Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants

 Whether you managed to secure a table at Bestia, one of Los Angeles's most talked-about restaurants, or gave up when the reservations were booked months in advance, you'll be pleased to know that the owners are bringing their rustic Italian recipes to your kitchen. In their debut cookbook, Bestia: Italian Recipes Created in the Heart of L.A., over 140 dishes are carefully detailed and photographed for the home cook to create on their own. Bestia's executive chef Ori Menashe delivers bold recipes including Lobster Crostini, Stinging Nettle Pappardelle with Mushrooms and Fried Eggs, and Grilled Fennel-Crusted Pork Chop. Genevieve Gergis, the restaurant's resident pastry chef, includes homey desserts such as Apple Cider Donuts and Coconut-Butterscotch Tart. The collection starts with the couple's firsthand account of opening Bestia, memories of their training (or lack thereof), and why Italian food captured their hearts and tastebuds. The book also dives into the art of preservation, tasty cocktails to have alongside your meal, and everything from preparing the perfect salad to meat curing.

As the holidays approach and homes are buzzing with good cheer, you're most likely cooking for family and friends. Why not divert from your traditional turkey and stuffing with Menashe's grilled meatballs and roasted cauliflower (Bestia's most popular vegetable, he reveals in the book)? While you're at it, skip the pumpkin pie and bake Gergis's Rhubarb Raspberry Crostata for the group. This is the year to create new family favorites. Below, 3 recipes to take your holiday meal to the next level.

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