Open Wide

A Cookbook for Friends

by benny blanco, Jess Damuck

On Sale: 04/30/2024

Open Wide

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Open Wide

A Cookbook for Friends

by benny blanco, Jess Damuck

On Sale: 04/30/2024


About the Book


The debut cookbook from benny blanco—pop music super-producer, artist, actor on FXX’s Dave, and consummate food freak—teaches you everything you need to know about cooking, enjoying life, and throwing the greatest dinner party of all time.

Hi, I’m benny blanco. I’m in a television show with my best friend Dave and I probably produced most of the songs you have heard on the radio from 2008 until now. When I was thirteen, my friend got a George Foreman Grill and it changed my life forever. We would invite friends over, get stoned, and make the most elaborate sandwiches our prepubescent minds could fathom. I became obsessed with food and cooking for friends. 

I know what you are going to say, and I get it. Cooking is scary. But I promise you, once you get into it, it will be your new addiction. Slicing an onion is like taking a Xanax to me. I made this cookbook to teach you everything I know about food, cooking, and throwing the greatest dinner party of all time. There are the basics to get your kitchen ready, a little advice from my expert friends, then all of the dinner party menus I love to make, like: 

  • 5 Dishes to Get You Laid and One for the Morning After
  • I Wish I Were an Italian Grandma
  • Take Me to the Cheesy Rodeo
  • F*ck Morton’s Steakhouse 

Which are filled with insane recipes like: 

  • Lose Your Mind Lobster Rolls
  • “I Might Go Vegetarian” Veggie Sandwich
  • Chicken Cutlets with Honey, Peppers, and Parm
  • “I Hope We Didn’t Make a Baby” Breakfast Burrito. 

I’ve been told some of the finest stories over meals. I’ve laughed so hard I thought I was going to actually die. I’ve fallen in love—sometimes with the food, sometimes with the person across the table. I’ve cried in good ways, and I’ve cried in bad ways. I hope you’ve been lucky enough to have all these same memories and then some. But if you haven’t, I can make you a promise. If you follow these three simple steps, it will all become a reality: Open this book. Open your heart. And open wide, baby.

Critical Praise

"Entertaining and unpretentious." — The Cut

"I love this book so much." — Drew Barrymore, The Drew Barrymore Show

"This is the best will inspire you." — TODAY with Hoda & Jenna

"An entertaining book...a guide to wining and dining...I love the book." — Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show

"Highly anticipated...It’s not just a collection of recipes, it’s also a manual for throwing a great party — a topic that benny takes very seriously." — Sporkful

"[OPEN WIDE] is full of innovative recipes that are intended to be shared amongst groups." — Tasting Table

"Many chefs have been called rock stars of the culinary scene, from Anthony Bourdain to Keith Floyd, and benny blanco seems next in line for the distinction. . . . His knack for churning out hits in the studio is undeniable, but this talented Virginia native is also renowned for his work in another area: The kitchen. . . . Whether you thrive on compliments from dinner party guests or simply crave the perfect late-night munchies, [OPEN WIDE’s] recipes were created with you in mind." — Mashed

"While Blanco's creativity in the kitchen has been on full display in the past on cooking shows like Eat Out America, his new book should offer fans (and especially friends) some culinary fun in the written word this time around." — PEOPLE

“benny is the best cook I’ve ever met. His food tastes like true love.” — Matty Matheson, star on FX's "The Bear" and author of Home Style Cookery

“benny is the real deal in the kitchen. Prepare to love this cookbook. These are the recipes you want when you’re hosting friends or looking to have fun again with your cooking. Each dish is full of yumminess and is beyond creative.” — Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest

“This book is a perfect example of benny’s passionate energy bleeding into maybe the best place it could have gone—incredible food that will have you impressed with yourself for making it.” — Joshua Weissman, author of Texture Over Taste

“Just what the world needs: another celebrity publishing a cookbook. In all seriousness, though, what a beautiful book. I know what benny truly dreams of becoming is a top chef. With Open Wide, he’s stepping into our world.” — René Redzepi, chef and co-owner of Noma

“Who knew this guy could bring as much fire to the kitchen as he does to the studio? Trust me, this cookbook is the next big hit.” — David Chang, founder of the Momofuku restaurant group


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063315938
  • ISBN 10: 0063315939
  • Imprint: Dey Street Books
  • On Sale: 04/30/2024
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price:43.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : COOKING / Media Tie-In
  • BISAC2 : COOKING / Methods / Quick & Easy
  • BISAC3 : COOKING / Comfort Food
  • BISAC4 : COOKING / Courses & Dishes / General
  • BISAC5 : COOKING / Entertaining
  • BISAC6 : COOKING / Essays & Narratives
  • BISAC7 : COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / American / General

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