Australian by birth, Jennifer McLagan is the author of the widely acclaimed books Bones (2005), Fat (2008), Odd Bits (2011), and Bitter (2014). Her books have won numerous awards from the Beard Foundation, IACP and Gourmand International. Fat was named the James Beard Cookbook of the Year. For more information visit


If you love sweet and salty foods, but not bitter ones, you’re missing a treat—they add to the flavor of what’s on our plates, as our two special bitter-embracing recipes show.