Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers

Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus  + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers

A Goodreads Choice Nominee for Best Cookbooks 2018!In Now & Again, the follow-up to what Real Simple called "an inspiring addition to any kitchen bookshelf," more than 125 delicious and doable recipes and 20 creative menu ideas help cooks of any skill level to gather friends and family around the table to share a meal (or many!) together.This cookbook comes to life...

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Title:Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers
Author:Julia Turshen
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Edition Language:English

Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers Reviews

  • Melissa

    I loved Julia’s first cookbook, Small Victories, so I was really looking forward to this one. One of the best things about this cookbook isn’t the recipes (although I can’t wait to cook the shit out of this thing - spaghetti pie is on the menu tonight, hey-o) it’s how Julia writes about food as an act of comfort and care, to show how a dish or menu can act as an aide du memoire or to express love. And anytime she writes about her wife Grace (founder of Design*Sponge) it is the sweetest thing eve

    I loved Julia’s first cookbook, Small Victories, so I was really looking forward to this one. One of the best things about this cookbook isn’t the recipes (although I can’t wait to cook the shit out of this thing - spaghetti pie is on the menu tonight, hey-o) it’s how Julia writes about food as an act of comfort and care, to show how a dish or menu can act as an aide du memoire or to express love. And anytime she writes about her wife Grace (founder of Design*Sponge) it is the sweetest thing ever. 💖

  • Offbalance

    I definitely have A Cookbook Problem. I own dozens, and I usually have to be physically removed from that section of the bookstore. It is through this passion I have discovered that not all cookbooks are created equal. While some offer bizarre ideas of what is considered palatable, others seem to have an interesting idea of how time works (and are written by sadists who would make flour from scratch if they could, because they insist it's SO EASY). Some truly bizarre ones are a combination. I en

    I definitely have A Cookbook Problem. I own dozens, and I usually have to be physically removed from that section of the bookstore. It is through this passion I have discovered that not all cookbooks are created equal. While some offer bizarre ideas of what is considered palatable, others seem to have an interesting idea of how time works (and are written by sadists who would make flour from scratch if they could, because they insist it's SO EASY). Some truly bizarre ones are a combination. I enjoy cooking very much, it's one of my non literary-based pursuits, so naturally I'm very picky about what cookbooks I read. This one has it all - terrific recipes, bundled into different meal plans combined with genuinely amusing anecdotes from the author's life. This and her other work - Small Victories - blew me away so completely that I'm lifting my purchase ban and buying these two as soon as I can.

  • Ann

    Julia Turshen writes the most gorgeous, fun to read cookbooks!

  • Shipshapeeatworthy

    There are just some people in life that make you want to be a better person -- and not through any kind of cajoling, guilt, or other tactics. They lead by example and advocate. I think that Julia Turshen is one of these rare people who looks at the world and doesn't complain but tries instead to make the world better. I could start my review of her newest book Now & Again by talking about the recipes or theorganization of the book but what I will do instead is tell you that (in my opinion) t

    There are just some people in life that make you want to be a better person -- and not through any kind of cajoling, guilt, or other tactics. They lead by example and advocate. I think that Julia Turshen is one of these rare people who looks at the world and doesn't complain but tries instead to make the world better. I could start my review of her newest book Now & Again by talking about the recipes or the
organization of the book but what I will do instead is tell you that (in my opinion) the most important part of the book doesn't happen until almost the very end. Although I am one of those annoying people who reads the end of every book before the beginning, I promise there’s no spoilers here for in the section Give Back + Do Good she outlines ten ways a person can build a more equitable community through food.


    We’re all in this life and this world together, and food is a tangible, wonderful way to connect and share. (288) Sometimes it can be challenging to think outside our situation but after reading through her list I found that there are two way I am already working to support my immediate community of family and friends — “teach” and “show up.” When my daughter climbs up to be beside me at the counter to watch what I’m doing or to help out with making a recipe it’s easy to take for granted the fact that this simple act of teaching her to cook and giving her the opportunity to try things on her own is so empowering for her. While she’s seen me make shortcakes and biscuits before it was with Turshen’s Whole Wheat Berry Shortcakes that she really got to work on the recipe by herself. I helped out with measuring the ingredients but she whisked and then used her hands to incorporate the butter into the dry mix. By the look on her face as she held her plateful of shortcake, whipped cream, and berries I’m sure it’s never tasted as good as when she finally made it. (If you’re new to Julia Turshen and her cookbooks, then try her book Small Victories. This is where she teaches people to become confident home cooks who are able to triumph over the culinary techniques that may hold them back).


