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  • Full Title: The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Drinking: (Cocktails without Regrets)
  • Autor: Ariane Resnick
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Regan Arts.
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1682450481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1682450482
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This edgy cocktail book includes more than 100 recipes for delicious alcoholic drinks and mocktails that are made from quality, healthful ingredients and include healing properties with nutritional benefits to keep you feeling sexy, healthy, and fabulous.

The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Drinking is all about showing you how you can, and should, enjoy drinking healthfully. Author Ariane Resnick wants to wipe away the notion that drinking healthfully has to mean downing glasses of green smoothies and juices and otherwise starving yourself. Sure, detox drinks have a time and a place, but there’s no need to suffer and live without the things you love. The key to drinking cocktails when you’re trying to be mindful is drinking in moderation and using wholefoods and high-quality ingredients that both taste delicious and have health value and nutritional benefits. Some of the healing ingredients include:

—Lemons and limes: nutritional powerhouses of liver detoxification that lower the cholesterol and also happen to pair well with nearly any alcohol;
—Kombucha: the sparkling probiotic beverage that provides good bacteria for your gut and comes in a million mixable flavors;
—Fresh ginger: a powerful anti-inflammatory that is great for reducing nausea and lowering blood sugar;
—Coconut cream: to help our brains and our metabolisms;
—Herbs and spices: include antibacterial and antiviral properties and are high in B-vitamins;
—Green juices: full of extra vitamins and nutrients;
—Mint: known for its calming effects on the digestive and nervous systems and keeping tummies content;
—Kava: a medically-proven anxiety-relieving root that’s known for its calming, relaxing, therapeutic effects, and other restorative properties.
And more!


Editorial Reviews


"In The Thinking Girl's Guide to Drinking (Cocktails Without Regrets), author Ariane Resnick lays out how to make fairly easy cocktails made with wholesome, quality ingredients that taste delicious but also have nutritional benefits."


"Our delicious (yet still diet-friendly) solution: Mix up a Cozy Fire—a sweet yet healthy sip from celebrity chef Ariane Resnick's new book, The Thinking Girl's Guide to Drinking: Cocktails Without Regrets."

Health Magazine

"What's the opposite of a hangover? Whatever it is, we're aiming for it thanks to Ariane Resnick, certified nutritionist, author of The Bone Broth Miracle and now The Thinking Girl's Guide to Drinking."

The Chalkboard Mag

". . . bless Ariane Resnick, CNC, and her new book, The Thinking Girl's Guide To Drinking, for proving that sipping healthfully and getting tipsy aren't mutually exclusive."

Well + Good NYC

"You two should open a bar if you don't have one, because I would come enjoy these cocktails any time. These are absolutely wonderful."

Dr. Travis Stork, CBS' "The Doctors"

"For your foodie friend who shops by the nutritional value instead of what's on sale, she's sure to go wild for this recipe book that brings together health and booze."

Class Pass

“This is how drinks would taste if the Garden of Eden had a bar.”

—Jeff Franklin, creator of Full House and Fuller House

“Sexy drinks, delicious photography—I’m thinking that The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Drinking isn’t just for girls!”

—Tristan Stephenson, author of The Curious Bartender series

“As a longtime proponent of fresh ingredients and creative combinations, it’s easy to get behind these festive libations that focus on a healthy approach to quality. These thinking ladies are raising the bar for professionals and home entertainers everywhere!” 

—Natalie Bovis, founder of The Liquid Muse and author of Edible Cocktails

“As a doctor and a nutritionist, I love how Ariane is changing the way we think about drinking. Her fabulous cocktails prove that with the right ingredients, we can transform happy hour into a fun and healthy time. It’s a seriously smart message delivered with a big dose of humor. Salud!”

— Dr. Kellyann PetrucciNew York Times bestselling author of Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet and DrKellyann.com and host of the Public Television Special “21 Days to a Slimmer, Younger You”

About the Author

Ariane Resnick, CNC is a private chef and certified nutritionist who specializes in organic farm-to-table cuisine and creates indulgent, seemingly “normal” food out of impeccably clean, whole food ingredients. She is the author of the best-selling The Bone Broth Miracle and and has been featured in Forbes, Well + Good NYC, In Style, Star, Goop.com, Food.com, Huffington Post, Refinery29.com, Muscle & Fitness, Men's Fitness, and Food Network’s Chopped. Resnick regularly consults with clients and chefs on wellness and nutrition. She lives in West Hollywood, CA.

