Chef Akhtar Nawab debuts first cookbook, Good For You: Bold Flavors with Benefits

Chef Akhtar Nawab knows all too well the struggle of preparing clean, satisfying meals that taste as good as they make you feel. After more than two decades working in high-octane kitchens while putting his career before his health, Akhtar realized he needed to make a lifestyle change and began cooking with a greater purpose: to feel better. An Indian chef from Kentucky with renowned restaurants serving Mexican, Italian, and New American cuisine, Akhtar applied his deep knowledge of cross-cultural ingredients and techniques to develop recipes that are both intensely delicious and profoundly

In his debut cookbook, Akhtar offers his trusted repertoire of wholesome recipes, influenced by international flavors and refined by decades of professional training. From basic building blocks and smart, unexpected substitutes—like Vegan Soubise, a creamy sauce made entirely of onions, or vitamin-rich Avocado Aioli—to fresh marinades, sauces, salsas, chutneys and dressings, this book provides easy tools to cook more exciting, nutrient-dense meals on regular basis. Featuring enticing recipes such as Poblano Shakshuka, Fish Tacos with Pistachio Mole, Sweet Potato Falafel Salad, Roast Lamb Shoulder with Olive Veracruzana and Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups with Sea Salt, Good For You packs bold flavor into lean, energizing dishes with mass appeal. Each recipe is appropriately labeled GF (gluten-free), DF (dairy-free), VG (vegetarian), or V (vegan) so that home cooks can easily identify recipes that suit their needs.

With inspiring stories from Akhtar’s personal and professional journey alongside essential pantry staples, indispensable techniques, and vibrant, enticing photography, Good for You is your complete guide to eating well and feeling great.



AKHTAR NAWAB is the award-winning chef and restaurateur behind Michelin Bib Gourmand–awarded Alta Calidad and Alta Calidad Taqueria in New York, Inner Rail Food Hall in Omaha, and Otra Vez in New Orleans. He has been featured as one of StarChefs’ Rising Star chefs and on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Akhtar currently lives in Manhattan with his daughter, Ela.

ANDREA STRONG is a journalist and the author of the celebrated restaurant blog The Strong Buzz and the cookbook Sparks in the Kitchen. She contributes to Food & Wine, Heated, Eater, and has written for the New York Times, Edible, Saveur, and New York Magazine, among others. She is the founder of the NYC Healthy School Food Alliance, an advocacy group working to reform school food across New York City. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.


Akhtar Nawab is one of the best chefs in America. His book is full of insanely delicious and ingenious ways to cook food that makes you feel good. We’re lucky to have it. —DAVID CHANG, chef and founder, Momofuku Akhtar has an uncanny ability to apply his technical skills to a myriad of cuisines—Indian, Mexican, seasonal American—and his food is always addictively delicious AND nourishing. Good for You is a reflection of this inimitable talent: here is a must-have collection of flavorful, healthful recipes that home cooks can make any day of the week. —MARCO CANORA, chef and founder, Hearth, Brodo Broth Company, and Zadie’s Oyster Room

I can’t wait to make all these beautiful dishes! Akhtar can masterfully cook anything. Good for You is a thoughtful collection of modern, delicious recipes full of flavor and punch, born of Akhtar’s vast and varied career. This book teaches us to be good to ourselves while celebrating great ingredients and rich culinary traditions. Keep it close, use it often. —LORETTA KELLER, chef and restaurateur, San Francisco