Once Upon a Chef Weeknight/Weekend – A New York Times Bestseller!

70 Quick-Fix Weeknight Dinners + 30 Luscious Weekend Recipes to Make Every Day Delicious

  • Sheet Pan Roast Chicken with Artichokes, Carrots, Potatoes & Peas
  • Strawberries & Cream Layer Cake
  • Eggs in Purgatory

About the Book

Years before she started her popular blog, back when she became a new mom, Jennifer Segal kept a recipe binder divided into two sections: Weeknight and Weekend. This is how she thought about what to cook for dinner, and, eighteen years later, it still is.

In this versatile collection, you’ll find seventy recipes for fast and easy weeknight meals, like Saucy Sesame Ginger Meatballs and Pecorino-Crusted Chicken with Rosemary, and thirty recipes for slow, soothing weekend cooking, whether that’s company-friendly Sear-Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Cream Sauce or lazy Sunday morning Popovers with Salted Maple Butter. You’ll also find Jenn’s favorite desserts, like Cherry Ricotta Cake and Triple Chocolate Cheesecake, that are easy enough for the weeknight rush and luscious enough for weekend rest and celebration.

Featuring seventy all-new dishes plus thirty fan favorites from her blog, each recipe is tested and retested multiple times in Jenn’s home kitchen to ensure they are reliable, delicious, and sure to please every night of the week.

  • Sour Cream Chocolate Loaf Cake
  • Grilled Italian Sausage with Sweet and Tangy Peppers
  • Creamy Potato Soup with Bacon, Cheddar, and Chives
  • Vietnamese-Style Meatballs with Chili Sauce, Fresh Herbs, and Peanuts
  • Latin-Style Pork Roast with Lime Chimichurri Sauce
  • Popovers with Salted Maple Butter
  • Blackened Fish Tacos with Pickled Onions & Lime Crema
  • Cherry Ricotta Cake
  • Arugula, Crispy Feta, and Watermelon with Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Oven-Roasted Chicken Shawarma
  • Dijon and Panko Crusted Rack of Lamb
  • Blueberry Cobbler

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“Jenn Segal’s stellar new cookbook shines a bright spotlight on that perfect balance between delicious weeknight meals and the recipes that give us the best-ever weekend vibes. The recipes are as inventive as they are approachable! ”

—Justin Chapple, Culinary Director-at-Large, Food & Wine and author of Just Cook It!

“Jennifer is changing the dinner game with this new cookbook for busy weeknights. Her recipes are healthy, approachable and creative. I literally want to make everything from this cookbook!”

—Gina Homolka, Skinnytaste

“From the moment I leafed through Jennifer’s new cookbook, I was captivated by her approachable recipes and warmed by her comforting voice. It is as though she is standing by your side in the kitchen talking you through the recipes like a dear friend.”

—Sylvia Fountaine, Feasting At Home

“Jennifer really knows how to write a cookbook that will have you saying ‘yep, need to make that’ to every single recipe. Her approachable demeanor, expert tips, and unfussy ingredients are exactly what you need to get delicious, fool-proof meals on the table fast.”

—Lisa Bryan, Downshiftology

“Once Upon a Chef is full of luscious, sure-fire family favorites. I can’t stop thinking about Lasagna Soup, Carne Asada, Arugula, Crispy Feta and Watermelon Salad, and French Apple Cake (plus a whole section full of meatballs that are sure to please even the pickiest families.) Jennifer’s recipes are welcoming, vibrant, and most importantly–doable! ”

—Sarah Copeland, author of Instant Family Meals

“In Once Upon A Chef: Weeknight/Weekend, Jenn answers the question we’ve all asked a million times: “What should I make for dinner?” Whether you want a fast, flavorful, and family-friendly dish for a weeknight or a leisurely cooking project for a weekend, Jenn has you more than covered.”

—Jeanine Donofrio, author of Love and Lemons Every Day

“Don’t we all wish we could make restaurant worthy meals for our families? Former chef, Jennifer Segal, gifts her drool worthy dishes just as she does for her lucky family every night…You want to jump through the pages and devour everything including Gingery Pork Sliders and Kids-Love-It-Beefy-Chili-Mac! Home cooks, it’s time to rejoice with your new go-to cookbook!”

—Catherine McCord, author of Weelicious