Short Stack is a series of small-format cookbooks authored by America’s top culinary talents. Each edition is a collectible, single-subject booklet packed with recipes that offer ingenious new ways to cook our favorite ingredients.
Each Short Stack focuses on a single ingredient and is written by a single author. Every volume consists of 20 to 25 recipes, but beyond that, no two volumes are alike. In any given Short Stack Edition, there is a wide spectrum of recipes, ranging from sweet to savory, and breakfast to dinner.
Apples – Vol. 11: We've always thought that the "apple a day" directive seemed a bit excessive–until now. Andrea Albin has opened our minds to the iconic fruit, weaving it with seamless creativity into every meal.
Avocados – Vol. 25: Avocados dominate the menus of hip restaurants, the hashtags of social media, the recipes of cookbooks and websites, the annals of special diets. Katie Quinn taps into this popular zeitgeist, while also examining some offbeat applications for this beloved ingredient. Got avocado fever? This book will bring more cowbell, with recipes like avocado baked eggs, avocado fries with spicy mayo, and avocado guava handpies.
Broccoli – Vol. 7: "Eat your broccoli." No other chef has taken this childhood prescription to heart as much as Tyler Kord, one of New York's most innovative chefs and a professed broccoli enthusiast. Tyler's edition will teach you many new innovative ways to enjoy this flavorful and nutrient-rich vegetable, and show you just what a flavor chameleon it can be.
Brown Sugar – Vol. 12: This gentle yet dynamic sweetener is hidden in plain sight, a fixture in every cupboard. Libbie Summers demands that we spend more time with this staple and through recipes such as Nordic caramelized potatoes, her grandmother's ham and brown sugar roasted chickpeas--learn to appreciate what's right in front of us.
Butter – Vol. 30: The edition every cook must own is here. Beloved cookbook author Dorie Greenspan gives us a spread of recipes with classic French roots that remind us why butter is the reigning champion in our kitchens. From delicious pastries to succulent b̩arnaise-coated steak au poivre, this rich edition will lead to the kind of comforting, delicious meals we all crave.
Buttermilk – Vol. 4: Once a staple of American dinner tables, this delightfully tangy dairy has spent too much time pigeonholed by pancake recipes in recent years. This edition will free buttermilk from its chains with recipes that show just how versatile and downright awesome it can be.
Cauliflower – Vol. 31: Cauliflower's most notable characteristic (especially in the age of the limited diet) might be its ability to mimic other things. Cauliflower is the chameleon of all vegetables, resembling everything from grains to dairy to meat under the right conditions. Kristin Donnelly's recipes celebrate this versatility, while also showing that cauliflower is pretty amazing in its own right.
Cherries – Vol. 21: Stacy Adimando's ode to cherries is just what need in this era of fast and convenient eating. Whether eating them raw out of hand or using their tart, sweet flavor in cooking, cherries require that you pay attention (juice! pits!). And these recipes are worth your focus: think cherry-chipotle carnitas, cherry and fennel tabbouleh, chocolate-cherry milkshakes, and cherry-misu. Don't miss your chance to stop and taste the cherries.
Chèvre – Vol. 33: Our first edition dedicated to a cheese focuses on one of the most beloved, versatile cheeses out there. Chevre, the soft, tangy goat cheese, goes much further than a cheese plate, as author and cheese expert Tia Keenan shows with recipes like chevre beignets, snap peas with chevre ranch dressing, and curried chevre straws.
Chickpeas – Vol. 17: Chickpeas are undeniably having a moment, but this edition proves their position as far more than just a trend: the reach of chickpeas is astonishingly deep, and undeniably cross-cultural. And from each culture's iconic chickpea recipe, new techniques and smart approaches emerge. This edition will show these versatile legumes in a new light.
Chocolate – Vol. 18: Whether it's in the form of an elaborate dessert or a tiny square nibbled from a bar, chocolate elicits smiles and feels like a luxury. But it's a luxury that's also universal. Susie Heller's ode to chocolate improves on the touchstones that chocolate fans know and love (killer caramel brownies and the only chocolate layer cake recipe you'll ever need), while still finding room to explore new ideas. This edition is a must for every sweets lover.
Coconut – Vol. 27:Whether you're a recent coconut convert or a longtime lover, Ben Mims' cookbook will give you newfound admiration for this hard-shelled fruit. This edition cracks this ingredient open from all angles, with recipes like a Black Pepper-Coconut Dutch Baby, Soaked Coconut & Semolina Cake and Indian Coconut & Red Cabbage Slaw.
Corn – Vol. 10: A fresh ear of corn is the food lover's dream: delicious when treated simply with just a touch of butter, but perfectly capable of anchoring a cooking project. This edition explores the brilliance of both ends of the spectrum, coaxing each kernel's sweet summer flavor out onto the plate.
Cucumbers – Vol. 28: Snappy. Refreshing. Pickle-worthy. Get to know this summertime staple in new and exciting ways, from inspired salads to simple and delicious cooked (yes, you can cook a cucumber!), centerpieces. This edition will turn you into a cuke connoisseur through recipes like Soy & Wasabi-Glazed Cucumbers with Crab & Lemon and Cucumber-Honeydew Paletas.
Eggplant – Vol. 22: Learning how to cook with eggplant is like a ticket to taste through the world. This little berry (yes, it's a berry!), is a staple in cultures as wide-ranging as Korea, Israel, and suburban Chicago. Through poignant personal narratives, Raquel's recipes (think Stuffed Indian Eggplant in Saag Sauce, Sabich, and Eggplant & Pork Larb) will reacquaint you with this magical ingredient.
