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Reinventing Leftovers + Forging Connections | NOW & AGAIN, JULIA TURSHEN

Reinventing Leftovers + Forging Connections | NOW & AGAIN, JULIA TURSHEN

We’re so enthusiastic about Julia Turshen’s new cookbook, Now & Once more, and to have fun we’re sharing her fantastic Introduction concerning the energy of reinventing and sharing meals, in addition to a recipe from the e-book and its “It’s Me Once more” counterpart!

Julia gained hearts and acclaim together with her earlier cookbooks, Small Victories and Feed The Resistance. Now she’s again with Now & Once more, with greater than 125 scrumptious and doable recipes and 20 artistic menu concepts to assist house cooks of any talent degree collect family and friends to share a meal collectively. It involves life together with her humorous and inspiring voice and consists of:

  • can’t-get-enough-of-it recipes
  • inspiring menus for social gatherings and holidays
  • useful timelines for throwing a celebration
  • oh-so-helpful “It’s Me Once more” recipes for reinventing leftovers
  • recommendations on the right way to be well thrifty with meals decisions

Now & Once more will change the best way we collect, eat and take into consideration leftovers and, just like the identify suggests, you’ll end up reaching for its pages time and time once more.

The next extract is from Now & Once more: Go-To Recipes, Impressed Menus + Infinite Concepts for Reinventing Leftovers by Julia Turshen, Pictures by David Loftus


Now & Once more has three objectives.

One is to dismantle the concept making a full meal needs to be each troublesome and costly. The second is to point out how leftovers might be an invite to actually enjoyable, creative cooking. The third and remaining is to ensure you have all the instruments you want—the inspiration and knowledge—to collect individuals round your desk as a result of that’s the better part about residence cooking.

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However first I owe you some full disclosure. Now & Once more began as a totally totally different ebook. Based mostly on my love of leftovers, I had an concept to write down a e-book about reinventing them referred to as . . . await it . . . It’s Me Once more. Cooking with leftovers makes me so excited: you’re already midway there! I used to be very thrilled concerning the concept. I used to be additionally positive it wasn’t sufficient. I needed to provide you not solely concepts for the best way to reinvent leftovers but in addition recipes for what to make within the first place.

In enthusiastic about what these recipes can be, I stored coming again to a query a whole lot of family and friends appeared to be asking me: what ought to I serve with it? This query additionally ties into what and the way I actually prepare dinner at house day by day. I not often ever prepare dinner only a single factor. Even when it’s only a salad subsequent to a roast hen or a toasted pita beneath scrambled eggs with somewhat yogurt spooned on prime, I have a tendency to not prepare dinner stand-alone recipes, however relatively a number of easy issues that each one complement each other and make the sum higher than the elements. I’m all about what goes with what.

For me, creating menus isn’t about entertaining, which may really feel intimidating. It’s about storytelling. There’s all the time one thing(s) alongside the primary factor on my desk. And it’s within the relationship these issues share that full footage get painted and tales are informed. It could possibly be so simple as meatballs with spaghetti, with perhaps a bit garlicky toast to sop up the sauce or a tangle of peppery arugula so as to add one thing inexperienced and to stability the entire thing. Every of these issues is made higher by the connection it has with its pals. By assembling all of them, the meatballs and the salad and so forth, I’m not simply making meals. I’m making a meal with a transparent viewpoint and a narrative.

My endlessly objective for what I prepare dinner, eat and for the recipes I write is to really feel related. I’m all the time looking for and celebrating this sense. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s a flowery lobster dinner or an omelet on the diner (truthfully, I favor the latter). I’m simply as excited concerning the popcorn from the ironmongery shop as I’m concerning the spiciest fried hen in Nashville, probably the most lovingly baked bread, and my household recipes handed down for generations. All of this stuff are related to one thing. In getting ready them and consuming them, the expertise turns into extra than simply meals. It’s tied to a sense.

Meals, in any case, isn’t simply one thing we eat. It’s a lens by way of which we will perceive ourselves and all the people that got here earlier than us. It’s additionally the lens by means of which we will, remarkably, higher perceive each other. Cooking is a simple method to join with individuals, each these you already know and people who are totally different from you, regularly.

As an adolescent, I wrote menus within the margins of my faculty notebooks. It was my favorite option to daydream. These menus felt like little fantasies of the life I’d at some point lead, of the dishes I might make to rejoice particular events and holidays, and of those I might fire up when consolation was wanted. It was my option to think about and join with the world past my classroom. It was additionally a approach to join with myself and with the unbiased life I so very a lot needed to reside. As an grownup, I can attest that bringing these menus to life for everybody I care so deeply about, and for all the individuals I need to know higher, provides me monumental pleasure and satisfaction.

This concept of connection, each with the dishes on the desk and with the individuals sitting at it, is why I organized this ebook by menus as an alternative of stand-alone recipes. Some are extremely straightforward, just like the Easy Backpack Picnic Lunch on web page 215 that’s simply sandwiches, some nectarines and nuts, and a few cookies. It’s not a lot cooking. Nevertheless it’s the right stability of issues, every in relation to the opposite. It’s additionally tied to a reminiscence, and it’s a means for me to evoke that reminiscence. Meals, in different phrases, is an efficient approach of chronicling life. For instance, these specific sandwiches have been the identical ones my spouse, Grace, and I had on a hike close to our house in upstate New York. Whereas I won’t all the time instantly recall precisely the place the path was, I’ll all the time keep in mind the sandwiches. And in remembering them, the entire day comes again to me.

