The Guide to a Perfect Valentine's Day Meal

Justin Warner, author of The Laws of Cooking...and How to Break Them, joins the Clever Cookstr to talk about why you're better off staying home on Valentine's Day than spending it at a pricey restaurant. 

Kara Rota
1-minute read
Episode #138

Our guest today is Justin Warner, author of The Laws of Cooking...and How to Break Them. He’s come to visit us on the podcast before to talk about dorm room cooking hacks and Halloween candy, and we invited him back today to share some fun and unorthodox suggestions for celebrating Valentine’s Day in the kitchen. 

Justin and I agree that Valentine's Day is one of the worst nights to spend at a restaurant: like New Year’s Eve, it turns into this overpriced, high-pressure, fixed menu experience that nobody wants. In other words, amateur hour. On the podcast, Justin gives us plenty of reasons to stay home instead, from slow-cooker braised beef heart to chocolate cake. 

And, he shares ideas for interactive meals like shabu-shabu, Japanese hotpot, from his recent trip to Japan.

Check out some recipes from The Laws of Cooking...and How to Break Them on Cookstr.com:

Burrata with Trout Caviar, Passion Fruit, Vanilla, and Dates

Octopus Tiradito

Cornish Hen Meets Frisée aux Lardons

Dry-Aged Rib Eye au Poivre

Smoked Cannoli

Listen to the full episode with Justin in the top right hand player or on iTunesStitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

About the Author

Kara Rota

Kara Rota headed children’s programming at Chicago’s Green City Market and studied food politics at Sarah Lawrence College. Kara has been a featured speaker at numerous venues including Food Book Fair, the Roger Smith Food Conference, and the Brooklyn Food Conference. She has written about food for Irish America Magazine, West Side Rag, Recipe Relay, and Food + Tech Connect, and is the former Director of Editorial & Partnerships at Cookstr.com.

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