Beloved home cook, television star, and bestselling author Mary Berg is back with 100 seasonal recipes to inspire your year and delight your palate.
For Mary, cooking meals to enjoy with family is a constant source of joy, no matter the day or time of year. But as for what those meals include? Well, that’s what makes it fun. As the seasons change, so does the food Mary craves and cooks. Sometimes it’s based on what’s available at the farmers’ market, other times it’s based on the weather or how she feels on a particular day. Well Seasoned is a cookbook to celebrate friends and family, giving readers a peek into how Mary cooks over the course of a year.
• SPRING is Crisp, Light, and Lively with Green Risotto, White Wine Coq au Vin, and Pistachio Sponge Cakes with Matcha Cream
• SUMMER is Bright, Fresh, and Classic with Cottage Pancakes, Grilled Summer Squash Pizza, and Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake
• AUTUMN is Cozy, Hearty, and Nostalgic with Baked Meatballs with Pesto and Ricotta, Curried Shrimp Orzo, and Pumpkin Pecan Pudding
• WINTER is Rich, Savory, and Celebratory with Everything Bagel Drop Biscuits, Roasted Fennel and Beet Salad, and Eggnog Basque Cheesecake
The recipes in this book range from easy weeknight meals to more elaborate weekend feasts, but all of them share Mary’s simple instructions and warm style. With Mary’s guidance and encouragement, you’ll find beautiful recipes to nourish yourself and your family all year long.
About the author
MARY BERG is the bestselling author of Kitchen Party: Effortless Recipes for Every Occasion, the host of Mary Makes It Easy and Mary's Kitchen Crush, the Season 3 winner of MasterChef Canada, as well as a cooking expert on Your Morning, The Social, and The Marilyn Denis Show in Canada. After degrees in history, English, and information studies, Mary detoured into a career in insurance for five years, before being convinced by her family to audition for MasterChef Canada and ultimately stealing the show! She has since launched her cooking career full time, and never looked back. Mary lives and cooks in Toronto. Her first word was “cheese.”
Excerpt: Well Seasoned: A Year's Worth of Delicious Recipes (by (author) Mary Berg)
I think the best way to describe my relationship with food is as a forever love affair. Ever since I can remember, it has been my constant companion, and I don’t think a waking hour has passed without me daydreaming about all of the different foods I could buy, invent, cook, and eat. I’m sure this love is requited, as food has always been there to satiate any craving I’ve had or manage any mood I might find myself in, but I am under no illusion that it is exclusive. In fact, my hope is that most people have this “forever love” rela - tionship with food, one that is based on sustenance and nourishment as much as it is on comfort and enjoyment. As my favorite cartoon rat once said with respect to us humans,
“There’s something about them. They don’t just survive, they discover, they create. I mean, just look at what they do with food!” —Remy, Ratatouille
Food is something to be relished and should feed not only your body but also your soul. For me, there is pure excitement in tasting the first basket of juicy sun-warmed strawberries brought home from the farmers’ market, or in smelling the grill during a backyard barbecue on a hot summer day. I feel so at ease when I sit in front of a meal that transports me back to childhood, or when I breathe in the warmth of a steaming bowl of hearty stew or a holiday feast as snow starts to cover the ground. In my life, food has always satisfied something so much bigger than hunger, and I always try to capture that momentous effect in my kitchen and in my recipes.
For those who joined me in my celebration of kitchen parties with my last book, Kitchen Party: Effortless Recipes for Every Occasion, you’ll know that the recipes focused on cooking for crowds and making any meal into a celebration of friends and family. I wanted to make a guide - book for people who felt nervous inviting others into their homes and to quash any thoughts that a kitchen party should be anything like dining at a restaurant. While those recipes could all be halved to serve your family any night of the week, they were developed with gatherings in mind, and both the actual recipes and their yields reflected that
Don’t get me wrong. The recipes you’ll find in these pages will make for some amazing kitchen parties as well, but I wanted this book to be a little more personal. Well Seasoned is still all about food, friends, and family, because cooking and eating are all about sharing and showing love. But in this book, the recipes are inspired by how my family and I eat every day.
As the seasons change, so does the food I crave and cook. Sometimes I cook based on what’s available at the farmers’ market, other times it’s based on the weather, and sometimes it’s based on how I feel on a particular day. Well Seasoned is a true peek into my kitchen and what you can expect to find gracing my table any time of year.
As with all of my recipes, all the ingredients mentioned in this book can be easily found at an average grocery store or farmers’ market or even in your own pantry. I’ve used basic kitchen equipment, because there is nothing I dislike more than finding a recipe that I want to make, only to realize I don’t have the tools to do so. As I hope you’ve come to expect from me, this book is filled with recipes that not only are cookable but will make you look like the absolute culinary wizard I know you are.
Welcome to my kitchen, where seasons, mood, and cravings come together into a year’s worth of all things delicious.
PRAISE FOR WELL SEASONED
“Mary welcomes us back into her kitchen with heart, and her immense love of food and cooking. Well Seasoned beautifully reflects the dishes Mary shares with her family and friends. It is packed with thoughtful, comforting, delicious recipes that will become your favorites instantly!”
—CHEF LYNN CRAWFORD
“Mary’s recipes exude her effortless charm and pure joy in the kitchen, while paying tribute to the fresh, exciting ingredients from each turn of the calendar. Well Seasoned has you covered for every occasion, craving and celebration throughout the year.”
—ZOË FRANÇOIS, author of Zoë Bakes Cakes and Magnolia Network TV host
“Mary’s personality shines through this work to transform how we view cooking for ourselves and our friends and family. She makes world-class meals achievable at home with this collection of approachable recipes for any occasion or season.”
“This is a pretty epic recipe collection, inspired by all that affects our appetites: moods, cravings, seasons and the people around our tables. Well Seasoned covers every course and occasion, with accessible yet aspirational recipes that Mary calls into service to feed herself and her family on the regular. Like her, the book is fun and the dishes are a bit unexpected – think strawberries and rhubarb inverted into a tarte tatin, or a handful of sour-cream-and-onion chips crushed over new potato salad.”
—JULIE VAN ROSENDAAL, The Globe and Mail