Well Fed 2: I’m well-fed & you should be, too!

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In my review of the first Well Fed cookbook by Melissa Joulwan of The Clothes Make The Girl, I called the cookbook “severely awesome.”

Hold that thought for a moment. Now watch this:

^Well Fed 2, I thought, was one of the best cookbooks in the history of cookbooks. While it remains one of my absolute favorites, Well Fed 2 leaves even Well Fed behind.

See what I did there? (And see how my brain works? There’s a classic movie scene that’s marginally relevant to everything.)

That’s not to say you shouldn’t have both Well Fed and Well Fed 2 in your cookbook arsenal. I highly recommend you do. Even as a horrible, disgruntled, cranky cooking malcontent, I truly enjoy cooking from these books. Melissa provides tweaks and tasty twists on her recipes to embrace all kinds of international flavors – meaning, every recipe is actually multiple recipes – and she does so against the backdrop of a dead-sexy cookbook design that also includes space for notes. NOTES!

I am so stinkin’ sick of the digital world. I relish any opportunity to put pen to paper – even if only to jot down something like this:


Just kidding. I would never do that. (He would never believe me.)

Oh, and FYI: the pages are also road-tested to be spill-resistant (oops).

There are so many neat things about Melissa’s work, and it doesn’t stop at truly delicious recipes. Melissa’s generosity of spirit shines through every recipe, and through the way she does business: not only does she give a pretty hefty portion of the book away FOR FREE (click here for a 35-page preview) but she also makes the PDF version of the book available for $1 to all those who buy the printed copy. Every one of those $1 sales, and $1 from every standalone PDF sale, goes to Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Just like with her first cookbook, Melissa is taking care to give back. (Shameless plug: a portion of the proceeds from my Skintervention Guide go to the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund!)

And as if things couldn’t get any better, in one of her recipes, Melissa improves upon nature’s perfect food: Sardines. You know I went straight for this one. You don’t like sardines? Melissa makes that inconceivable.

Next up is the SB&J burger – and anyone who ever made a visit to the original Wheel Inn in Sedalia, MO for a Goober Burger will know the deliciousness that’s in store.

Long story short: I highly recommend this cookbook! ^Click here to get yours.

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  1. says

    LIZ! Thanks so much for the awesome review. I’m super excited that you tried the pan-fried sardines. I LOVE them, but my husband thinks they’re totally weird and gross. I was hoping other smart people would be into that recipe :-)

    Definitely try the SB&J Burger. We made the Elvis version this week, and couldn’t talk during the meal because we were too busy moaning. It was so good.

    Hugs from Austin!

  2. says

    I agree.
    What a great book! I can’t quite trying things. The crispy chicken livers are surprisingly wonderful as well. Thanks for a great review of a great book!

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