Brittini Rae is the 2015 National Speed Rack Champion and has been called “the best female bartender in America” by Elle and the “#3 National Top Bartender” by the Daily Meal. She has won the Luxardo Cup and the L.A. Pavan Sangria Challenge and has been featured in Elle, Imbibe, L.A. Magazine, BarBiz Mag, Liquor.com, and Grub Street, among others. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.




This book is dedicated to my two grandmothers, Granny Abbott and my late Grandma Rowland, two women who thrived through discipline, hard work, and standing their ground. Each of you gave me a different understanding of the world and what it meant to be strong in my own way.

GRANNY ABBOTT, you are always the quiet, poised woman but one all the children knew not to cross. Levity and creativity has always flowed through you, which helped me tap into my own creativity. I love hearing your sweet giggle and seeing that bright smile whenever I visit.

GRANDMA ROWLAND, you were the original petite powerhouse. Your fiery sass and aggressively blunt approach helped me discover my own “take me as I am” attitude. You were taken from this world far too soon. Rest in peace, Grandma.



Title Page



Day 1: Be a Positive Goal Digger—and Aim Big

Day 2: Affirm!

Day 3: Learn to Love Yourself

Day 4: Exercise Your Mind and Spirit

Day 5: Visualize!

Day 6: Prepare to Succeed—Daily

Day 7: Be a Relentless Rebel

Day 8: Fuel Yourself for Success

Day 9: Be Authentic

Day 10: Know Your Life Purpose

Day 11: FIFO!

Day 12: Describe Your Legacy

Day 13: Layer in Change

Day 14: Rock Your Victories

Day 15: Eliminate Excuses

Day 16: Put In the Effort

Day 17: Be Unstoppable

Day 18: Adjust Your Attitude

Day 19: Lean on Mentors

Day 20: Banish Stress

Day 21: Declutter Your Life

Day 22: Change the Scenery

Day 23: Don’t Forget the Chocolate: Moderation and Self-Control

Day 24: Turn Setbacks into Comebacks

Day 25: Train Your Brain

Day 26: Have Successful Failures

Day 27: Develop Healthy Obsessions

Day 28: Take Control of Roller-Coaster Emotions

Day 29: Solidify Intention

Day 30: Climb the Unclimbable

Day 31 and Beyond

30 More Mind-Body-Spirit Challenges for Every Day of the Month




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About the Authors

Also by Christmas Abbott


About the Publisher

THERE’S A BADASS hiding inside you. It’s time to unleash it. I’m not talking about someone who’s mean and nasty or a troublemaker. I’m talking about a mentally tough person with a powerfully positive attitude . . . someone who exudes a daring, knowledgeable, make-it-happen drive, with kick-ass charisma . . . someone who pushes the limits in life from all aspects and knows exactly who she is . . . someone who respects mind, body, and spirit and rocks with confidence as a result. When people like this do something—at work, at home, in the gym, wherever—they do it all out.

The reason this breed of ballsy folks is so successful: They know how to kick bad habits to the curb—and they’ve done it. I’m talking about bad habits like overeating, not exercising, smoking, abusing alcohol and drugs, and just plain being unkind to yourself. Bad habits mess with your life in a zillion little ways—screwing with your psyche, chipping away at your self-esteem, or putting you at risk of serious physical or mental problems. Consider smoking, for example. It’s no secret that this bad habit can ultimately do deadly damage through a heart attack, cancer, or emphysema. So you definitely don’t want any bad habits to stall your happiness and success.

How do habits form, anyway? Understand that we are what we repeatedly do. If you do something over and over again, the brain cells involved in that behavior begin to sprout tiny fibers called dendrites. With enough repetition of the behavior, those dendrites grow and entwine with other brain cells. Once they’re all linked up, your brain has formed a physical circuit called a neural pathway, which quickly and efficiently enables the behavior. The new behavior is wired into your brain and is now a habit.

