Cooking is my therapy. Nothing beats the feeling of kicking back after a long day of work, putting on one of my favorite podcasts (How I Built This
or The West Wing Weekly
) and de-stressing in the kitchen. Lately I've been obsessed with trying out recipes from a new cookbook, called Neighborhood
, that we'll soon be stocking in our stores. The book is written by Hetty McKinnon, this month's friend of 7115
. I'm so excited to be hosting our first ever 7115 Neighborhood Dinner
with Hetty next month. Tickets for the event are sold out now, but that doesn't mean that you can't throw your own family-style dinner with your community. The recipes in this book are big - not just in portion sizes, but also in flavor, which makes them great for sharing. They may a bit more complex to make, but with every recipe you learn something new and that's my favorite thing about the book.
In the last two weeks I've cooked six salads. From just six recipes I've learnt about new ways of cooking my favorite vegetable (cauliflower), about new grains that I didn't even know existed (move over quinoa, here comes bulgur wheat and freekeh), and that there are over a million ways to use lentils. The book has become a permanent part of my kitchen and I can't wait to see what else I will learn from attempting all the other recipes. This book will change your way of thinking about vegetables and your perception of salads forever. The best part about it is that it doesn't buy into trends. It's timeless. It doesn't label itself as a something for vegetarians only. It's a book for everyone who loves cooking and loves sharing the food they make.
Below is a snippet of my first try of the Tarator Cauliflower with Rainbow Chard And Bulgur Wheat salad from Neighborhood. This was one of the more complex recipes, but it was definitely worth the time and work. Not only did I end up with enough salad to feed the whole of East Village, but I learnt something new in making the Tarator sauce: go slow when you add water to your tahini, ha! I can't wait for you to experience the joy of using this cookbook.
Neighborhood is now available in our Lower East Side and Williamsburg locations. Swing by to pick up a copy or call 212-614-3138.