If You Like Coffee, Grapefruit & Arugula, Then You’ll Love This Cookbook

updated May 1, 2019
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The book: Bitter by Jennifer McLagan

The angle: Challenge your palate — talk a walk on the bitter side.

Recipes for right now: Radicchio and Pumpkin Risotto, Homemade Tonic Water, Campari-Glazed Veal Chops, Cardoon Beef Tagine, Tarragon Roasted Celery, Lamb with Dark Chocolate Pepper Suce

Who would enjoy this book? Anyone who regularly orders a Negroni.

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Quick Facts

Who wrote it: Jennifer McLagan

Who published it: Ten Speed Press

Number of recipes: 100

Other highlights: Partly it’s the moody photos, partly it’s the subject matter (bitterness in foods can be a sign of poison!), but there’s something about this cookbook that feels a bit dangerous — in the best possible way. I am definitely in the bitter-loving camp, and I am seriously excited for all these new ways to explore the flavor, from bitter greens and tea-infused creations to experiments with beer hops.

Jennifer McLagan also includes lots of fascinating essays on the perception of bitterness and long descriptions of key bittering ingredients for those of us who like to study while we cook.

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Bitter by Jennifer McLagan

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