Reviews of Gabrielle Hamilton’s bare-bones memoir are splayed across newspapers and magazines, much the way the (reluctant) chef splays her checkered—read: relatable, human—past across the book’s 291 pages. “Triple B”’s best-seller status is no surprise. Not only is the public perpetually hungry for a gritty memoir, but chefs seem to agree that Hamilton hit the tone and spirit of behind-the-burner struggle right on its gnarled head. Emotionally naked, tattooed with kitchen burns and knife scars, Hamilton leaves no stone or past indiscretion unturned on her journey to chefdom. She follows the meandering and unlikely course from a bucolic and bizarre childhood in Eastern Pennsylvania to her first haphazard and short-lived stint in the front of house, and soon after to the kitchen. “And that, just like that, is how a whole life can start,” the Prune chef recalls of her first foray into the back of house. As much storyteller as chef—her other vocational track was writing—Hamilton shares herself with an almost startling openness. What results is not culinary, per se, but a cook’s book and a very human story in the end. Whether or not the public continues to immerse itself in the chef subculture of cuisine, Hamilton succeeds here in proving that a chef isn’t superhuman, subhuman, or even a rock star—even if she can party like one. She’s just a girl who got a job, and kept it.
Whatever Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito did in their former days jobs, it’s clear they’re serious about sweets. And it’s not just because they’re wearing ties and overly serious expressions in the early pages of Baked Explorations, their second literary endeavor under the auspices of Baked. The duo are regular pastry evangelists, traveling the country in search of “pockets of regionalism in an increasingly homogeneous America,” searching for the written history of American baking, whether it’s tucked away in cookbooks, kitchen drawers or any of the small sweet shops scattered across America. Whether they’re unearthing forgotten classics of old like the Whoopie Pies or reconfiguring much-abused classics like the Chiffon Pie or Grasshopper Sundae, their aim with this ample, deliciously photographed cookbook is simple: to (re)introduce the national palate to the tender-crumbed, cream-whipped, chocolate-chipped staples of American dessert. It’s like getting a fresh baked cookie from Grandma, except it’s two grown men with a serious set of sweet teeth. In an age rich with pastry nostalgia, home and professional cooks alike should get, well, Baked.
Adam Perry Lang is a man of passion and detail in all things barbecue. His audience bridges the gap between meat-happy grilling devotees and self-professed foodies looking to grill their latest esoteric protein find. That’s because Lang knows it all—where to get it, how to prep it, and, most importantly, what kind of heat to singe it on. In Serious Barbecue, Lang dealt with more specialized, elaborate barbecue recipes, but BBQ 25 is exactly what the name suggests – the 25 barbecue recipes that are most common to the griller’s repertoire. What Lang does for these tried and true barbecue favorites is infuse them with the kind of “3D flavor” he’s known for. Lang is unapologetically straightforward with his recipes, emphasizing the quality of the product over everything else. (A simple mantra repeated throughout the book: “Butcher over supermarket, local over outsourced, organic over other.”) Useful techniques, rustic, satisfying recipes, and an ultra-straightforward set-up—the book is divided between proteins—not to mention sturdy, sauce and spice-friendly pages, make this the barbecue guide to beat.
Blue Water Café + Raw Bar is a seafood hub nestled in Vancouver, a food-loving waterfront city with a wealth of fresh, local fish to supply the restaurant. By combining Western and Eastern seafood traditions between its restaurant and raw bar, Blue Water allows for the greatest variety of menu options to accommodate the day’s catch. And in their recently published cookbook, chefs Frank Pabst and Yoshihiro Tabo bring these menu options to the page, offering up recipes for over eighty of the restaurant’s dishes. Beyond the standard fish, shellfish, and raw bar sections, the book offers very timely chapter on the “Unsung Heroes” of seafood, those under-explored species of fish who could replace the overfished, underpopulated species on a sustainable restaurant menu. Gorgeous photographs, wine pairing suggestions, and a sophisticated, globe-trotting roster of recipes make this seafood cookbook a serious catch.
