Diner: Day for Night [A Cookbook] (Hardcover)
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The acclaimed owner behind Marlow Collective shares the journey to opening his first restaurant, Diner, with personal stories, 48 seasonal recipes, and a treasure trove of intimate photos.
On New Year’s Eve 1998, Andrew Tarlow, along with Mark Firth, opened Diner out of a repurposed dining car under the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn. Within the decade, it single-handedly became one of the city’s most influential restaurants, giving birth to a Brooklyn mini-empire—including Marlow & Sons, Roman's, and Achilles Heel—and an ethos of community, sustainability, and eating local. In Diner: Day for Night, Tarlow takes us back to the restaurant that brought the farm-to-table movement to Brooklyn.
Featuring 48 flavorful recipes and evocative photography, this fun and whimsical cookbook takes us through the history of Diner. Diner: Day for Night is a poetic homage to a lively place as the day shifts from morning to night, both intimate and welcoming. Get a glimpse of Diner's opening chef Caroline's first impression of Diner co-founders Andrew and Mark, the chaotic opening night that everyone turned up for, and the many faces that have come and gone throughout the years. The recipes are based upon the food so many have come to love and are built around each season. You’ll find:
- recipes for spring, like Asparagus with Tahini Sauce and Wilted Frilly Mustard Greens and Risotto with Leeks, Peas, and Pecorino
- recipes for summer, like Green Tomatoes with Mozzarella, Basil, and Green Coriander and Peaches with Creme Fraiche Honey and Lavender Shortbread Sprinkle
- recipes for fall, like Turnips and Radishes with Butter and Bottarga and Lamb Belly with Potatoes and Tomatoes
- recipes for winter, like Scallops with Celery Root Puree and Castelvetrano Olives and Vanilla Pots De Creme
In Diner: Day for Night, Tarlow invites readers to his first major culinary foray, giving us inspiration for creating delicious, celebratory food at home.
About the Author
Andrew Tarlow is widely recognized for pioneering the artisanal food movement in Brooklyn with his collection of acclaimed food establishments, including restaurants Diner, Roman's, Marlow & Sons, and Achilles Heel; butcher shop Marlow & Daughters; She Wolf Bakery; Diner Journal; and wine shop Stranger Wines. Tarlow is also the founder and publisher of Diner Journal, a quarterly magazine. Tarlow grew up in New York and began his career as a painter and bartender at the Odeon. He now lives in Williamsburg with his wife, designer Kate Huling, and their four children.
“We don’t go to restaurants for the food. We go for the people who make the food and for the people who serve the food. We eat out to help us feel good feelings about the people we eat with. Restaurants create memories. Every page in Diner captures those feelings: of being in a special place with special people at a special time, sharing delicious things, finding community, and feeling grateful restaurants exist. No, things aren’t like they used to be, but Diner keeps delivering—all of that—for everyone.”—Carla Lalli Music, author of That Sounds So Good and Where Cooking Begins
“I remember Kate, Andrew, and Mark laying each tile on the floor of what would become Brooklyn’s social and culinary hearth. Within the walls of Diner is nothing short of magic. So much so that I’ve considered illegally squatting in the back of the airstream on numerous occasions. But instead of resigning to a life of crime, I shall delight in the beauty of this essential book, Diner.”—Lake Bell, filmmaker, actress, and author of Inside Voice
“Diner is a twenty-five-year-old institution and is, unquestionably, one of New York City’s most influential restaurants, and this book acts as a love letter to the team’s intense dedication to community, sustainability, and eating deliciously. I can’t tell you how many memorable meals I’ve had at Diner, but I can say confidently that it’s more than any other place in the world. I hope Diner: Day for Night will change your life the way eating there has changed mine.”—Andy Baraghani, author of The Cook You Want to Be
“I have dined at Diner since it opened. Even when I moved to the other side of Brooklyn, I continued to visit often. I’ve had so many important meetings and parties there. It is so rare that a restaurant can keep making food at this level year after year. This place is one of the reasons I will never leave New York City.”—Simone Leigh, artist, winner of the Venice Biennale Golden Lion