In the follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Antoni in the Kitchen, Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski shares exuberantly easy dinners for every night of the week
Let’s Do Dinner is an invitation into Antoni’s easy kitchen. Dinner with Antoni means satisfying meals full of clean protein and loads of vegetables, with splurges of carbs and decadence. Simple, yes, but always special. Antoni keeps shopping lists short and steps and pans to a minimum.
Pulled chicken nachos, pasta carbonara with scallions and peas, or pan-seared steak with harissa butter and crispy potatoes—it’s all good for post-work evenings or casual entertaining. Antoni shows how to crank the flavor, make exciting suppers from pantry staples, create new takes on classics by swapping in one surprising ingredient, and build a rousingly flavored vegan grain bowl. Plus, he lets you in on the secret weapons in every kitchen that get great food on the table fast.
Queer Eye food guy Porowski views the culinary world through a wide-angle lens in his breezy debut. Dinner is loosely defined, with several breakfast-like dishes, such as a plate of fluffy soft-scrambled eggs with shrimp and scallions, auditioning for the role. As he does in the show, Porowski creates meals with an ad-hoc approach ("great discoveries come from being flexible"), while sprinkling in snappy tips, like using applesauce in a vinaigrette to bring a "sweet brightness" to the dish. Chicken or fish add protein to many of the large salads on offer, including a colorful Sicilian tuna salad with beets and oranges. A section of veggie soups and entr es boasts a red lentil soup with ginger and coconut, while a meaty chapter of sandwiches features umami-drenched and coma-inducing pork burgers with gochujang special sauce. Cream and carbs are balanced against the likes of kale, broccoli, and zucchini in a fun and satisfying array of pastas. Meanwhile, chapters devoted to seafood, meats, and sides go big on flavor, be it a sweet and salty shrimp saganaki; an earthy, smoky bean and sausage ragout; or ginger-curry glazed carrots. And to sate fans, full-page spreads of a smiling Porowski appear throughout. This will be easy to devour.