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Exciting Cookbook News!

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Hi All,

I hope everyone is staying safe during these crazy times. This has been a challenging year, to say the least, but I’m happy to have some good news to share. I’m writing another cookbook! 

Once Upon a Chef: Weeknight/Weekend will be released by Clarkson Potter in the fall of 2021. The book will contain 70 quick-fix weeknight recipes for that hectic window between soccer practice and bedtime, as well as 30 leisurely recipes for the weekend, when a few hours of unscheduled bliss stretch before you.

In the Weeknight section of the book, I’ll show you how to create flavorful, restaurant-quality family meals – even on a busy schedule. The recipes reflect my way of thinking that dinner does not always have to be a protein, a vegetable, and a starch. Sometimes it’s a hearty soup, a vibrant salad, a hot baked sandwich, or even breakfast food. Some favorites include:

  • Southwestern Corn Chowder
  • Blackened Fish Tacos with Pickled Onions and Lime Crema
  • Muffuletta Salad with Olive Vinaigrette
  • Indonesian BBQ Chicken with Spicy Cucumber Peanut Salad
  • Eggs in Purgatory with Garlic Toast
  • Everyday Spice-Crusted Salmon with Tartar Sauce
  • Grilled Sausage with Sweet and Tangy Peppers
  • Croque Monsieurs
  • Drunken Noodles with Shrimp
  • Creamy Dijon Chicken with Peas
  • Sesame Ginger Meatballs

The Weekend section of the book will be filled with my favorite recipes for laid-back brunches, family feasts, and decadent desserts. These recipes require time to rise, stew, braise, or bake – perfect for when your schedule isn’t packed to gills – such as:

  • Roasted Cherry Tomato & Basil Quiche
  • Popovers with Salted Maple Butter
  • Cranberry, Orange, and Walnut Scones
  • Shrimp & Sausage Paella
  • Chicken Tamale Pie
  • Roast Tenderloin with Horseradish Cream Sauce
  • Latin-Style Pork Roast with Chimichurri and Black Beans
  • Strawberries & Cream Layer Cake
  • Triple Chocolate Cheesecake 
  • Sweet Potato Praline Pie

I’ve been quietly working on this book for the past year and am so excited to share the news with you. As always, thanks so much for your support!

 xo Jenn


  • Got Weeknight/Weekend for the hubs for Christmas. We love everything we’ve made from it.

    • — Liz Swarbrick on January 27, 2023
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  • I was delighted to receive “Once Upon a Chef: Weeknight/Weekend” as a Christmas gift, and I’m working my way through it like I’ve never used a cookbook before! I think I’ve already tried (and thoroughly enjoyed) a dozen of the recipes (with Lasagna Soup and Creamy Dijon Chicken as the much-applauded favourites so far).

    I’m already looking forward to your next masterpiece!

    • — Candice on January 24, 2022
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    • 💓

      • — Jenn on January 25, 2022
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  • I am just so happy for you Jen. I like thousands of others have been cooking your delicious recipes for a long time. I was so excited when you wrote your first cookbook and I have to say I get goosebumps at the success you have had! I remember when you were writing about going on your first book tour and I speak for us all when we just knew you would have a big success. I gifted your first book to many friends here in the UK and believe me now they are all big fans! They all say the same, that you have a way of explaining the recipes that make us feel we have a professional chef who is also a friend in our kitchen. I am an actress/ Singer here in the UK and this past year has not been kind to my profession just like the hospitality industry and many others. The fact that you have a new cookbook out is fantastic and a nice bright light for the future. I can’t wait to get a copy! I wish you and your family health and happiness and thank you for being our “Chef friend” 😊 Maddi x

    • Hi Maddi, Thanks for your incredibly sweet note and support of the first cookbook — and I’m flattered to hear that the upcoming release of the new one is a bright spot! Also, I hope that your work picks up again soon as we slowly emerge from this crazy time. xo

  • I can’t wait!

  • Was just flipping through your first cookbook and noting how much I love so many of the recipes. When can I preorder weeknight/weekend?!

    • Thanks for inquiring, Annie! The book should be available for pre-register soon – – stay tuned! 🙂

  • Exciting news about the cookbook! I have your first cookbook, and I know I can always count on your recipes for successful results, and raves from the family!

