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Beloved New York Times bestselling cookbook author Julia Turshen returns with her first collection of recipes featuring a healthier take on the simple, satisfying comfort food for which she’s known. Julia Turshen has always been cooking. As a kid, she skipped the Easy-Bake Oven and went straight to the real thing. Throughout her life, cooking has remained a constant, and as Beloved New York Times bestselling cookbook author Julia Turshen returns with her first collection of recipes featuring a healthier take on the simple, satisfying comfort food for which she’s known. Julia Turshen has always been cooking. As a kid, she skipped the Easy-Bake Oven and went straight to the real thing. Throughout her life, cooking has remained a constant, and as fans of her popular books know, Julia’s approach to food is about so much more than putting dinner on the table—it is about love, community, connection, and nourishment of the body and soul.  In Simply Julia, readers will find 110 foolproof recipes for more nutritious takes on the simple, comforting meals Julia cooks most often. With practical chapters such as weeknight go-tos, make-ahead mains, vegan one-pot meals, chicken recipes, easy baked goods, and more, Simply Julia provides endlessly satisfying options comprised of accessible and affordable ingredients. Think dishes like Stewed Chicken with Sour Cream + Chive Dumplings, Hasselback Carrots with Smoked Paprika, and Lemon Ricotta Cupcakes—the kind of flavorful yet unfussy food everyone wants to make at home. In addition to her tried-and-true recipes, readers will find Julia’s signature elements—her “Seven Lists” (Seven Things I Learned From Being a Private Chef that Make Home Cooking Easier; Seven Ways to Use Leftover Buttermilk; Seven Ways to Use Leftover Egg Whites or Egg Yolks), menu suggestions, and helpful adaptations for dietary needs, along with personal essays and photos and gorgeous food photography.  Like Melissa Clark’s Dinner or Ina Garten’s Modern Comfort Food, Simply Julia is sure to become an instant classic, the kind of cookbook that will inspire home cooks to create great meals for years to come.


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Beloved New York Times bestselling cookbook author Julia Turshen returns with her first collection of recipes featuring a healthier take on the simple, satisfying comfort food for which she’s known. Julia Turshen has always been cooking. As a kid, she skipped the Easy-Bake Oven and went straight to the real thing. Throughout her life, cooking has remained a constant, and as Beloved New York Times bestselling cookbook author Julia Turshen returns with her first collection of recipes featuring a healthier take on the simple, satisfying comfort food for which she’s known. Julia Turshen has always been cooking. As a kid, she skipped the Easy-Bake Oven and went straight to the real thing. Throughout her life, cooking has remained a constant, and as fans of her popular books know, Julia’s approach to food is about so much more than putting dinner on the table—it is about love, community, connection, and nourishment of the body and soul.  In Simply Julia, readers will find 110 foolproof recipes for more nutritious takes on the simple, comforting meals Julia cooks most often. With practical chapters such as weeknight go-tos, make-ahead mains, vegan one-pot meals, chicken recipes, easy baked goods, and more, Simply Julia provides endlessly satisfying options comprised of accessible and affordable ingredients. Think dishes like Stewed Chicken with Sour Cream + Chive Dumplings, Hasselback Carrots with Smoked Paprika, and Lemon Ricotta Cupcakes—the kind of flavorful yet unfussy food everyone wants to make at home. In addition to her tried-and-true recipes, readers will find Julia’s signature elements—her “Seven Lists” (Seven Things I Learned From Being a Private Chef that Make Home Cooking Easier; Seven Ways to Use Leftover Buttermilk; Seven Ways to Use Leftover Egg Whites or Egg Yolks), menu suggestions, and helpful adaptations for dietary needs, along with personal essays and photos and gorgeous food photography.  Like Melissa Clark’s Dinner or Ina Garten’s Modern Comfort Food, Simply Julia is sure to become an instant classic, the kind of cookbook that will inspire home cooks to create great meals for years to come.

