Recipes from Lush Life

Lush Life Cookbook

In Lush Life, Valerie brings together 156 of her favorite seasonal recipes for entertaining, family meals, snacks, and so much more, including cocktail recipes and wine advice. Rigorously home tested and gorgeously photographed by Gemma and Andrew Ingalls, Lush Life is a California dream of a cookbook that will inspire readers to grow their own, cook it fresh, and pour a luscious beverage.

An oval serving dish filled with mashed potato gratin and a portion of it on a plate beside the dish.

Mashed Potato Gratin

Our recipe testers called these potatoes “pure heaven,” “yumminess,” and “genius.” That’s just a few of the rave reviews we heard for these delicately flavored spuds.

A white bowl of mustard potato salad with celery with a silver spoon resting inside.

Mustard Potato Salad with Celery

Not all potato salad has to be drowning in mayo. Sometimes, all you need is a tangy mustard and garlic dressing with more flavor than fat. And a few cornichons never hurt, either.