  • Hi Jen

    I have been using your recipes for quite sometime now. I have always been a nervous cook but this has all changed thanks to you! You making scratch cooking so enjoyable as your recipes are easy to follow and virtually foolproof. My Son is just about to leave home and going with him will be your cookbooks, even he has learned to cook your fabulous recipes. I look forward to your new book and hope we are all in a better place by then. Keep up the great work, it’s very much appreciated.

  • Lovely news! I’ve had your first cookbook for some time, will truly be looking forward to pre-ordering your second.
    Stay safe

  • Can’t wait!! I’ve been a huge fan since your original blog began. Happy to be a tester if you still need some!
    Xoxo Karen

  • Jenn, your recipes are amazingly delicious and easy to prepare. Can’t wait for the next round to come our way. Thank you!

    • — Julie Ann Wilton
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  • We are big fans! From weekends to special occasions (i.e.: Thanksgiving), your recipes never disappoint. Can’t wait for the next book!! (soccer/theater mom).

  • As a huge fan of yours, I can’t tell you how excited I am for your next cookbook! And thank you so much for all of the delicious recipes on this site; I’ve made a ton of them!

  • I just searched your name for a delicious popover recipe and it took me to this article. I look forward to all these fabulous new recipes!! Fall 2021 cannot come soon enough!! Congratulations and best wishes to you!

  • This is GREAT news! It’s exactly what I need. Everything made from your recipes is a HIT in my household. I can’t wait to pick up your new book. Count me IN!

  • Me guardo todo, muchas gracias por tu tiempo y dedicación.

    • — carnet de manipulador de alimentos malaga
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  • I will definitely be ordering this. Can’t wait!

  • I find myself visiting quite a few on-line chefs, but frankly, you are by far my favourite! I am so pleased to hear that you will (finally!) have a cookbook. My only question is “why did it take soooo long!?” I can’t wait to get a copy and give a copy to my sisters and mom! Christmas 2021 gifts are figured out already! *wink*

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Laura! This is actually my second cookbook. If you want to know more about the first one, you can see more details here. 🙂

  • You are my go to when it comes to recipes that are spot on. I have the first cookbook and enjoy testing new recipes for the second book. It has been a fun new adventure.

  • Jenn, thanks for the privilege to joining the group of testers for your upcoming cookbook. I am visiting my son in the OuterBanks, NC and anticipate many more invitations in the future, especially after supplying meals from my test group. Last week I made my 2nd Roasted Cherry Tomato and Basil Quiche to freeze for my trip. The night before I left, I made the Oven Roasted Chicken Shawarma and brought the leftovers with me as well as all the ingredients for the Seafood and Sausage Paella. The quiche, shawarma and paella were all hits and left me anticipating next year’s cookbook.

    • — GrandBob Moylan
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    • So glad the recipes were hits with the family!

  • Jenn, Thank you for allowing me and my family into the testing pool. I cannot wait for the finished book. The Mu Shu Pork has been in regular rotation already!! The best to you and yours.

  • Jenn, I have loved testing some of the recipes for the new book. I am looking forward to buying one for my daughter and me. Thanks so much for creating easy to follow recipes with easy to find ingredients. Sue+

    • — Sue McCullough
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  • Congratulations! I am looking forward to it. Your blog/current cookbook are my favorite. Your recipes are always a hit with my family!

    • I love testing the recipes especially the arugula watermelon salad. I’ve had it at several restaurants but couldn’t find a recipe that matched the restaurant versions until now. Looking forward to the new cookbook. I am sure it will be another go to cookbook in my library.

  • looking forward to your new book. I have two daughters and I bought your book for them so they had better make room on their book shelves for your new one. can you work on it through the night so its available sooner !!!!!

    • Lol – thanks for your support! 🙂

    • Yes! Congratulations! Im looking forward to purchasing my copy. I’ve made a couple of your recipes and they didn’t disappoint so Im sure this next book will be a hit!

  • How exciting!!! Congratulations, I can’t wait to get my copy 🙂

    Lots of love from Australia!

  • Hi there I love your site and I also never heard back about reviewing the recipes for the new book. I reviewed recipes from your first cookbook and wanted to do so again. 😢

    • Hi Donna, Sorry for the delay. I will email with the details!

