Open Wide: A Cookbook for Friends (Hardcover)

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Open Wide: A Cookbook for Friends (Hardcover)


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The debut cookbook from benny blanco—pop music super-producer, artist, actor on FXX’s Dave, and consummate food freak—teaches you everything you need to know about cooking, enjoying life, and throwing the greatest dinner party of all time.

Hi, I’m benny blanco. I’m in a television show with my best friend Dave and I probably produced most of the songs you have heard on the radio from 2008 until now. When I was thirteen, my friend got a George Foreman Grill and it changed my life forever. We would invite friends over, get stoned, and make the most elaborate sandwiches our prepubescent minds could fathom. I became obsessed with food and cooking for friends. 

I know what you are going to say, and I get it. Cooking is scary. But I promise you, once you get into it, it will be your new addiction. Slicing an onion is like taking a Xanax to me. I made this cookbook to teach you everything I know about food, cooking, and throwing the greatest dinner party of all time. There are the basics to get your kitchen ready, a little advice from my expert friends, then all of the dinner party menus I love to make, like: 

  • 5 Dishes to Get You Laid and One for the Morning After
  • I Wish I Were an Italian Grandma
  • Take Me to the Cheesy Rodeo
  • F*ck Morton’s Steakhouse 

Which are filled with insane recipes like: 

  • Lose Your Mind Lobster Rolls
  • “I Might Go Vegetarian” Veggie Sandwich
  • Chicken Cutlets with Honey, Peppers, and Parm
  • “I Hope We Didn’t Make a Baby” Breakfast Burrito. 

I’ve been told some of the finest stories over meals. I’ve laughed so hard I thought I was going to actually die. I’ve fallen in love—sometimes with the food, sometimes with the person across the table. I’ve cried in good ways, and I’ve cried in bad ways. I hope you’ve been lucky enough to have all these same memories and then some. But if you haven’t, I can make you a promise. If you follow these three simple steps, it will all become a reality: Open this book. Open your heart. And open wide, baby.

benny blanco is a record producer, songwriter, artist, actor, record executive, and cookbook author. blanco has contributed to the sale of hundreds of millions of albums worldwide through his work with artists including Ed Sheeran, SZA, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Katy Perry, The Weeknd, Maroon 5, Juice WRLD, Sia and many more. His two albums as an artist—Friends Keep Secrets and Friends Keep Secrets 2—have been streamed more than 11 billion times to date and spawned multiple multiplatinum hits. blanco made his TV debut playing a fictionalized version of himself on the FXX series Dave with Lil Dicky which has become the #1 comedy on FX and FXX. His longtime friendship with acclaimed chef Matty Matheson has spawned two massively viral online food series, Matty & Benny Eat Out America and Stupid F*cking Cooking Show. Open Wide is his first book.

Jess Damuck is a recipe developer, food stylist, and author of the bestselling cookbook Salad Freak and Health Nut as well as the co-author of benny blanco’s Open Wide. After a decade of being one of Martha Stewart’s right hands in creating magazines and television shows, she moved to Los Angeles to have more dinner parties, make ceramics, focus on produce-driven cooking, and spend time in her garden with her dogs and her partner, Ben. Follow Jess online at @jessdamuck.

Product Details ISBN: 9780063315938
ISBN-10: 0063315939
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Publication Date: April 30th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English

"Entertaining and unpretentious." — The Cut

"I love this book so much." — Drew Barrymore, The Drew Barrymore Show

"This is the best will inspire you." — TODAY with Hoda & Jenna

"An entertaining book...a guide to wining and dining...I love the book." — Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show

"Highly anticipated...It’s not just a collection of recipes, it’s also a manual for throwing a great party — a topic that benny takes very seriously." — Sporkful

"[OPEN WIDE] is full of innovative recipes that are intended to be shared amongst groups." — Tasting Table

"Many chefs have been called rock stars of the culinary scene, from Anthony Bourdain to Keith Floyd, and benny blanco seems next in line for the distinction. . . . His knack for churning out hits in the studio is undeniable, but this talented Virginia native is also renowned for his work in another area: The kitchen. . . . Whether you thrive on compliments from dinner party guests or simply crave the perfect late-night munchies, [OPEN WIDE’s] recipes were created with you in mind." — Mashed

"While Blanco's creativity in the kitchen has been on full display in the past on cooking shows like Eat Out America, his new book should offer fans (and especially friends) some culinary fun in the written word this time around." — PEOPLE

“benny is the best cook I’ve ever met. His food tastes like true love.” — Matty Matheson, star on FX's "The Bear" and author of Home Style Cookery

“benny is the real deal in the kitchen. Prepare to love this cookbook. These are the recipes you want when you’re hosting friends or looking to have fun again with your cooking. Each dish is full of yumminess and is beyond creative.” — Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest

“This book is a perfect example of benny’s passionate energy bleeding into maybe the best place it could have gone—incredible food that will have you impressed with yourself for making it.” — Joshua Weissman, author of Texture Over Taste

“Just what the world needs: another celebrity publishing a cookbook. In all seriousness, though, what a beautiful book. I know what benny truly dreams of becoming is a top chef. With Open Wide, he’s stepping into our world.” — René Redzepi, chef and co-owner of Noma

“Who knew this guy could bring as much fire to the kitchen as he does to the studio? Trust me, this cookbook is the next big hit.” — David Chang, founder of the Momofuku restaurant group