of L.A. by Ori Menashe, Genevieve Gergis and Lesley Suter is the debut cookbook from LA's phenomenally popular Bestia restaurant. Both restaurant and book feature rustic Italian food with Middle Eastern influences, crafted with intense flavors, house-made charcuterie, pizza and pasta from scratch, along with innovative desserts inspired by home-baked classics.


Photographs capture the vibrancy of the dishes which are both approachable and sophisticated, a mix that will please the experienced cook as well as the novice. Step-by-step process photos accompany certain of the pasta recipes and I am quite taken with the chapter on charcuterie, something which I have always wanted to tackle. The pizza, pasta, sides, and main dish chapters are equally spectacular with a variety of oils and sauces to level up any recipe. But wait, there is more - the desserts! Butterscotch-coconut tart, Apple cider donuts, Chestnut zeppole and many other treats await you here. Zeppole is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

This book made my Best Books of 2018 list as it is the perfect package: beautiful photographs, approachable yet refined recipes and Italian food!  Our  takes you inside this beautiful title and features the following 


Special thanks to the publisher, Ten Speed Press, who provided us with the materials for our EYBDigital preview above as well as three copies of this book in our giveaway below. 


The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. 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?

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  • banba1  on  2/4/2019 at 11:21 PM

    Strawberry mostarda sounds amazing!

  • EmilyR  on  2/4/2019 at 11:50 PM

    Lemon-poppy seed olive oil cake

  • lpatterson412  on  2/5/2019 at 1:03 AM

    Lemon chili vinaigrette!

  • heyjude  on  2/5/2019 at 1:22 AM

    Candied Blood-Orange Peel

  • Ziggy7  on  2/5/2019 at 7:31 AM

    Coraline and citrus salad with mascarpone yogurt, radish, and celery

  • vickster  on  2/5/2019 at 7:47 AM

    Wow finally a book with unique recipes! The Smoked pork old-fashioned and the Persimmon Caramel have me intrigued, as well as many other recipes!

  • kmn4  on  2/5/2019 at 8:53 AM

    Fried lentils

  • asherares  on  2/5/2019 at 9:03 AM

    The Baked Endive with black butter sounds so good.

  • apprentice9  on  2/5/2019 at 9:04 AM

    The N’duja Pizza! We were lucky enough to eat there once and that pizza was divine!

  • stepspior  on  2/5/2019 at 9:55 AM

    Margherita pizza

  • lean1  on  2/5/2019 at 10:31 AM

    Burrata Pizza would be my first choice. I love Pizza!

  • sarahawker  on  2/5/2019 at 10:40 AM

    Bestia cola

  • Shana.  on  2/5/2019 at 11:02 AM

    Farro salad with pomegranate and walnuts

  • mcrimmins  on  2/5/2019 at 11:13 AM


  • matag  on  2/5/2019 at 12:50 PM

    Grilled rib-eye with apple balsamic-black butter sauce

  • dbielick  on  2/5/2019 at 1:49 PM

    Tortellini di mortadella

  • ktwalla  on  2/5/2019 at 1:56 PM

    Strawberry Mostarda

  • infotrop  on  2/5/2019 at 2:03 PM

    Burrata pizza ...never can resist burrata

  • MiMi60  on  2/5/2019 at 2:38 PM

    Prepared lobster

  • popoff  on  2/5/2019 at 3:17 PM

    Farro salad with pomegranate and walnuts

  • ccav  on  2/5/2019 at 3:41 PM

    Farro salad with cauliflower and avocado cream

  • DarcyVaughn  on  2/5/2019 at 4:54 PM

    Chicken liver pâté with date vinegar, tarragon, and preserved lemon

  • hillsboroks  on  2/6/2019 at 9:08 AM

    Bananas Foster Caramel

  • Amandaspamanda  on  2/6/2019 at 9:27 AM

    I want to make the Cinnamon vinaigrette, it sounds so exotic!

  • tennyogirl  on  2/6/2019 at 11:23 AM

    Cinnamon vinaigrette

  • JenjiRM  on  2/6/2019 at 2:13 PM

    Ricotta-pear tart!

  • annieski  on  2/7/2019 at 6:13 AM

    Grilled octopus with black braised garbanzo beans and paprika salsa verde with the Ricotta-pear tart for dessert!

  • ravensfan  on  2/7/2019 at 4:42 PM

    Lemon-thyme vinaigrette

  • leilx  on  2/7/2019 at 6:56 PM

    Sunchoke soup with pickled Fresno chilies and oregano

  • elsid22  on  2/8/2019 at 6:20 PM

    Bananas foster w caramel

  • mpdeb98  on  2/9/2019 at 2:18 PM

    Grilled fennel-crusted pork chop

  • LaurenE  on  2/9/2019 at 7:12 PM

    Candied Blood-Orange Peel

  • t.t  on  2/9/2019 at 10:38 PM


  • Dannausc  on  2/10/2019 at 11:12 AM

    Pickled sunchokes

  • mph993  on  2/10/2019 at 7:14 PM

    Grilled fennel-crusted pork chop

  • thecharlah  on  2/10/2019 at 8:47 PM

    Grilled rib-eye with apple balsamic-black butter sauce

  • edyenicole  on  2/13/2019 at 7:11 PM

    the fried lentils!

  • Laura1  on  2/13/2019 at 7:59 PM

    Cinnamon vinaigrette

  • jmay42066  on  2/15/2019 at 4:13 PM

    Mexican wedding cookies

  • lauriesk  on  2/16/2019 at 5:05 PM

    Grilled pork porterhouse

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