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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


  • Congratulations, and thank you for making another cook book! I can’t wait 🙂

  • So excited about your new cookbook Jen! I have your last one and will look forward to this one. I always trust your recipes and pass them along to my family and friends almost daily
    I actually helped publish a cookbook for our Junior League here in Denver and was on the dessert tasting committee. So much fun! I would be honored to help test your recipes. 🙂

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Trish! You can sign up to be a tester here.

      • Hi Jen,
        When should we expect to hear back from filling out the volunteer tester form? And since so many emails go to junk should I keep an eye out for an email with your name or with once upon a chef? So excited about this opportunity!!

        • Hi Caitlin, I’ll be sending a follow-up email either today or tomorrow. Thanks again for participating!

  • Hi Jenn,

    Congratulations on another cookbook I am sure it will be a success. So glad I found you, thanks to one of my sisters, my husband and I just love your recipes. My friends as well can’t wait for me to try more. We look forward to your new book.
    Thanks you so much for all your wonderful creations.


  • I am brand new to your site. I am having your Italian Meatloaf tonight! Love the sounds and smells of what I see so far. I too would love to be a tester.

    • — Jeannie McGriff
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    • Glad you found the blog and I appreciate you volunteering to be a tester! You can sign up here.

  • Making your lentil soup tonight. There is not a week that goes by without me making one of your recipes so I am excited to hear that a 2nd cookbook is in the works!

  • This is very exciting. I have signed up and am looking forward to testing and tasting. I have been following you for a very long time and look forward to helping.


  • Congratulations on your new book, Jenn!! I’ve been a huge fan of your blog for quite some time and I’m so excited about the opportunity to test your new recipes!
    I love to cook and I own a large collection of cookbooks, but I always turn to your recipes when I want something easy and delicious, because I know your recipes never disappoint !

  • Way to go Jenn!!! Can’t wait for the new book. I am so glad I found you, your recipes are amazing. I have recommended you to so many people and they love your recipes as well. Your my go to gal!! Best of luck with the recipes and the book.

  • Hi Jenn, I so excited for you and for all of us that love every recipe we try of yours. I have your first cookbook and will definitely be getting your second one. I’d like to help test some of your new recipes. My 11 yr. old granddaughter is a big fan of yours too. We often cook together.
    Thank you,

    • Thanks so much, Jessie! You can sign up to be a tester here.

      • I love your recipes. Like others have said every single recipe of yours I’ve tried is always amazing. They all become my go to recipes and I won’t try any other! I’d love to be a recipe tester. Can’t wait for your next book!

        • — Rosalva Arredondo
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        • So glad you like the recipes! I appreciate you volunteering to be a tester! You can sign up here.

  • Can’t wait for this cookbook! I’m a mom of two and use your recipes every other day—seriously. Cooking your spring risotto for a date-night-in as I type (stopping to stir). Filled out the form and would love to contribute to what you’re doing by being a tester. Thanks for everything you do, Jenn!

    • — Kiley Crossland
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    • Hi Jen!
      Exciting news about your new cookbook! I have tried a number of your delicious recipes and my family and friends have loved all of them. Should you have room for another tester please count me in!

      • Thanks Linda! You can sign up to be a tester here. 🙂

  • I am so excited for your new cookbook. My daughter and I were testers for your last cookbook and I would love the opportunity to volunteer as a tester for this new cookbook. My family and I love your recipes and they have become family favorites!

  • Hello,
    Your receipes are delicious and easy to follow. I have enjoyed cooking them and eating them as well. If I can be of assistance, I would be honored to help. Thank you for sharing your cooking skills.

  • I’m looking forward to your new recipes!

  • My family absolutely loves your recipes! Would LOVE to be a tester! We are a two teacher/two teenager household and we ALL enjoy your inspiring, healthy & delicious dishes! ~Kate

    • Thanks so much Kate — you can sign up to be a tester here.

