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

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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.

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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Chronicle Books
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Cynthia Shannon
This has quickly become one of my go-to cookbooks for weeknight meals. 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 ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Julia Turshen writes the most gorgeous, fun to read cookbooks!
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-the-foodie
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 ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Turshen's Now & again : go-to recipes, inspired menus + endless ideas for reinventing leftovers is reminiscent of Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade 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.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-list, cookbooks
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.
Rachel Green
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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 ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked this cookbook so much I bought it. Turshen's partner is diabetic so many of the recipes are geared to low carb. Some really good one pan cake recipes.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve fallen head over heels for this cookbook. Written by Julia Turshen, author of Small Victories, this collection of simple but flavorful recipes is unusual in two ways: 1) it’s organized around menus, so you understand what sides to make with each dish, and often desserts and cocktails as well, and 2) each set of recipes has suggestions for how to turn leftovers into something new.

Somehow these leftover suggestions avoid being trite and are less the kind of thing you’d see in Real Simple or
Galinson Stephanie
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great concept and a lovely conversational style. I love Turshen's voice and this book doesn't dissappoint. It's similar to her earlier work (which I gave to my twenty-something daughter for xmas) but lighter for her fifty-something mother. I haven't cooked a ton of the recipes, but the ones I have I've repeated multiple times, like the delicious winter squash and radicchio salad on the cover. Having read it cover to cover for the narrative (and the tips) I think it will be a book to revisit, and ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mmm. I liked this book. I took it out of the library because of Turshen's Washington Post column/excerpt about meatloaf:

She has an engaging manner in her writing, and there are a good number of recipes I'd like to try - first up will be chicken enchiladas, I think.

I might even buy a copy, OMG.
Rachel Rogers
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Beautiful book. Interesting recipes from a diverse collection of palates. I don't really see the reinventing leftovers, unless it's the pull-out at the end of each set of recipes that gives advice to completely recreate things.

Really enjoyed the lists at the end full of suggestions of what to do with leftover wine, rice, take out, etc. That is excellent advice for thinking outside the box.
Ambur Taft
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Great recipes, especially liked the concept of make this today & try these options with your leftovers tomorrow. I liked all of her tips in the back of the book as well, learned a couple things and got a few great ideas for entertaining.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really love the way Turshen thinks about food.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Photos, seasonal menus, preparation timelines plus ways to use any leftovers.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Delicious food, with great suggestions for using the leftovers in other meals. I've made 4-5 recipes already and they were all wonderful.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful recipes and meal ideas, but not my cup of tea and too much cilantro.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Practical ingredients to reuse. Not my taste
Juli Anna
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I think Turshen is a star recipe developer, and some of the recipes is here will definitely added into my next meal plan. I also love her warm, generous authorial voice and her wit. My only complaint with this book (and with her first cookbook Small Victories as well) is that the gimmicks don't work for me. This cookbook is loosely organized around the idea of reusing leftovers in creative ways, which sounds fine but ends up feeling like a flabby way to fill pages and give some sense of cohesive ...more
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Julia Turshen is the bestselling author of Now & Again, a Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 semi-finalist (vote for her here), as well as Feed the Resistance, named the Best Cookbook of 2017 by Eater, and Small Victories, named one of the Best Cookbooks of 2016 by the New York Times and NPR.

Epicurious has called her one of the 100 Greatest Home Cooks of All Time. She is the founder of Equity At Th