NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Recipes to match every mood, situation, and vibe from the James Beard Award–winning author of Where Cooking Begins
ONE OF THE TEN BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR: San Francisco Chronicle • ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR: Time Out, Glamour, Taste of Home
Great food is an achievable part of every day, no matter how busy you are; the key is to have go-to recipes for every situation and for whatever you have on hand. The recipes in That Sounds So Good are split between weekday and weekend cooking. When time is short, turn to quick stovetop suppers, one-pot meals, and dinner salads. And for the weekend, lean into lazy lunches, simmered stews, and hands-off roasts.
Carla’s dishes are as inviting and get-your-attention-good as ever. All the recipes—such as Fat Noodles with Pan-Roasted Mushrooms and Crushed Herb Sauce or Chicken Legs with Warm Spices—come with multiple ingredient swaps and suggestions, so you can make each one your own. That Sounds So Good shows Carla at her effortless best, and shows how you can be, too.
James Beard Award winning chef Lalli Music (Where Cooking Begins) provides "recipes and kitchen encouragement to go with every hunger" in this stellar collection. In her companionable style, she arms readers with the tools to cook efficiently and whenever the inspiration strikes, starting with a helpful tutorial on balancing "inactive" and "active" cooking times (the key is to prep during downtime) and a "waste-reducing strategy for food shopping" that involves relying on a stocked pantry and only going out for perishable things. Recipes are broken down into options for weekdays where "stovetop suppers" and big salads save the day and lazy lunches and dinners for the weekend. Weeknight standouts include salt-and-sugar pork rib chops, for which greens are wilted in pork drippings, and a lightning-fast gingery ground beef with lime and herbs. Come Friday night, she leans more luxurious with a cold sliced steak with arugula and parmesan, a spicy seafood stew, and whole grilled fish (pro tip: douse it with oil to avoid sticking). A master planner, she also includes substitutes for every recipe, to avoid "having dinner upended by a single missing ingredient." Bursting with flavor and potential, these everyday recipes are far from everyday.