“Cal Peternell, a 20-year veteran of the Chez Panisse kitchen, always takes a sideways approach to his cookbooks. In Twelve Recipes, he reduced home cooking to a dozen simple formulas. In A Recipe for Cooking, he devised a plan to cover all the cycles of kitchen life: dinners with friends, family milestones and so on. Now, with Almonds, Anchovies, and Pancetta, he has finally embraced recipes, in a pretty little illustrated book of dishes that are vegetable-focused, inspiring and spiked with intensely flavored ingredients.”

- New York Times Best Cookbooks of Fall 2018

“If you watched the Academy Awards...you’d know that Frances McDormand can act. You wouldn’t, however, know that she can also cook a mean mushroom risotto, or that as a child, her mother would shave iceberg lettuce directly onto her plate.

That is, unless you’ve listened to Cooking by Ear, a new podcast that sees chef and cookbook author Cal Peternell of Chez Panisse fame cooking with luminaries, like McDormand, in their homes. The show fashions itself as an audio cookbook, and the actress is the first episode’s guest.”

- Food52

“Full of useful building blocks (like an entire chapter on sauces) that can fit in any modern cook’s repertoire…The balance of foundational French technique with American practicality make A Recipe for Cooking a simple yet modern classic.”

- Saveur Best New Cookbooks of Winter 2016

"The best beginner’s cookbook of the year, if not the decade. In addition to being warm, funny and smart, Twelve Recipes will actually teach you to cook. . . . [Peternell] can nudge anyone, from novice to expert, to want to be a better cook. . . . His wit and intelligence are apparent throughout."

- The New York Times Book Review