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.
About the Author
JULIA TURSHEN is the bestselling author of Now & Again (Amazon's Best Cookbook of 2018, an NPR ‘Great Read’), Feed the Resistance (Eater's Best Cookbook of 2017), and Small Victories (named one of the Best Cookbooks of 2016 by the New York Times and NPR). She also hosts the IACP-nominated podcast ‘Keep Calm and Cook On’. She has coauthored numerous cookbooks and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and more. Epicurious has called her one of the 100 Greatest Home Cooks of All Time and The New York Times has described her “at the forefront of the new generation of authentic, approachable authors.” She sits on the Kitchen Cabinet Advisory Board for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and is the founder of Equity At The Table, an inclusive digital directory of women and non-binary individuals in food. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her wife and their dogs.
“A new book by Julia Turshen makes the heart lift.”
— Nigella Lawson
"Julia Turshen clearly lays out simple techniques and then encourages us to learn them and let go and dance our way through our kitchens with confidence. With an intuitive layout, intimate wisdom, and aspirational-yet-achievable meals, Simply Julia is a beautiful, next-level, parent-friendly cookbook that will have a prime position on my counter for a long time to come."
— Jennifer Garner
“I came for the freakin' delicious-sounding recipes (Ricotta and Potato Chip Fish Cakes with Peas, anyone?), but I stayed for how deeply personal Julia's book proves to be. There's a story behind every dish and thoughtful essays on topics ranging from anxiety to volunteering. This book is a must for anyone with a beating heart and active stomach.”
— Antoni Porowski
"Whether you cook professionally or not, when you're at home, you're a HOME cook, and Julia sees us...ALL of us. Her lists are epically, simple reminders that lists are necessary and customizable. The recipes and tips are so practical, that you can see yourself cooking even when you're not cooking. This is more than a cookbook; it's an advocate, a champion...a friend."
— Carla Hall
“This book is absolutely overflowing with Julia Turshen's generosity, vulnerability, and love. That sounds like a lot to put in a book of comfort-food recipes, but it's not—it's exactly how it should be. These recipes come from Julia's heart, a palace big enough for all of us. I've had it a week and know I'll never live without it. Simply Julia—what more could anyone want or need?”
— Emma Straub
"Julia is the dinner guest who warmly and disarmingly asks the questions that just get to the heart of the matter. Her cooking and approach to food are just the same: warm, thoughtful, deeply comforting, and an invitation to simply be who we are."
— Joy Wilson
“Simply Julia is not just an essential book, but an extraordinary one. Imbued with Julia’s gracious spirit and food memories, this is a book that will become your favorite kitchen companion. The pages offer recipes, yes, but also beautiful glimpses into Julia’s home and life. White-Pizza Style Kale and Georgine’s Crumb Cake will be on heavy rotation in my house; but what Julia conveys best is the fact that food is love and there is no doubt that it brings us all together as a universal community.”
— Amanda Freitag
"Turshen’s what-works-for-you approach succeeds in reminding home cooks that 'delicious food doesn’t have to be complicated.' This spirited collection charms on every page."
— Publishers Weekly