Cook Simply, Live Fully – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US giveaway to win one of two copies of Cook Simply, Live Fully: Flexible, Flavorful Dinner Recipes for Any Mood by Yasmin Fahr. In addition, EYB is providing one additional copy open worldwide. Please note the Events that Yasmin has on our Calendar.

Cook Simply, Live Fully: Flexible, Flavorful Dinner Recipes for Any Mood by Yasmin Fahr offers 120 recipes to relief some of the stress out of dinnertime. With dishes that span the range of “too tired to chop vegetables” to “up for a challenge but please make it snappy”, the author has us covered.

Yasmin’s approach is all about simplicity and flavor while keeping things nutritious and vegetable-forward. I want to make so many recipes from this book including: Garlicky ground chicken with ginger & scallions; Crispy & crunchy oregano chicken; and Vinegary winter pork chops with feta & Parmesan white beans – and I have several dozen others marked to try.

There are several online recipes from the author’s site here:

In addition, the publisher has shared the recipe below for our Members: 

Braised chicken thighs with coconut milk, chile & pineapple
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The pineapple addition to this recipe did not come about during a moment of culinary genius. Nor did it occur because I thought about how the sweet-sour profile often used in Thai cuisine might work here. It happened because I was too lazy to cut open a pineapple I’d purchased. After first making this, I knew it needed a little something more, which is when I looked over at my pineapple, the eyes on its body, fully yellow, mocking me with its obvious ripeness, countering my obvious laziness. That’s when the lightbulb went off. Still, I hesitated because I remember all the bad ’80s/early ’90s food that contained overly sweet pineapple, but let me reassure you that the pineapple-just a cup of it-balances out the richness of the braising liquid.

Serves 4

  • l (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk
  • l tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • l tablespoon soy sauce
  • l (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 to 2½ pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • l (4 to 6-ounce) tube tomato paste (about ½ cup) preferably double- concentrated
  • l cup fresh or thawed frozen pineapple chunks
  • 2 limes:1 halved,1 cut into wedges
  • 1 Fresno pepper. cut into rounds (and seeded, if you’re sensitive to heat)
  • ¼ cup packed fresh cilantro, leaves and tender stems, gently torn or chopped
  • Naan or cooked rice, for serving

Pour the coconut milk into a measuring cup or large bowl. Add the cumin, turmeric, a few grinds of black pepper, the soy sauce, and the ginger slices and stir to combine. Set aside.

Pat the chicken dry, then season all over with salt, including underneath the skin, if you’re okay with that. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until very hat, about 2 minutes. Carefully pour in the olive oil, then add the chicken, skin-side down, and cook, without moving it, until the skin is browned and easily releases from the pan, 5 to 7 minutes (it’s okay if the chicken thighs are snug in the pan). Use tongs to flip the chicken thighs, cook for 4 minutes more, then rest them along the sides of the pan, with the skin side visible to you, like they are fans at a stadium watching a soccer game in the middle of the pan.

Reduce the heat to medium. Add the tomato paste to the center of the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until it’s a fiery red color, about 2 minutes. Add the pineapple to the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the coconut mixture, stirring as best you can with the tomato paste, then nestle the chicken back in, skin-side up.

Raise the heat to bring the liquid to a gentle simmer, with small bubbles forming around the chicken pieces, avoiding a boil.

Cook until the mixture has thickened and the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime over the dish, then top with the Fresno pepper and cilantro and serve with the lime wedges and naan or rice.

Recipe excerpt from Cook Simply, Live Fully by Yasmin Fahr, 2024. Harper.

I have enjoyed Yasmin’s two prior cookbooks, Keeping It Simple: Easy Weeknight One-Pot Recipes and Boards & Spreads: Shareable, Simple Arrangements for Every Meal but this one is my favorite. These are recipes that take little time but will satisfy and impress those gathered around your table.

Special thanks to the publisher for providing two copies of this title in our promotion (EYB is providing one additional copy worldwide). Entry options include answering the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you like to try first?

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102 Comments

  • lean1  on  May 3, 2024

    Chicken thighs with chili crisp

  • ravensfan  on  May 3, 2024

    Miso-ghee soba noodles

  • hangryviking  on  May 3, 2024

    Summery pasta with vegetables & goat cheese

  • matag  on  May 3, 2024

    Smashed ginger-scallion chicken burgers

  • sthomas65  on  May 3, 2024

    Carmelized onions with eggplant and tomato orzo

  • Ljhfike  on  May 3, 2024

    A simple cheesy pasta with lots of possibilities

  • mcrimmins  on  May 3, 2024

    Scorched Feta with Corn & Boccolini

  • dataentrytard  on  May 4, 2024

    I would like to try the lime & pepper tuna on toast.

