In Review: Karen Mordechai’s Sunday Suppers | Recipes + Gatherings
Ranked in the top cookbooks for 2014 by the New York Times, I am curious to dig into the very pretty cookbook from Sunday Suppers and Karen Mordechai.
Far from the noisy, rambunctious family life … is the staid still life with flower petals and eggs that makes up SUNDAY SUPPERS (Clarkson Potter, $32.50), derived from Karen Mordechai’s Brooklyn-based food blog. Strange missteps abound — if you want beans in your chili, that’s O.K. with me, just don’t say it’s “Texas style.” In a section called “Camping,” Mordechai tells us that “we built a fire near our friend’s cabin in Oregon … close enough to a kitchen to walk a few items over” — which explains the presence of cast-iron skillets and pictures of people in nice wool overcoats. But I did come away from the book with a recipe for tea-and-ginger-cured sea bass to layer on homemade bagels. And the desire to put confetti inside clear balloons and float them around my next party. The book also makes me want to have a party.
— MAX WATMAN // December 5, 2014 NY Times Sunday Book Review
Karen Mordechai was one of the first to redefine “entertaining” as “gathering,” changing the experience from stressful to intimate with a focus on bringing people together to connect over delicious food and in an inspiring environment. In 2009, she created the now iconic Sunday Suppers, a cooking community and food website based in Brooklyn, that celebrates the magic of gatherings. Sunday Suppers allows friends and strangers alike to congregate and cook together, and experience the world’s oldest act of community: sharing a meal.
Karen’s lessons in cooking, styling, menu planning, and photography quickly gained her a cult following, and her gift for creating beautiful dining environments and bringing back the nostalgia of family meals and early suppers with friends is beautifully reflected in Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings (Clarkson Potter/Publishers; October 14, 2014; Hardcover; $32.50).
Sunday Suppers features menus of 100 recipes centered around get-togethers: a beach lunch, an urban picnic, a dinner with friends in upstate New York. Spanning all occasions and all times of day (not just supper!), each gathering covers all aspects of the meal, from setting a beautiful scene, to creating a thoughtful menu, and stunning, seasonally driven recipes.
Karen is already known and loved among editors, stylists, and food photographers for her easy preparations and understated, elegant styling. But now, with Sunday Suppers, anyone can enjoy Karen’s achingly beautiful photography and partake in delicious meals that draw people together in community as they circle around the table.
KAREN MORDECHAI a photographer and stylist, is the founder of Sunday Suppers, a Brooklyn-based cooking series and blog that has won accolades such as a 2013 Food and Wine Digital Award, top food blog by Saveur, and #6 in Babble.com’s Top 50 Design Blogs. Additionally, Karen has been a culinary/photo judge at Leite Culinaria’s Food Photography Contest, a culinary ambassador for Fisher & Paykel and the DCS line of appliances, and an official partner with West Elm and Williams-Sonoma. Karen’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Remodelista, Martha Stewart Living, Food + Wine, and more.
— Crown Publishing // Imprint: Clarkson Potter