Pass the Plate


Wildly popular blogger and viral food influencer Carolina Gelen presents 100 crowd-pleasing, never hard, effortlessly delicious recipes for flavorful meals that showcase her carefree style.

Millions of online followers have flocked to Carolina Gelen’s comforting cooking and easy, breezy style that emphasizes big flavor with a light lift. In her debut cookbook, she shares soulful recipes rooted in the resourcefulness of her Romanian upbringing that use affordable, pantry-friendly ingredients.

With 100 simple recipes—almost all brand-new but including some fan favorites—for creative but familiar takes on satisfying comfort foods, Pass the Plate has you covered for any occasion, from easy weeknight meals to spirited gatherings. No matter the mood or skill level, you’ll enjoy irresistible recipes from personality-packed chapters such as:

  • Egg-Stravaganza: One-Pan Zucchini Feta Fried Eggs, Sesame-Crusted Breakfast Quesadilla with Spinach, Dutch Baby Pancake with Yogurt Whipped Cream and Sweet Berries
  • Nosh & Nibble: Smothered Sweet Onion Bread, Butter Pecan Twists, Spicy Charred Red Pepper Yogurt Dip
  • Pick-a-Protein: One-Pan Garlicky Chicken Couscous, Crispy Coconut Chicken Bites with Pineapple-Basil Salsa, Honey Chipotle Salmon Tacos Dorados
  • Pasta-Palooza: Caramelized Lemon Pesto Pasta, Many Mushrooms Lasagna, Brie Mac and Cheese with Crunchy Panko
  • Salad Days: Evergreen Potato Salad, Cucumber Salad with Salted Lemon Yogurt, Heirloom Tomato Salad with Anchovy Panko
  • Veg Out: Butter Beans alla Vodka, One-Pot Baked Risotto Blistered Tomatoes with Burrata, Cozy Veggie Pot Pie
  • Sweets & Treats: Upside-Down Pineapple Coconut Cake, The Very Best Banana Bread, Easy No-Bake Milk Chocolate Pie

With gorgeous photography and heartwarming stories about Carolina’s family, Pass the Plate will bring comfort to your kitchen and have friends and family asking for seconds.