What’s Good?: A Memoir in Fourteen Ingredient (Hardcover)

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About the Author


Chef Peter Hoffman is a thinking cook. Recognized by Slow Food NYC with a Snailblazer Award, he served on the advisory boards of the Greenmarket and Chefs Collaborative, and his writing has been published in Edible Manhattan and the New York Times. For more than 30 years, he has been cycling to the Union Square Greenmarket to source the best in local and seasonal ingredients, the core of his cooking.

Praise For…


“In What’s Good? Peter Hoffman has transformed his delicious, ethically sourced cooking into an inspiring book; I feel as though a friend has taken me by the hand and walked me through the market, sharing all the secrets of the harvest. Readers come away with a deepened understanding of nature’s wonder, our interconnectedness, and the importance of buying directly from our local, regenerative farmers.” 


— Alice Waters

“Before local was a thing, Peter Hoffman was filleting Hudson River shad, foraging for ramps, and unlocking the secrets of upstate maple syrup at his legendary American bistro Savoy. What’s Good? is a passionate retracing of the tastes, textures, histories, and emotions that lie behind Savoy’s brilliance. Woven together as a gentle ramble and Proust-like with its exquisite attention to detail, Hoffman’s book is an ode to all seasons and a passionate call for a better way of bringing food to the table.”


— Paul Greenberg

“Just like a recipe that evolves over time, so does a chef. Through this deeply personal story, Peter Hoffman takes us through the trials and tribulations that forged his career and shaped his thinking on equity, justice, and sustainability in the food industry. A splendid read that makes you reflect.”


— Nik Sharma


Product Details
ISBN: 9781419747625
ISBN-10: 1419747622
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: June 8th, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English