Power Plates turns six months old today! It feels like yesterday that NYC was freezing cold and I was celebrating the fact that this book, so long in the making, was finally in print.
It’s given me such joy to get messages and pictures and to have the knowledge that the recipes don’t just belong to me anymore: they belong to any person who’s supported the book. If you’re one of them, thank you so much. It means the world to me.
Power Plates came into being while a lot of other things in my life were coming apart. Sometimes I can’t believe it got written. Most of the time, I can’t imagine what those two years would have been like without it. Its theme—balanced nourishment—feels all the more poignant with hindsight. The book nourished and sustained me during a period of unanticipated loss, and I’ll always feel particularly attached to its recipes.
To celebrate the book’s half-year birthday, I’m giving away 3 copies to US and Canadian readers today—right after I share one of my favorite power plate meals.
Rice, Beans, Tofu and Greens isn’t necessarily the book’s most impressive recipe. It’s not what I would make if I were having people over. But if I were to measure a recipe simply by how often it gets made, this would be my favorite from the book. I’ve made all of the recipe a few times over, but this is the one I’ve cooked the most times since the book got written.
I make it because it’s unfussy and weeknight friendly, because it’s the kind of hearty, comforting food I’ve come to live by, and because it’s packed with the macronutrient mindfulness that the book is all about. It feels only right to share this one today—and I hope that some of you might come to rely on it in the same way that I have.
In the spirit of simple, sustaining meals, I’ll be back later this way to share one of my new favorite staples.