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Open Kitchen
Inspired Food for Casual Gatherings
By (author): Susan Spungen
9780525536673 Hardcover English General Trade COOKING / Entertaining Mar 03, 2020
$47.00 CAD
Forthcoming 8.28 x 10.28 x 1.36 in 368 pages 4C PHOTOGRAPHS THROUGHOUT Avery
Simple, stylish recipes for fearless entertaining from the renowned food stylist, New York Times contributor, and founding food editor of Martha Stewart Living.

As a professional recipe developer, avid home cook, and frequent hostess, Susan Spungen is devoted to creating perfectly simple recipes for good food. In Open Kitchen, she arms readers with elegant, must-make meal ideas that are easy to share and enjoy with friends and family.

An open kitchen, whether physical or spiritual, is a place to welcome company, to enjoy togetherness and the making of a meal. This cookbook is full of contemporary, stylish, and accessible dishes that will delight and impress with less effort. From simple starters such as Burrata with Pickled Cherries and centerpieces such as Rosy Harissa Chicken, to desserts such as Roasted Strawberry-Basil Sherbet, the dishes are seasonal classics with a twist, vegetable-forward and always appealing. Filled with practical tips and Susan’s “get-ahead” cooking philosophy that ensures streamlined, stress-free preparation, this cookbook encourages readers to open their kitchens to new flavors, menus, and guests.

Perfect for occasions that call for simple but elevated comfort food, whether it’s a relaxed gathering or a weeknight dinner, Open Kitchen shows readers how to maximize results with minimal effort for deeply satisfying, a little bit surprising, and delicious meals. It is a cookbook you’ll reach for again and again.

Author platform: Susan is a real force in the food world. She was the founding food editor of Martha Stewart Living, a contributor for Bon Appetit, and a food consultant and stylist for high-profile Hollywood films. She has also gained a strong Instagram following of 30,000.

Exceptional, must-cook, on-trend recipes that work: Susan is known for creating recipes that become staples in the kitchen. She knows what people are craving now—seasonal, vegetable-forward dishes—and this cookbook will deliver. But her cooking approach will give this real staying power.

Practical, “get-ahead” hook: Susan provides easy-to-follow timing tips for every recipe for effortless preparation.

Susan Spungen is a cook, food stylist, recipe developer, and author. She was the food editor at Martha Stewart Living from its founding in 1991 to 2003. She was the culinary consultant and food stylist on the feature films Julie & Julia, It’s Complicated, and Eat, Pray, Love. She is the author of Recipes: A Collection for the Modern Cook, What’s a Hostess to Do?, and Short Stack Editions’ Strawberries. She also co-authored Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook, which was a bestseller. Susan lives in New York City and East Hampton, NY.

Author Residence: East Village, NY, NY

Author Hometown: Philadelphia

Marketing: Marketing:

Extensive influencer and pre-order campaign

Leverage authors contacts

Brand Partnerships and promotion with Food52, Food & Wine, Milk Street

Taste collaboration

Social card series

Digital advertising



Publicity: Publicity:

National morning show cooking segment - Today or GMA

Food magazines, print, podcast and online

Daytime tv shows - Rachael Ray, etc

Major Food Radio shows - Sporkful, Splendid Table

NYC Media

Features on cultural websites with a focus on food

Food and dining sections in major papers - NYT, WSJ, LAT etc



Author Website: www.susanspungen.com

Author Social Media: IG: @susanspungen

Open Kitchen is an exciting collection of beautiful recipes that are easy enough for weekday meals, but impressive enough for entertaining. From Cassoulet Toast (yes, please!) and a Stress-less Cheese Soufflé, to Crispy Semolina Potatoes and an entire chapter of desserts that I’m planning on baking my way through. Susan Spungen’s magnificent book celebrates freshness and takes familiar flavors in unexpected—and delicious—directions. It’s a must for anyone who loves to cook, bake…and of course, eat.” —David Lebovitz, author of My Paris Kitchen and Drinking French


Open Kitchen overflows with intuitive, crave-able cooking! Just like Susan Spungen herself, these recipes will lure you into the kitchen and have you chopping, roasting, and drizzling better than you ever knew you could. This is not just a book on how to make good food, it’s a blueprint for how to cook with joy, confidence, and ease — from prep to presentation!” -Gail Simmons, food expert, TV host and author of Bringing It Home

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