Award winning baker and ardent “real bread” advocate Andrew Whitley reissues this revealing indictment of industrial bread production at a time when more and more chefs are returning to house-made, local, and natural culinary practices. For the professional and home cook alike, Whitley demystifies the craft of bread baking, a craft which too many people casually entrust to the nutritionally bereft factory process. The first half of Whitley’s book exposes the unhealthy shortcuts of the efficiency-oriented process of industrial bread-making. Whitley explains how the prevalence of preservative-enhanced, chemically manipulated bread has taken a toll on the human diet. The second half of the book breaks down the process of natural bread baking, i.e. the traditional method that uses wild and cultivated yeasts, whole grains, natural and organic flours and generally unadulterated ingredients. Whitley invites his reader to take ownership of the bread he or she consumes from start to finish. All the while he makes the seemingly specialized world of bread not only accessible but native to preparation by the individual. Whether you bake or not, Whitley’s book will at least give you pause the next time you think to outsource your bread-baking to a factory.
In Bacon: A Love Story, popular bacon blogger Heather Lauer elaborates, pontificates, and explicates the story (and glory) of her beloved “meat candy,” bacon. Oft taken for granted by home cooks as a breakfast side or, at best, the flourish on top of a classic meatloaf, bacon here takes center stage as the source of sophisticated culinary joy. With infectious enthusiasm, Lauer introduces her reader to a deeper level of bacon-savvy than anyone outside the cured-meat industry would normally possess. Providing as much background on bacon as possible, from its production to its consumption, Lauer gives this once banished meat a much-needed publicity makeover. In these days of farm-friendly, sustainable agriculture, this one-stop resource on how best to source and enjoy this once-maligned meat is a timely, tasty arrival.
Bamforth traces the history of beer from ancient Babylon some 8,000 years ago to today's brewing science, recounting important brewing milestones along the way. This new edition contains expansive coverage of global beer styles throughout the world, the sensory character of beef flavor, and the development of the global beer industry.
With three Burger Bar restaurants nationwide, James Beard Award winner Hubert Keller presents some of his best kept secrets on how to transform the humble burger into truly extraordinary cuisine. Tapping into America’s recent obsession with high quality renditions of its favorite carnivore comfort food, Keller arrives on the scene with this gorgeously illustrated cookbook, complete with burger fundamentals (selecting and, where applicable, grinding your own meat) as well as more innovative, sophisticated burger options. With basic tips (e.g. “Never press down the patties.”) and careful leaps from tradition (e.g. “Roasted Squash Quinoa Burger”), Chef Keller provides burger options for a wide audience, sure to satisfy all palates and reincarnate the American burger as a finer, juicier, more succulent version of its current commercialized incarnation.
Magnificent classic French brasserie recipes from one of the most celebrated restaurants in the country. The Balthazar Cookbook is already creating a buzz among food lovers and critics as the first major French cookbook since Patricia Wells's Paris Cookbook. Started by Keith McNally in 1997, Balthazar quickly became a New York hot spot, famed for its star-studded clientele, its lively, friendly atmosphere, and its superbly prepared versions of the "comfort" foods served up in Parisian brasseries. Beautifully designed and enhanced with glorious full-color and black-and-white photographs, The Balthazar Cookbook captures the restaurant's incomparable style and offers more than 100 recipes from its signature dishes.