    Showing up to support someone going through a difficult time is something we’ve all done. A few years ago when my friend had her first baby I filled a box with cookies and granola (food I’d hoped would make it through the mail). It wasn’t until later she told me that the granola really helped her — those late nights that seep into early mornings with a newborn can be excruciating but she said that taking a handful of granola at a time really helped to bolster her spirits. It’s the small things that can mean so much.


    In some ways Julia Turshen is really a maestro of cookbook writers — there are many elements comprising Now & Again — seasonal cooking, menu planning/entertaining, delicious recipes to inspire and make now with the sections following that help to reinvent the leftovers, and most importantly demonstrating that cooking need not be an expensive undertaking. So much information and inspiration  jammed into one cookbook but she manages to harmonize all of these elements to create one of the most universally usable cookbooks. I think she really understands food at it’s core — how we connect to each other and the world around us. But what sounds like an esoteric discussion is really a practical one — what am I going to make tonight and how will I deal with the leftovers?
The book is organized into seasons (Autumn, Winter Spring, Summer), with each season having related menus. The sections that follow each menu called “It’s Me Again” are a clever way Turshen reinvents those elements of any particular menu. Take her Just My Type of Dinner menu (salad, meatloaf, and mash) — the Confetti Meatloaf (I made this recipe vegetarian by subbing in lentils and almond meal) one day becomes tomorrow’s Open-Faced Meatloaf Melt (full of tangy Dijon and creamy mayo with a side of pickles — my mouth waters just describing it). If there had been any Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower or Salad leftover to enjoy I would have definitely tried her soup suggestion (putting the two together in a blended soup). She finds uses for the seemingly unsavable and unpalatable — wilty, next-day salad I’m looking at you — and she works to show us how to really see our leftovers and truly manage how to use all of our food without waste.
While there are menus and suggested uses for leftovers I also felt very free to not make an entire menu. If I wanted to make just one element (the Frozen Watermelon Aguas Frescas or Italian Flag Baked Pasta for example) or if her “It’s Me Again” suggestion sounded particularly good (like the Flatbread Pizzas) I just used that idea. Inspiring, accessible, and delicious — this cookbook lacks any pretentiousness and is one that can appeal to many different levels of home cook.


    When it comes to sourcing ingredients I don’t think there is anything you couldn’t get at your local farmer’s market or grocery store. Turshen takes humble and even overlooked ingredients and makes them into a dish to celebrate and savour. Take her Iceberg Wedge Salad with Pickled Shallots — is there any vegetable more scorned or overlooked than Iceberg Lettuce?? You can practically hear it screaming “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!” from its seat in the refrigerated case at the supermarket from constantly being ignored (like a middle child) for more interesting leafy vegetables like Romaine, Spring Mix, or Spinach. I’m here to report that this recipe compelled me to buy the first Iceberg Lettuce I’ve purchased in years (and, having enjoyed this salad so much I’ve made it several times since I got this cookbook). While this book has meaty recipes there’s much to offer vegetarian and even vegan cooks with recipes that kin to these diets or some of the other highly-adaptable recipes (I made the meatloaf “meat”loaf just by subbing in my favourite animal-free ingredients.)


    Tushen’s ingredients and recipes are also highly influenced by her wife Grace — the special dishes she makes for her and how those recipes (like her original Happy Wife, Happy Life Cake from her first book) changed when Grace was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Even her recipe for Raspberries and Cocoa Whipped Cream is a way to address the change in their diet after the diagnosis — learning how to be inspired by adversity and adapt. Her love for her wife permeates the book in a very real and touching way. Another example of how food connects us to the people in our lives.

    
I think for anyone familiar with Turshen’s work Now & Again is full of her stories, passion, and love just like her other books. Whether you discover new go-to recipes or are inspired to see leftovers in an entirely new way I think this cookbook is one to keep handy. It’s like she says at the end of her introduction — Connection and change happen at the table — which is what she’s encouraging us to do.

