Once Upon a Chef, the Cookbook

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100 Tested, Perfected, and Family-Approved Recipes
By Jennifer Segal, Photography by Alexandra Grablewski

Do you know someone who swears up and down they can't cook? Or perhaps you're saddled with a soul mate who is 100% sweet and 100% awful in the kitchen. Whether you're looking for gifts for someone who likes to cook or gifts for cooking enthusiasts in the making, this book should have a very prominent place on your list.

Once Upon a Chef, the Cookbook, is the brainchild of Jenn Segal. After working in hospitality and attending culinary school, Segal got wrapped up in family life and turned her attention to her highly lauded blog, also called Once Upon a Chef. Her specialty? Fresh, accessible meals that are easy to prepare and suitable for kids and adults alike. Today, Jenn cooks dinner for her family every night.  With over the course of 100 recipes, Segal shares tips and tricks that combine her prowess as a professionally-trained chef and her experience as a mother of two. Jenn teaches you to improve your cooking one recipe at a time, with helpful tips on topics such as how to season correctly with salt, how to balance flavors, and how to make the most of leftovers. Expect flavor, finesse, and leftovers that even your finicky toddler -- and even pickier husband -- will happily eat. 

Grab this book as a gift for chefs who are looking to expand their repertoire or stay-at-home moms and dads in need of something to serve other than chicken nuggets (although Segal's signature Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders are a palate-pleasing masterpiece). With everything from Buttery Cajun Popcorn to Smoked Gouda & Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches on the menu, meal time is practically a guaranteed hit.

There is something for every meal of the day:

  • Breakfast favorites like Maple, Coconut & Blueberry Granola and Savory Ham & Cheese Waffles.
  • Simple soups, salads, and sandwiches for ideal lunches (try the Fiery Roasted Tomato Soup paired with Smoked Gouda & Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches).
  • Entrées the whole family will love like Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders.
  • Tasty treats for those casual get-togethers like Buttery Cajun Popcorn and Sweet, Salty & Spicy Pecans.
  • Go-to sweets such as Toffee Almond Sandies and a Classic Chocolate Lover's Birthday Cake.

Flip through the pages of this book, and you'll want to make every recipe—whether it's an easy family dinner your kids will love, an indulgent dessert for someone special, or fun cocktails and appetizers for your friends. This is the book you'll turn to again and again, and with Jenn by your side in the kitchen, every meal will taste like the best night out!

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