With seven outposts and counting in his BLT line, it was only a matter of time before Tourondel (Go Fish: Fresh Ideas for American Seafood) wrote a cookbook to codify his credo of American-style French bistro cooking. Many of the dishes come from Tourondel's restaurant menus, but he makes them accessible to the home cook with unintimidating preparations that showcase the quality and flavors of choice ingredients. The opening chapter discusses choosing and preparing different fish and cuts of meat, while brief introductions to each recipe contribute to the pleasantly informal feeling. The cuisine is well-traveled, including Asian salads, a quintessentially American creamy corn soup, Roman-style gnocchi and a hearty, spicy Chicken-Chorizo Basquaise. BLT patrons will be eager to try menu favorites like Giant Cheese Popovers, Marinated Kobe Skirt Steak and Peanut Butter-Chocolate Parfait. Tourondel includes comments on easily substituted ingredients and wine or beer pairings. Both novices and experienced cooks will welcome this comprehensive education in Tourondel's signature style.
Author and world-renowned chef Paul Bocuse has chosen only simple, classic French recipes that are easy to follow and prepare. According to the chef, "Simple fare is, in my opinion, the best-the kind that I love to prepare at home for my family and my friends," and Bocuse in Your Kitchen teaches even the most inexperienced of cooks how to share his flair for good food. The book is divided into 15 chapters by type of dish; from soups to meats, vegetables, and desserts, each of the 220 recipes is explained step-by-step. Bocuse's carefully chosen dishes-from beef bourguignon, blanquette de veau, and potato-leek soup; olive tapenade and old-style mustard sauce; to rhubarb jam, pears in wine sauce, and tarte Tatin-highlight the flavor of each ingredient, resulting in food that maintains its freshness and integrity. Bocuse in Your Kitchen includes 60 illustrative photos that serve to inspire, as well as a glossary of culinary terms and techniques.
With Bite Size, legendary Pastry Chef François Payard shows home cooks how to prepare simple, sensational appetizers that will leave guests impressed and hosts with energy to spare. It’s no surprise—Payard knows how to throw a good party. In addition to his late, but renowned, New York restaurant Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro (still very much alive in Vegas) Payard ran upscale catering company, Tastings. And now Payard presents a collection of his favorite recipes made easy for everyday cooks. Along with chapters on meat, fish, vegetable, and cheese hors d'oeuvres, Payard includes a wealth of helpful hosting tips, hints, and serving suggestions—try serving soup in shot glasses, for example. The innovative recipes use simple, easy-to-find ingredients for spectacular results such as Prosciutto-Wrapped Gnocchi, Sweet Corn Madeleines with Caviar and Crème Fraîche, and Crab and Mango Salad in Apple Cups. Each recipe is accompanied by a lush, full-color photograph to whet the appetite.
Daniel Boulud's BRAISE is the superstar chef's guide to braising. Featuring braising recipes from around the world, this book will become an instant classic and the definitive cookbook on the technique, bringing one pot meals to a whole new level. BRAISE is Daniel Boulud's definitive cookbook on the time–honored cooking technique of braising. Braising is "moist heat" cooking, where a small amount of liquid is cooked along with the food in a closed container over long periods of time. Featuring dishes from Thailand, Italy, Mexico, Turkey, Lebanon, France, Russia, China and many other places, BRAISE is a comprehensive guide to braising. With simple recipes for all kinds of braises –– from meat to fish to vegetables –– the book is sure to please cooks of every skill level. Whether you're interested in the ordinary (Pot Roast) or the exotic (Quiabebe from Brazil), Boulud's expert guidance and easy to follow recipes bring the world of braise to your fingertips with welcome simplicity and intense flavour.
Acclaimed chef, baker and teacher Bev Shaffer is also an avid brownie lover and in her Complete Guide for Brownie Lovers she provides a gigantic compendium of all things brownie. After a brief history of brownies, Shaffer divides her chapters by brownie type (e.g. “Classic Brownies: New and Old Favorites,” “Just a Little Fruity,” “White Chocolate Versions”) and ends with chapters on pairings, toppings, ingredient preferences, and sourcing information. The book is extremely user friendly and offers recipes that span the gamut from chewy banana brownies to a sophisticated but chipotle-flecked fudge brownie. Whether the reader wants to elevate a traditional brownie with upscale presentation or find the perfect ingredient to add an extra layer of texture, richness, or spice to a favorite recipe, Shaffer has the brownie recipe to match.
Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery, leads readers through the amazing range of flavors displayed by the dozens of distinct styles of beer from around the world. Most importantly, he shows how beer, which is far more versatile than wine, intensifies flavors when it is appropriately paired with foods, to create dining experiences most people have never imagined.
In more than 300 recipes, Cheryl and Bill Jamison reveal the tremendous variety of terrific flavors that can come from the primal encounter of food and flame. The Jamison's open up a road map that will guide the griller beyond steaks, burgers, and hot dogs, but they invite us in chapters called "Serious Steaks" and "Hot Burgers and Haute Dogs", to delay our departure and explore the depths of those timeless favorites. Out on the horizon, Born to Grill uncovers alluring new terrain. Salads, pastas, and soups infused with the smoky taste of flame-kissed ingredients; splendid pizzas and tortilla dishes prepared on the grill; vegetables, juicy and crisp, in main dishes and sides; fruits and desserts for a finger-lickin' finish- all these and more make the griller's domain bigger and more delectable than it's ever been.
From fast-food beginnings at diners and drive-ins, where they were served with the mandatory fries and shake, hamburgers have risen to the ranks of haute cuisine, and now appear on the menus of the poshest dining rooms stuffed with foie gras and black truffles. With recipes for burgers made from veal, lamb, pork, poultry, fish, vegetables, and, of course, beef, Burgers Every Way celebrates the iconic sandwich in all its ground-up, char-grilled glory.
2004 IACP Cookbook of the Year; 2004 IACP Award Winner for Single Subject Category; The time when home bakers had only one choice of baking chocolate is long passed. Today, we have an entire new generation of chocolates to choose from: chocolates with less sugar, more cocoa bean solids, and definitely more flavor. These "new chocolates"--called percentage chocolates--beg for the creation of new recipes and a fresh take on the classics. With Bittersweet, the "First Lady of Chocolate" gives the new-generation chocolates and chocolate nibs--the ground-up roasted hulls of cocoa beans that are the new chocolate chip--a starring role.
With more and more chefs achieving celebrity status, interest in the exciting world of today’s leading chefs is higher than ever. Essential reading for anyone who loves food, Becoming a Chef gives an entertaining and informative insider’s look at this dynamic profession, going behind the scenes to look into some of the most celebrated restaurant kitchens across the nation. More than 60 leading chefs--including some of the newest up-and-coming--discuss the inspiration, effort, and quirks of fate that turned would-be painters, anthropologists, and football players into culinary artists.
2004 IACP Award Winner for Chefs and Restaurants Category; Bistro cooking--bold and full-flavored--is more like the best home cooking than restaurant fare, featuring slow-cooked stews, exquisitely roasted chickens, perfectly seared steaks, vibrant salads, fresh fruit tarts, and comforting custards. Now Gordon Hamersley of acclaimed Hamersley’s Bistro in Boston helps home cooks bring these classic dishes into their own kitchens.
Internationally bestselling author Robert Parker, the world's foremost authority on wine, returns with the avidly awaited fourth edition of his landmark book on the wines of Bordeaux.
This is the cookbook for working people looking for a lunchtime alternative to the snack machine or the fast food down the street. These are interesting and satisfying recipes for good lunches that promote afternoon energy and won't put on unwanted pounds. More than 100 great choices for healthy lunches in today's fast-paced work environment.
The best crowd-pleasing recipes from widely acclaimed country inns and bed & breakfasts in the United States are collected in this unique cookbook and travel guide. More than 340 inns and 1,500 recipes are collected here, some from the finest chefs in America, while others represent the best in mouth-watering homestyle cooking.
2004 James Beard Award Nominee for Baking; 2004 IACP Award Nominee for Bread, Other Baking and Sweets Category; The Bread Bible gives bread bakers 150 of the meticulous, foolproof recipes that are Rose Levy Beranbaum's trademark. Her knowledge of the chemistry of baking, the accessibility of her recipes, and the incomparable taste of her creations make this book invaluable for home cooks and professional bakers alike.