    Please note this is an excerpt of a longer review posted to

    
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Raincoast Books and Chronicle Books for providing me with a free, review copy of this book. I did not receive monetary compensation for my post, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


  • Rachel Green

    I never thought I'd read a cookbook from cover to cover, but Turshen's storytelling is fantastic. I was first intrigued by her recommendations for making extra and reinventing your leftovers, but I stayed for her original and updated recipes and anecdotes. She does suggest recipes to go together, and makes everything seem as if it just naturally flows together. Most of the recipes are not exceptionally difficult but still inventive. I waited to try a few recipes before reviewing, but the recipes

    I never thought I'd read a cookbook from cover to cover, but Turshen's storytelling is fantastic. I was first intrigued by her recommendations for making extra and reinventing your leftovers, but I stayed for her original and updated recipes and anecdotes. She does suggest recipes to go together, and makes everything seem as if it just naturally flows together. Most of the recipes are not exceptionally difficult but still inventive. I waited to try a few recipes before reviewing, but the recipes are just as good as Turshen's format, pictures, and text.

  • Ivonne Rovira

    Author Julia Turshen shows that her earlier cookbook,

    , was no one-off.

    contains recipes that provide an initial meal, with plenty for leftovers that star in future meals — sometimes completely unrecognizable from the original! Not only does Turshen give you

    possible encore dish, but she invariable includes several. Never throw leftovers out again.

    Author Julia Turshen shows that her earlier cookbook,

    , was no one-off.

    contains recipes that provide an initial meal, with plenty for leftovers that star in future meals — sometimes completely unrecognizable from the original! Not only does Turshen give you

    possible encore dish, but she invariable includes several. Never throw leftovers out again.

    I adored

    ; I love

    just as much. I can’t wait to purchase Turshen’s cookbook for entertaining:

    ! Highly recommended!

  • Robin

    Read about this book, and before I could go to it, I listened to a podcast interview on The Taste with this author. I like that she plans out some meals for you and guides your cooking so that you could easily do something with your leftovers. It's beautifully photographed and I spotted a few recipes that I would like to try.

  • Jane

    Turshen's

    is reminiscent of Sandra Lee's

    Round 2 recipes, however, none of the recipes in this cookbook were items that appeal to me or would appeal to my family. What I do like in this book are the lists of seven, which gives ideas on how to use leftover wine to what to bring to a pot-luck when asked.

  • Emily

    I gave this cookbook three stars because I don't think it's one I need to buy and keep on my shelves to return to now and again. This is mainly because I didn't find the recipes particularly inspiring. I made a purely mediocre meatloaf, and while the book did encourage me to turn it into a pretty tasty meatloaf sandwich for lunch the next day, there were really no other recipes I wanted to cook. They were a bit pretentious, and although I really wanted help in using up my leftovers, all of Tursh

    I gave this cookbook three stars because I don't think it's one I need to buy and keep on my shelves to return to now and again. This is mainly because I didn't find the recipes particularly inspiring. I made a purely mediocre meatloaf, and while the book did encourage me to turn it into a pretty tasty meatloaf sandwich for lunch the next day, there were really no other recipes I wanted to cook. They were a bit pretentious, and although I really wanted help in using up my leftovers, all of Turshen's leftover recipes would've required me to buy all new ingredients and thus defeated the purpose (except for the lists of seven in the back, which were my favorite part). However, I truly enjoyed Turshen's writing style and the little stories she shared throughout the book - she seems the exact opposite of pretentious as a person (if not as a chef). Flip through this one, but don't keep it.

  • Cynthia Shannon

    Julia's recipes are solid and easy to follow - she writes as if she's in the kitchen with you cooking, and reassures you that it's ok to adjust the recipe if you feel like it ("whatever works"). I've made her Spiced Banana Brown Bread twice now (adding chocolate chips the second round) and my husband keeps asking me when I'll make the Simplest Pulled Pork again. I made the Polenta Nutella cookies for my colleagues at work and they

    Julia's recipes are solid and easy to follow - she writes as if she's in the kitchen with you cooking, and reassures you that it's ok to adjust the recipe if you feel like it ("whatever works"). I've made her Spiced Banana Brown Bread twice now (adding chocolate chips the second round) and my husband keeps asking me when I'll make the Simplest Pulled Pork again. I made the Polenta Nutella cookies for my colleagues at work and they were gone within 30 minutes. I've made the Tortilla Soup that fed the two of us for about a week. And I've made a bunch of other recipes because they're just so darn easy and good and healthy. Highly recommend this!

    I'm thrilled it's been nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Cookbooks 2018.

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