Please Wait to Be Tasted: The Lil' Deb's Oasis Cookbook (Hardcover)
Home cooks will love serving up bold-flavored tropical comfort food from Please Wait to Be Tasted, the first cookbook from Lil' Deb's Oasis, the James Beard Award-nominated hotspot in Hudson, New York. More than a recipe collection, it's a big-hearted celebration of food, love, and community.
For flavor-craving, art-loving, community-celebrating home cooks, Please Wait to Be Tasted serves up tropical comfort recipes, alongside musings on wine, music, love, sex, friendship, and fashion. At Lil' Deb's Oasis in the Hudson Valley of New York, chefs Carla Kaya Perez-Gallardo and Hannah Black, both art school graduates, have created a bright, welcoming, rainbow-colored, LGBTQ+ inclusive community, where guests are treated to "hot, sticky, juicy, moist fever dreams of flavor." Their recipes mesh respect for cultural traditions with a twist: Ceviche Mixto with Popcorn; Charred Octopus in the Ink of Its Cousin, Sweet Plantains with Green Cream, Abuela's Flan, and more. With "Please Wait to be Tasted" (a phrase featured in the restaurant's waiting area), you can bring these recipes home.
In addition to some seventy recipes, Please Wait to Be Tasted shares the knowledge and love that go into making memorable meals at Lil' Deb's Oasis: essays on the restaurant's beginnings and the chefs' navigation of the colonial histories entangled in their recipes' origins; tips on techniques, tools, and pantry; and lessons on how to eat well together.
Hannah Black was born and raised in Alabama and attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied painting and developed a passion for cooking elaborate meals for her community. She has previously worked at Mission Chinese Food in New York City and Hartwood in Tulum, Mexico, before laying down roots in the Hudson Valley.
Meshell Ndegeocello is a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and just a soul on the planet. She is based in Hudson, New York, where she writes, records, and composes for film and television.
Wheeler graduated from Bard College with a literature degree and was the general manager and wine guy at Lil' Deb's Oasis from 2017 to 2021.
"[T]his joyful collection has personality to spare. The tone is playfully provocative, with loosely organized chapters tagged 'Arousal' and 'Climax'....That said, the authors take their dishes seriously....The result is a cheeky work that’s got as much 'chutzpah' as it does culinary expertise."
– Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
"If you can’t make it to the restaurant, Please Wait to Be Tasted will transport you. Much like the restaurant is more than a restaurant, the cookbook is more than a cookbook. It’s a manifesto on the politics of queer identity and food, layered with meaning and an acknowledgment of intersectionality; food, like identity, is layered, complex and multifaceted.
– The Washington Post
"This cookbook is far more than just a lush and vibrant collection of recipes—it’s a spirited, compassionate invitation to find pleasure in the act of feeding ourselves and our community."
– Mayukh Sen, author, Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America