For Bonnie Stern, good food is an essential element in turning a house into a home. With this lavish new cookbook, Bonnie invites us into her kitchen as she prepares food for the people she loves. Bonnie Stern’s Essentials of Home Cooking is filled with Bonnie’s personal favourites -- dishes that reflect the way we are cooking now.
Taking as his starting point 1796, the year the first American cookbook was published, Greg Patent, an accomplished baker, has mined sources from across the country for exemplary baking recipes by and for home cooks. Perusing old cookbooks, journals, and handwritten diaries from libraries and private archives, he has skillfully recreated treasured recipes or used them as inspiration for his own thoroughly up-to-date creations.
The latest in the best-selling Big Book series, The Big Book of Breakfasts starts the day right with over 280 recipes for every kind of breakfast food imaginable. It’s classic Maryana Vollstedt: every delicious dish is so easy to make you can hit the snooze button again and again.
Ina Garten knows that the best meals are those where friends are so comfortable they feel like family--and family members feel so much more special. With that in mind, she has assembled yet another outstanding collection of beloved recipes that are easy to make and will delight everyone. With wonderful photos of Ina cooking in her home, as well as helpful menu suggestions and practical shopping tips, the volume is today's must-have guide to making everyday meals elegantly simple, and entertaining as warm and inviting as a family meal.
From starters to puddings, a delicious selection of recipes using the best of Irish ingredients is presented in this cookbook of traditional Irish cooking. The recipes are practical, easy, and quick to prepare. The recipes use the best, most loved Irish food ingredients, such as succulent salmon, nutty brown flour, and creamy cheeses. The recipes are accompanied by drawings and fascinating stories of Irish folklore and legends.
In the growing Mario Batali restaurant empire, Babbo remains the jewel in the crown and one of the hottest reservations in town. Here, the Babbo experience is re-created. In addition to the abundant recipes, there are seasonal menus and sidebars that illuminate the small details setting Babbo apart, from the way they prime the wine glasses to the fresh, local ingredients that are the basis of the restaurant's unforgettable dishes.
James Villas stumbled into his forty year long career while escaping from the rain. Interested in food, but not as a career, he ducked into the Hôtel de la Côte d’Or during the reign of celebrated chef Alexandre Dumaine. Dumaine took Villas under his wing, for a moment. In Between Bites, Villas recounts his lifelong journey through the culinary world. He examines the importance of meeting and befriending culinary greats such as Alexandre Dumaine, Craig Claiborne, Paul Bocuse, Paula Wolfert, and many more. Villas exposes little known aspects of people in the food industry that everyone thought they knew. His telling of MFK Fisher’s personal instruction on the correct way to vomit is particularly juicy, as are his questionable activities with James Beard in bars in Midtown Manhattan. Villas’ odyssey would be incomplete without the recipes from critical moments of his life. From Coq au Vin with chicken’s blood to his mother’s strawberry preserves, each recipe is simple and produces stellar results. Read this book and experience the culinary revolution witnessed over the past forty years through James Villas’ eyes.
Jay McInerney's wine column for Conde Nast House & Garden is widely read for his acerbic wit, irreverent tone, and bountiful hilarious anecdotes. He writes with flair and brutal honesty as he discusses the grapes, vintages, regions, myths, and personalities that inhabit the wine world. He peppers his down-to-earth advice with vivid description and hilarious asides.
2003 IACP Award Winner - Bread and Baking Category; Flavor is the very essence of fine baking, the source of wonderful tastes and aromas that tempt the palate and delight the senses. In this volume, Lisa Yockelson shares flavor-boosting secrets that can make virtually any recipe burst with new vigor and freshness. This book reveals concepts and techniques for using eighteen basic ingredients--including chocolate, vanilla, apricot, and lemon--to "pyramid" flavor, layer by delicious layer.
