There were a couple of names that I wrote down when I first planning out potential MOB Meets interviewees. That list consisted of your typical big hitters – your Gordon Ramsays, your Nigella Lawsons, yours Jamie Olivers – but it also included a lot of recipe developers and chefs that I really looked up to and admired. One of the names on that list was Carla Lalli Music.
As the former editor at large of Bon Appétit, Carla was responsible for creating countless recipes for the magazine inspired by the meals she makes at home and has been a major advocate for teaching home cooks how to become more naturally instinctive in the kitchen. Her first cookbook, Where Cooking Begins, was an instant back-to-basics bestseller and her latest, That Sounds So Good, has only further cemented Carla’s position in the cookbook canon.
Filled with recipes to “match every mood, situation, and vibe”, it’s a cookbook that reflects Carla’s “anyone can cook” ethos. All 100 of the recipes are split between quick weekday dishes and more adventurous weekend cooking projects with everything from the Fat Noodles with Pan-Roasted Mushrooms to Tomato Confit Bruschetta underlining Carla’s approachable cooking style. She’s like the English teacher at school who would always leave you inspired after every lesson or the Maths teacher who could make even the most complicated algebraic equation sound achievable. With a sound head on her shoulders and a strong sense of her own personal brand, Carla looks set to become a household name in next to no time. And I’m just saying that because Music is one of the best last names I’ve ever heard. Which it totally is.
Here’s what happened when MOB met Carla Lalli Music...