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It’s Official, Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski Is Writing a Cookbook

May  1, 2018

There’s been something, something big, we here at Food52 have been reticent to approach. Culture makers, both in the food world and outside of it, can’t seem to talk enough about Antoni Porowski, the food and dining point person on Netflix’s revamped Queer Eye. Much of the conversation orbits around his simple recipes (are they refreshing or lazy?) and whether or not he can cook.

But we’re not here for that.

Instead, we’re here to discuss his new cookbook. Just yesterday, Entertainment Weekly broke the news that Porowski, who shepherds hapless straight men to better tasting futures, penned a deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and a cookbook is now in the works.

Here’s what we know so far: The book is slated to release in Spring 2019 and will feature 100 recipes with an emphasis on simple, healthy food. (It's not much information, but hey, it's a start!)

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“I could not be more thrilled to be writing about the recipes I love and think are essential to any novice home cook, professional, and somewhere in between,” Porowski said in a statement. “I’m also truly honored to be published by...the talented and passionate Rux Martin, for whom I have such tremendous respect. We immediately bonded on the importance of hors-d’oeuvres and our mutual love for Vermont, and I can’t wait to publish this book and share my personal recipes with the world.”

If his statement tells us anything, it seems appetizers and the Green Mountain state will serve as inspiration.

I reached out to Martin who will be working with Porowski on bringing the project to fruition. Here's what she had to say: "Every time I see photos of his gorgeous food, I want to drop everything and rush into the kitchen and cook it. His cookbook will be full of food that exudes style and accessibility, no matter what your skill level. Antoni has a huge respect for classic technique—two of his heroes are Julia Child and Jacques Pépin—and like them, he’s a real teacher. He sees it as his mission to help all of us make something nice, and all his dishes have a bit of a visual (or other) flair."

The announcement comes on the heels of the fanfare surrounding the show’s first season, which premiered in February of this year and is set to return for a second season—rumor has it, before the end of the year. Until then, and until his cookbook hits shelves, there’s not much to do but re-watch the show (which is never a bad idea) and check out the recipes he posts to his Instagram (not a bad idea, either).

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Valerio is a freelance food writer, editor, researcher and cook. He grew up in his parent's Italian restaurants covered in pizza flour and drinking a Shirley Temple a day. Since, he's worked as a cheesemonger in New York City and a paella instructor in Barcelona. He now lives in Berlin, Germany where he's most likely to be found eating shawarma.

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txchick57 May 1, 2018
I love Queer Eye. I never got the criticism of Antoni's cooking skills The guys he worked with were eating chips and Mountain Dew. What do you expect from that ? Cordon Bleu? My favorite is Jonathan though. I think he's everybody's favorite. What a sweetie, and cute too.