Zest Cookbook

Zest: Simple ways to elevate your favorite foods

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Book Summary

In her debut cookbook, food blogging sensation, Alexis Taylor, shows home cooks how to make it with ZEST! – Simple ways to elevate your favorite foods.

From indulgent breakfast fare to healthy salads. Sandwiches to sink your teeth into and everyday mains. Stellar entertaining ideas, easy cocktails, sweet treats and more. ZEST tops this year’s list for those that like to cook and love to to eat.

Joined by her husband, Justin Taylor, this duo has created a masterpiece – as visually stunning as it is innovative. ZEST features 80 brand new recipes, plus tips and tricks, like achieving “pasta perfection at home”, and “simple rules for better baking”.

But what makes this cookbook so special and unique is what Alexis refers to as the Zest Factor – a truly novel concept in cookbook writing. In each recipe, directly above the title, she highlights the zesty ingredient, or new and innovative approach that makes that dish pop, then shares why.

Cooking with zest make flavors come alive. It may be as simple as a splash of sherry vinegar at the right time on roasted vegetables, or the addition of a sweet and sticky tomato jam on her killer kale panini – the hows and whys of zesty cooking are revealed.

A sampling of ZEST’s most talked about recipes include:

  • Lemon Raspberry Muffins, made mouth-wateringly moist with the addition of almond flour
  • Breakfast Tacos with a Kick, amped up with chipotle chilis
  • Summertime Plum, Tomato & Blue Cheese Caprese, a fun twist on a classic
  • Brothy Tofu & Rice Noodle Soup, a comforting Asian-style broth brightened with lemon
  • Whipped Feta Dip with Mint Chili Oil, perfectly paired with a ginger bourbon cocktail for happy hour
  • Foolproof Cacio e Pepe, a restaurant-worthy pasta simplified for home cooks
  • Turkey Enchiladas with Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash, an addictive balance of sweet meets savory
  • Grilled Shrimp Basted with Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce, a match made in heaven
  • Brownie Bars for Beach Days, made zesty with a rich tahini and raspberry jam swirl
  • Lime Spiked White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies, need I say more?

Real recipes that work – all delicious, and all made with ZEST!

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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Alexis Taylor is a chef, food writer and creator of the popular blog www.keylimelexi.com, with a namesake kitchenware line sold in stores and online. She’s earned her stripes over the years in mountain town bakeries, working catering gigs, running her personal chef business, and operating as a chocolatier – but she is, and always will be, a home cook at heart. Her recipes are as approachable as they are delicious, ranging from healthy meals to decadent treats. No matter the dish, Alexis brings the ZEST, introducing unique flavors and culinary techniques to make each one pop. Alexis’s spouse, Justin, has joined in on the fun, completing their husband/wife team. He can be found behind the camera lens, on the computer or otherwise behind the scenes helping make the whole operation hum. Their three children make it a family affair, whether they are in the kitchen with mom, cheerleading from the sidelines, or playing their most important role, star taste testers.

Alexis Holding Up Zest Cookbook

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5.0 out of 5 stars
My new GO-TO cookbook!
Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2021
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Zest says it all. I love the sparkle in each recipe I’ve tried so far. Important for me are that the recipes are explained well- making them easy to follow so that my results are DELICIOUS and my family happily finishes each meal satisfied and looking forward to the next one! – Deenie

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5.0 out of 5 stars New Family Favorites!!
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2021
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So many of these recipes have quickly become family favorites! I love it too, because as a busy working mother of two hungry boys and a husband, I need easy to follow and delicious recipes at my fingertips. Zest hits the mark and then some! – Webster Fam

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Just the pop I needed to ZEST up my dinner rut
Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2021
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This cookbook couldn’t have come at a better time. I was so eager to try all the ways I could transform some of my basic meals into ones that the family enjoyed even more. From breakfast to cocktails, I was never disappointed. It was especially nice to be able to make delicious sandwiches for my husband to eat since he is now working at home. This cookbook is a must have in your kitchen! – Tricia P.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5.0 out of 5 stars
I love this cookbook!!
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2021
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Alexis Taylor is an amazing chef whose recipes are delicious and creative! My family absolutely loves everything I have made so far! Perfect for the at home cook that wants to elevate their cooking without making it difficult! I’ll be gifting this beautiful book to all of my friends this holiday season! – Lydia Moriarty

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this book
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2021
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Zest is perfect for weeknight dinners to Sunday breakfast – all meals are covered by Zest for my busy lifestyle. It’s a thoughtful and yummy book! – Cooper Hoffman

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Easy and flavorful!
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2021
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I love this cookbook. Recipes are easy to follow and there are some unique twists that make the dishes pop with flavor! I love cooking from this book when we entertain…it’s always a big hit with friends! – Mary Peirce Griffith

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this cookbook! A must have!!
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2021
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So good! Zest’s recipes are delicious and creative! It’s my go to for week night family meals and entertaining! – Elizabeth Dosher

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent book for the home cook who loves the art!
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2021
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My absolute favorite part of this cook book is explained in the forward. It speaks to my soul. If you enjoy the process of cooking, if you enjoy those nights where you get to cook big and share it with those you love (even though most nights are rush out of the door to soccer), this book is for you. I read through it when it first arrived and learned so much about spices I don’t often use (or frankly, have forgotten about) but will now use and remember. These are just simple additions to things we already cook and love. I cannot wait to explore more of these recipes! Check it out if you love to cook. ❤️ – Jen LeMaster


Product Details

Publisher: ‎ T/Street (August 19, 2021)
Language: ‎ English
Hardcover: ‎ 180 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 0578952483
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0578952482
Item Weight: ‎ 1.89 pounds
Dimensions: ‎ 8.5 x 0.63 x 11 inches

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