Between these pages lies a year of cooking and eating told through the stories and moments that unfold with the seasons. A Simple Feast takes you on a playful journey—from an apple orchard or sparkling holiday party to a maple farm or a rooftop barbeque. Each of these events inspires simple, elegant food that takes its cues from the bounty of local markets and farms, embodying modern American cooking.
A trip to an antiques market and the treasures found therein inspire a menu of rustic dishes like Duck Rillettes and Pickled Cauliflower; a snowy winter day makes time for small indulgences like Hazelnut Hot Chocolate; the first signs of spring call for a garden party with Asparagus and Spring Onion Tarts; surf, sand, and sun elicit cravings for bright flavors like Tomatillo Salsa and Cocktail Popsicles.
A feast can be many things—a house full of friends clinking glasses and breaking bread together, an intimate candlelit dinner, or even a humble meal just for one. Whatever the crowd or the occasion, this collection of recipes will serve as inspiration and companion for your own simple feasts.
"Diana Yen and the Jewels of New York share a fresh take on the classics. With their beautiful way of seeing, they elevate the everyday to the exquisite—the photographs inspire and the recipes satisfy. It doesn’t get better than that." —Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer, authors of Canal House Cooks Every Day
"A Simple Feast celebrates an unexpected and refreshing approach to eating in New York and beyond. Forget cab rides, long queues, and steep bills—instead think bicycle baskets full of local produce, farmers’ markets, rural adventures, and wonderfully simple seasonal meals." —Nathan Williams, author of The Kinfolk Table