"I've always felt that Kish was one of the most talented chefs around. Her food hints at a classic American Midwest background and you catch glimpses of those old-school dishes in recipes like the Baked Potato Purée and the Roasted Whole Hen-of-the-Woods with Wild Rice. I mean these are the feel-good foods you wish your mom made. They are tasty, flavorsome, and familiar enough to be appreciated by both the professional and home cook alike."
—Dave Chang, chef and founder, Momofuku
"Here is the stunning first book from a young chef whom we have been impressed by for many years now. The results are nothing short of superb. The beautiful, thoughtful, and delicious food is baked in to each chapter, but it's the personal aesthetic and the impassioned revealing story of this rising star that ties together the recipes with a heartfelt point of view. I expected nothing less than a spectacular debut from my friend Kristen, and she over delivered. What we are gifted is a must have book for any home cook, and something to aim at for any professional seeking to clarify what makes food a personal journey."