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Good Enough A Cookbook: Embracing the Joys of Imperfection and Practicing Self-Care in the Kitchen

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2022-01-11
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

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Good enough is a cookbook, but it’s as much about the healing process of cooking as it is about delicious recipes. It’s about acknowledging the fears and anxieties many of us have when we get in the kitchen, then learning to let them go in the sensory experience of working with food. It’s about slowing down, honoring the beautiful act of feeding yourself and your loved ones, and releasing the worries about whether what you’ve made is good enough. It is.

 A generous mix of essays, stories, and nearly 100 dazzling recipes, Good Enough is a deeply personal cookbook. It's subject is more than Smoky Honey Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Fennel Slaw or Sticky Toffee Cookies; ultimately it's about learning to love and accept yourself, in and out of the kitchen. 

Author Biography

Leanne Brown wrote Good and Cheap as the capstone for her master’s in food studies from New York University. She and her husband live in New York City.

Table of Contents

Pink Carrots
From Good and Cheap to Good Enough
A Note on the Essential Place of Flexibility in Cooking
Six Steps to Calm Cooking
How to Use This Book
Chapter 1: Good Enough Preparation
Hold Up, Why Is This So Much Work?
Comparison Shopping
Groceries in the Rain
Meeting Antonio
Dream Pantry
Assembly Only
Grocery Shopping as Ritual
Chapter 2: Good Enough Mornings
On Waking Up Sad
Gratitude Is an Experience, Not a Performance
Gratitude and Perfectionism
A Gratitude Practice
Designing Your Everyday Smoothie
Creamy Hands-Off Scrambled Eggs
Delicate Dill and Cheddar Omelet
Salty Coconut Melon Refresher
Morning Stretch Yogurt Bowls
Breakfast Apple and Orange Crisp
Zucchini, Pistachio and Lemon Muffins
You're Set For the Week Granola, Three Ways: Lemon Tart Granola, Chocolate Macaroon Granola, Baklava Granola
Chapter 3: Good Enough Midday
Sometimes Self-Care Just Means Chores
Food Is Not a Reward
How to Love Salad
How to Make Lunch More Intentional
Choose Your Own Lunch-venture
October Farro 
Days and Days Salad 
Brooklyn Breakfast Salad 
Miso Salmon Taco Salad 
Leftover Potato and Pesto Salad
How to Get a Girlfriend Salad 
Best Friend Salad 
Hearty Summer Vegetable Salad with Sausage Croutons 
Two Dressings That Are Good on Everything: Creamy Dill and Date Dressing, Triple Citrus Dressing
Simple Cheese Sandwiches 
Cauliflower Cheese Pita Sandwich 
Spicy Miso Broccoli Melt 

Chapter 4: Good Enough Weeknights
Perfection Is a Liar
To Cook or Not to Cook, That Is the Question
Favorite Summer Burgers (page 000)
Fast White Bean, Chorizo, and Hearty Greens Stew (page 000)
Pato’s Weeknight Farro (page 000)
Relaxed and Romantic Risotto, Two Ways: Leek and Squash Risotto with Goat Cheese and Honey, Bacon and Kale Risotto with Fried Eggs (page 000)
Sambal Shrimp Lettuce Wraps (page 000)
Shrimp Scramble with Rice (page 000)
Grilled Tilapia Tacos with Mango Salsa (page 000)
Flexible Smoky Veggie Enchiladas (page 000)
Saucy Spiced Chicken with Tomato, Goat Cheese, and Mint (page 000)
Sweet and Spicy Chicken Dinner, Two Ways: Chile, Garlic, and Date Butterflied Roasted Chicken, Chile, Garlic, and Date Chicken Tacos (page 000)

Chapter 5: Good Enough When You’re Struggling
Cooking for Self-Worth
Making Something Is One Way to Say I’m Here
Being Your Own Best Parent
Healing Activities
Safe Foods (page 000)
Self-Love Potion (page 000)
Lime Tart Spritzer (page 000)
I Spell Love Q-U-E-S-O (page 000)
Maple Chipotle “Campfire” Cornbread (page 000)
Here and Now Jalapeño and Honey Biscuits (page 000)
Enlivening Green Soup (page 000)
Extra Elotes Bowl (page 000)
Surprisingly Awesome Quesadillas (page 000)
Citrus Refresher Pasta (page 000)
Salty, Spicy, and Bright Brussels Sprouts Pasta (page 000)
Salmon Dinner Pie (page 000)
Orange Cheesecake Brownies (page 000)
Every Day Is Summer Berry Cookie Bars (page 000)

Chapter 6: Good Enough Fun
Having a Baby Is Like the Movie Speed
I’d Rather Have the Joy, or the Oddly Terrifying Part of Happiness
Permission Slip for Excitement and Joy
Cinnamon and Spice Cream Cheese Rolls  (page 000)
Banana Bread, Two Ways: My Favorite Banana Loaf, Banana, Date, and Cashew Muffins (page 000)
Rainy Day Focaccia (page 000)
Welsh Rarebit with Roasted Broccoli  (page 000)
Samosa Puffs (page 000)
Cozy Cold-Weather Bolognese  (page 000)
Curried Chickpeas and Spinach (page 000)
Herby Fish Cakes with Chipotle Mayo  (page 000)
Lemon-Ginger Squares  (page 000)
Lemon Poppyseed Drizzle Cakes  (page 000)
Sticky Toffee Cookies  (page 000)
Oops! I Made Them Again Chocolate Chip Cookies (page 000)

Chapter 7: Good Enough for You
Harry’s Grilled Cheese
Rest and Pleasure
How to Take a Break Like You Mean It
Happy Hour
Vegetable Celebration (page 000)
Honeyed, Cheesy Asparagus (page 000)
Roasted Smoky and Salty Sweet Potatoes (page 000)
Mouthwatering Miso Roasted Broccoli and Shallots (page 000)
Maple Soy Cashew Brussels Sprouts (page 000)
Sour Cream and Onion Potatoes (page 000)
Macadamia-Crusted Delicata Squash with Maple Mustard Tahini Dressing (page 000)
Pesto Corn (page 000)
Pickle-y Sausage Cauliflower (page 000)
Design Your Own Cheese Plate
Bacon and Mint Snap Peas (page 000)
Emily’s Pizza Salad (page 000)
My Spicy Umami Noodles (page 000)
Extra Crunchy Jalapeño Cheddar Tostada (page 000)
Better-Than-a-Milkshake Mango Lassis (page 000)
Triple Citrus Custard Cream with (or without) Meringue (page 000)
Cheesecake Pots, Two Ways: Peach Mascarpone Cheesecake Pots, Orange and Chocolate Cheesecake Pots (page 000)
Chapter 8: Good Enough for Others
The Myth of Effortless Entertaining
Social Anxiety and Loneliness
A Menu for Doing Enough
Summer Produce Glory
Brunch Gnocchi (page 000)
Sunday Morning Pancakes with Coffee Syrup (page 000)
Caramelized Onion Dip (page 000)
Peach and Burrata Beauty (page 000)
Garlic and Lemon Butter Smashed Potatoes (page 000)
Corn Chowder Quiche (page 000)
Smoky Honey Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Fennel Slaw (page 000)
Turkey Falafel Balls with Tangy Tomato Sauce (page 000)
Spicy Ginger-Honey Blondies (page 000)
Brian’s Peanut Butter and Honey Cupcakes (page 000)
Dan’s Birthday Carrot Cake (page 000)

End Notes: A Tale of Two Leftovers
Leftovers Redux: Mix + Match to Reduce Your Mental Load
Final Thought


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