NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the New York Times food editor and former restaurant critic comes a cookbook to help us rediscover the art of Sunday supper and the joy of gathering with friends and family
“A book to make home cooks, and those they feed, very happy indeed.”—Nigella Lawson
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • Town & Country • Garden & Gun
“People are lonely,” Sam Sifton writes. “They want to be part of something, even when they can’t identify that longing as a need. They show up. Feed them. It isn’t much more complicated than that.” Regular dinners with family and friends, he argues, are a metaphor for connection, a space where memories can be shared as easily as salt or hot sauce, where deliciousness reigns. The point of Sunday supper is to gather around a table with good company and eat.
From years spent talking to restaurant chefs, cookbook authors, and home cooks in connection with his daily work at The New York Times, Sam Sifton’s See You on Sunday is a book to make those dinners possible. It is a guide to preparing meals for groups larger than the average American family (though everything here can be scaled down, or up). The 200 recipes are mostly simple and inexpensive (“You are not a feudal landowner entertaining the serfs”), and they derive from decades spent cooking for family and groups ranging from six to sixty.
From big meats to big pots, with a few words on salad, and a diatribe on the needless complexity of desserts, See You on Sunday is an indispensable addition to any home cook’s library. From how to shuck an oyster to the perfection of Mallomars with flutes of milk, from the joys of grilled eggplant to those of gumbo and bog, this book is devoted to the preparation of delicious proteins and grains, vegetables and desserts, taco nights and pizza parties.
New York Times food editor Sifton delivers a lush and fun guide to creating memorable Sunday dinners for large groups of friends and family. Advising readers not to take Sunday dinners "too seriously" because they are "simply special occasions that are not at all extraordinary," Sifton provides enhanced takes on such classic recipes as chicken Proven al, barbecued pork ribs, and calzones. The recipes are straightforward, and their introductions are both entertaining, thanks to Sifton's lyrical prose ("The onion leaves a sweet whisper"), and helpful (he lists crab and pheasant as alternatives to chicken for his gumbo). Some of the less familiar options include roast goose with potatoes, sweet and sour brisket (the two key ingredients are soy sauce and Coca-Cola), and shrimp pizza with bacon and artichokes. Readers will also relish the advice Sifton offers, including how to keep plates warm (e.g., put the plates in the dishwasher and use the "plate warmer" function) and how to save money when purchasing meats (he suggests buying cheaper cuts that still pack lots of flavor, like pork butts). This is an excellent resource for family meals that readers will turn to time and again.