As a teacher at New York’s Institute of Culinary Education and author of more than a dozen cookbooks, James Peterson has earned a reputation as a culinary expert. One of his best-selling books, Kitchen Simple (2011 Ten Speed Press), helps readers get exceptional meals on the table in under an hour. Elevating routine, weeknight fare into exciting creations, Peterson proves that great food need not be complicated or time-consuming to prepare. Try his summer steak salad (pictured above) at a barbecue, or a pasta and tuna salad as a quick mid-week dinner.
Plus, try dishes from his Vegetables, Revised cookbook.