In this charmingly written, beautifully photographed and illustrated cookbook, the chef of Alice Waters's Chez Panisse offers basic techniques and essential recipes that will transform anyone into a confident home cook
When Cal Peternell, the chef at Berkeley's legendary Chez Panisse, was helping his oldest son pack his things for college and beyond, he naturally set him up with the gear for a new kitchen: a nice skillet, a decent knife, a cutting board, and a colander. He also started writing. Just Twelve Recipes at first--reminders of foods they'd cooked together and enough to put together some good meals--but what started as a cookbooklet from a father for his sons has become, luckily for the rest of us, Twelve Recipes a baker's dozen chapters on how to cook and eat well.
Standards--toast, eggs, beans--are renewed with simple elegance and wit. More advanced and adventurous dishes are made accessible. Variations are allowed for and encouraged, rules are well explained and unenforced. Twelve Recipes is a cookbook that will get you into the kitchen and get your friends around the table; an essential and versatile book of recipes, and a book to read with pleasure in and out of the kitchen.
Cal Peternell grew up on a small farm in New Jersey where his family tended vegetable gardens and raised an assortment of livestock. Convivial family dinners were a focal point of every day, when homegrown seasonal produce, eggs, and meats were enjoyed, opinions and stories shared. After graduating with a BFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Cal and his wife, artist Kathleen Henderson, moved to Lucca, Italy, to pursue their art careers. While in Italy, the pervasive culture of food and wine was so seductive that, upon his return to the states, Cal embarked on a cooking career that started at Bix in San Francisco, continued to Biba and The Blue Room in Boston, and came back to San Franciso for a sous chef spot at Loretta Keller's Bizou. Cal was hired at Chez Panisse in 1995, has been a chef in the cafe since 2001, and over as chef of the downstairs restaurant in 2013, a position he holds for six months of the year and shares with another chef. Cal and Kathleen have three sons.
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