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Live Life Deliciously: Recipes for Busy Weeknights and Leisurely Weekends!

In her debut cookbook, seasoned food editor, stylist and recipe developer Tara Bench, known as “Tara Teaspoon,” offers sumptuous but simple dishes that taste as delicious as they look. From savory snacks like Double Cheese Garlic Bread and Mandarin Prosciutto Crostini to satisfyingly sweet desserts like Mulling Spice Christmas Tree Cake and Coconut Cream Pie, Live Life Deliciously: Recipes for Busy Weeknights and Leisurely Weekends (available Oct. 6th), showcases more than 120 delectable recipes for both the seasoned and casual cook.

Bench, who grew up in the kitchen, developed her skills and passion for cooking from her mother, a talented cook and Home Economics teacher. She went on to study food science and culinary arts before becoming a food editor. 

Informed by her knowledge of the art and science of cooking and her love of uncomplicated but indulgent food, she offers readers recipes for easy-to-prepare but impressive dishes and menus.

From leisurely weekend brunches spent over Burrata with Grilled Peaches and Orange Zest Chimichurri to easy weeknight dinners like Golden Roast Chicken with Pan Sauce and Sublime Sausage Pesto Lasagna to mouthwatering Cherry Anise Almond Crostata, Tara explains how to put together and master several special go-to dishes. She also presents globally-inspired favorites like Spanish Tortilla with Mushrooms and Bacon, Cuban Garlic-Lime Carnitas with Mojo, and Orange Ginger Pork Dumplings that will become part of every cook’s repertoire. The book also features a section on how to transform a basic recipe into two or three new recipes to make weeknight meal planning simple.

Filled with inventive and effortless ways to turn basic dishes into something special – Potato Gratin becomes elegant when sliced potatoes are arranged on their side like an accordion instead of flat on the baking dish; hazelnuts and pomegranates give a holiday touch and add crunch and color to Roasted Parsnips; and Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Syrup adds sweet complexity to Whole Wheat Pancakes. 

With chapters on New Pantry Staples and The Right Equipment, and lots of helpful sidebar tips on things like substitutions for spices, using leftovers to create a completely new dish, and best cooking and freezing methods, Bench shares secrets to help cooks feel more confident in the kitchen.

Striking photography that accompanies every recipe makes Live Life Deliciously a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.


Tara has spent more than twenty years in the food publishing industry creating recipes and articles, and food styling for various magazines, books, television and advertising.

Most recently she has been the food and entertaining director of Ladies Home Journal magazine. Prior to working at the Journal, Tara was a food editor at Martha Stewart Living, Kids, and Weddings magazines. She has appeared on the Martha Stewart television show, The Today Show, and on The Food Network as a show judge and contestant.

To learn more about Tara, please visit her website at


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