Two years ago, Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor announced he was going to hole up in the woods near Germantown, New York to write a cookbook. Well, it finally happened.
In the September/October 2012 issue of SPIN, he explained:
It doesn't have a title yet, but at the moment it's 20 dinners, fully coursed, all seasonally relevant. I think a lot of people open a cookbook and they're like, "Where do I start?" And this is just like: "Make this dinner." It's making cooking approachable for people in a different way. I love throwing dinner parties. I used to have a fire pit until I got the cops called on me.
According to the site Grizzly Bear Galore, the book's description reads:
When he’s on tour with his band Grizzly Bear, the thing Chris Taylor misses most about home is the kitchen and the company. With his friend Ithai Schori, the two are constantly cooking dinner parties for four to forty, using skills Chris learned from his mom and techniques Ithai picked up in high-end restaurants. Their food is full of smart techniques that make everything taste just a little better than you thought possible—like toasting nuts by swirling them in browned butter, or burning apples over a flame for a complex, charred applesauce—but their style is laid-back and unhurried. This is about cooking not just for but with your friends, and so the authors enlisted their favorite pastry chef, mixologist, sommelier, and baristas to write detailed material on wine, desserts, stocking a home bar, and mixing drinks, and buying and brewing fantastic coffee. Through more than 100 seasonally-arranged recipes and gorgeous, evocative photographs of their parties, you fall into their world, where you have all day to put food on the table with your friends, and where there’s always time for another cocktail in a mason jar before dinner.
Twenty Dinners will be available April 7, 2015 via Random House.