Turshen has collaborated on and co-authored over 10 cookbooks with diverse cuisines ranging from Vietnamese dishes to bread from around the world, and in 2016, she published her first solo cookbook, Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs. This book was recognized by NPR and The New York Times, and her second book, Feed the Resistance, was deemed Eater’s Best Cookbook of 2017. In 2018, Turshen’s third book was honored as Amazon’s Best Cookbook the Year and an NPR Great Read. Now, Turshen is releasing her fourth book, Simply Julia, on March 2, featuring a healthier perspective on the satisfying yet simple comfort food for which she’s known.
Before Turshen struck out with a book of her own, however, she took several jobs as a private chef, working with a range of clients, from people in finance and Hollywood types to one-off special occasions. Tune in to the latest episode of Second Life to hear how those years of private chefing taught Turshen to understand what people truly want out of cooking and how she’d ultimately provide just that through her writing. Keep scrolling to discover all her celebrated cookbooks and to get your hands on her latest, Simply Julia.