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Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook: A Cookbook (udgave 2013)

af Alex Guarnaschelli (Forfatter)

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"How does one become an Iron Chef and a Chopped judge on Food Network--and what does she really cook at home? Alex Guarnaschelli grew up in a home suffused with a love of cooking, where souffles and cheeseburgers were equally revered. The daughter of a respected cookbook editor and a Chinese cooking enthusiast, Alex developed a passion for food at a young age, sealing her professional fate. Old-School Comfort Food shares her journey from waist-high taste-tester to trained chef who now adores spending time in the kitchen with her daughter, along with the 100 recipes for how she learned to cook--and the way she still loves to eat. Here are Alex's secrets to great home cooking, where humble ingredients and familiar preparations combine with excellent technique and care to create memorable meals. Alex brings her recipes to life with reminiscences of everything from stealing tomatoes from her aunt's garden and her first bite of her mother's pte to being one of the few women in the kitchen of a renowned Parisian restaurant and serving celebrity clientele in her own successful New York City establishments. With 75 color photographs and ephemera, Old-School Comfort Food is Alex's love letter to deliciousness"-- "The chef of the celebrity-filled restaurants Butter and The Darby in Manhattan, Alex earned her chops by cooking in some of the world's finest French restaurants, including the Michelin three-starred Guy Savoy in Paris and Daniel Boulud's flagship restaurant in New York City. But before she was any of these things, she was the daughter of the legendary cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli. Alex grew up devouring cookbooks and recipes the way other young girls read Nancy Drew novels. All of this makes OLD-SCHOOL COMFORT FOOD, the result of a lifelong love affair with food, her most precious project to date. Here are the recipes that taught Alex to cook, that piqued her in interest in food, and that continue to inspire her cooking today, both on and off camera. The dishes Alex returns to again and again have all the hallmarks of superb home cooking: they marry humble ingredients and familiar family-style preparations with techniques garnered from her remarkable culinary pedigree. Each page is infused with her fierce passion and knowledge, all conveyed in her deeply personal and engaging writing. This is a chef's cookbook that reads like a memoir, with 75 photos and 125 recipes home cooks will actually make and adore"--… (mere)
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Titel:Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook: A Cookbook
Forfattere:Alex Guarnaschelli (Forfatter)
Info:Clarkson Potter (2013), Edition: 3.10.2013, 304 pages
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More entertaining than useful, though I'm not the best judge of the utility of recipes (given that I spend more time watching shows about chefs than actually cooking). I do agree that many of the suggestions rely upon a good deal of butter and other less than healthy ingredients -- to be expected, maybe, because Guarnaschelli is all about taste and flavor. I also occasionally didn't understand some of the instructions, such as the one to start your water boiling and then add salt until it tastes like mild seawater. I do like that her personality (funny and passionate, especially when it comes to food) shines through in the anecdotes about her culinary background and her experiences working for the likes of Guy Savoy and Daniel Boulud. ( )
  bostonian71 | Oct 13, 2013 |
Are there words more likely to awaken nostalgia than 'comfort food'? Alex Guarnaschelli of Food Network fame tackles both nostalgia and comfort food recipes in her semi-memoir 'Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook.'

And in this instance the emphasis is on 'old-school.' The recipes that Guarnaschelli provides, although easy to follow and often simple to prepare, aren't dishes that usually come to mind when I think 'comfort' food. Her rich culinary heritage comes to the fore as she recounts life with two foodie parents and a culinary career that began at the lower rungs of the kitchen ladder and continues to expand.

Most of those browsing 'Old-School Comfort Food' have no doubt that Guarnaschelli can cook and that she has an engaging on-air personality. So it's interesting to learn how a top chef works her way through the highly competitive world of food. The personal essays are a pleasant introduction to each recipe - they're just long enough to be intriguing and short enough to be charming.

But the question at issue for many potential purchasers is will this book be useful in my kitchen? And unfortunately for me, the answer is not as much as I'd hoped. Like it or not, calories do count, and many of these recipes are highly caloric. But that's one of the appeals of comfort foods, isn't it? Nevertheless, don't plan to cook many of these most intriguing recipes unless there's someone in your life that can add mayo, sour cream, blue cheese, and bacon to 'Chilled Iceberg Wedge with Blue Cheese and Leeks.'
Or who can scoff up the delectable 'Evil Cheese Biscuits' made with provolone and cheddar cheeses and heavy cream. Both recipes are excellent and easy to replicate in the home kitchen. And it's up to the each cook to decide for herself how many laps equal one serving since no calorie counts are given. To those who can cook and eat without the dreaded calorie count; enjoy!

The chef plays fair - she promised 'old school comfort' food and shared memories of a life with food and that's what she provides. But potential buyers may want to browse through the contents to see if these are recipes they can use. Others who want to learn a bit more about the pleasant Iron Chef will surely enjoy her offering.

(A review copy was provided by the publisher.) ( )
  dianaleez | May 8, 2013 |
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"How does one become an Iron Chef and a Chopped judge on Food Network--and what does she really cook at home? Alex Guarnaschelli grew up in a home suffused with a love of cooking, where souffles and cheeseburgers were equally revered. The daughter of a respected cookbook editor and a Chinese cooking enthusiast, Alex developed a passion for food at a young age, sealing her professional fate. Old-School Comfort Food shares her journey from waist-high taste-tester to trained chef who now adores spending time in the kitchen with her daughter, along with the 100 recipes for how she learned to cook--and the way she still loves to eat. Here are Alex's secrets to great home cooking, where humble ingredients and familiar preparations combine with excellent technique and care to create memorable meals. Alex brings her recipes to life with reminiscences of everything from stealing tomatoes from her aunt's garden and her first bite of her mother's pte to being one of the few women in the kitchen of a renowned Parisian restaurant and serving celebrity clientele in her own successful New York City establishments. With 75 color photographs and ephemera, Old-School Comfort Food is Alex's love letter to deliciousness"-- "The chef of the celebrity-filled restaurants Butter and The Darby in Manhattan, Alex earned her chops by cooking in some of the world's finest French restaurants, including the Michelin three-starred Guy Savoy in Paris and Daniel Boulud's flagship restaurant in New York City. But before she was any of these things, she was the daughter of the legendary cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli. Alex grew up devouring cookbooks and recipes the way other young girls read Nancy Drew novels. All of this makes OLD-SCHOOL COMFORT FOOD, the result of a lifelong love affair with food, her most precious project to date. Here are the recipes that taught Alex to cook, that piqued her in interest in food, and that continue to inspire her cooking today, both on and off camera. The dishes Alex returns to again and again have all the hallmarks of superb home cooking: they marry humble ingredients and familiar family-style preparations with techniques garnered from her remarkable culinary pedigree. Each page is infused with her fierce passion and knowledge, all conveyed in her deeply personal and engaging writing. This is a chef's cookbook that reads like a memoir, with 75 photos and 125 recipes home cooks will actually make and adore"--

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