José Andrés' New Cookbook Will Feature His Favorite Zaytinya Dishes

From industry-changing dishes to grassroots humanitarian relief efforts, José Andrés is a chef of many hats. But, for foodies in Washington D.C., there's probably a good chance that he's best known for his Mediterranean restaurant Zaytinya. The flagship location has been holding down the fort in D.C. for 20 years, and a second location opened in NYC one year ago. Now, the Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning chef is bringing Zaytinya to kitchens everywhere with his latest cookbook, "ZAYTINYA: Delicious Mediterranean Dishes from Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon."

"Zaytinya" is a collection of 150 recipes inspired by the dishes served at the namesake restaurant. The cookbook's description teases recipes for meals, cocktails, and more, with examples like Crispy Brussels Sprouts Afelia and Adana Kebabs. Although, if Zaytinya's menu is any indication, fans can expect recipes with an emphasis on quality regional ingredients, like mushroom kapnista with dates, walnuts, and labneh or Octopus Santorini on a bed of salty capers and yellow split pea puree.

"This is a region that I am in love with because of its food, its people, and especially its history," waxes Andrés in an Instagram post announcing the new book, which is available now to pre-order for $45.00, but won't be released until March 19, 2024.

The ultimate manual for a good meal, shared

The name of the game at Zaytinya is a slow, leisurely meal, shared, and Andrés' "Zaytinya" cookbook seems to be a faithful representation of the dining establishment that inspired it. Inside the restaurant, a large family-style table is fixed in the center of the main dining room, the focal point of the scene and a captivating symbol of togetherness — which indeed seems to be Zaytinya's central theme. Small mezze plates bring the party and the conversation to a central space: the dinner table, and now with the cookbook, to foodies' personal dinner tables at home.

It's been an eventful year for chef Andrés. In March, he announced the release of the upcoming "World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope." The cookbook is stacked with celebrity recipes and stories from the front lines of relief work around the world, and it's scheduled for release on September 12. His food and travel show "José Andrés and Family in Spain" (which the chef says was inspired by friend Anthony Bourdain) debuted last December. From food trucks to fast-casual to Michelin-starred, Andrés is the owner and operator of 31 dining establishments.