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Recipes, cocktails & true stories from our New York restaurant

Published by Weldon Owen
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

100 recipes for bold, gutsy, comforting dishes inspired by the flavors of Northern Italy, from the acclaimed Manhattan restaurant Sorella, co-owned and operated by rising star chef Emma Hearst, with her best friend (and honorary “sister”) Sarah Krathen running the front of the house.

After meeting in culinary school, Emma Hearst and Sarah Krathen opened Sorella—Italian for “sister,” in a nod to the deep connection these friends feel for each other—on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Lauded for its distinctive blend of gutsy northern Italian fare, family-style spirit, and old-world glamour, their charming neighborhood spot has garnered legions of admirers who come for the ethereal homemade pastas, inspired cocktails, and easy conviviality.
In this, their debut cookbook, Emma and Sarah share behind-the-scenes stories, their passion for food and hospitality, and the secrets to making many of their most popular menu offerings at home. The more than one hundred recipes encompass bold-flavored dishes and signature favorites, including their show-stopping Broccoli Fritto and decadent egg-topped Pâté de Fegato, along with clever cocktails and savvy wine pairings.
Bolstered by stunning full-color photographs, visual vignettes, and unforgettable anecdotes that relate everything from the wisdom of Italian grandmothers and the mishaps of opening night to a starring role on Iron Chef, Sarah and Emma convey both their sparkling personalities and their dedication to balancing innovation and tradition. They also offer a truly unique glimpse into what it’s like for two young women to open and run a lively, welcoming, and wildly successful restaurant in New York City.

Selected Recipes Include:
• Arugula & prosciutto salad with pickled cherries
• Marinated mussels & straciatella cheese
• Tajarin with lamb ragu, black pepper ricotta, pistachios & mint
• Cavatelli with porcini & pancetta ragu
• Sorella gnocchi
• Pan-seared mackerel with onion-pine nut puree & pickled vegetables
• Marinated pork chop with wax beans, blistered cherry tomatoes & apple vinegar
• Brussels sprouts with apples & bacon
• Peach crostata with buttermilk gelato
• Bombolini

About The Authors

After receiving her degree in Culinary Arts at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Hearst opened her first restaurant, Sorella, at the age of 21 with former schoolmate and best friend, Sarah Krathen. Shortly after opening, the restaurant received 4 stars from NYMAG along with countless other glowing reviews from The New Yorker, NY Times, Thrillist, Gotham Magazine, and Zagat to name a few. 

From there, Hearst was invited to cook at the famous James Beard House and would later become a semifinalist for a James Beard Award. During her years in NYC, she received many accolades in the food industry such as Zagat’s 30 under 30, Forbes 30 under 30, and Star Chefs. She was a featured chef in the James Beard award-winning book, Notes From A Kitchen, and also appeared on multiple TV shows; most notably Iron Chef, where she made history as the youngest contestant to ever compete on the show

Product Details

  • Publisher: Weldon Owen (October 29, 2013)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781616286040

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Raves and Reviews

"Sorella is one of those restaurants that I find myself going back to over and over again. It’s a place with an allure you can feel, one where that balance between kitchen and dining room gives you the sense that what you’re experiencing has been created not by colleagues but by good friends. This cookbook tells that story, one about a special restaurant, its outrageously delicious food, and the gracious hospitality with which it’s presented. And it shows us that even the simplest meal, if prepared and served genuinely, can become an exceptional, memorable experience."

–Will Guidara, Restaurateur, Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad

"I always look forward to dinner at Sorella, which—from the moment you pass through its Allen Street doorway—feels like you’ve stumbled upon the best little dinner party in all of New York. The menu is a treasure of Piemonte-inspired hits, all cooked from the heart and for your pleasure. How gratifying to be able to cook these beautiful recipes in my home, and to know the rich stories behind them!"

–Danny Meyer, author Setting The Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

"Sorella showcases the seductive and passionate story about food, fun and friendship between Emma and Sarah. It’s spicy, sexy and sumptuous and delicious."

–Daniel Boulud, Chef/Owner, The Dinex Group

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