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Bestia: Italian Recipes Created in the Heart of L.A. by Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis and Lesley Suter

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

    • bwhip on December 26, 2018

      This salad is fantastic. Such a great mix of sweet and tangy, crispy and creamy, with a little spice and just the right amount of seasoning. Unfortunately, the two stores I went to had neither coraline or endive, so I swapped in arugula. Looking forward to trying it again with the original ingredient. Otherwise, couldn’t have been more pleased with this one.

  • Farro salad with cauliflower and avocado cream

    • bwhip on December 29, 2018

      Fair bit of work to put this together, but it makes for a very delicious and interesting salad. I only had regular goat cheese, so used that, and used less of the pickled chiles than called for as I was concerned the quantity might overpower the dish. Avocado cream is really delicious and creamy, and provides a nice balance to the crunch of the cauliflower.

  • Meatballs with creamy ricotta, tomato sauce, and braised greens with preserved lemon

    • bwhip on December 29, 2018

      Wow, was this ever good. So many layers of flavors. Best meatballs I've ever made. The sauce is fantastic, and easy to throw together once you have the soffritto (which I'd made the night before). The ricotta and greens are just the perfect addition to the dish. We made it as a main course, and I served it with flatbread (the Baco Bread recipe we love so much). Wonderful dish.

  • Lemon-poppy seed olive oil cake

    • bwhip on January 03, 2019

      I love this cake. So simple, but so very flavorful! Great texture, nice and moist with a crispy edge, and the poppy seeds give it a nice added depth. Just great all by itself. Excellent recipe.

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Reviews about this book

  • Eat Your Books by Jenny Hartin

    Bestia mixes refinement with rustic Italian cooking to deliver fresh, beautiful dishes that anyone can master.

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  • What's Gaby Cooking

    ...easily my favorite restaurant in all of LA. They nail Italian food to a T. The pizza, the salads, the sides, the cocktails, you cannot go wrong!

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  • ISBN 10 0399580905
  • ISBN 13 9780399580901
  • Published Oct 30 2018
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 304
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

The debut cookbook from LA's phenomenally popular Bestia restaurant featuring rustic Italian food with Middle Eastern influences, and driven by intense flavors, house-made charcuterie, pizza and pasta from scratch, and innovative desserts inspired by home-baked classics.

This ambitious and far-reaching debut cookbook showcases all of the satisfying and flavor-forward food that has made Bestia one of the most talked-about restaurants in the country. Bestia is known for direct and bold flavors, typified by dishes like fennel-crusted pork chops; meatballs with tomato, ricotta, Swiss chard, and preserved lemon; spinach gnocchi; and tomato and burrata salad; capped off with homey and whimsical desserts like rainbow sherbet, apple cider donuts, and butterscotch coconut tart. Chef Ori Menashe marries his training in Italian restaurants with the Israeli and Middle Eastern food that he grew up eating, to create a delicious hybrid of two of the most popular cuisines.