From New York Times food editor and former restaurant critic Sam Sifton comes a cookbook to help us rediscover the art of Sunday supper and the joy of gathering. Regular dinners with family and friends, Sifton argues, are a metaphor for connection, a space where memories can be shared as easily as salt or hot sauce, where deliciousness reigns. The point of Sunday supper is to gather around a table with good company and eat.

From years spent talking to restaurant chefs, cookbook authors, and home cooks in connection with Sifton’s daily work at the Times, SEE YOU ON SUNDAY is a book to make those dinners possible. It is a guide to preparing meals for groups larger than the average American family (though everything here can be scaled down, or up). Spanning big meats to big pots, a few words on salad, and even a diatribe on the needless complexity of desserts, SEE YOU ON SUNDAY will be an indispensable addition to any home cook’s library. From how to shuck an oyster to the perfection of Mallomars with flutes of milk, from the joys of grilled eggplant to those of gumbo and bog, the chapters in this book are devoted to the preparation of delicious proteins and grains, vegetables and desserts, taco nights and pizza parties. This is an elegantly written, beautifully illustrated and, most important, exceptionally useful book, from one of the finest food writers working today.

Sam Sifton is the food editor of The New York Times, a food columnist for The New York Times Magazine and the founding editor of NYT Cooking, The Times’s award-winning digital recipe service. Formerly the newspaper’s restaurant critic, national news editor and culture editor, he is also the author of THANKSGIVING: How to Cook It Well. His “What to Cook” newsletter for The Times has an audience of more than 2 million people.