  • I am so excited!!! A new cookbook from you, “once upon a chef”. I have been waiting. You are my go to girl. You have developed my favorite recipes. I cannot wait. Thank you! c

    • This is beyond exciting! I have loved your cookbook and so many of your on line recipes! Congratulations! I can’t seem to find a link to be a tester but perhaps all the spots are full which is also good news!🤗

      • Thank you, Erin. The link is no longer active, but if you’d like to sign up, please email me directly at jennifer@onceuponachef.com. 🙂

  • I want to join the testers for the Weeknight/Weekend cookbook!

    • — Kathryn E Watson
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    • You can sign up to be a tester here. Thanks so much!

  • I’d be delighted to be a recipe tester! I’ve been cooking with your recipes for the past 6+ years! Once, my daughter and I went to a cooking class in NYC whose “theme” was summer picnics. At the end of the class, we both decided that we didn’t like the class’s cole-slaw–that we each had our own favorite and better recipe. We were surprised and tickled to learn that we were each talking about YOUR Asian Slaw w/ ginger dressing!

    • — Crystal C. Watkins
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    • That’s funny (and I’m flattered)! You can sign up to be a recipe tester here. 🙂

  • I’ve tried many of your recipes from your website and youroriginal cookbook and have loved them all! Really looking forward to your new cookbook.

    • — Nabeela Chadha
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  • Wonderful news! I use your recipes all the time, they are all winners! They get rave reviews from family and friends. My son is now out on his own, and he loves your recipes too. I preordered the last cookbook, and I’ll preorder this as well. I already signed up as a tester, so hopefully you’ll need my help.

  • Can’t wait!! My family has loved every one of your recipes I’ve made. During Covid you’ve helped us have some memorable and delicious meals. Quarantine or not what’s better than making and enjoying a great meal with family? Thank you Jenn!

  • Great news. My niece and I discovered our mutual love of your recipes! Will buy her a copy next year.

  • I have been a fan of yours for a few years and I was a taster for your first cookbook. I would be honored to be a taster once again. Love your fresh approach to cooking allowing the flavors to shine through,

  • While your cookbook was a birthday gift from my sister as she kept hearing so often about my raving about your recipes, it was my 22 year old son who cracked it open to make the wonderful Moroccan grilled chicken! I have stack an inch thick of so many your recipes printed so I can clip them up to read and prepare. Ben has begged me to please put in a binder. Often we split up a recipe to make cooking even shorter . When he makes one of your recipes he sets out all the ingredients just like your pictures. I know he would also really enjoy being a team with me testing your recipes. We enjoy everyone we have tried but really lean to all the flavor in your ethnic choices. Congratulations!!!

  • Such great news to read! My go-to Chef ! Everything always turns out great! I have made sooo many of your recipes. Thank you!!

    • — Maureen Broadbent
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  • This is exciting news! I would LOVE to be a tester. Please include me. xoxo

    • — Kerry from Chehalis, WA
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  • Hi, Jenn,
    I am so excited for you and for all of us who got to try recipes for you. Your book has been a great gift for my friends and family. I hope to help again this time. Can’t wait for another book!

  • Wonderful news! you are my go-to resource for cooking inspiration. I love your cookbook and have told so many others about your and your amazing recipes. The premise of the new cookbook sounds so good and I will definitely purchasing a copy for myself and some extras to give as gifts.

  • This news just made my day! I am so excited for your new cookbook!

  • That is great news! I love your recipes and I am looking forward to your new book. Just made the key lime pie last week. It was a big hit!

  • Very excited about the arrival of a second cookbook. So funny my sister and I were just saying to one another “Jens needs to come out with another cookbook”. We have tried just about every single recipe of yours and comment “what would do without Jen”. She has 9 adult children and I have 4. Everyone LOVES your recipes.

  • This is so exciting! I worked my way through your last book during COVID, and everything was a win except I still can’t make biscuits! I also like the quick receipts for the week and the long ones for the weekend! Could you include Celsius? I live in Belgium.

    • Hi Robin, Metric measurements will be included. 😊

    • Hi Jenn
      I have your first book use a lot of your recipes and also have asked you questions and as always you respond very promptly!
      I would love to be your recipe taster!
      All the way from Montreal in Canada!!
      Can’t wait for your n cut book!

