Cook Beautiful
Cook Beautiful



Cook Beautiful is where design meets food, where culinary tradition marries food styling, where home chefs become experts.


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Athena Calderone believes that food simply tastes better when it’s visually alluring and made with love. As the voice and curator behind EyeSwoon, Athena cooks with top chefs, hosts incredible dinners, and designs stunning tablescapes, while emphasizing the importance of balancing the visual elements of each dish with incredible flavors. In Cook Beautiful she shares how to achieve her impeccable yet approachable cooking style in every season.

Few cookbooks for the home cook focus on the visual side of cooking, which is why dishes so often don’t turn out like the picture. In Cook Beautiful, every recipe is accompanied by a “Swoon Tip,” in which Calderone spills her secrets for making food look as good as it tastes, and each section closes with a tablescape inspired by nature, along with specific table décor and entertaining tips. The book includes 100 recipes with step-by-step advice on everything from prep to presentation—from artfully layering a peach and burrata salad to searing a perfect steak.

Cook Beautiful is where design meets food, where culinary tradition marries food styling, where home chefs become experts. These are luscious dishes to make for friends and family, with advice that will inspire visually stunning and delicious culinary masterpieces.


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“Athena’s cooking is as stylish as she is—if only I could dress as good as she cooks.”

—Laura Brown, editor in chief of InStyle

“There’s a reason we all snap photos of our food these days—it’s gorgeous. Or at least it should be. Just follow Athena Calderone, who proves that simple, delicious dishes can look as good as they taste.’

— Adam Rapport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit

“I love how Athena always sees the beauty in food. It’s a treat to have an entire book that reflects her amazing vision—and one that’s filled with so many incredible recipes.”

—Kerry Diamond, editorial director of Cherry Bombe

“I’ve always admired Athena as a friend and visionary. Her balance and focus on ingredients make her so good at what she does, and now they’ve finally come together so perfectly in this book. She sure can cook beautiful!”

—Dan Kluger, James Beard Award–nominated chef and owner of Loring Place

“We’ve all swooned over Athena Calderone’s impeccable style, and now she shares her secrets to making her food—and table—so gorgeous. The inspiring tips in Cook Beautiful will help you create a feast for the eyes, so you can entertain on an entirely new level.” 

—Christine Muhlke, editor at large, Bon Appétit

“Athena has the Midas touch: Give her simple ingredients and she will create elegant, memorable meals that are familiar but flawless. She understands the art of cooking beautifully, and the food in her mouthwatering manifesto is truly gold.”

—Daphne Oz, bestselling author, cohost of The Chew

“This book is the closest thing to dining at Athena’s home, an experience I cherish as it’s always full of laughter, beauty, and incredible food. In Cook Beautiful, Athena thoughtfully guides readers through the seasons and shows how a little effort in entertaining can create truly special memories.”

—Nate Berkus, interior designer, product designer, and bestselling author

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena Calderone unites her twin passions of cooking and styling. Her glorious food takes on a magnificent, almost otherworldly, loveliness through an extraordinary use of color, shape, and texture. After studying every picture, I’m ready to replicate it myself!”

—Dana Cowin, journalist and former editor in chief of Food & Wine Magazine

“Cook Beautiful is a stunning reminder to look at our plates and market baskets with fresh eyes and an appreciation for the bounty of each season. Athena’s thoughtful kitchen insight and artful approach lure you with every recipe. I dare you to resist her call to get cooking!”

—Gail Simmons, food critic, TV host, and author of Bringing It Home 

“Athena’s warmth, curiosity, and beauty are effortlessly translated into everything she creates, making our mouths water and eyes swoon in Cook Beautiful!”

—Carolyn Murphy, supermodel and Shinola creative consultant

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena teaches aspiring home chefs how to prepare meals that are not only beautiful, but also nourishing for the body and soul.”
—Lauren Bush, CEO and founder of FEED 

“Style and beauty are what Athena brings to anything she does. She is one of these magicians that make you wonder how it’s done, but then she’s also the great friend who will explain to you how to do it. And you’re like ‘I can’t believe it was that simple!’—the nature of inspiration, in other words!”

— Garance Doré, bestselling author and illustrator

“Athena’s delicate modern take on design shines through all she does and particularly in her culinary efforts.  I love Cook Beautiful — it’s full of unexpected but delicious ingredient profiles and colorful veggie options.

— Hannah Bronfman, creator of HBFIT

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