Julia Turshen is the beloved chef and recipe developer behind bestselling cookbooks with Mario Batali, Gwyneth Paltrow, and more. Her food philosophy is both beautiful and empowering: she’s on a mission to make cooking at home approachable, delicious, and enjoyable through “small victories.” For Julia, a few foundational recipes, a well-stocked pantry, and a little creativity are the keys to happy cooking.
Now, just a few weeks before launching her own cookbook this September, she’s joined the Skillshare community to teach a class, The One Dough You Need to Know: Baking with Yeast. Between takes, we asked what she always has on hand in the kitchen.
What are your kitchen pantry must-haves?
There are a few things that are always in my kitchen: coffee, half-and-half for coffee, eggs, hot sauce, mustard, cans of LaCroix sparkling water, lemons, and extra-virgin olive oil. We always have very dark chocolate, mainly for my wife, but I dip into it sometimes, too. Similarly: peanut butter, mainly for our dogs, occasionally me.
What’s in your fridge that surprises guests?
How do you make a dish extra special?
Lemon and salt, always. They both help everything they touch taste more like itself. Think of a tomato . . .
Advice for beginning cooks?
Take a deep breath, and keep it simple. It’s just dinner!
Favorite LaCroix flavor?
Choosing a favorite LaCroix flavor is tough! I’d say a tie between coconut (somewhat of an acquired taste) and my forever favorite, pamplemousse.
Join Julia Turshen’s new class The One Dough You Need to Know: Baking with Yeast and explore her philosophy that the best dishes are small, delicious, and made at home. You’ll learn a foundational yeast-dough recipe and how to make Julia’s signature raspberry jam buns (shown below), perfect prep before checking out her new cookbook!