Cook Beautiful by Athena Calderone

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  • Salt-encrusted red snapper with winter citrus and salsa verde

    • bwhip on December 23, 2018

      I’ve been wanting to try this technique for a while, and tonight was the night. It was fun, and the result was spectacular! The fish turned out great, cooked perfectly and really flavorful. It just melted in our mouths. The salsa verde was really a perfect accompaniment. I served it with the Kohlrabi, apple, and celery root salad with black pepper yogurt from the same cookbook, also fantastic. Looking forward to making both of these again.

  • Kohlrabi, apple, and celery root salad with black pepper yogurt

    • bwhip on December 23, 2018

      Great salad for winter, with a lovely mix of flavors and a great crunch. Dressing is nice and bright. The black pepper yogurt is a great complement. Perfect winter salad if you want something light, interesting, and flavorful.

  • Peach and blackberry crostatas

    • bwhip on August 10, 2018

      These turned out wonderful. Crust was excellent. Easy to put together, nice and flaky. Thyme flavor was just slightly more prevalent than I would like, I think I'll scale it back a bit next time. This made four fairly large individual crostatas. Fantastic with vanilla gelato.

  • Smoked salmon toast with red onion and herbs

    • bwhip on June 05, 2018

      This was quite delicious! We made as a light dinner rather than an appetizer. The contrasting flavors and textures were delightful.

    • ChelseaP on August 05, 2021

      These are a summer staple! Honestly 10/10 so blimmin' delish.

  • Yogurt-marinated chicken and artichoke skewers with herbed dressing

    • bwhip on May 11, 2018

      These were absolutely delicious. The marinade keeps the chicken super moist and flavorful, and the combination of veggies was just perfect. I wasn’t sure that this could stand alone as a dish for dinner, but the great variety of flavors and textures, along with the lemon vinaigrette and tzatziki sauce was just perfect. Loved it.

  • Bucatini with spicy summer tomatoes

    • bwhip on August 10, 2018

      Delicious, and very easy to prepare on a weeknight. Nice, bright, lemony flavor. I used just a bit more habanero than the recipe called for, and I think it could have used even more (or some red pepper flakes) to give it a little more kick (particularly given the name of the dish).

  • Spinach and goat cheese frittata

    • ChelseaP on August 05, 2021

      The best frittata!! Absolutely divine, I make it all the time. The goat cheese is a must. I like to serve it with Athena's pickled red onions and a salad.

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  • ISBN 10 1419726528
  • ISBN 13 9781419726521
  • Published Oct 10 2017
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Abrams

Publishers Text

James Beard Award Winner - Photography 2018

The debut cookbook from Athena Calderone, creator of EyeSwoon, with 100 seasonal recipes for meals as gorgeous as they are delicious.

In Cook Beautiful, Athena reveals the secrets to preparing and presenting unforgettable meals. As the voice and curator behind EyeSwoon, an online lifestyle destination for food, entertaining, fashion, and interior design, Athena cooks with top chefs, hosts incredible dinners, and designs stunning tablescapes, while emphasizing the importance of balancing the visual elements of each dish with incredible flavors. In her debut cookbook, she’s finally showing the rest of us how to achieve her impeccable yet approachable cooking style.

Included are 100 recipes with step-by-step advice on everything from prep to presentation—from artfully layering a peach and burrata salad to searing a perfect steak. Recipes include Grilled Zucchini Flatbread with Ramp-Pistachio Pesto, Charred Eggplant with Zaatar and Yogurt Tahini, Mezzi Rigatoni with Radicchio and Guanciale, Stewed Pork with Squash and Walnut Gremolata, Blood Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Bitters Glaze, and more. Organized by season, each section closes with a tablescape inspired by nature, along with specific table décor and entertaining tips. 
Cook Beautiful is where design meets food, where culinary tradition marries food styling, where home chefs become experts. These are luscious dishes to make for friends and family, with advice that will inspire you to create visually stunning, and still wholly delicious, culinary masterpieces.