My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every Day
The much-anticipated debut from the author behind the popular food blog Seven Spoons, featuring distinctive, crowd-pleasing recipes; engaging, writerly essays; and the same stunning photography that has earned her website a devoted following.
Roasted Carrots with Harissa Aïoli and Dukkah. Plum Macaroon Cake. Chaat Tostadas. Roasted Peaches with Glazed Sesame Oats. Few food writers have such an insightful, intuitive understanding of flavor—or a more eclectic and inspiring range of culinary influences at work in their kitchen—than Tara O’Brady. Fewer still write with her trademark warmth and thoughtful prose, which Saveur describes as “like pulling up a seat at the table of an old friend.”
Seven Spoons is O’Brady’s remarkable and much-anticipated debut. In it, she shares more than one hundred of her best and most mouthwatering recipes—crowd-pleasing breakfasts like Blackberry Buttermilk Whole Grain Scones, weeknight staples like Everyday Yellow Dal, and terrifically inventive desserts like Roasted Grapes with Sweet Labneh. These elegant, flavorful, and wonderfully creative recipes, plus the show stopping photography, will have you heading straight for the kitchen to get cooking.
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My first home with Sean, the man who would later become my husband, was a light-bathed, third-floor walkup just off the main drag of a decent-sized city in southern Ontario—the city where he was born, but a place I’d only visited. The apartment had a...
“Tara O’Brady is a ship captain’s daughter of Indian descent living in Ontario, Canada. All of which informs her perspective in this beautiful and substantial debut cookbook. She navigates seamlessly across culinary boundaries to share her stories, recipes, and traditions—the sort, I suspect, that will be welcomed into many, many kitchens.”
—Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Every Day
“This book, just like Tara’s blog, shares recipes and stories that are filled with texture, warmth, and her Indian heritage. Tara’s cooking is thoughtful, clean, and full of aroma and flavor. Her recipe for Baked Eggs, North Indian–Style, served with an extraordinary topping of Fresh Green Chutney, has become a staple for my family—and it will for yours, too.”
—Aran Goyoaga, author of Small Plates and Sweet Treats
“Seven Spoons is so gorgeous and beautifully photographed that I just want to jump right into the pages. I can’t wait to savor these amazing dishes, all with a global bent, starting with breakfast biscuits and spicy, fried Mexican Huevos a la Plaza de Mercado; then moving on to soups and salads with flavors culled from the Middle East and East Asia; then ending with lush, compelling desserts.”
—David Lebovitz, author of My Paris Kitchen
“Tara’s warmth and love of cooking comes through on every page. She will inspire new cooks to enter the kitchen, and energize those of us who have been cooking for years.”
—Bonnie Stern, author of Friday Night Dinners
“Tara O’Brady could write a book about re-grouting bathroom tile, and I would still want to read it. Told with warmth and grace, Seven Spoons is the story of one very real home kitchen—and the beautiful food that it yields. From Feel-Better Curried Soup with Crispy Chicken to Roasted Peaches with Glazed Sesame Oats and A Burger Treated Like a Steak (bathed in miso butter!), O’Brady’s recipes are exactly what I want to cook and eat: inviting, reassuring, and above all, inspiring. Seven Spoons is a keeper.”
—Molly Wizenberg, author of Delancey