POSTPONED: Lara Lee in Behind the Ingredients: A Cookbook Conversation Series with Cheryl Pearl Sucher

McNally Jackson Seaport
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This event has been postponed until Fall 2023. Check back for updates about rescheduling and other events in this series.

Behind the Ingredients is McNally Jackson’s new cookbook conversation series, hosted by McNally OG and cookbook buyer Cheryl Pearl Sucher. The series explores the evolution of cookbooks from literal recipe collections to photographic coffee table tomes. How do recipes come into being? How does vision turn into a book? What historical and personal influences mold a chef’s individual voice? What is the difference between cookbook writers and chefs who write cookbooks? Join us for satiating conversations with chefs from around the world. Don’t come hungry.

From the internationally celebrated author of Coconut & Sambal, a cookbook on Asian home cooking, done quickly with ease and minimal mess.

“Simple beautiful food to electrify the tastebuds.”-Meera Sodha

“One of the most exciting cookbook authors around.” -Andy Baraghani

Named after the simplicity and usefulness of soy, Lara Lee's new cookbook introduces 80 game-changing recipes that close the gap between classic Asian dishes and quick-to-table family meals. There are recipes that only require a little chopping and a boiled kettle, as well as 15, 30, and 45 minute meals fit for weeknight dinners or no-fuss dinner parties. Lara explores the vibrant array of sweet, salty, umami, sour and spicy Asian flavors, with inventive brunch ideas like a Tom Yum Bloody Mary, zesty sides like Sambal Patatas Bravas, simple noodles like Cheesy Kimchi Linguine with Gochujang Butter and many more punchy curries, stir-fries and rice recipes from glazed meat to fragrant veggies. She also includes pantry swaps and vegan substitutes so these fuss-free recipes can adapt to your own busy kitchen.

With tales of heritage and culture woven into every recipe, A Splash of Soy transports readers to different parts of Asia, sprinkled with the Australian influence of Lara's upbringing. It is a book for foodies and beginner home cooks everywhere, showing you can make a memorable, delicious meal with steps as simple as adding just a splash of soy.

Lara Lee is an Australian chef and food writer of Chinese-Indonesian heritage. She is a regular contributor to Food52, the New York Times, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit and the Guardian. Her first book, Coconut & Sambal, was named one of the best cookbooks of 2020 by the New York Times, the Guardian, Eater, National Geographic and many more. When she’s not cooking, you’ll find her teaching Indonesian words to her little boy Jonah. A Splash of Soy is her second cookbook.




Cheryl Pearl Sucher is the curator of McNally Jackson Prince Street’s prized culinary sections. When she’s not perusing recipes, she writes fiction and non-fiction and is the author of the novel The Rescue of Memory (Scribner) for which she was awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Creative Fellowship in Fiction. Since marrying a Kiwi in 1999, she has lived between the Greater New York City area and New Zealand, where she is a frequent features writer and book reviewer for the New Zealand Listener. From July 2013 to April 2016, she was one of four broadcast presenters of New Zealand Hawkes Bay Television’s half-hour interview series Chatroom. She also hosted McNally Jackson’s author interview series Between Two Worlds, where she spoke with Sally Rooney, Sigrid Nunez, Douglas Stuart among others. Finally, she hasn’t given up on the eternal rewrite of her second novel, Alive Among the Ruins.



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