Sohla El-Waylly. Too good for the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen (they didn’t deserve her!!) but absolutely necessary for your kitchen. I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to cooking but this book is so darn accessible! Start Here doesn’t presume you know what your doing — it says “that’s ok” and helps you learn not only recipes but also the foundational hows and whys that will inspire you to become the home-chef of your dreams. Recommended By Sarah R., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Change the way you think about cooking! In this epic guide to better eating, the chef, recipe developer, and video producer Sohla El-Waylly reimagines what a cookbook can be, teaching home cooks of all skill levels how cooking really works. With a foreword by Samin Nosrat.
A practical, information-packed, and transformative guide to becoming a better cook and conquering the kitchen, Start Here
is a must-have master class in leveling up your cooking.
Across a dozen technique-themed chapters — from "Temperature Management 101" and "Break it Down & Get Saucy" to "Go to Brown Town," "All About Butter," and "Getting to Know Dough" — Sohla El-Waylly explains the hows and whys of cooking, introducing the fundamental skills that you need to become a more intuitive, inventive cook.
A one-stop resource, regardless of what you're hungry for, Start Here gives equal weight to savory and sweet dishes, with more than two hundred mouthwatering recipes, including:
• Crispy-Skinned Salmon with Radishes & Nuoc Cham
• Charred Lemon Risotto
• Chilled Green Tahini Soba
• Lemon, Pecorino & Potato Pizza
• Fruity-Doodle Cookies
• Masa & Buttermilk Tres Leches
Packed with practical advice and scientific background, and an almost endless assortment of recipe variations, along with tips, guidance, and how-tos, Start Here is culinary school — without the student loans.
"The perfect companion to anyone starting out in the kitchen. In sharing so much experience and knowledge — not to mention so many recipes that I want to eat — Sohla has crafted a book to return to again and again and again." Yotam Ottolenghi
"We typically use the word 'cookbook' to describe a series of tasty recipes we re-create in our home kitchens that make us feel awesome. Only we're never really taught how to cook. Enter: the incredible Sohla El-Waylly, our officially unofficial guide to kitchen bootcamp, equipping us with the skills we need to feel confident in the kitchen — not capable, not able, confident . . . Start Here is nothing short of a game changer." Christina Tosi, chef & founder, Milk Bar
"This book has done the impossible: It's inspired me to cook. Start Here is an instant classic destined to be a kitchen staple. Sohla has revolutionized what a cookbook can be in a way that speaks so uniquely to her razor-sharp wit, generosity of spirit, and undeniable skill." Dan Levy, Emmy Award-winning writer, actor, director, and producer of Schitt's Creek
"A one-stop grand diplôme in the culinary arts taught by one of the most talented and knowledgable chefs, Sohla El-Waylly . . . Start Here is an instant, must-have classic." Rick Andrew Martínez, best-selling author and video host
"I am an instant fan of any book that crams in this much knowledge and science right alongside things like Lisa Frank Cookies and not one but FOUR kinds of homemade fun dip! . . . I don't know who's more excited, my brain or my belly!" Molly Yeh, New York Times best-selling author and Food Network host
"Cooking through Start Here has brought more joy to my kitchen than any cookbook in memory. Spoiler alert for my friends: This is what you're getting for Christmas." Stella Parks, James Beard Award-winning author of BraveTart
"Sohla's book is brilliantly organized and superbly written, with photographs that teach as well as inspire. Reading Start Here is like getting a fully accredited culinary degree from a professional who sees food and cooking through a grounded but completely modern perspective. Every recipe delivers. Add to cart! You need this book." Carla Lalli Music, author of That Sounds So Good and Where Cooking Begins
About the Author
Sohla El-Waylly is a culinary creator, writer, video producer, and community advocate who has been featured in The New York Times and Bon Appétit and on Food52 and Serious Eats . Her on-camera credits include starring in HBO Max's The Big Brunch and The History Channel's Ancient Recipes with Sohla. She studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park before training at various New York City restaurants such as Del Posto, Atera, and Battersby. A TIME100 Next honoree, she lives in the East Village with her husband, two dogs, and cat.