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Back to the Cutting Board

Back to the Cutting Board

Luscious Plant-Based Recipes to Make You Fall in Love (Again) with the Art of Cooking

ISBN: 1946885363

Publisher: BenBella Books

Publication Date: 9/4/2018 Format: Other

My Rating: 4 Stars When did cooking become so exhausting? Thanks to information overload and the pressure to impress, we stress over every recipe and every meal. Back to the Cutting Board helps you set aside all that tension and pretense and rediscover a pure, joyful passion for the art of cooking. Professional chef and Emmy Award–winning host of PBS’s Christina Cooks, Christina Pirello, takes you on a journey to re-engage with the soul of food preparation, from the slice of the knife to the aroma of steam rising from a perfectly roasted winter squash. With simple, delicious recipes and sage advice on streamlining your kitchen and your cooking, Christina empowers you to create personal wellness by nourishing your body, mind, and spirit.

Through more than 100 enriching plant-based recipes that pair the freshest ingredients with cooking techniques meant to optimize their natural, native flavors, Christina reintroduces you to the creative potential of food and transforms the kitchen from into a nurturing sanctuary.

  • Cranberry–Pecan Bread

  • Chickpea Farro Soup

  • Sweet Root Vegetable Stew

  • Pasta with Broccoli–Pine Nut Pesto

  • Stir-Fried Cauliflower & Mustard Greens in Lemon–Sesame Sauce

  • Black Bean Burgers

  • Cocoa Madeleines

  • Orange-Scented Steamed Pudding

In this modern world, with far too much ego at play when it comes to something as simple and beneficial as cooking great food, Christina Pirello invites you to take a step back and truly enjoy every step of the process.

Finding the joy in cooking has never been more simple!

Back to the Cutting Board



“Back to the Cutting Board is the most fun you will ever have in a cookbook!! It is filled with great recipes—of course, it’s by Christina Pirello!—and it also has great tips and robust nutrition information on every page. As your guide, Christina shares her extraordinary knowledge, wisdom, and personality. Soon, you will know what makes good food really good, and Christina will make you fall in love with cooking again.”

—Neal D. Barnard, MD, FACC

"Christina's magical cooking secrets are at your fingertips. Glowing health and delicious recipes aside, embark on this journey to rekindle cooking bliss a.k.a. the art of cooking! With Christina as your guide, the stress associated with tackling a meal will be alleviated and replaced with curiosity, intuition, simplicity, and play. How awesome is that?”

—Alicia Silverstone, award-winning actress, bestselling author of The Kind Diet, animal rights and environmental activist, and entrepreneur

“Back to the cutting board? Gladly! This wonderful new book from Christina is full of excellent ideas that will make you fall in love with cooking again. If you have drifted from the kitchen it will inspire you to get back to it. If you are new to cooking then you couldn't ask for a better ‘in.’ Vegan cooking is having its moment, and Christina's new book perfectly captures the spirit of what's happening in today's food world.”

—Rich Landau, chef/owner of The Vedge Restaurant Group, James Beard nominee, and bestselling author

“There is joy in Christina’s cooking. Because her food isn’t just delicious and beautiful. It’s also wholesome in ways that draw you in, making you simply want to eat and be better. And her recipes make that easy.”

—J.M. Hirsch, editorial director, Milk Street Magazine

"In Back to the Cutting Board, Christina introduces the kitchen tools, gadgets, techniques, and ingredients as if they are old friends that have been patiently waiting to re-connect with us and nourish us. She shares many good reasons why it's essential that we get back inside the kitchen. And, once you're there . . . your body and mind will be deeply nourished by Christina's delicious recipes. Don't wait one more second! Open up this book, connect with your old friends (and yourself), and start cooking!" —Andrea Beaman, HHC, chef, herbalist, and author of Happy Healthy Thyroid

“What Christina has written here is unlike any cookbook you’ve ever read. She presents a philosophy that uses the kitchen as a tool to allow you to connect with your true self. Yes, the recipes in here are delicious and can help you reclaim or optimize your health—and in Christina’s case, they actually saved her life. But you will learn how to not just nourish your body, but your soul—by finding a deeper meaning in the so-called ‘chore’ of cooking.” —Chef Robert Irvine


About the Author

Christina Cooks


I was raised in a big Italian and Irish family, with extended clan members roaming wildly in and out of our house and lives on a daily basis. With the exception of my Irish father, we all cooked…my brothers, sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and of course, my mother.

Talk about being ahead of your time! My mother was one in a million (thank God); I am not sure the world could have handled more than one of her. I surely know that my father couldn’t have. She was a lot of things, but ahead of her time is what I remember most about her…and her passion for good food.


As a child, some of my most vivid memories are of the Friday night and Saturday morning treks to the farmers’ markets in our area of New Jersey. My mother would pile us in the car and head off to find the best vegetables and fruit she could manage. Our eggs were delivered weekly by a local organic egg farmer (although we did not use that word back then). My father brought home the finest cuts of meat. She baked all our bread and sweets, working outside the home as well as in it. She loved to cook and to nourish.

Her commitment to fresh ingredients was matched by an insatiable thirst for knowledge about alternative health. While she and I cooked, continuing right on through dinner, she would talk to me about the latest article she had read about health and food. Read More






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