To the Last Bite: Recipes and Ideas for Making the Most of Your Ingredients (Hardcover)
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Named one of the season's most anticipated cookbooks by TIME, Thrillist, Book Riot, and more!
“What a rich concept...this book is one of the sexiest, most beautiful guides I've ever seen.” —Drew Barrymore
Learn to cook resourcefully, efficiently, and, of course, deliciously, by using all of your ingredients—down to the rind, stem, and bone—with these 100 creative recipes from the star of BuzzFeed Tasty’s Chef Out of Water.
Cutting back on food waste continues to be one of the most effective ways we can combat climate change. But when recipes only call for a small portion of an ingredient, what do we do with the remainder? Alexis deBoschnek has the answer.
Growing up, Alexis spent hours tending to her mother’s garden in the Catskill Mountains, coming back to the kitchen with apples, zucchinis, peas, and every herb under the sun. From slowly cooking tomatoes for sauce, drying fresh herbs, or infusing oil with the garden’s aromatics, to pickling cucumbers by the dozen, Alexis learned how to make every ingredient last.
With To the Last Bite, she shares her lifetime of knowledge to ensure nothing goes to waste. Buy a whole chicken for Alexis’s juicy, delicious Spatchcock Paprika Chicken with Carrots and save the bones for a stock, which you can add to braised leeks with white wine and thyme. Her Greens Skillet Pie uses any herbs you haven’t gotten around to in the crisper drawer. All the recipes in this book are designed to use the entire ingredient to save you money and cut back on food waste.
Packed with stories and strategies to help you choose your ingredients wisely and use them well, this cookbook teaches you how to cook creatively, resourcefully, and, most importantly, deliciously.
About the Author
Alexis deBoschnek is a cook, recipe developer, host, and writer based in the Catskills in upstate New York.
"Recipe developer deBoschnek... delivers delectable ways to reduce waste and the “strain it puts on the food chain” in her clever debut... Even the scraps sing in this inspiring and innovative collection."—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"There is 0 bull***t in To the Last Bite and that's the way it should be. Alexis gives us the approachable way to actually cook and stretch delicious food with purpose and without complicating things so that we can properly use ingredients and reduce waste.”—EDEN GRINSHPAN, chef and author of Eating Out Loud: Bold Middle Eastern Flavors for All Day, Every Day
"I've been waiting for just this book for a very long time. Farm-raised and city-smart, Alexis’s recipes speak to me in tones equally alluring and reassuring. As you delve into the pages you’ll feel like she’s right by your side in the market, garden, and—most importantly—the kitchen. She confidently guides you through what to buy, preserve, and keep on hand to prepare recipe after simple, stunning recipe. What I love equally about To The Last Bite is how sustainability, seasonality, and utility inform Alexis’s food in a way that only someone steeped in these values her whole life could share with so much care and comfort. There’s not an ounce of pretension in these pages, only the mark of a talented cook with great respect for food—and for her readers."—ADEENA SUSSMAN, author of Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors from My Israeli Kitchen
“In To the Last Bite, Alexis deBoschnek has given us not just a collection of beautiful, special, yet approachable recipes, but an ethos of cooking that she lives by. Living more sustainably is something anyone can do, and this book is full of good ways to do that while enjoying good food. Alexis’ book is bound to become a kitchen manual for cooks at every skill level.”—SUSAN SPUNGEN, author of Open Kitchen: Inspired Food for Casual Gatherings
"To the Last Bite is for anyone who wants to think about food holistically—to take pleasure in what they consume, and find creativity in avoiding waste. In deBoschneck's kitchen, every meal is easy-breezy and approachable, and makes the most of each and every precious ingredient."—JULIA SHERMAN, author of Arty Parties: An Entertaining Cookbook and Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists