Helpful, funny, personal and typically self-deprecating, the voice of Alex Guarnaschelli, the chef, restaurateur and television cooking personality, is unmistakable throughout her new book, “Cook With Me.” There are many great recipes that should have a place on your table. Something for New Year’s? Go no further than her deviled eggs soaked in borscht (not necessarily homemade) to color them purple with whipped cream — whipped cream! — to fluff the filling. Or broil and flame some provolone for delicious fun (it works). And don’t forget dumplings without wrappers, cauliflower steaks, mixed mushrooms or salmon and kale on a sheet pan, a salad of rescued vegetable tops and mulled white wine.
“Cook With Me: 150 Recipes for the Home Cook” by Alex Guarnaschelli (Clarkson Potter, $35).