Just Cook It!
145 Built-To-Be-Easy Recipes That Are Totally Delicious
By Justin Chapple
Justin Chapple may have trained at the French Culinary Institute, but he knows how people really cook at home. He grew up with a large family, first learning kitchen tricks from his grandmother who made do with whatever they had, and she made the food delicious. Now Justin is the host of Food & Wine's award-nominated Mad Genius Tips video cooking series, and appears regularly on TODAY and other television shows as their resident kitchen hack expert. In his job as the Culinary Director of the test kitchen, he's often asked to take recipes from superstar chefs (think David Chang and Thomas Keller) and simplify them for home cooks. Now he is putting all of his expertise to good use in Just Cook It!, a collection of 145 mouthwatering recipes like Avocado Pizza with Dukka and Stovetop Mac-n-Cheese with Bacon Breadcrumbs, with Justin's signature time-saving tips and hacks throughout.
Reviews & Endorsements
"★ 01/01/2018 - Preparing food doesn’t have to be drudgery, as this fun collection shows. Chapple, Food & Wine deputy test-kitchen editor and host of the web series Mad Genius Tips, approaches his recipes with a light and humorous tone and a realistic focus on the time and budget constraints people face. Bacon can be cooked in the oven, preserved lemons can be made in 10 minutes on the stove, and truffles can be made with condensed milk in place of butter or cream. Chapple’s recipes, which feel both current and homey, cover most of the bases from family meals to entertaining on special occasions, and they include recipes for onion dip, white chicken chili, ravioli lasagna, and pineapple-roasted pork shoulder. Throughout there’s a smart intersection of flavors and presentation that enlivens the food without seeming gimmicky. An avocado pizza sprinkled with dukkah, an Egyptian spice mix, combines Middle Eastern and Californian traditions; a croque madame, baked as a casserole, blends French bistro fare with Midwestern ease; and tacos made with crispy fish sticks amp up a freezer staple. This is an accessible call to action for home cooks of every skill level. (May)"
“As someone who has been following Justin Chapple’s no-nonsense approach to cooking for years, I am beyond thrilled to own this collection of recipes! With this book, he has proven yet again that you can up your game in the kitchen while still keeping things simple and accessible.”
—Jesse Tyler Ferguson, actor
“Justin’s very personal book is filled with superb recipes, great writing, and a real window into techniques and tips that make cooking at home so much easier for anyone who loves food. Best of all, the title’s imperative is something we all need to hear more often. Recipes aren’t scary or hard at all; it’s only food, so Just Cook It!”
—Andrew Zimmern, The Pope of Food and Travel Television
“Justin brings an infectious joy to cooking like no one else. Being a Texan, you can win me with queso, and that’s just the start of the fun and warmth Justin shares with us. To Justin, we are all family, and the love inspired by his grandmother jumps off the pages into our tummies and hearts.”
—Tamron Hall, journalist and TV personality
“This is for all of us home cooks who want to up our game in the kitchen but still want a recipe that’s easy and foolproof and yet impressive. Justin’s done all the hard work for us, so we can have all the fun!”
—Valerie Bertinelli, actress and Food Network host