  • dataentrytard  on  May 4, 2024

    I would like to try the lime & pepper tuna on toast.

  • virjeania  on  May 4, 2024

    A simple cheesy pasta with lots of possibilities

  • AirWaWa  on  May 4, 2024

    Chicken thighs with chili crisp

  • htomren  on  May 4, 2024

    Skillet chicken with peppers & onions

  • Acarroll  on  May 5, 2024

    Onions and eggplant with tomato orzo

  • infotrop  on  May 5, 2024

    Crispy lemony-yogurt chicken for a crowd

  • stahl_amy  on  May 5, 2024

    Turkey burgers

  • demomcook  on  May 5, 2024

    Skillet eggplant lasagna

  • elysedc  on  May 5, 2024

    Bread & cheese (aka noon-e-paneer) and Sheet pan asparagus with tomatoes, eggs & feta AND Scorched feta with corn & broccolini ooof this book looks GOOD

  • DarcyVaughn  on  May 6, 2024

    Tinned fish & red pepper & vinegary pasta

  • clairew137  on  May 6, 2024

    Miso-ghee soba noodles

  • CourtneyT  on  May 6, 2024

    Roasted apricots with basil & feta

  • sarahawker  on  May 6, 2024

    Sausage meatballs with halloumi & tomatoes

  • tarae1204  on  May 7, 2024

    Baked chicken meatballs with orange-honey yogurt dip

  • TazinaTlo  on  May 7, 2024

    Turkey Burgers

  • Laluzdelaluna  on  May 7, 2024

    Chicken thighs with chili crisp

  • BMeyer  on  May 7, 2024

    smashed ginger scallion chicken burgers

  • jd5761  on  May 7, 2024

    Miso ghee soba noodles

  • schesshire  on  May 8, 2024

    Skillet eggplant!

  • Starry_Joce  on  May 8, 2024

    I would like to try the Miso-ghee soba noodles.

  • LeMinou  on  May 8, 2024

    Cheesy Pasta

  • hillsboroks  on  May 9, 2024

    Roasted apricots with basil and feta

  • roxlet  on  May 9, 2024

    Chicken thighs with chili crisp

  • Wende  on  May 9, 2024

    One-pot lemony miso & white bean chicken soup with spinach

  • Maefleur  on  May 10, 2024

    miso ginger chicken thighs

  • reader1trees  on  May 10, 2024

    Limey feta & sumac pasta

  • ozfoodie  on  May 10, 2024

    It’s autumn here now, so the Autumnal cider-braised chicken with apples sounds perfect!

  • porcupines  on  May 10, 2024

    I’d try the simple cheesy pasta with lots of possibilities!

  • davisesq212  on  May 11, 2024

    Skillet eggplant lasagna

  • oduong930  on  May 11, 2024

    Caramelized onions with eggplant and tomato orzo

  • teammercury9546  on  May 12, 2024

    The smashed turkey burgers sound delicious

  • LaurenE  on  May 12, 2024

    Chicken thighs with chili crisp

  • Jnr2389  on  May 12, 2024

    Smashed turkey burgers!

  • cmeiling  on  May 13, 2024

    Crispy lemony yogurt chicken!

  • tucsonsandy  on  May 13, 2024

    Summery pasta with vegetables & goat cheese

  • sarahteertzah  on  May 13, 2024

    Autumnal cider-braised chicken with apples

  • RSW  on  May 14, 2024

    Baked chicken meatballs with orange-honey yogurt dip

  • hibeez  on  May 14, 2024

    Limey feta & sumac pasta.

  • debbiehb  on  May 14, 2024

    Soy-steamed salmon fillets with greens

  • GreenhouseCheryl  on  May 14, 2024

    Sausage meatballs with halloumi & tomatoes

  • JenjiD  on  May 15, 2024

    Scorched feta with corn & broccolini

  • laurencooks  on  May 15, 2024

    Since I’m always looking for more ways to cook salmon: Roasted mustard salmon with hint-of-mint escarole salad

  • TracieFromClinton  on  May 18, 2024

    Limey Feta and sumac pasta sounds so interesting. I just got a jar of sumac.

