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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!