Sweethearts, spouses, and parents Ashley and Gabe Rodriguez found themselves deep into marriage and child-rearing when they realized they were spending most of their evenings staring at their computers. Determined not to let their relationship deteriorate into that of "roommates with children," they institute a weekly date night: they sauté, roast, mix and dice and spend time reconnecting over simple but thoughtful dishes like Crostini with Ricotta, Prosciutto, and Peas, Tomato and Fennel Gazpacho with Dungeness Crab, Fennel-Crusted Lamb Chops, and Dulce de Leche and Nectarine Creamsicles (sometimes even with an expertly chilled cocktail). Just carving out time to talk, cook, and eat together became the marriage-booster they needed, and now with Date Night In she invites you to make date night an integral part of your week and shows you how to woo your partner all over again with food, drink, and conversation.
Packed with tantalizing and delicious recipes, Date Night In is a must-have cookbook for any couple who wants to spice things up with special seasonal meals at home with a table for two.
"[A] new cookbook offers dinners for two, menus that are simple, inventive and easily assembled."
-The New York Times
“I’m totally enamored with this cookbook. It’s divided by season, and within each seasonal chapter there are menus for every sort of event or party that your family might experience during the year. Think: Cinco de Mayo, Beach Picnic, Campfire Cooking, Lunchbox Ideas, Homemade Gifts and so much more. It’s a handy book to have around!”
-Parade’s Community Table
"Every recipe in Date Night In makes me hungry. Potato chips with fennel coriander salt. Thyme and pancetta roasted sweet potatoes. Honey and siracha chicken wings. This is the most flavorful date night food I can imagine. Since I have the good fortune to count Ashley and Gabe as friends, I know that their love for each other is real and their food is unbelievably good. My husband and I have been inspired to start making each other date night dinners and so will you."
-Shauna James Ahern, author of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef
"Ashley has woven her creative and delicious recipes between sweet, honest stories about marriage and family. I will move this cookbook between my bedside and kitchen counter. A cookbook and a love story: this book is truly a treasure."
-Sara Forte, author of The Sprouted Kitchen
"I have long followed Ashley's blog Not Without Salt. There is a nourishing quality to her being, words, and most certainly, food. Date Night In is full of universal tales of love and Ashley's recipes are sure to ignite, and better even, refuel passion. Food of love."
-Aran Goyoaga, author of Small Plates and Sweet Treats
"Rare is the book that not only moves us to cook, but to change our very lives. Date Night In is that book! With honesty, humility, and killer recipes for everything from Roasted Strawberry Jam to Dulce de Leche and Nectarine Creamsicles and the best roasted chicken you'll ever eat (really!), Ashley Rodriguez will inspire you to find the romance in your every day."
-Molly Wizenberg, author of Delancey and A Homemade Life
"Ashley (and Gabe) are as delicious as her recipes. In Date Night In she reminds us that our relationships should be savored, and stirred with love."
-Sherry Yard, pastry chef and author
[D]ecidedly modern cookbook designed for the busy couple brings novel flavors and savvy strategy to the table. Food lovers with young children will be especially familiar with Rodriguez’s dilemma—how to revive date night on a limited budget with even more limited childcare—but her solution will work for any couple that’s eager to express their love through cookery... Rodriguez’s vivid descriptions and candid revelations make for an engrossing read. With clever cocktails (Gordon’s Cup with caraway, sweet plum sangria) and unexpected snatches of poetry in the mix, all that’s left is the candlelight and meaningful glances.
These special-occasion meals offer a mix of sophisticated and comfort foods (e.g., fennel-crusted lamb chops, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches with apple and radicchio slaw) and usually include a cocktail, a starter or snack, a main course, and dessert. VERDICT Rodriguez’s menus and planning tools can help foodie couples easily plan memorable romantic meals.
Rekindle the romance at home with a weekly date night, one on one, over an absolutely delicious meal for two.
Sweethearts, spouses, and parents Ashley and Gabe Rodriguez found themselves deep into marriage and child-rearing when they realized they were missing the connection of their early relationship, and needed to prioritize each other. They instituted a weekly date night at home to sautéroast, mix, dice, and spend time reconnecting over delicious meals like:
- Crostini with Ricotta, Prosciutto, and Peas
- Tomato and Fennel Gazpacho with Dungeness Crab
- Fennel-Crusted Lamb Chops
- Dulce de Leche and Nectarine Creamsicles
Simply carving out time to talk, cook, and eat together can be the relationship-booster you need to keep the spark alive. Just don't forget the cocktail (try a Rhubarb Sour or a Grapefruit 75). Make date night an integral part of your week and woo your partner all over again with food, drink, and sparkling conversation.
Packed with tantalizing and delicious recipes, Date Night In is a must-have cookbook for any couple who wants to spice things up with special seasonal meals at home around a table for two.
Ashley's work has also been featured in several publications such as AllRecipes, Edible Seattle, Food and Wine, Glamour, Martha Stewart Living, the New York Times, and Sunset. Before she began writing, Ashley worked in several professional kitchens including Wolfgang Puck's Spago in Beverly Hills. Now, Ashley teaches in and around Seattle, and in her new storefront, the Not Without Salt Shop.