How long does the habit formation process take? It depends on how many times you repeat the behavior. If you repeat it occasionally—like having one or two cocktails a week—then it’s not likely that you’ll develop a drinking habit. If you repeat the behavior five or six times a day, and you get some sort of pleasure-producing reward from it, the habit gets ingrained faster, maybe in a month or so. This goes for bad habits as well as good.

What I’m here to help you do is get rid of bad habits and form new ones. And I know all about how to do it. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a fitness trainer, competitive CrossFit athlete, business owner, author, and public speaker, among other things. But I wasn’t always this productive. Not at all! From age thirteen until my early twenties, I was a mess, physically and emotionally. I was crazy—and killing myself with my crazy. I was a heavy smoker. I was a druggie. Booze. Meth. Really bad stuff. I couldn’t change; I didn’t want to change.

So . . . habits, really bad habits? Yes, I know more than a thing or two about how to rid your life of them and be a success. It
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be creamy, sweet, crisp or sharp, rich, crumbly. It’s not necessary to be a culinary wizard to understand this alchemy. Combining flavours and textures so that each ingredient shines and somehow tastes more ‘of itself ’ is something most of us do instinctively – we naturally reach for the cool, sweet cream to pour over our tangy apple crumble, or the salt and vinegar to go on our chips. Listen to what your tastebuds are telling you, and you’ll be on the right track.

My holy trinity idea is not sacrosanct. You might feel you actually need a fourth, maybe even a fifth ingredient to make a dish work. If so, go for it, as long as they harmonise with each other. Just bear in mind that once you start giving a prominent role to half a dozen ingredients or more, you are well beyond ‘simple’ territory and heading into ‘complex’, ‘multi-layered’ and possibly ‘confused’.

Indeed, some of the best and tastiest of treats require only two good things: chocolate and nuts, sausage and pastry, greens and garlic, cheese and apples. It’s all about the interplay that makes the whole so much more than the sum of its parts – an interplay that I believe anyone who loves to eat will understand without really having to think about it. That’s what makes this approach so easy and so much fun. It relies not on what you ‘ought’ to cook, what you’ve perhaps been taught, or come to expect, or what you imagine other people might cook. It’s all about exactly what you want to eat – what your appetite and experience tell you is going to be delicious.

When you find a combination that works, play with it. One of the lovely things about keeping your food combos very simple is that they are then also very flexible. With most of the recipes here, just taking the main players and preparing them in a different way – raw instead of cooked, for instance – will give you a whole new dish. If you go a bit further and start swapping new ingredients in (celery for fennel, pollack for mackerel, plums for peaches), then the sky’s the limit. That’s why so many of these recipes come with ideas for varying the offering: my ‘plus ones’ and ‘swaps’.

Do yourself a favour by stocking your cupboards, your fridge and your freezer with good basics. You’ll then have the option of whipping up all kinds of winning dinners without recourse to the shops. And note that a well-stocked kitchen needn’t mean an overstocked one. For me, lining the larder is not about ramming it to the rafters, it’s about having my old faithfuls always waiting in the wings. I get nervous if there are fewer than four cans of tomatoes on the shelf, for instance. I like to keep a couple of decent oils to hand, and I always have lemons, garlic and onions, honey, mustard and bay leaves in reserve. Tinned pulses, tinned fish and the aforementioned tinned tomatoes offer me supper security. Pasta, rice and noodles are my starchy standbys and I keep eggs, yoghurt and a bit of decent cheese in the fridge; homemade stock in the freezer. Dried fruit, nuts, brown sugar and chocolate hold up the sweet end of things.

Finally, to do yourself justice, remember that simple dishes demand raw materials of top-notch quality. When there’s no lengthy list of ingredients to hide behind, vegetables and fruit need to be at their freshest and/or ripest, while cheeses, fish and meat must be the best you can find. But you will be rewarded: with this kind of pared-back cooking, you can spend a bit more on a great loaf of bread or a top-of-the-range vinegar, safe in the knowledge that you will taste and fully appreciate it in the finished dish. Nothing’s going to get hidden or lost – the simple approach is the best way to honour your ingredients. It’s also the best way to lessen the pressure on yourself and, I think, to knock out the kind of satisfying, flavoursome, nourishing food that so enriches our daily lives. Great food is not rocket science: just take it easy!

