Sohla El-Waylly @ Town Hall

Chef it up 🥄

📸: Courtesy Town Hall Seattle

📅 Thursday, February 1st
⏰ 7:30 pm
📍 Town Hall Seattle: 1119 Eighth Ave, Seattle
🎟 $10 – $100

What can’t chef, author, and YouTube star Sohla El-Waylly do? In the past several years, we’ve seen her make flatbread from an ancient recipe found in King Tut’s tomb, concoct a three-course meal out of Halloween candy with her husband Ham, devise an ice cream lasagna, and charm the heck out of literally everyone with her big brain and chic bob.

Now the culinary polymath has come out with her first cookbook, Start Here: Instructions for Becoming a Better Cook, to teach us all how to chef it up in our home kitchens. And, boy, is it a tome. Printed on Bible-like paper, El-Waylly spends 656 pages teaching you the basic techniques of cooking—everything from how to make a sauce to how to make all kinds of dough—written in a practical and easy-to-follow manner. Along the way, she folds in 200 new original delicious recipes, like charred lemon risotto and seared and braised chicken thighs that you can use all your new skillz on. Plus, the book is bound so it lays completely flat, making it easy to reference whatever page you’re on without completely cracking the spine to keep the book open. Innovation!

El-Waylly will discuss her book and more with food writer and cook Frankie Gaw at her Town Hall talk. Come prepared to salivate. 

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Jas Keimig is an arts and culture writer in Seattle. Their work has previously appeared in The Stranger, i-D, Netflix, and Feast Portland. They won a game show once and have a thing for stickers.