A Week's Worth of Good Food with Jody Williams

April 25, 2014

All week long Jody Williams, the chef at New York's beloved Buvette restaurant, has been sharing recipes from her new book, Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food. It's the last day to win one of five copies we're giving away -- and to add a little more Paris into your life.

Today: Pull up a chair and pour yourself a drink-- we're looking back at Jody's simple, soul-satisfying recipes. 

This week, Jody Williams has spoiled us with recipes from Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food. She took us to Italy for beautiful boiled eggs and to Paris for beets and rabbit in elegant mustard sauce. And when we came home, she invited us to Buvette, her intimate, West Village gastrothèque, for soul-satisfying potato chips. Because above all, this is what Williams does best: humble, everyday food turned extraordinary. As we look back at the recipes she shared with us, we hope -- in true Buvette fashion -- that you’ll pour yourself a drink and stay a while. 

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Uova Sode with Seasoned Salt


Beets with Almonds and Horseradish Crème Fraîche


Rabbit à la Moutarde


Rosemary Potato Chips

We're giving away a copy of Buvette a day! To enter to win today's copy, tell us in the comments: What's your go-to, good-for-the-soul recipe? We'll pick five winners at random today, April 25th!

Photos by Gentl & Hyers. 

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Dan M. April 26, 2014
I orgianlly posted this to fbook, under the notion we could correspond there. My go-to, go-for-the-soul recipe is my skillet burger. Made with 1/3lb 92%lean beef, I season each hand-formed patty with sea salt & onion powder. Cooked on high til' medium-rare w/no poking or stabbing, removed, covered, & rested for 30sec. Brioche buns are flash toasted under broiler, then layered w/burger, tomatoes, & onion jam(can be store bought). Serve w/pickle & baked carrot fries. Pair w/ice cold glass bottle of A&W rootbeer.
Sharon April 26, 2014
We have several family comfort foods that we all crave! Moms Mac n cheese, Bubbe's brisket, chunky chicken pot pie & everyone loves a BLT with avocado !!!!
eg April 26, 2014
My go to comfort recipe is Pasta white sauce and whatever fresh veggies I have: roasted tomatoes, squash, mushrooms, kale, etc. Maybe some olives and a little chicken tossed in. Grated cheese on top. Salad w homemade balsamic dressing. Warm, wholesome, and delicious!
Darci L. April 25, 2014
This allrecipes recipe JP's Big Daddy Biscuits. They're perfect with added vanilla and lemon zest.
Diane J. April 25, 2014
Mac and cheese -- bonus is my son loves to make it with me.
RJ April 25, 2014
A big, steaming bowl of my dad's menudo, topped with chopped cilantro, onions, a squeeze of lemon, and hot, rolled-up flour tortillas on the side for dipping!
Baconator April 25, 2014
Pasta in any shape or form but likely homemade cheese ravioli!
amber W. April 25, 2014
Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
Natalie April 25, 2014
Oeuf en cocotte or Marcella's roast chicken
Sheila E. April 25, 2014
One go-to recipe that is good to my soul (and my entire family's) is pork ribs and sauerkraut served with rye bread & butter.
Yvonne K. April 25, 2014
Bread and butter pudding always makes me feel happy, warm and fulfilled. XY
Kathleen April 25, 2014
Sopa de Tortillas--fragrant chicken broth filled with pulled chicken, chopped fresh tomatoes, cilantro, chipotle, grated melted cheese, sour cream and crispy toasted tortillas.
Emelia H. April 25, 2014
Shepherd's pie
Kevin April 25, 2014
White Bean and Kale Soup with Kielbasa. Delicious, healthy, and soothing.
Allison T. April 25, 2014
vegan potato leek soup for sure
EmFraiche April 25, 2014
Roast chicken or my Mema's pot roast.
Meg M. April 25, 2014
Lemon Shrimp Scampi on Fettuccine.
JuliaB April 25, 2014
Oozy, creamy scrambled eggs always soothe my soul. Three eggs swirled into butter and silky creme fraiche, cooked gently, and spooned over golden toast - brioche, English muffin - no matter. Topped with a snip of chives if I'm feeling fancy. It never fails.
Patricia April 25, 2014
Pasta with oil, garlic, and plenty of basil.
Ellen L. April 25, 2014
A simple steak and steamed artichokes with melted butter - reminds me of home!