The salad bowl is an excellent arena in which to explore simple combinations, and many classic salads neatly make the point that ‘three good things’ is so often the way to go. Think of the Waldorf (celery, apple, walnut), the Caesar (lettuce, croûtons, Parmesan), the Caprese (mozzarella, tomato, basil). Grasp the guiding principles enshrined within these landmark recipes and you won’t go far wrong.

In the most satisfying salads, contrasts of taste and texture abound – the sharp cutting the rich, the crunchy as a foil to the creamy, the leafy set against the farinaceous. Once you have hit on a successful combination you can swap out just one element to arrive at a totally different dish. So beetroot, boiled egg and anchovy (here) gives you a hearty summer salad, for lunch perhaps; lettuce, egg and anchovy offers a nice little starter or canapé; and anchovy-topped scrambled eggs on toast becomes that classic gentleman’s club savoury known as Scotch woodcock. I’d love to
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t want to be stuck with a plate of pasta every time we go out to eat with our friends.

There are some really wonderful vegan restaurants and I have found all my friends truly enjoy them with me from time to time. However, people go out to share a meal and talk, and it is fun to try all kinds of restaurants.

Launching the idea to write a cookbook happened unexpectedly. Because of a wonderful gentleman, Walter Feldesman, who loves eating at the top restaurants, I had the opportunity to dine at two of the best, Jean-Georges and davidburke & donatella. When making the reservation at Jean-Georges, I mentioned that there would be one vegan and would that be a problem? I was told that it would not be. Once seated in the beautiful windowed space overlooking a winter snow scene at Columbus Circle, I was handed a menu. I told the waiter that I was the vegan on the reservation and perhaps would not need the menu. He left for the kitchen and came back to say, “The chef has planned black truffle dumplings with pumpkin puree and tiny diced cubes of celery and yellow zucchini topped with maple sake foam.” Not even a mention of a plate of vegetables! I talked about that dining experience for a long time afterward.

A few weeks later at davidburke & donatella, David came out to the table himself to ask a few questions. He would not tell me what he was going to serve but an amusing smile emerged as he went to the kitchen. Soon, I was served what he called a Vegetable Torte. I called it a Vegetable “Carousel.” It was a perfectly molded circle piled high with colorful and beautifully prepared and seasoned vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes that had been leveled flat to hold a border of perfectly spaced peas around the top edge. After the joy of eating this creation, we discussed the protein content, and David suggested that adding any kind of beans as one of the layers would work well. Clearly, this was a dish that could be adapted endlessly.

I wanted to really experiment now. I encouraged Walter to consider reserving at other top restaurants and see how more great chefs did things. He was game, and eventually he began tasting my food and wanted to order as I did, stating that he could not believe he was eating so much plant food and loving it. So, on to Chef Gabriel Kreuther, then at the Ritz-Carlton on Central Park South, now at The Modern at The Museum of Modern Art. When the amuse-bouche (the tiny one-bite starter) came, I remembered that I had forgotten to state at reservation that a vegan meal was needed. I was upset as I know how a busy kitchen can be disrupted with a last-minute request. However, the waiter put me at ease and when the first course arrived I was given a dish that I will remember forever. It was a beautifully plated piece of grilled watermelon cut into a perfect inch-high flat circle with the entire round edge covered with overlapping soft sun-dried tomatoes, just high enough to create a lip at the top edge to hold a layer of roasted pistachios covering the top, all placed on top of lines of reduced sweet balsamic vinegar.

New Year’s Eve can be a problem but Chef Daniel Boulud made it happen at Daniel, always listed with the top restaurants in the country. Walter and I were joined by vegan friend Inger Lonmo, who has been on a lot of this journey with me. We enjoyed the “gazillion-dollar” tasting menu created just for the occasion. The feast began with an astounding small box with a lid made of potatoes packed full of grains and black and white truffles, and ended with a huge box made of dark chocolate filled with many chocolate morsels. It was great to see that this time I did not have to remind the chef that chocolate is a plant!

I told Walter that I think there were too many people who had no idea that these chefs were making this level of creative vegan food. As a home economist with deep roots in food, it occurred to me that perhaps I should combine my love of food and photography to share my exciting discoveries. It was all getting too good to keep as a secret. I should write a book!

