Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor Gets Cooking with New Book

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Grizzly Bear perform onstage during day 2 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2013 in Indio, California.

Madonna pens books for kids. Nick Cave writes books for adults. Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes has published a tome on abstract Polaroids. Now, Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor is expressing himself in the book-publishing world with a cookbook. 

The versatile musician and his friend Ithai Schori have co-written Twenty Dinners, which will be available from April 7, 2015 through Random House

The Grizzly Bear Galore fanpage fleshes out more detail on Taylor’s passion for food and how the project came together.

"When he’s on tour with his band Grizzly Bear, the thing Chris Taylor misses most about home is the kitchen and the company. With his friend Ithai Schori, the two are constantly cooking dinner parties for four to forty, using skills Chris learned from his mom and techniques Ithai picked up in high-end restaurants. Their food is full of smart techniques that make everything taste just a little better than you thought possible—like toasting nuts by swirling them in browned butter, or burning apples over a flame for a complex, charred applesauce—but their style is laid-back and unhurried. This is about cooking not just for but with your friends, and so the authors enlisted their favorite pastry chef, mixologist, sommelier, and baristas to write detailed material on wine, desserts, stocking a home bar, and mixing drinks, and buying and brewing fantastic coffee. Through more than 100 seasonally-arranged recipes and gorgeous, evocative photographs of their parties, you fall into their world, where you have all day to put food on the table with your friends, and where there’s always time for another cocktail in a mason jar before dinner."

Grizzly Bear has been in hibernation for much of 2014. The Brooklyn indie band wrapped up its international Shields tour back in January with a show at the Sydney Opera House. It’s unclear when the band will set about releasing a follow-up to the 2012 studio album Shields, or indeed whether further cookbooks are in the pipeline.


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