      • Sorry Jenn
        Typo error can’t wait for your next book

  • Hi Jen, this is wonderful news. If it’s anything like your first cookbook it will be a must have in my kitchen.

    All the best,

  • I’d be glad to test something, Jenn, as long as it is pork-free and doesn’t mix meat and dairy (kosher kitchen). Happy to support your new book!

    • — Barbara Berson
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    • What great news Jenn. I have been using your recipes for a couple years now.. you are my go to provider of recipes. I will certainly be interested in your new book. Good work!

      All the best, Bea

      • — Bea Fraser, British Columbia, Canada
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  • I would be pleased to sign up as a recipe tester. You are my go to, when searching for new recipes to try. Like Julia in Julia Child’s, I am working my way through your large selection of recipes. I get to fulfil my passion through your recipes. BRAVO!!!

  • I’m so excited! You are my favorite chef…you make me look good! Thank you for making cooking so fun and delicious in my house!

  • So exciting!!! I’ve been making your recipes for years and have referred to you as “you know Jen? My favorite chef?” for so long that now I just say something is Jen’s recipe and my family knows who I’m talking about – which is no small feat considering how many Jennifers I know -and we love Every. Single. Thing. Can’t wait for the new cookbook and would absolutely love to be a tester! 🙂

    • Ahhh, sorry I left the second “n” off your name – apologies! I hope that doesn’t disqualify me!! 😀

    • Excited about your new cookbook! I would be happy To be a recipe tester!

      • Thanks Amy! You can sign up here. 🙂

  • I have not tried nearly enough of your recipes, the first handful I have made are so delicious I simply keep making them again and again! If I get in on your test list, it will be a great push to try more of your delicious creations. And I most definitely am excited for your next book!! Congrats Jen!

  • Hi Jenn,
    I’m thrilled about your new book. I’m constantly using your first as a reference for amazing very doable recipes. We are empty nesters but entertain often. I’m hoping your next cook book will contain recipes for easy entertaining for 6-8 friends. Thanks. Stay safe.

    • — Lynn Weinstein
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  • Really looking forward to your new cookbook! I’ll be happy to be a tester for you!!!

    • — Lela P Fasciano
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  • Hi Jenn, love your first book (I was a tester for that) and so look forward to your new book. Your recipes are always so good. Also love getting your emails.

  • Well, about time! As you can see, everyone’s been waiting! Especially me!! Seriously, this is awesome news and can’t wait! My boys are excited too 🙂

  • Your one of my favorite congratulations 🍃

  • I love all your recipes! I would love to be a tester!

    • — Thessaly Karas
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  • I’m a big fan of your first cookbook, I’ve made so many of the recipes. The quiche is a big favorite, I make it frequently. Looking forward to your next book!

  • Oh how exciting Jen.. I’m ready to pre-order! And hopefully be a tester too.. what a treat that would be;) 📒💛

  • Hi Jenn, I’ve been following you for about a year and a half and I love your recipes. I also like that you display the ingredients and provide very clear and detailed instructions. Can’t wait for your new cookbook!


    • — Deborah Wilson
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  • Very exciting! I turned my both my sisters on to your site (and cookbook), and we all love it. When I make a new dish, my husband always asks, “Is this from your ‘girl’?” And it usually is!

  • Looking forward to your cookbook. I use any of your online recipes and they have all been great. I especially love the Peruvian chicken recipe! Wishing you well and keep delivering on those great recipes.

  • I can’t wait for this book. I bought your first one and love it. I started following you a couple of years ago and have been hooked ever since. Your recepies are always bang on!!! Keep it coming!!! ❤️

    • So happy to hear about the “NEW” Cookbook. Been a fan and following you seems like forever. Much good luck with the new book. Cannot wait to order it.

      • — Mary Moskovitz
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  • Jenn, I’ve followed you for years! My kids gave me your cookbook for my birthday and I spread “the gospel of Jenn” to my family and friends. I cannot tell you how many people are now making your blueberry scones. And zucchini bread. And pecan-crusted chicken tenders. I’m a home cook. Not a chef. But my family (4 children, 3 children-in-laws, and 4 grandchildren) think I’m a pretty good cook. I’d LOVE to help with your next cookbook.

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