30 review for Simply Julia: 110 Easy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Food

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kim Sanders

    Based on the quality of the essays and the writing, I’d give this a 5. It was a joy to read, which isn’t always true in cookbooks. I like the organization of the recipes as well as the variety, but from the recipe perspective, I knocked it down a star. UPDATE: I am keeping this a 4 out of 5 because some of the recipes are a little lackluster, which I think is from the simplicity approach. I’d love suggestions for how to add complexity when I want it or maybe a chart in the back for additions. Tha Based on the quality of the essays and the writing, I’d give this a 5. It was a joy to read, which isn’t always true in cookbooks. I like the organization of the recipes as well as the variety, but from the recipe perspective, I knocked it down a star. UPDATE: I am keeping this a 4 out of 5 because some of the recipes are a little lackluster, which I think is from the simplicity approach. I’d love suggestions for how to add complexity when I want it or maybe a chart in the back for additions. That being said, I need to say that some of the recipes in this book are wildly delicious, and they offer dishes I’d never consider. Those vegetarian muffulettas? Whoa! Delicious! The green spaghetti? YES PLEASE. The sauce for the low and slow greek chicken? BOMB (and the chicken was so succulent and wonderful, but EASY to cook, but the skin was of course rubbery after all that time, so I’d toss it.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Traci at The Stacks

    It’s strange to comment too much on a cookbook without having cooked anything yet. But I did read every essay & recipe. The book has stellar writing (essay and descriptions) but the recipes are a mixed bag. Some sound great and some not so much. May have to update once I cook from it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Roni Loren

    This is one of those cookbooks worth reading like a book. I really enjoyed the personal essays and the intros to the recipes. Also, the recipes look great and I can’t wait to try some.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Breanne

    This is a placeholder rating until I actually cook a few dishes from the book. But first impressions are pretty wonderful. In my ongoing quest to be more kind and loving to my body, I picked up this cookbook because I heard Turshen on the Bad on Paper podcast and a couple of things stood out to me: 1) she sounds like a delightful human, 2) her book and the way she defines "healthy food" in it seem exactly in line with the direction I want to be in, and 3) the recipes sound bomb. The stories are fu This is a placeholder rating until I actually cook a few dishes from the book. But first impressions are pretty wonderful. In my ongoing quest to be more kind and loving to my body, I picked up this cookbook because I heard Turshen on the Bad on Paper podcast and a couple of things stood out to me: 1) she sounds like a delightful human, 2) her book and the way she defines "healthy food" in it seem exactly in line with the direction I want to be in, and 3) the recipes sound bomb. The stories are fun and personal, but what really intrigues me is how flexible the recipes seem to be and how attuned to that Turshen is. She is a self-professed home cook and even in her introduction, she makes a point to say (I'm paraphrasing) if you can use one dish instead of two, I'm going to have you use one dish. As somebody whose cooking skills come from using meal kits over quarantine and slowly getting more confident in the kitchen because of that, this cookbook seems like the next natural step in my food journey. I honestly can't wait to cook from it, which is not true of all cookbooks I buy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    I loved this book because it was a practical cookbook, but it was more personal than most cookbooks. Sometimes, I see healthy cookbooks that are more about diets or restricted eating. But his cookbook was all about practical homecooking. Every recipe started with an essay where the author shared an incredibly personal story. The author unveiled herself over every dish. Food has so much to do with who we are and our experiences and memories. I love how the author included family photos and beauti I loved this book because it was a practical cookbook, but it was more personal than most cookbooks. Sometimes, I see healthy cookbooks that are more about diets or restricted eating. But his cookbook was all about practical homecooking. Every recipe started with an essay where the author shared an incredibly personal story. The author unveiled herself over every dish. Food has so much to do with who we are and our experiences and memories. I love how the author included family photos and beautiful photography that make the book deeply personal, offering the perfect marriage between words and pictures. And so unique, it could almost be a memoir. Even if you're not excited to cook, this cookbook helps you feel comfortable and calm and gives you that friendly feeling of someone being in your kitchen saying, "you've got this." This cookbook provides us with a spark to try some new recipes and routines. To listen to my Interv with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/jul...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Borrowed this from the library and was so excited by the interesting but totally feasible recipes in here that I ended up purchasing. Some of the recipes that caught my attention: Sesame Rice Bowls with Tofu, Quickles and Peanut Sauce; Make-ahead Ratatouille and Ricotta Baked Pasta; and one-pot Carrot and Chickpea Korma (vegan). In addition to many creative and thoughtful recipes, the book also includes lists with tidbits of wisdom and best practices that Turshen has generously decided to share, Borrowed this from the library and was so excited by the interesting but totally feasible recipes in here that I ended up purchasing. Some of the recipes that caught my attention: Sesame Rice Bowls with Tofu, Quickles and Peanut Sauce; Make-ahead Ratatouille and Ricotta Baked Pasta; and one-pot Carrot and Chickpea Korma (vegan). In addition to many creative and thoughtful recipes, the book also includes lists with tidbits of wisdom and best practices that Turshen has generously decided to share, such as "seven ways to use leftover buttermilk". Looking forward to spending some time with this friendly and accessible cookbook.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emily S

