Please Wait to Be Tasted

Please Wait to Be Tasted : The Lil' Deb's Oasis Cookbook

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For flavor-craving, art-loving, community-celebrating homecooks, the first cookbook from Lil' Deb's Oasis, a James Beard Award-nominated hotspot in Hudson, New York, serves up seventy tropical comfort" recipes, alongside musings on wine, music, love, sex, friendship, and fashion.

When Carla Perez-Gallardo and Hannah Black first crossed paths in the Hudson Valley it was culinary kismet. Both had turned to the food world after art school, and their collaboration quickly evolved from popular pop-up dinners to the 2016 opening of their restaurant in Hudson, where they have created an oasis of pleasure and community, with nourishment and connection as the central tenets.

In Please Wait to Be Tasted (a phrase posted in the restaurant's waiting area) home cooks are invited into the rainbow-colored world of Lil' Deb's Oasis via recipes steeped in "hot, sticky, juicy, moist fever-dreams of flavor," stories of the restaurant's origins as an art installation of kitschy visual delight, and all manner of advice-how to throw a tamale party or pen a wine poem. Recipes mesh deep respect for cultural traditions with a twist of irreverence-Sweet Plantains with Green Cream, Ceviche Mixto with Popcorn, Fishbone Soup, Charred Octopus in the Ink of Its Cousin, Whole Fried Fish, and Abuela's Flan-and are organized into chapters that align the many pleasures of Lil' Deb's with the throws of romantic encounters.

A foreword by neo-soul singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello attests to the love and magic of the food and friendship that has made her a regular at Lil' Deb's Oasis."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 353 pages
  • 191 x 254mm
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1648960251
  • 9781648960253
  • 1,721,471

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"Please Wait to be Tasted is sure to be a funny, heartfelt, inclusive, instructive read bursting with vibrant, mouth-watering images. And although a cookbook cannot bring the whole restaurant to your doorstep, Please Wait to Be Tasted will no doubt deliver Lil' Deb's signature "hot, sticky, juicy, moist fever dreams of flavor."
- Chronogram Magazine
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About Carla Perez-gallardo

Carla Perez-Gallardo was raised by three Ecuadorian women in Queens, New York, in a home with a busy kitchen. In seventh grade, she started Saborines, a summer pie company named after her grandmother. She graduated from Bard College with a degree in studio arts.

Hannah Black, originally from Alabama, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in painting. She worked at Mission Chinese Food in New York and Hartwood in Tulum, Mexico, before running a food truck in Catskill, New York, serving Vietnamese-inspired flavors with locally sourced ingredients.

Wheeler grew up in the Napa Valley, the child of two presbyterian pastors, and graduated from Bard college with a literature degree. They became Lil' Deb's general manager and wine guy in 2017.

Meshell Ndegeocello is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and human rights activist based in Hudson, New York. Her most recent album is Ventriloquism.
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