America's most esteemed culinary instructor, James Beard, shares his winning ways with chicken, turkey, goose, duck and wild game. An essential for home cooks of all levels, this classic guide, part of the James Beard Library of Great American Cooking, contains tips, preparation and cooking techniques for a delicious variety of poultry and game birds, from basic roasts to unique and challenging dishes for those with more experience in the kitchen. James Beard's recipes are elegant, simple and timeless; sure to resonate with a whole new generation of cooks.
In this stunning book, Ina celebrates a relaxed and innovative style of entertaining that is as much of a joy for the host and hostess as it is for the guests. Arranged by season, Ina's 16 parties are more about assembling food than about cooking for hours.
This beautifully illustrated, ultrasophisticated cookbook is also accessible and user-friendly. Before the baking even begins, Silverton carefully and lovingly explains the wonder of bread alchemy: how to grow a yeasted starter (the secret of truly great bread), and how that starter interacts with a bread's other elements to bring about a firm yet light inside and a crispy, crusty outside. Then come the recipes which range from the whimsical (Raisin Brioche, Red Pepper Scallion Bread, and Fig-Anise Bread) to the practical (Baguettes, Bagles and Hamburger Buns) to the sublime (Pumpkin Bread, Mushroom Bread, and, perhaps best of all, Chocolate-Sour Cherry Bread.
Perhaps one of the best-known purveyors and practitioners of everything sausage, Bruce Aidells brings his intimate knowledge of the world of cased and seasoned meats to the home cook. From the introduction on, Aidell’s sausage-philosophy bases itself in the myriad ethnic cuisines transplanted to modern America. With the historic influx of cultures and culinary traditions, the variety and availability of quality sausage has only expanded. Aidell provides the finishing touch, bringing sausage-making techniques, with casing, grinding, and seasoning options, to the home kitchen. The second half of the book is entirely devoted to recipes with sausage, where homemade sausage can go on a test run in any number of well-crafted, regional recipes.
Ballymaloe Seasons offfers more than 125 recipes for classic Irish dishes that reflect the fertility and diversity of Ballymaloe's gardens. Ballymaloe Seasons focuses on creative new ways to prepare and present meals, while inspiring readers to grow, harvest, and delight in good produce.
A star chef turns his formidable culinary talents to a new collection of dishes that are all family-sized, use easy-to-find ingredients, feature easy-to-follow directions, and provide information on cooking in advance. 45 color illustrations. 30 photos.
The star of two cooking shows on the Television Food Network presents more than 125 recipes for mouthwatering meat, poultry, and fish dishes, as well as soups and salads that can be prepared partially or completely on the grill.
Fun and easy to prepare, bocaditos are flavorful small dishes enjoyed as snacks or appetizers, or served together as tapas to make a festive meal or party buffet. This collection features 40 authentic recipes for tasty dishes and accompaniments that are certain to add a lively Mexican accent to any table.
A respected New York chef, noted for his new American cuisine blending spicy seasonings, grilled foods, and unique combinations, offers more than two hundred inventive and easy-to-follow recipes, accompanied by colorful photographs.
More than 240 original and innovative recipes--simple to prepare, healthful, bursting with flavor--are derived from the cuisines of hot-weather places and range from unusual spice-and-seafood combinations to complexly flavored dishes.
It is never too early--or too late--to start eating well. New data is showing that the right foods can help bolster the body's defenses against cancer, even for babies in utero. Here you can find the recipes that blend in best with your lifestyle, whether you are a vegetarian, a beginner, or an accomplished cook, a family of one or many.
His first cookbook, Bradley Ogden's Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, published by Random House in 1991 won the prestigious International Association of Culinary Professionals Award.
Here is the best of contemporary American cooking, from the best of contemporary American cooks, in an original, inviting collection that's become a culinary classic.