As an award-winning chef and the owner of six busy restaurants across two continents, Nancy Silverton was so consumed by her life in the professional kitchen that for years she almost never cooked at home. With her intense focus on the business of cooking, Nancy had forgotten what made her love to cook in the first place: fabulous ingredients at the height of their season, simple food served family style, and friends and loved ones gathered around the dinner table. Then, on a restorative trip to Italy—with its ripe vegetables, magnificent landscapes, and long summer days—Nancy began to cook for friends and family again, and rediscovered the great pleasures (and great tastes!) of cooking and eating at home.
Now, in Mozza at Home, Nancy shares her renewed passion and provides nineteen menus packed with easy-to-follow recipes that can be prepared in advance (with no fancy restaurant equipment needed!) and are perfect for entertaining. Organized by meal, each menu provides a main dish along with a complementary selection of appetizers and side dishes. Under Nancy’s guidance you can mix and match all the options depending on the size of your gathering. Make a few sides for a small dinner party with friends, or make them all for a delicious family feast! And don’t forget dessert—there’s an entire chapter dedicated to end-of-meal treats such as Devil’s Food Rings with Spiced White Mountain Frosting and Dario’s Olive Oil Cake with Rosemary and Pine Nuts that can be prepared hours before serving so that the host gets to relax during the event too.
Whether it’s Marinated Olives and Fresh Pecorino and other appetizers that can be put out while you’re assembling the rest of the meal . . . salads, such as Endive Salad with Date Anchovy Dressing, composed of sturdy lettuces that won’t wilt . . . simple sides, such as Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas with Cumin Vinaigrette, that are just as delicious served at room temperature as they are warm . . . or show-stopping mains such as the Flattened Chicken Thighs with Charred Lemon Salsa Verde—there is something here for everyone and every occasion. With clever tips on how to organize your table and your time when serving many guests, Mozza at Home helps you throw the perfect dinner party—one that’s positively stress-free and delicious!
When entertaining friends and family at home, buffets are simple yet sophisticated, and Silverton (The Mozza Cookbook), founder of L.A.'s Mozza restaurants and La Brea Bakery, invites cooks into her home kitchen for creating stress-free, stylish spreads. In 19 menus for every occasion plus a dessert chapter, Silverton offers dishes inspired by rustic seasonal fare that shapes her tavola when she's in Umbria, Italy. But the menus are not strictly Italian; there are Latin, Indian, and Middle Eastern influences. Dishes are sturdy enough to "hold up" on a buffet table: grilled lamb chops in minted yogurt sauce with farro salad and roasted eggplant; oven-roasted grapes on the vine drizzled with honey and served with ricotta. Secrets of the ultimate hamburger include a mustard crust, caramelized onions, and multiple sauce options. With mix-and-match flexibility, this meal-planning guide helps hosts "optimize the guests' experience." Silverton shares tips on buffet presentation, division of labor, and the importance of colorful plating for a harmonious, casual dining experience that brings "immense pleasure from cooking a meal and serving it to family and friends."
Mozza at home