Let's Eat: 101 Recipes to Fill Your Heart & Home by Dan Pelosi (9/5/23)
Let's Eat: 101 Recipes to Fill Your Heart & Home by Dan Pelosi (9/5/23)
GrossyPelosi is your best friend in the kitchen—no, he's family. Here, Dan Pelosi shares recipes that have been passed down through his Italian family for generations and ones that he has cooked up from scratch, accompanied by fun and meaningful stories that enhance the experience of each dish. Guides are sprinkled throughout the book to teach readers the basics, answer anticipated questions, and help develop their intuition. Dan also shares his Grossery List, which contains all of the fail-safe items that he always has stocked. Dan's recipes are simple, approachable, and delicious, and are made to be shared with loved ones.
GrossyPelosi is your best friend in the kitchen—actually, he’s family.
In his debut cookbook, larger-than-life personality Dan Pelosi offers up a warm hug of home cooking, sharing both comfort food and connection with 101 of his nearest and dearest Italian American recipes. Some have been passed down through his family, and others have been cooked up from scratch—but all are made with love and accompanied by fun, meaningful stories to warm your heart while filling your belly. Read how Bimpy (the 100-year-old grandpa the internet loves to love!) smuggled homemade subs into Yankee Stadium, then craft your ultimate Big Italian Sandwich. Relive the memory of Dan learning how to make his friend’s mom’s stuffed chicken cutlets in their Jersey Shore house (and getting himself adopted into their family), then level up with Prosciutto & Mozzarella–Stuffed Chicken Parm. Learn how Dan’s mom would spring him out of school before the final bell (just to preheat the oven), then make your own Early Dismissal Pot Roast. And rewind to the beginning of Dan’s relationship with his boyfriend, Gus, then recreate the Zabaglione (and the romantic Cheesecake Factory ambiance) that inspired their first “I love you.”
In addition to the staple chapters like Eggs, Appetizers, Pasta, Meat & Fish, and Sweets, you’ll also find deep dives on Italian food recipes like Dough and Marinara, presented with hero recipes you can spin into all kinds of deliciousness. (Don’t worry—his viral Vodka Sawce is here!) Also sprinkled throughout this recipe book are Grossy’s Guides to cooking, cleaning, organizing, and everything you need to become intuitive in your kitchen.
Approachable and tasty, Dan’s recipes are meant to be shared with the ones you love. Set the table, grab a chair, roll up your sleeves . . . now LET’S EAT!
With his warm humor and love for food and cooking radiating off every page, Dan Pelosi is a culinary star in the making. Anyone searching for a new pasta cookbook will find plenty to work with in Dan’s supply of simple “Wednesday night” recipes perfect for weeknight dinners, and the inclusion of his family recipes and traditions make it the perfect Italian cookbook to gift to friends and loved ones.
About the Author
Dan Pelosi is the Italian meatball behind GrossyPelosi, the popular Instagram favorite for all things comfort and food. He hosts The Secret Sauce for Food52 and appears regularly on Good Morning America. He lives in Brooklyn, but you can find him online at @grossypelosi.
Praise for LET'S EAT
“What a joyous (and stylish) cookbook, and so fun to read. Dan’s humor, generosity, and impeccable advice come through on every page—lucky us!”
—Deb Perelman, New York Times bestselling author of Smitten Kitchen Keepers
“In a shock to no one, Dan’s debut cookbook is as full of living, laughing, and loving as any cookbook possibly could be. The recipes are homey and unpretentious just like he is—where sitting down with your people to a cozy, delicious meal is the end goal, and there’s joy in the process of getting there. We all yearn be guests at GrossyPelosi’s table, and while I am lucky enough to have been one on a number of occasions, rest assured that diving into Let’s Eat is about as close as you can get.”
—Molly Baz, New York Times bestselling author of Cook This Book
“My dreams of cooking like the adorable Italian grandma I never had have been REALIZED thanks to Dan's gorgeous and hilarious cookbook!”
—Busy Philipps, actor, writer, mom
“To say I’m excited for the world to see Dan’s first cookbook is an understatement! You can feel his passion for food and life shine through on every single page! Let’s Eat is filled to the brim with recipes to nourish your family, your friends, and most importantly yourself! His comprehensive guides to feeding a crowd, keeping a stocked pantry, menu planning, etc. are a mega-bonus and leave no stone unturned as he has you 100% covered! If you’re new to Dan, start with Grossy’s Vodka Sawce and then be prepared to dive headfirst into the rest of this book because it’s exactly what you want to cook EVERY SINGLE DAY.”
—Gaby Dalkin, New York Times bestselling author of What's Gaby Cooking: Take It Easy
Once you open Dan Pelosi’s Let’s Eat, you quickly realize it isn’t just a cookbook. You’re immediately transported to his delightfully colorful and wildly delicious world of food. This book is a love letter to so many of the dishes Dan grew up eating in his Italian-Portuguese family, and after making dishes like the Fork & Knife Carbonara and the Piri-Piri Roast Chicken, you realize Dan is the best friend (who can cook) you’re lucky to have in your life.”
—Andy Baraghani, New York Times bestselling author of The Cook You Want to Be
“Few books capture the essence of a person better than this one. I feel Dan’s warmth, love, and generosity in every single word. I flip the pages and hear his encouraging voice and the roar of his laughter. His food and photos make my mouth water, and his personal stories make me feel like I’m a part of his family.”
—Rick Martinez, New York Times bestselling author of Mi Cocina
“In Dan Pelosi’s exuberant debut cookbook, Let’s Eat, he tells us that his friends call him ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ because he feeds them so well when they visit. Let’s Eat is so congenial, nurturing, and personal that Dan is ‘mom’ to me from now on, too. Dan gleefully brings family and joy back to cookbooks, sharing his Grandma Katherine’s Rice Pudding, Bimpy’s Pizza, and the pot roast that his mom let him skip school to enjoy. His viral Vodka Sawce, which launched his dazzling food career, makes the cut (phew!), and he devotes a giant spread to the gloriously giant Italian sandwich. Dan’s book is like a culinary bear hug—surrounding you with food you want to share with a loud tableful of friends, debating which was better: the Vodka Sawce or the Fork & Knife Carbonara.”
—Amanda Hesser, cofounder of Food52
“Dan, a.k.a. GrossyPelosi, knows exactly what love looks like: stretchy cheese pulls, crispy fried bits, crunchy croutons, and sawce-slicked lips. I can 100% relate to the way food, memory, and emotional wealth are wrapped up in his life, and this book delivers all the joy of standing in his colorful kitchen. As if that weren’t enough, it’s worth its weight in gold for his mom’s cleaning tips alone!"
—Carla Lalli Music, New York Times bestselling author of That Sounds So Good
"Just as practical as it is delectable, this cookbook successfully conveys the author’s love of his family and cooking so that home cooks can bring his passion to their table."
— Library Journal