Event date: 
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Jessica Merchant presents her second book, THE PRETTY DISH: More Than 150 Everyday Recipes and 50 Beauty DIYs to Nourish Your Body Inside and Out (March 20, 2018; Rodale Books; ISBN 978-1623369699; $29.99; 336 pages). As her fans know, Jessica, who details her adventures in and out of the kitchen on her popular (read by millions!) blog, “How Sweet Eats,” is madly, outrageously in love with food; she is also completely enamored with beauty products (mostly homemade). Both of these passions play a big role within the pages of THE PRETTY DISH.


These days, it’s easy to forget that cooking and sharing food does not have to be glamorous. One may be surprised to learn that the meals in Jessica and her husband, Eddie’s, home are not always Instagram perfect; what really matters the most to them is feeding their family and friends with love and joy, even if it isn’t perfect. THE PRETTY DISH reflects this mindset: almost all of the recipes can be made in 60 minutes or less (98 per cent of them, to be exact). Among the delights you’ll find: Banana Coconut Milk Scones, Butternut Squash Queso, Charred Tomato and Bacon Fettuccine, Grapefruit Rose Pound Cake, and Frozen Avocado Margaritas.


Jessica worships food; she has also been a beauty junkie her whole life. When she was pregnant with her first child, she read up on things to avoid, and realized that the list included basically everything, beauty-wise. So she pared down a lot of the skincare products and makeup she used, and while she introduced some of them back into her routine after Max was born, she’d developed a real taste for homemade skincare. She found a sugar scrub consistency that she adores (she’s not sure she will ever purchase another sugar scrub unless the consistency matches this one exactly), she loves her homemade lip balm, and she even put together a homemade coconut sea salt spray to make beachy waves in her hair. In THE PRETTY DISH, you’ll find recipes for Morning Eucalyptus Scrub, Minted Citrus Bath Melt, Coconut Yogurt Face Mask, and—yes—Beachy Waves Sea Salt Spray; plus many more.


The Pretty Dish: More Than 150 Everyday Recipes and 50 Beauty Diys to Nourish Your Body Inside and Out Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623369699
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rodale Books - March 20th, 2018

Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Totally Love Food Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544176492
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 2nd, 2014

Event address: 
Penguin Bookshop
417 Beaver Street
Sewickley, PA 15143