Simple Fare: Spring and Summer
Simple Fare: Spring/Summer is a beautifully illustrated cookbook featuring seasonal, market-driven fare that encourages readers to cook simply and intuitively. Karen Mordechai of the acclaimed Brooklyn-based food community Sunday Suppers shares her meals for cooking at home and her studio. The recipes are designed to excite and inspire, each offering 3 to 5 alternate ingredients that can be used in the same preparation. A smoked beet panzanella with purple kale, radicchio and ricotta, for example, suggests a carrot, mizuna, watercress, and yogurt adaptation or tomato, arugula, purple basil, and burrata, allowing the reader flexibility depending on what is fresh at the market. The food is approachable but decidedly nuanced, balancing unexpected flavor profiles with beautiful presentations. With 68 recipes and 97 variations, Simple Fare is an oversize, distinctively designed kitchen essential of more than 165 seasonal recipes. This book is a valuable resource for avid cooks and beginners alike.
Karen Mordechai, a photographer, recipe developer, and stylist, is the founder of Sunday Suppers, a Brooklyn-based cooking series and blog that has won accolades, such as a 2013 Food and Wine Digital Award, top food blog by Saveur, and #6 in Babble.com's Top 50 Design Blogs. Additionally, Karen has been a culinary/photo judge at Leite Culinaria's Food Photography Contest, a culinary ambassador for Fisher &Paykel and the DCS line of appliances, and an official partner with West Elm and Williams Sonoma. Her work has been widely featured in such publications as the New York Times, Food and Wine, Saveur, Elle, Martha Stewart Living, Design Sponge, Refinery 29, Apartment Therapy, A Cup of Jo, and more. She is the author of the book Sunday Suppers, which was named by the New York Times as one of top cookbooks of the year, and she launched her own line of cooking products, ILA, in 2015.