This week, we thought we’d give you a little insight into the personal kitchen of our event manager, Elizabeth Ciarlelli. She is an enthusiastic home chef so we asked her what cookbooks and blogs she sources for inspiration. Of course, a lot of her inspiration comes from Chef Denise who is a tireless explorer of fresh ingredients and exciting foods that can be used to create the menus at ZINC and Kitchen ZINC. They have been working together for over 10 years, so her afternoon conversations with Denise usually stir up a new ingredient or recipe to try. 

Elizabeth reads cookbooks voraciously. They inspire her and feed her love of cooking, baking, and study of culinary traditions. So, we asked her to share some of her favorite blogs and cookbooks. 

In the past year, these three books have been in heavy rotation in her kitchen:

Whole World Vegetarian by Marie Simmons
"Big-flavored vegetarian dishes from around the globe, from the James Beard Award– and IACP Award–winning author Marie Simmons"





Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
“Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the most exciting new talents in the cooking world, with four fabulous, eponymous London restaurants and a weekly newspaper column that's read by foodies all over the world. Plenty is a must-have collection of 120 vegetarian recipes featuring exciting flavors and fresh combinations that will delight readers and eaters looking for a sparkling new take on vegetables” 




Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
"In Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi explore the vibrant cuisine of their home city—with its diverse Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. Both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year—Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. This stunning cookbook offers 120 recipes from their unique cross-cultural perspective, from inventive vegetable dishes to sweet, rich desserts."








Sicilia: Sicilian Traditions, Food and Wine by Elisa Menduni

"A gastronomic tour of Sicily featuring delicious recipes, wine pairings, and beautiful photographs of the Mediterranean island’s landscapes. With over ninety classic recipes for appetizers, main courses, and desserts, this cookbook takes readers on a culinary tour of Sicily."







When she is craving something a little sweeter, she turns to her favorite dessert cookbook. 

Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours by Kim Boyce

"The cookbook proves that whole-grain baking can be easily done with a pastry chef's flair. Plus, there's a chapter on making jams, compotes, and fruit butters with seasonal fruits that help bring out the wonderfully complex flavors of whole-grain flours."




She also visits blogs and websites on a daily basis, some of those are:

Living the Sweet Life in Paris by David Leibovitz,

The Kitchn

Food 52 Recipes 

Minimalist Baker 


We hope you are inspired by some of these suggestions for those times you cook at home! Happy Cooking!

See you soon at ZINC and Kitchen ZINC!