Big Bites: Wholesome, Comforting Recipes That Are Big on Flavor, Nourishment, and Fun: A Cookbook (Hardcover)
From the creator of Kat Can Cook comes 110 simple, nourishing, mostly gluten-free recipes that are big on flavor and reimagine the concept of "healthy food."
Kat Ashmore’s mission is to empower hungry readers everywhere to feed themselves and their loved ones well and have fun doing it. Rather than focusing on restriction or deprivation, she asks: What can we add to our plates? After she turned to TikTok for a creative outlet, her series of big, meal-in-a-bowl salads, known affectionately as “Hungry Lady Salads,” went viral on social media, and she found a likeminded community of home cooks who wanted to fall in love with cooking again.
In Ashmore's debut cookbook, she shares 110 wholesome, comforting mostly gluten-free recipes that are full of flavor, nourishment, and fun—and meant to be devoured in big bites! With her signature personality and joy, this cookbook is a celebration of nature and seasonality and encourages home cooks to rethink familiar ingredients. From Hungry Lady Salads and weeknight dinners to snacks and desserts, Big Bites shares recipes for
- Breakfasts: Avocado Toast with Hot Honey; Goat Cheese Fried Eggs
- Snacks: Burrata with Roasted Grapes; 5-Minute Tzatziki
- Hungry Lady Salads: Shaved Caesar Salad with Fennel and Crispy Chickpeas; Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Sesame Date Dressing
- Weeknights: Honey Mustard Roasted Salmon; One-Pot Pasta with Chicken Sausage + Broccoli
- Sunday Suppers: The Ultimate Beef Meatloaf with Caramelized Onions and Horseradish; Crispy Cod Cakes with Tartar Sauce
- Veggies + Sides: Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes; Parmesan Roasted Zucchini
- Desserts: Orange Ricotta Company Cake; Extra Fudgy Avocado Brownies
- Secret Weapons: Quick Pickled Red Onions; Any-Green Sauce
Bring joy back into your kitchen with Kat Ashmore and Big Bites!
About the Author
Kat Ashmore is the chef, recipe developer, and digital creator behind Kat Can Cook. She graduated from the award-winning Institute of Culinary Education in New York and went on to work for Martha Stewart, developing retail recipes and producing cooking segments on the eight-time Emmy Award-winning The Martha Stewart Show. Kat lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, with her husband, Michael, and their family.
“I love Kat’s food philosophy—that we all have the ability to have a loving relationship with ourselves and savoring delicious, healthy food can be a part of that every day. Her joie de vivre really translates into a joy of cooking and sharing her gift for doing it with fun and creativity.”—Katie Couric
“If you’ve ever wanted to nudge your family in a healthier direction without having a full-scale mutiny on your hands, Big Bites is the book for you. Bring on the joy and the bounty and all the Hungry Lady inspiration in Kat’s kitchen! In her culinary best friend way, she will arm you with the speedy techniques and mama wisdom to make it fun and get the job done confidently, courageously, and most of all, deliciously! Create veggie lovers over bowls of Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Sesame Date Dressing. Make it better (and faster!) than take out with Air-Fryer Honey Mustard Salmon. If it’s time for a treat, tuck in to Brown Butter Brickle Bars—say that three times fast, and then get cooking!”—Daphne Oz, TV Host and New York Times bestselling author of Eat Your Heart Out
“Kat’s passion for food shines in everything she does; I absolutely love her recipes and zest for life. In Big Bites, her passion to create healthy, yet approachable meals for all eaters to enjoy is evident on every page. Each recipe celebrates how nourishing and delicious cooking can really be, and she teaches us how to find joy doing it.”—Alex Snodgrass, New York Times bestselling author of The Defined Dish and The Comfortable Kitchen
“Big Bites is not only beautiful and delicious—it also offers a path to empowering hungry readers everywhere to serve themselves and their families well and have fun doing it. With wholesome, hearty recipes that will appeal to the pickiest eaters in your family, Kat Ashmore and Big Bites are here to change your relationship with meals.”—Cat Cora, Iron Chef and co-host of Around the World in 80 Plates
“Kat’s approach to cooking proves that simple, clean ingredients and easy techniques don’t equal a lack of flavor. Big Bites is a good reminder that eating healthy doesn’t mean eating small.”—Shea McGee, interior designer and author of Make Life Beautiful and The Art of Home