I approached the chefs who first impressed me and was thrilled when the first one said, “I’ll be in it!” As I asked others, they often commented that they get bored preparing animal products over and over as there are only so many ways to work with them; but plant foods—vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds—provide endless options for fabulous dishes, as was evident to see when these great chefs prepared dishes that are included in this book in their own restaurant kitchens and were photographed in their dining rooms.

Each chef was asked to offer a vegan menu of three to four courses. The great Chef Charlie Trotter of Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago had his top chef, Chef Matthias Merges, prepare an entire tasting menu. Often several recipes are needed to make one special dish. It is exciting to realize that many of these recipes can be lifted out to become its own dish, such as
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e you can live with. Start by sizing up your schedule and pinpointing pockets of time you can devote to exercising. You should also assess your current fitness level and set goals, whether it’s to increase your heart rate or shed a few pounds. Then make a plan. Aim for thirty minutes at least four times a week, even if it means squeezing in three ten-minute stints (in the morning, during lunch, and at the end of a workday)—it counts just the same. Consider steps that will help you stick to your program, like asking a friend to walk with you or joining a running club or a yoga group.

Variety is also helpful in ensuring long-term success, so try to include different activities—such as dancing, Pilates, swimming, or rock climbing. Your body benefits from cross-training, and your mind benefits from the changeup in the routine.


Consult with your doctor before embarking on any fitness program or making changes to your activity level.


If you typically head to the gym, opt for a change of scenery: Studies show that people get more enjoyment and therefore stay motivated longer when exercising outdoors. So head to the local park or beach, seek out nearby hiking trails, or go cross-country skiing.


make sure to get enough fiber

Fiber is absolutely essential to good health: It aids in digestion, regulates blood sugar, promotes a healthy heart, and helps to control weight. “Fiber also feeds the good bacteria in the digestive tract,” adds nutritionist Swift, “which helps the immune system protect against invading pathogens (unfriendly bacteria and viruses) and escorts toxins out of the body.”


Aim for at least forty grams of fiber each day (this is twice the amount in the average American diet). It’s actually easy to meet this quota if you eat primarily fruits and vegetables, whole grains (and whole-wheat products), dried beans and legumes, and nuts and seeds. It also means having an orange or grapefruit instead of a glass of juice; topping yogurt with oat-filled granola; adding chickpeas or black beans to salads; and snacking on whole foods such as apples, celery, almonds, and carrots.


There are two types of dietary fiber—soluble and insoluble. Each plays an important role in keeping your body’s systems on track. Both types can make you feel full quickly and for longer. Eat a varied plant-based diet, including all the foods listed at right, to be sure to get both kinds of fiber.

Soluble fiber dissolves in water and binds to and helps eliminate cholesterol, thereby boosting heart health. It also normalizes blood glucose and insulin levels, which can help protect against inflammation and diabetes. Best sources include apples, pears, citrus fruit, and berries; oats, oat bran, and barley; and legumes, carrots, and brussels sprouts.

Insoluble fiber (also known as “roughage”) facilitates digestion by increasing the bulk in the stool, which in turn speeds up the elimination of waste and toxins. This type of fiber is found in many fruits and vegetables, but leafy greens like kale, collards, and mustard greens, cabbage, and the skins of apples and pears have the most. Other sources include whole-wheat flour (including that found in bread and pasta), wheat bran, and nuts and seeds.


Whole-wheat and whole-grain products such as bread, cereal, and crackers can be good sources of fiber, as long as you choose them carefully. If there are less than two grams of dietary fiber in each serving, look for something with more. And pay attention to the addition of sugar and other sweeteners, especially high-fructose corn syrup, which can offset the benefits of the fiber.


boost energy with lean protein

Protein provides us with the necessary fuel to power us through the day, promotes brain functioning, and keeps us sated. It’s also necessary for building muscles, bones, and cartilage, and every cell in our body needs protein for maintenance and repair. Most Americans (and even vegans) have no problem getting enough protein, but the source of the protein also matters.


The Institute of Medicine (IOM), the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, recommends that protein make up between 10 percent and 35 percent of our daily caloric intake. This translates to about 46 grams per day for an average adult woman, 56 grams for men. To find out your average individual need, multiply your body weight times 0.36. For example, a 110-pound woman should aim for 40 grams of protein per day. As a point of reference, four ounces of cooked salmon has about 26 grams of protein, one cup of cooked lentils about 18 grams, one cup of cooked quinoa about 8 grams, one ounce of pumpkin seeds about 7 grams, and one large egg about 6 grams.