Some menus within the e-book, just like the one for Thanksgiving, are extra concerned. However regardless of how few or what number of elements, every menu is constructed on meals that’s solely doable. There are additionally timetables for every menu, so it’s clear precisely what and the way a lot you can also make forward, plus numerous ideas all through on issues that go properly with the menus that require no work in any respect (like typically orange wedges are all you want after an enormous meal). There’s even an inventory of nice issues to delegate on web page 278.

After which, It’s Me Once more, that are all the methods to reinvent the leftovers. Grace and I reside in a small, rural city and eat virtually all of our meals at house. Subsequently, we all the time make a bit greater than we will end at a single sitting. Tomorrow’s meals are all the time knowledgeable by what’s left over from at this time and so forth. It’s confirmed to be a very enjoyable, efficient cycle, and we’re all the time positive there’s one thing good to eat. All the recipes on this guide come from that comparable place of lots, from the sensation that there’s greater than sufficient. And the place there’s greater than sufficient, there are leftovers. And the place there are leftovers, there are countless alternatives for reinvention. These options are a number of the most enjoyable elements of the guide. They’re filled with concepts for how one can flip the leftovers into solely new dishes that, as Grace says, “don’t style like the identical factor once more!” Observe that each one of those concepts for leftovers are relevant whether or not or not you made the unique recipe. So, for instance, should you’re gazing some cooked hen in your fridge and are feeling uninspired, flip to the Coronation Hen Salad on web page 61, or take your seemingly boring leftover broccoli and make the Broccoli Fritters on web page 113. All the recipes are categorised by sort behind the e-book (web page 280) to make referencing them additional straightforward.

There are not any guidelines right here. The complete menus are there should you’d wish to comply with them. Nevertheless it’s additionally fantastic if you wish to decide and select recipes, perhaps one thing from one menu paired with one thing from one other. Or simply make a single factor, name a pal to deliver over a loaf of bread and a inexperienced salad, and name it a day. No matter works for you works for me, as long as it means you’re completely satisfied in your kitchen and also you’re offering your self and the individuals you’re keen on with meals that makes you all really feel good.

Talking of these individuals, one final thought from my pal and fellow cookbook writer Nicole Taylor earlier than we get into the kitchen. I used to be speaking to her about how gathering individuals for a meal could make everybody really feel related and welcome and supported—all fantastic, constructive issues. And she or he requested me a query that basically challenged and altered me: when was the final time you had multiple individual round your eating desk who didn’t seem like you? Cooking for somebody is a strong factor to do. Invite somebody new over. Connection and alter occur on the desk, and also you’re all welcome at mine.


Serves eight to 10

This loaf, a cross between entire wheat brown bread and good previous banana bread, is my most popular method to make use of up overripe bananas. In contrast to many banana breads, this loaf isn’t too dense or oily. Made with all entire wheat flour and sweetened ever so barely with maple syrup, that is additionally bona fide wholesome. Serve with tender butter or cream cheese. It’s also possible to stir some honey, maple syrup, or molasses into your butter or cream cheese. For those who like nuts in your bread, stir a big handful of chopped nuts into the batter simply earlier than it goes into the pan. Walnuts or pecans are particularly good.

  • 2 cups [280 g] entire wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp floor cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp floor ginger
  • ½ tsp floor cloves
  • 2 superripe bananas, peeled
  • 2 eggs, frivolously crushed
  • 1 cup [240 ml] buttermilk
  • ½ cup [160 g] maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F [180°C]. Spray a 9-by-5-in [23-by-12-cm] loaf pan with baking spray. Line the underside with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper for good measure and set the pan apart.
  2. In a big bowl, whisk collectively the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
  3. Put the bananas into a big bowl and mash with a fork till damaged up rather well. Add the eggs, buttermilk, maple syrup, and vanilla and whisk till completely combined.
  4. Fold the flour combination into the banana combination simply till mixed. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the batter into the ready pan after which clean the floor so it’s even.
  5. Bake the bread till darkish brown on prime, agency to the contact, extremely aromatic, and a toothpick inserted within the centre comes out clear, about 50 minutes.
  6. Let the bread cool within the pan on a wire rack to room temperature. As soon as cooled, carry the bread out of the pan after which peel off and discard the parchment. Slice and serve.
  7. Leftovers might be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and saved at room temperature for as much as four days (these slices are greatest when toasted earlier than serving).



Leftover Spiced Banana Brown Bread could be repurposed into decadent French toast. It’s truly value baking an additional loaf simply to make certain you can also make this. For each serving of French toast, beat an egg with a splash of half-and-half and a wholesome shake of floor cinnamon. Dip slices of the banana bread within the egg combination and panfry in butter. Serve with sliced bananas, whipped cream, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Yum.

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