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Love Your Leftovers!

by Nick


Hey guess what?!

My new cookbook is available for pre-order!

In actuality, it’s been available for awhile but I didn’t want to tell you about it months before it was released.

If you order the book today, it’ll ship April 1st (no fooling)! Plus, you can lock in a discounted price if you order now.

I thought I would give you all a little virtual tour of the book.  I’ve been working on it for three years and it’s far and away the best thing I’ve ever made.

A Leftovers Project

This book started as a self-published project called Cornerstone Cooking which a few of you may still have.

The idea behind the book was simple enough: There are certain dishes like potatoes, bread, and roast chicken, that are great on their own, but can also be a jumping off point for new recipes. By cooking these dishes in large batches, you can use the leftovers to quickly whip up new dishes.

With some major help from Lyons Press, that concept has been massively updated, redesigned, expanded, and improved in Love Your Leftovers.

The Trailer

I took a dive into the video world and made a really fun (and short) trailer that explains the concept. At the end of the day it’s all about cooking smarter and, hopefully, making dinner easier for you.

What People Are Saying

Some awesome writers and bloggers are already saying things that make me blush.

“Nick’s brilliant book isn’t just about leftovers, but also about delicious and practical everyday eating. Each chapter is filled with cooking insight, valuable technique and tempting homemade recipes that go beyond one simple dish. He makes magic out of leftovers.”
– Todd Porter and Diane Cu, authors of Bountiful and

“Nick presents a ton of amazing, straightforward and fun recipes that will make anyone’s life more delicious. This book is a one-stop shop that will give you an arsenal of new ideas for all those leftovers in your fridge!”
Gaby Dalkin, author of Absolutely Avocados and

“I have never seen a cookbook laid out in such a unique yet totally logical way.”
- Dan Whalen,, author of Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Foods Cookbook

A Preview

The book is organized around 14 recipe-based chapters. Each chapter centers around a common leftover like beans, rice, or roast chicken. Each chapter begins with a basic recipe so you can make the main dish in bulk and then include 8-10 recipes that use the leftovers for supporting recipes.

There isn’t a preview of the book on Amazon yet (it will be up shortly), but I wanted to give you all an inside glimpse. The design for the book is beautiful and clean and there are photos. Lots of photos!

Many of the recipes in the book are very flexible, so for recipes like the Basic Chicken Salad (using leftover shredded chicken), I tried to include variations.



Most of the recipes are easy to make, but for a few of the more complicated recipes, I included step-by-step photos to make them more accessible.


For some basic dishes like Baked Potatoes, there are fun add-on tables!


Oh, and the recipes are just plain delicious. This recipe is one of my favorites using leftover lentils (and/or salmon).


I tried to include a few really fun recipes also, like this tiramisu recipe using leftover granola instead of lady fingers!


Order It Today!

I spent a lot of time and energy on this book and I think it’s a really unique and useful book. It’s more than just a collection of recipes, but a real guide to making weekly meal planning easier.

I hope you check it out! The easiest way to pre-order the book now is probably either on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Right now the book is listed at 25% off. That could go up once the book is released, so grab a copy now to lock in that price!

Update: Amazon is listing the book as “out of stock”, but it’s just some kind of glitch. The publisher has assured me that the book will ship April 1st! 



You can also look it up on Indiebound to find a store near you that will have it!


If you have any questions or comments about the book, please do leave a comment!

I’m really excited for the book and I hope you like it also!

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22 comments on “Love Your Leftovers!

  1. Yayyy! This is so exciting. I still have my copy of Cornerstone Cooking, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the new and improved version. Congratulations!!

  2. Nick, this looks fantastic, and that trailer is just great! Congratulations, can’t wait to check out the book. :-)

  3. Congrats on finishing the book, Nick! I’m looking forward to picking it up. I might get an extra in case the price rises to $1800. ;)

  4. nick,
    Q—is soft cover the only option?
    intend to purchase 2 copies today , (one for our daughter0
    I tried to order Cornerstone about a yr ago for our daughter (we had a copy)
    BUT, you were out–
    how do I get a signed copy for our daughter Leslye?

    1. Hey Gordon, yea. We made the decision to only do paperback to make it as affordable as possible. It’s a sturdy book though. The hard cover copy would’ve been pushing $35 because it’s a pretty large book (almost 300 pages). I thought that was a bit pricy for a book that’s supposed to help you save some cash. :)

      And yes. There will be some ways to get signed copies. Very happy (and blushing) to do that once the book comes out April 1st. Just shoot me an email around then. :)

  5. I love the idea of this! I’m wondering how flexible it is in terms of freezing stuff (and whether you include freezing tips)–I cook for only two of us, and if I make a big batch of something my husband doesn’t like, it’s useful to be able to freeze it for my lunches at work, or unil he’s forgotten he “doesn’t like it” and I can re-make it in a new recipe.

    1. Hey Andy!

      The short answer is it depends… most of the base recipes lend themselves very well to freezing and I try to note that in each chapter. Most of the chapters start with things like roast chicken, pulled pork, rice, bread… those freeze very well.

      The chapter that comes to mind that definitely doesn’t lend itself to freezing is the salmon chapter, but that’s one of the few I think.

      Hope that helps!

  6. This cookbook looks delicious! I also loved the video. Is that your voice? Very clear and great tone! Can’t wait to receive the book.

  7. Great concept and nice video. As a pianist who works with opera singers, I have to say that your speaking voice carries a lot of resonance (at least from what I can tell via my laptop!). Are you a singer too? ;)

    1. Hey Rob! I’m not sure on that… that’s a call that the publisher will make at some point I think based on sales and reviews. All I can say is hopefully! :)

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