Ideally, you should try to get most of your protein from
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you’ll definitely need more than one

morning to truly make the most of it.




orange-paprika vinaigrette

orange-paprika vinaigrette

1 orange, peel removed in large strips,

Combine the orange zest and juice in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.

white pith removed, and cut into

Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until

very fine julienne

the liquid has reduced by about half. Remove from the heat and cool. Whisk

2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice

the cooled orange reduction with the lemon juice, paprika, mustard and sugar.

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Add the olive oil in a slow steady stream, whisking constantly. Season with salt

11⁄2 teaspoons sweet paprika

and pepper. Set aside until ready to serve.

2 teaspoons dijon mustard

2 teaspoons sugar

Place the octopus in a saucepan with the oregano, bay leaf, garlic, allspice and

sea salt

1 cup water. Squeeze the lemon halves to extract the juice, then strain, reserving

freshly ground black pepper

the skins. Add the juice and lemon halves to the pan. Cover with a tight-fitting

1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil

lid and cook over medium-low heat for 11⁄2 hours, or until the octopus is very

tender and any large suckers easily pull off. Drain the octopus, discarding the

3 lb 5 oz octopus, cleaned

lemon halves, herbs and allspice; cool. Pull the large suckers and any thick skin

4 oregano sprigs

off the octopus; remove the tentacles from the bodies (they will just tear off).

1 fresh bay leaf

Cut the octopus bodies into 1⁄2-inch pieces and tentacles into smaller pieces and

2 garlic cloves, bruised

set aside.

11⁄2 teaspoons whole allspice berries

Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in salted boiling water for 7–8 minutes, or

1 lemon, halved widthwise

until just tender. Drain well, cool to room temperature then cut widthwise into


1 lb 5 oz waxy potatoes, peeled

⁄2-inch-thick slices. Combine in a bowl with the octopus and olives; season with

2⁄3 cup small black olives

salt and pepper. Drizzle over the dressing and toss well to combine, then divide

1⁄2 cup cilantro sprigs, to serve

among bowls or pile onto a large platter. Scatter the cilantro over and serve

immediately. SERVES 6



fava bean purée

fava bean purée

11⁄2 cups whole dried fava beans

Put the dried beans in a bowl, cover with cold water and leave to soak overnight.

1 brown onion, finely chopped

Drain well, then remove and discard the skins. Put the beans, onion and potato

1 all-purpose potato, peeled

in a saucepan over medium heat and add just enough water to barely cover; bring

and chopped

slowly to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 40 minutes, adding a

11⁄2 cups podded and peeled fresh

little extra water if necessary (do not add too much water or the finished purée

or frozen fava beans

will not be firm enough). Stir in the fresh or frozen fava beans and continue

3 teaspoons sugar

cooking for 15 minutes, or until the beans are tender. Remove from the heat and

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil,

cool slightly.

plus extra to serve

Transfer the bean mixture to a food processor. Add the sugar and olive oil

sea salt

and process to make a smooth purée. Season with salt and pepper. Place in a

freshly ground black pepper

well-oiled 4-cup-capacity terrine mold or loaf pan, smoothing the surface with

the back of a spoon. Cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for

egg salad

2–3 hours or overnight.

21⁄2 tablespoons freshly squeezed

lemon juice, or to taste

egg salad

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

To make the egg salad, combine the lemon juice, lemon zest and olive oil in

1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil

a bowl and whisk well to combine. Add the egg, sun-dried tomato, dill and

4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and coarsely

watercress and toss to combine, being careful not to break up the egg too much.


1⁄3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, cut into

thick strips

To serve, turn the purée out onto a platter and spoon over the egg salad. Drizzle

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

with olive oil and serve with the grilled Turkish bread passed separately.

