The dish on keeping things down to earth and gourmet
“The uncomplicated nature of the lot of the dishes and the presentation is representative of how I had to learn to balance things,” Jeremy Fox says about the symbiotic relationship between his cooking and his personal journey. The chef’s new cookbook, On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen (Phaidon, $50), chronicles a unique evolution, including Fox’s time helming Napa’s heralded vegetarian Ubuntu restaurant and his struggle with anxiety and depression. Among the 160 recipes are those that are rooted in the soul-stirring food he’s been cooking since February 2013 at Santa Monica’s beloved neighborhood gem, Rustic Canyon, where he has also found broader equilibrium. Fox aims to inspire and reassure home cooks, and keep things down to earth. “I want my book to not just be looked at,” he says. “I want it to be torn and covered in food splatters.”
Written by JESSICA RITZ.