A simple but delightful recipe book brings joy into the kitchen

Food editor Stefanie Gans reviews Carla Lalli Music’s new cookbook.

Photo courtesy of Clarkson Potter

Where Cooking Begins: Uncomplicated Recipes to Make You a Great Cook
By Carla Lalli Music

Green beans on a baguette with butter and ham, potato chips crumbled on charred leeks, anchovy cream on everything: Carla Lalli Music packages simple recipes with genius surprises for a delightful cookbook that makes turning the page easy, and turning on the stove easier. Music, the food director at Bon Appétit, presents her joy in cooking with a side of real talk: order staples online, ignore the advice of big-batch cooking, change recipes when necessary and make an oozy ricotta omelet for dinner. As warmer weather encourages the harvest of something new every week, listen to Music. “This is my perfect day: It’s June, and a Saturday … this day is not for wasting. Saturday is farmers market day.” (Clarkson Potter, $33)

This post was originally published in our June 2019 issue. Subscribe to our weekly Food newsletter for more delicious articles here.

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