2 cups watercress sprigs


grilled Turkish bread, to serve





Place the bell peppers directly over a low flame and cook for about 10–15 minutes,

4 large red bell peppers

turning often, until the skin is blackened all over. (Alternatively, cook the bell

3 slices day-old rustic bread, cut into

peppers on a barbecue grill heated t
ly sliced

2 tablespoons / 33 grams soy sauce

1 tablespoon / 14 grams Asian sesame oil

1 tablespoon / 13 grams light brown sugar

¼ teaspoon / 1.5 grams fine sea salt

6 medium chicken thighs (about 2¼ pounds / 1 kilo)

3 cups / 552 grams potato starch

Rice bran oil or peanut oil for deep-frying

To make the marinade, put the buttermilk, ginger, garlic, scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth.

Lay one chicken thigh skin side down on a cutting board, with the bone running vertically, and use a sharp paring knife to cut down the center to the bone, from top to bottom. Gently slide the knife horizontally to the left to butterfly the meat, being careful not to cut all the way through it. Carefully open the flap and lightly score the meat in a crosshatch pattern, being careful not to cut all the way through the meat. Repeat on the right side of the thigh. Add the thigh to the bowl with the marinade, and repeat with the remaining 5 thighs.

Mix the thighs and marinade together, coating each piece thoroughly. Transfer the meat and marinade to a large zip-top bag, press out as much air as possible, and seal the bag. Put the bag in a shallow bowl in the refrigerator and marinate for 12 to 24 hours, turning the bag occasionally to distribute the marinade evenly.

Preheat the oven to 200°F. (95°C.).

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set a wire rack on another baking sheet. Put the potato starch in a large bowl.

Remove one chicken thigh from the marinade, brushing off any pieces of garlic, ginger, or scallion, and add to the potato starch. The marinade clinging to the chicken will help the flour adhere to the meat. Roll the thigh in the potato starch, coating it thoroughly, then put it on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining thighs. Then, beginning with the first thigh, dredge each one a second time in the potato starch and return to the parchment-lined pan.

Set a large cast-iron skillet on the stovetop and add 1½ inches of oil. Heat over medium-high heat until the oil reaches 375°F. (190°C.). Once the oil has come to temperature, add 2 or 3 chicken thighs to the skillet, depending on its size (be careful not to crowd the pan), and fry for about 8 minutes, until the bottom side is golden brown. Flip the thighs and cook for another 8 minutes, or until they are a deep golden brown on the other side. Transfer to the rack set over the baking sheet and slide into the oven to keep warm. Fry the remaining chicken thighs, transferring them to the oven as they are done. If not serving immediately, turn off the oven and prop the oven door open a crack so that the thighs remain warm and crisp.

Put the fried chicken on a platter and serve family style, with your favorite accompaniments.

NOTE: Rice bran oil is one of our favorite oils for frying. Produced from the bran of the rice kernel, it is 20 percent saturated fat and 80 percent unsaturated fat. It has a light nutty flavor and is unlikely to cause allergic reactions. It has long been used in Asia both as cooking oil and for cosmetic purposes. Studies in Japan and the United States have shown that consuming rice bran oil can lower the risk of heart disease. The oil has a high level of nutrients and antioxidants, which gives it a unique stability and long shelf life. And its smoke point of 490°F. (255°C.) makes it well suited to frying. Foods fried in rice bran oil tend to absorb up to 20 percent less fat than food cooked in other vegetable oils.

If you can’t find rice bran oil, peanut oil is our second choice. It also has a light nutty flavor and doesn’t absorb odors from the foods that are fried in it. It also has a relatively high smoke point (450°F./232°C). Lacking either of these, we use blended olive oil. Canola oil is a last resort for frying, because it takes on an unpleasant fishy smell at high temperatures that clings to the fried food.

Butterfly the chicken thighs and score the meat to absorb the marinade and ensure even frying.

Marinated chicken thighs in their first coating of potato starch.

Chicken thighs in a second coating of potato starch, ready for the fryer.

Super-crispy Japanese Fried Chicken thighs cooling on a wire rack.

Sweet Sorghum Flour

Sorghum is a cereal grain that originated in Africa. It is cultivated to produce sorghum syrup, a sweetener, and can also be used to brew beer and other alcohol. Sweet sorghum flour has experienced a rise in popularity as more people have adopted gluten-free diets. It is slightly sweet, with a relatively neutral flavor, and is a good source of protein, iron, and fiber. It is used in bread recipes and for heartier baked goods like pastries and pies.

gluten-free sourdough starter

53 ounces / 1500 grams sourdough starter

We first made a gluten-free s


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