    I have never read a cookbook that felt more personal or included better food (and tangentially food-related) writing. I think I will return to her essays as much as I do the recipes. I note that I’ve yet to cook a recipe from this book, but I read it cover to cover, and although not every recipe interests me (bc of dietary restrictions and personal taste), they are all written in a clear, approachable, and pragmatic way. I have bookmarked 21 recipes, and am excited to try them out. As someone wh I have never read a cookbook that felt more personal or included better food (and tangentially food-related) writing. I think I will return to her essays as much as I do the recipes. I note that I’ve yet to cook a recipe from this book, but I read it cover to cover, and although not every recipe interests me (bc of dietary restrictions and personal taste), they are all written in a clear, approachable, and pragmatic way. I have bookmarked 21 recipes, and am excited to try them out. As someone who is always nostalgic for kosher bakeries of my youth, I’m particularly eager to make the marble cake.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    Really wonderful attitude about food, with recipes that (at a reading stage) are accessible and flexible. I put at least 15 post it notes in flagging recipes I want to try (but with my two little kids at home who knows what will happen). I thought her essay about diet culture was especially moving, but all the essays were honestly very good! Much better than what you usually see padding out a cookbook. I also appreciate how there are beef/meat recipes included, but ingredients like that which ha Really wonderful attitude about food, with recipes that (at a reading stage) are accessible and flexible. I put at least 15 post it notes in flagging recipes I want to try (but with my two little kids at home who knows what will happen). I thought her essay about diet culture was especially moving, but all the essays were honestly very good! Much better than what you usually see padding out a cookbook. I also appreciate how there are beef/meat recipes included, but ingredients like that which have high ecological impact are de-centered and less common. My family has a goal of eating less meat, so that's a great fit for us.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Does it count as reading if it’s a cookbook? ;) I’ve flipped every page and read every anecdote at the top of each recipe. The few recipes I’ve already cooked have been delicious! My fave so far is the very first one - Llubav’s Green Spaghetti! I especially love the essays sprinkled throughout, and the lists at the beginning and end (Five Things I Count On for Good Kitchen Vibes and Seven Ways to Use Leftover Buttermilk, for example). Many recipes are low sugar, gf or vegan, many more can be mod Does it count as reading if it’s a cookbook? ;) I’ve flipped every page and read every anecdote at the top of each recipe. The few recipes I’ve already cooked have been delicious! My fave so far is the very first one - Llubav’s Green Spaghetti! I especially love the essays sprinkled throughout, and the lists at the beginning and end (Five Things I Count On for Good Kitchen Vibes and Seven Ways to Use Leftover Buttermilk, for example). Many recipes are low sugar, gf or vegan, many more can be modified as such.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Warm. Fun. Practical. Encouraging. Personal. There are lots of words to describe this cookbook, and also I suspect its author. This is my first cookbook by Turshen, and it was a delight. Instead of feeling inferior, I felt empowered and encouraged; I especially loved the personal interludes Turshen includes about anxiety, body positivity, friendship, volunteering . . . Lovely, lovely book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This is my third Julia Turshen cookbook and I think it’s my favorite, even though I love the other two. I’m a long time fan of Julia‘s and her thoughtfulness and vulnerability around the word “healthy” in this book means a lot to me. I love the approach of this book, the recipes and stories inside, and that she made it during the pandemic. I can’t wait to gift this book to all of my friends for their birthdays.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Deirdre Keating