  • I signed up to be a tester and didn’t hear a thing. :(. Maybe I missed something! We had the sausage lasagna tonight. Even impressed the MIL! Thanks for always making me look amazing!

    • — Heather Kohlhagen
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  • I can’t wait to give all my friends copies of your new cookbook for the holidays! I rarely use any other recipes any more-I only use yours because they’re not over-complicated, they’re delicious, and my family loves them! Thank you!!

    • I have to agree. I am finding myself less and less on other recipe websites. Once Upon a Chef has become my go to when I have a craving for some particular ingredient or want to try to make something new that I have had in a restaurant but have never tried myself or have not yet found a good homemade version… your recipes are nearly always winners for me and my family! Keep up the great work!

      • Thanks all for your support! 🙂

    • Same here! I found Jenn’s blog in March. I immediately bought the cookbook and have only been making her recipes since. 😊

  • Hi,
    Would love to be a taste tester.
    Robyn Borgo forwarded this to me.
    We cook and bake like crazy and are always looking for “extra special” recipes.
    Michele L.

    • — Michele Lepore
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    • Hi Michele, I’d love to have you as a tester and will add your name to the list! Please use this link to sign up for which group of recipes that you’d like to test. Thanks in advance for your help!!

  • I’d love to test recipes! Was confused about the different groups but any and all. I’ve given your first cookbook as a gift and have steered many to your website (made a quadruple recipe of the squash soup more than once for church events and everyone wanted the recipe)

    • — Leigh Aaron-Leary
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    • Sorry you found the groups to be confusing! If you refer to the email I sent on 8/12, you’ll see the 6 different groups of recipes. Just pick the one you’d like most to test and then indicate your choice on this form. Hope that clarifies and thanks for your help!!

  • Yay Jenn! Can’t wait to have a new, beloved cookbook from you for inspiration in my kitchen.

    Additionally, is there such a thing as choosing our favorite recipes from your website and ordering them to be formatted into a cookbook? I know I can just print them myself but it would be fun to be able to choose them and have someone bind them up in a book (even spiral form). You have so many good ones there, I would also buy that!

    • Hi Kristin, thanks so much for your support with the cookbook! Honestly, I’m not sure that I will ever offer an option to have recipes from my website bound together like you described (but you could drop the hint to someone you love — that would be a very creative holiday gift! 🙂

  • ‘That’s one of Jenn’s’ is often heard in our house too! You make cooking so enjoyable and rewarding, thank you Jenn. Looking forward to the new book.

    • — Karen from Sydney
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  • I am glad to hear that you have a new cookbook on the way. Over the years, my son has also developed an appreciation for you great recipes. He is now out on his own and I can’t wait to surprise him with your new cookbook for Christmas 2021. Thanks for creating so many tasty, easy-to-make meals that please all generations of foodies!

    • I’m interested in testing your recipe(s). Thank you, Bridget

      • — Bridget Keator
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      • Hi Bridget, I’d love to have you as a tester and will add your name to the list! Please use this link to sign up for 1 group of recipes that you’d like to test. Thanks in advance for your help!!

  • Hello Jenn, I, like so many others, are a true believer in the reliability of Jenn Segal recipes. You offer so much more than a recipe. I love your clear directions and photos for each step. I follow those directions to a T and learn so much along the way! In fact, I often reread as I work through each recipe. I’ve made so many of your recipes from your blog as well as your cookbook. I recently made your rustic bread (about three separate times) and your cinnamon swirl bread from the cookbook. I’m always amazed how such simple ingredients can create such wonderful results. I would be honored to help you test your recipes for your new cookbook.

  • I can’t wait for your new cookbook to come out. I purchased your last cookbook and love it. I have been following you for about 3 years and love every one of you recipes that I made.

  • Exciting news! I’ve written you before to let you know how much I appreciate your recipes…the simplicity of the ingredients and process, yet the delicious complexity of the end product. But more importantly in my household with 3 growing kids, the reliability of knowing that my family will enjoy the meal. Whenever I try a new recipe, my husband always knows when it’s yours. Because it’s always so good! He asks…”this is your girl?” Yep! Thanks Jenn!

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