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Jess Damuck Author Talk • Health Nut: A Feel-Good Cookbook


A note about this event:

We anticipate a large crowd for this event and our in-store capacity is 50 people, standing room only. Overflow space will be available outside and the author will be mic'd.

Pre-order pick-ups and day-of sales will be available directly outside our shop. Customers who have purchased books from Omnivore will be given a priority number for the signing line.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Pre-order your copy below.

Jess Damuck is a recipe developer, food stylist, and the cookbook author of the newly released Health Nut, bestselling cookbook Salad Freak, and co-author of forthcoming Open Wide. After a decade working for the magazines and television shows as Martha Stewart’s food editor, producer, food stylist, (and personal salad maker), Damuck made the move to the west coast. Damuck landed in Los Angeles to focus on fresh, produce-driven cooking, indulge in more dinner parties, and spend time in her ever-growing garden. She continues to live in Los Angeles with her partner Ben Sinclair and their pups, where they have built a strong sense of a creative community in their neighborhood.

Caroline Chambers grew up in the kitchen on her mom’s hip, learning how to cook in their Winston-Salem, North Carolina, home. Her professional food career began in her early twenties when she worked as a chef and caterer. After a stint in a professional test kitchen, Caroline struck out on her own as a freelancer, developing recipes for a host of publications as well as brands such as Boursin Cheese and Kim Crawford Wine, and in 2018, she published her first cookbook, Just Married. In 2020, Caroline began sharing her recipes and connecting with home cooks on Instagram (@carochambers), and launched her newsletter, What to Cook When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking, which flew to the top of the Substack charts; her podcast, So Into That, followed in 2023. Caroline lives in Carmel Valley, California, with her husband, George, and their three young sons, Mattis, Calum, and Cashel and her next book, What to Cook When You Don't Feel Like Cooking, comes out in August! 

Health Nut: A Feel-Good Cookbook Emphasizing balance, recipe developer Jess Damuck shares more than 100 of her favorite easy, vegetable-centric dishes, which include just an occasional bit of meat, dairy, or decadence. Jess turns her considerable talent for creating gorgeous, obsession-worthy recipes to traditional health food—from smoothies to salads to grain bowls and tofu stir-fries—giving the genre a playful and delicious update, amping up the colors, textures, and flavors, and adding her own innovations that challenge our expectations about what health food can be. These recipes are perfect for a dinner party, but also doable for any busy weeknight, including for dishes such as:

  • Jicama, Basil, Avocado, and Sprout Summer Rolls
  • Roasted Cauliflower Flatbreads with Spicy Tahini and Sumac Onions
  • Snap Peas with Feta, Chile, and Mint
  • Brothy White Beans with Parmesan and Pesto
  • Crispy Rice and Spicy Salmon Bowls with Quick Pickles and Greens
  • Vegan Mushroom Lasagna
  • Date-Sweetened Carrot Cake

Whether healthy eating is your norm or you are just looking for a reset, this book is all about making simple, irresistible food that you will want to eat again and again. When good-for-you food tastes like this, it’s pretty easy to be a health nut.