Eggs – Vol. 1: Eggs are the superheroes of our refrigerators, just as essential at breakfast as they are at dessert. The recipes in this collection offer creative takes on iconic egg dishes, as well as less familiar preparations that are poised to become favorites.
Ginger – Vol. 24: As an ingredient, ginger is downright generous, its flavor expressive and complimentary. So it was difficult to find the willpower to limit this edition to just 20 recipes. But there's an upside to our restraint: Mindy Fox's recipes are the cream of the crop. From ginger-cumin rice to sticky Jamaican-style chicken, this love letter shows that you don't need a lot of space to pack in a lot of flavor.
Grits – Vol. 5: Grits embody the magic of cooking: Through the right techniques, this humble ingredient transforms into some rather remarkable meals. This edition runs the gamut from iconic Southern classics to boundary-pushing new applications.
Honey – Vol. 8: Term of endearment. Tea-time staple. Honey may be ubiquitous, but it is also misunderstood. This edition goes deep into the hive, unlocking this ancient ingredient's vast potential. From cocktails to popcorn, caramel to pickles, these recipes bolster honey's rightful place as a pantry essential.
Lemons – Vol. 13: From the juice to the peel and everything in between, Alison Roman's ode to lemons covers every inch of sour ground. These recipes will make lemons even more of a staple in your kitchen, adding depth and flavor in dishes like Wilted Greens with Crispy Lemons and Chickpeas, Whole Lemon Salsa Verde and Lemon-Coconut Tea Cake.
Maple Syrup – Vol. 19: Leave it to a native son of New England to school us on the art and magic of this precious ingredient. Casey's recipes tread a brilliant line between tradition and whimsy, reviving old family recipes (like the ultimate custard-like French toast) while pushing his favorite childhood sweetener into new territory (as with miso-maple chicken wings). This Short Stack edition is the ultimate reminder that maple goes way beyond a short stack.
Peaches – Vol. 16: Peaches have a Golden retriever-esque likeability that makes them a staple of our summer cooking. But beyond the sweet, familiar peach pies and cobblers is a far more complex, versatile ingredient than we ever imagined. From delicate ceviche to a piquant Bloody Mary riff, Beth Lipton coaxes new potential out of these delightful stone fruits.
Peanuts – Vol. 26: For most of us, the peanut operates more as a childhood snack or a condiment in the kitchen rather than as the centerpiece of a meal. But the reason for Steven Satterfield's attraction to the legume becomes apparent through recipes like Peanut Pasta with Broccoli & Peanut Breadcrumbs and Roasted Delicata Squash with Peanut-Sesame-Squash-Seed Dukkah which demonstrates that this nutrient-dense ingredient is as versatile and self-contained as our most relied-upon staples, such as eggs or rice.
Pears – Vol. 29: The subtle perfume-y nature of the pear may not have the same attention-grabbing qualities of other fruits, but Andrea Slonecker encourages this beautiful ingredient into the spotlight with her recipes. The result, like the understudy turned leading role, is magical–so much so that you'll be waiting impatiently for that next pear to ripen.
Plums – Vol. 9: Plums may be the stone-fruit family's underdog, but this edition places them squarely in winner's circle. Martha Holmberg's dessert recipes build off of their sweet-tart intensity, while savory options are amplified by the fruit's rosy flesh.
Proscuitto di Parma – Vol. 14: One of the world's most vaunted ingredients, prosciutto di Parma is also a surprisingly versatile kitchen staple. In this edition, chef Sara Jenkins teaches us how to use this delicious ham in dishes that travel far beyond Italy's borders, from tacos to grits and more.
Rhubarb – Vol. 20: There's so much more to these blush-colored stalks than pie, as author Sheri Castle has proven with this volume. Through recipes as varied as pork chops with rhubarb pan dressing and rose-rhubarb trifle, Castle has shown us that this springtime stunner deserves our year-round attention in the kitchen.
Strawberries – Vol. 3: From its ruby-red color to its sun-ripened sweetness, the strawberry is a dramatic fruit. This edition will put the show-stopping berry through its paces, in both savory and sweet applications.
Summer Squash – Vol. 15: Anyone who has ever grown summer squash can attest: this generous plant deserves its own cookbook. And author Sarah Baird has lovingly treated this abundant crop with a level of creativity that will have you thinking about your zucchini in a whole new light.
Sweet Potatoes – Vol. 6: These brightly-hued tubers bridge the divide between savory and sweet. The recipes in this edition explore that balancing act through thoughtful wide-reaching influences that span the globe.
Tahini – Vol. 23: Tahini, also known as ground sesame paste, is equal parts staple, fad, and foreign. Luckily, author Adeena Sussman has managed to approach this ancient, incredible ingredient from a 360 degree view, in a collection of recipes that will have you look at tahini in a new light, no matter your starting place. Recipes include classics like hummus and coffee halvah, as well as new territory such as tahini-crusted shrimp and chocolate-tahini truffles.
Tomatoes – Vol. 2: Few things are more delicious (and easier to cook with) than a ripe tomato. These recipes get to the heart of this fruit's popularity and its versatility, utilizing both peak-of-the-season summer fruit and high-quality canned tomatoes.
Yogurt – Vol. 32: Volume 32 of Short Stack Editions, is devoted to yogurt. Author Molly Yeh calls yogurt "the duct tape of dairy products," and after you've cooked your way through this edition, you'll understand why. She pushes past the parfaits and breakfast bowls to show yogurt’s ability to enhance everything from bread (see the yogurt pita recipe) to pasta (in a delicious take on mac and cheese) to pastries (hello, blueberry-labne scones).