Anna Watson Carl

Anna Watson Carl

Anna Watson Carl named her cookbook The Yellow Table after her own kitchen table, a vintage piece that was handed down to her by her mom. For Carl, this humble but bright table came to represent the act of gathering around with friends and family to eat good, home-cooked food.

Likewise, a small group of foodies gathered around another (salvaged wood) table in a Drift Studio NYC’s loft in Chelsea last month to sample some of the seasonal recipes from Carl’s forthcoming cookbook. There was spring pea risotto, lemon and herb roasted chicken, roasted carrots with orange and thyme, shaved asparagus salad with parmesan and chili flakes, and a dessert of strawberry rhubarb crumbles with vanilla bean ice cream.

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The ingredients were provided by Whole Foods, the beautiful decor and place settings was provided by ABC Carpet and Home and were styled by Jenn Elliot Blake, while La Happy did the calligraphy on the place cards and menu. The photographs you see here are by Belathée.

The evening delivered on its promise. Despite the cavernous lofted space, it felt intimate–conversation flowed easily among the attendees (mostly strangers to one another) as we wiped our plates clean, course after course. By the time I tottered out, laden with a gift back of organic goodies (including homemade granola), I felt like I needed this magical cookbook for myself!

Luckily, the Kickstarter for Carl’s cookbook launched yesterday, so you can now pre-order it! It’s full of vegan, vegetarian, carnivore, and gluten-free recipes that are easy to throw together before your friends arrive. Take it from an expert–Carl has worked as a private chef, recipe tester and more. She’s got quick, healthy and tasty cooking down.

If you want to meet Carl and don’t live in NYC, don’t fret. She’s road tripping across the South, through LA and up to Seattle over the next few weeks. Look up her schedule here. And also, follow her delicious blog!

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We were sent home with some of her homemade granola.

We were sent home with some of her homemade granola.