  • bopper  on  May 18, 2024

    Simple skillet eggs

  • aesop57  on  May 18, 2024

    Chicken thighs with chili crisp

  • Plumbobmummy  on  May 19, 2024

    10 minute spicy tomato pasta

  • Isis1981uk  on  May 19, 2024

    A simple cheesy pasta with lots of possibilities

  • Sand9  on  May 19, 2024

    Roasted apricots with basil and feta x

  • Babycarrot  on  May 20, 2024

    Skillet eggplant lasagna

  • laurenodell  on  May 20, 2024

    miso ghee soba noodles

  • rodinia  on  May 20, 2024

    Chicken thighs with chili crisp – comment from Europe

  • mauwi  on  May 22, 2024

    Chicken thighs with chili crisp

  • lollipop123  on  May 23, 2024

    A simple cheesy pasta with lots of possibilities

  • AArgersi  on  May 24, 2024

    Chicken Thighs with Chili Crisp!

  • itadakimasu  on  May 24, 2024

    Miso-ghee soba noodles

  • lisambb  on  May 24, 2024

    Smashed ginger-scallion chicken burgers

  • foodie16  on  May 24, 2024

    Whitefish salad

  • abcdefghijk  on  May 25, 2024

    Turkey burgers

  • ktrum7  on  May 25, 2024

    Caramelized onions & eggplant with tomato orzo!

  • Leonard5854  on  May 25, 2024

    Baked goat cheese meatballs with lime yogurt dip

  • kula  on  May 25, 2024

    Onion and eggplant orzo

  • mpdeb98  on  May 26, 2024

    Sausage meatballs with halloumi & tomatoes

  • lookitstracey  on  May 26, 2024

    Lemony carbonara-ish pasta

  • banba1  on  May 27, 2024

    Scorched feta with corn & broccolini sounds delightful!

  • silversand  on  May 29, 2024

    Citrusy kale & Brussels salad with Parm & pistachios

  • chris2468  on  May 30, 2024

    Skillet chicken with peppers & onions

  • callanc  on  May 30, 2024

    One-pot lemon cumin chicken with rice and feta

  • coolasfolk  on  May 30, 2024

    Big cockle energy!

  • tucsonsandy  on  May 30, 2024

    Carmelized onions with eggplant and tomato orzo

  • ChicagoJen  on  May 30, 2024

    The simple cheesy pasta with lots of possibilities seems like something that would be great for my repertoire

  • maggz19671  on  May 31, 2024

    Scorched Feta with Corn & Boccolini

  • Lora724  on  June 1, 2024

    Quickie tomato pasta soup & salad sounds delish!

  • Jrance  on  June 1, 2024

    Sausage meatballs with Halloumi and tomatoes

  • TBipp  on  June 1, 2024

    Garlicky Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta

  • brigs03  on  June 1, 2024

    Smashed ginger-scallion chicken burgers

  • hibeez  on  June 2, 2024

    On a feta kick lately, so I’d like to try Limey feta & sumac pasta.

  • hibeez  on  June 2, 2024

    On a feta kick lately, so I’d like to try Limey feta & sumac pasta.

  • runningmom  on  June 2, 2024

    bread and cheese, please

  • abdouglass  on  June 2, 2024

    chicken thighs with chili crisps

  • LSanders  on  June 2, 2024

    Crispy lemony-yogurt chicken for a crowd

  • Kelli_L  on  June 3, 2024

    10 minute spicy tomato pasta

  • Amann  on  June 3, 2024

    Onions and eggplant with tomato orzo

  • elisabeta  on  June 4, 2024

    Co-operative Society warehouse.

  • Shelley.b  on  June 4, 2024

    Baked chicken meatballs with orange-honey yogurt dip

  • offenbach  on  June 5, 2024

    Miso-coconut rice with greens

  • itssteph  on  June 5, 2024

    Miso-coconut rice with greens

  • chezlarios  on  June 6, 2024

    One-pot lemony miso & white bean chicken soup with spinach

  • dtremit  on  June 8, 2024

    Would try the stewed chicken with red wine & prunes — prunes are underrated!

  • AnnaZed  on  June 8, 2024

    Scorched feta with corn & broccolini

  • IngridO  on  June 13, 2024

    Sausage meatballs with halloumi & tomatoes

  • Charlieemma  on  June 14, 2024

    Skillet eggplant lasagna

  • NatalyaM  on  June 16, 2024

    Skillet tortellini with blistered tomatoes

  • hnordhed  on  June 16, 2024

    I am always looking for other ways to eat radishes that aren’t raw, so I would try: Lime-ginger roasted radishes

  • PumpkinTravels  on  June 17, 2024

    Carmelized onions with eggplant and tomato orzo

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