    I've already made at least a half dozen recipes and read all the essays and lists. I've been a fan of Turshen's since first hearing her on "After the Jump" years ago and this is the third of her cookbooks I've loved. My favorite recipes so far are the salsa verde, Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes, and Pumpkin-Honey pie. But her lists of pantry favorites and her essays on diet culture and volunteering in one's community are even better. I've already made at least a half dozen recipes and read all the essays and lists. I've been a fan of Turshen's since first hearing her on "After the Jump" years ago and this is the third of her cookbooks I've loved. My favorite recipes so far are the salsa verde, Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes, and Pumpkin-Honey pie. But her lists of pantry favorites and her essays on diet culture and volunteering in one's community are even better.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I love the message of this cookbook, embracing food as comforting and good for every body. I truly appreciate the author’s essays sprinkled throughout the nook and all of her suggested modifications. When I can eventually get into a mental space to cook again, this will be the cookbook I reach for! 5 stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sara Vera

    I simply love Julia. This book is perfection. I instantly marked 20 recipes I want to make. It is also a rare gem of a cookbook that you find yourself reading and loving all her intros and essays mixed within. Julia Turshen is to me in my 40's what Ina Garten was to me in my 20's. She is a goddess and I would like her to be my best friend. I simply love Julia. This book is perfection. I instantly marked 20 recipes I want to make. It is also a rare gem of a cookbook that you find yourself reading and loving all her intros and essays mixed within. Julia Turshen is to me in my 40's what Ina Garten was to me in my 20's. She is a goddess and I would like her to be my best friend.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Allyson

    While I still enjoy scouring the internet for recipes, perusing cookbooks is my recent source of joy. With this one, though, I really enjoyed reading (and cooking from) it. Not just a favorite cookbook of the year, but maybe a favorite book of 2021? The recipes are delicious, accessible, and nourishing. I love how personal this book is-- not just the recipes, but also the essays Julia includes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    So many gems inside this cookbook. Great recipes, great essays (On the Worthiness of Our Bodies resonated so much with me), great headnotes, great tips. Each of Julia Turshen's cookbooks has made me love cooking more and has helped me become a better cook. So many gems inside this cookbook. Great recipes, great essays (On the Worthiness of Our Bodies resonated so much with me), great headnotes, great tips. Each of Julia Turshen's cookbooks has made me love cooking more and has helped me become a better cook.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    lots of great options i'm excited to try! lots of great options i'm excited to try!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Simply delicious. I'm a fan of Turshen's writing, activism and her attitude towards food and cooking. The recipes I've tried from this book are delicious, and I plan to try many more. Simply delicious. I'm a fan of Turshen's writing, activism and her attitude towards food and cooking. The recipes I've tried from this book are delicious, and I plan to try many more.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brianna

    Reading cookbooks from start to finish is, to me, the best and most comforting reading. This one is especially good because Turshen is a terrific writer. The headnotes for each recipe are lovely.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Janicki Smith

    I loved the essays in between recipes in this book! I also love that the recipes are simply with easy to come by ingredients

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Full disclosure I have yet to cook from this book but the recipes are very appealing and intriguing which is hard for me to find in cookbooks. Excited to start cooking from it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Armanda Appling

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mathilde

  24. 4 out of 5

    Oscar Coaster

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marvis Korbin

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sue

  27. 5 out of 5

    Oscar

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Micah Kriegh

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