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Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook: Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking
Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook
Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking
Hardcover      ISBN: 158234180x

Bestselling author, TV host, and chef Anthony Bourdain reveals the hearty, delicious recipes of Les Halles, the classic New York City French bistro where he got his start.

Before stunning the world with his bestselling Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain, host of the celebrated TV shows Parts Unknown and No Reservations, spent years serving some of the best French brasserie food in New York. With its no-nonsense, down-to-earth atmosphere, Les Halles matched Bourdain's style perfectly: a restaurant where you can dress down, talk loudly, drink a little too much wine, and have a good time with friends. Now, Bourdain brings you his Les Halles Cookbook, a cookbook like no other: candid, funny, audacious, full of his signature charm and bravado.

Bourdain teaches you everything you need to know to prepare classic French bistro fare. While you're being guided, in simple steps, through recipes like roasted veal short ribs and steak frites, escargots aux noix and foie gras au pruneaux, you'll feel like he's in the kitchen beside you-reeling off a few insults when you've scorched the sauce, and then patting you on the back for finally getting the steak tartare right.

As practical as it is entertaining, Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook is a can't-miss treat for cookbook lovers, aspiring chefs, and Bourdain fans everywhere.

A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines
A Cook's Tour
Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines
Paperback      ISBN: 0060012781

From the star of No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain's New York Times-bestselling chronicle of travelling the world in search the globe's greatest cuilnary adventures

The only thing "gonzo gastronome" and internationally bestselling author Anthony Bourdain loves as much as cooking is traveling. Inspired by the question, "What would be the perfect meal?," Tony sets out on a quest for his culinary holy grail, and in the process turns the notion of "perfection" inside out. From California to Cambodia, A Cooks' Tour chronicles the unpredictable adventures of America's boldest and bravest chef.

Fans of Bourdain will find much to love in revisting this classic culinary and travel memoir.

How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food
How to Cook Everything
Simple Recipes for Great Food
Hardcover      ISBN: 0028610105

Mark Bittman shows you how to prepare great food for all occasions using simple techniques, fresh ingredients, and basic kitchen equipment.

The Thrill of the Grill: Techniques, Recipes, & Down-Home Barbecue
The Thrill of the Grill
Techniques, Recipes, & Down-Home Barbecue
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0688088325

Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby bring a unique blend of exotic spices, American favorites, humor, and infectious enthusiasm that will put the thrill in your grill and have you coming back for seconds.

Among this book's unique features: Sound advice on which grills and fuels to use, how to lay your fire, and how to know just when the fire is at the right temperature. Descriptions of the few cooking tools you need for carefree grilling, with instructions on how to use them. A chapter elucidating the fine art of grilling, with tips on how to get the best, most flavorful results. A chapter of innovative, full-flavored grill appetizers, eminently suitable for combining into a full meal. A one-of-a-kind section on the art of barbecuing (smoke cooking), including all-new information on regional variations, barbecue terminology, and a guide to the colorful rhetoric that is an indispensable part of this cooking style. An original chapter called "Sambals, Blatjangs, and Salsas," or the "sauces" of grilled foods, easily put together with raw ingredients. Recipes for exotic beverages that are just the thing to wash down a spicy meal.Simple down-home desserts, perfect after grilled foods. 32 pages of four-color photographs of the recipes in the book. A pantry section that provides you with techniques for creating recipe ingredients such as braised garlic and roasted peppers; tells you what prepared ingredients you should have on hand; and describes the variety of chile peppers and exotic fruits and vegetables used in the book.

Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great-Tasting Beer
Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide
Everything You Need to Know to Make Great-Tasting Beer
Paperback      ISBN: 0882669052

In this comprehensive guide to homebrewing, Dave Miller offers expert advice on the entire brewing process. With up-to-date techniques, simple definitions for unfamiliar terminology, and helpful diagrams demonstrating proper equipment layouts and methods, Miller includes everything you need to know to brew great-tasting beer at home. Clear enough for the novice, yet thorough enough to earn a home in the libraries of accomplished brewmasters, Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide is packed with useful information that will inspire you to take your beer to the next level.

Fruit-Sweet and Sugar-Free: Prize-Winning Pies, Cakes, Pastries, Muffins, and Breads from the Ranch Kitchen Bakery
Fruit-Sweet and Sugar-Free
Prize-Winning Pies, Cakes, Pastries, Muffins, and Breads from the Ranch Kitchen Bakery
Paperback      ISBN: 0892814497

A professional pastry chef for twenty years, Janice Feuer has translated delicious, traditional American and French bakery and sweet favorites into healthier, sugar-free alternatives while maintaining the excellent taste, lightness, texture, and appearance one would expect in fine baked goods.
Everyday favorites to celebration specialties are included, from the classic American Beauty Apple Pie, Cranapplenut Muffins, and Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread to the rich, tempting Black Forest Torte, Stawberry Custard Cake, and Raspberry Cream Roll.

The author provides over 150 recipes for pies, cakes, muffins, breads, and pastries, sweetened only with natural, nationally-available fruit sweetener and prepared using unbleached whole wheat or rice flour and fresh fruits, berries, and nuts.

Many of the recipes have nondairy options and are low in cholesterol.

Clear directions explain the tips and techniques of professional chefs to guide both the novice and the serious cook to successful results guaranteed to please both the sweet-tooth and healthy conscience in us all
Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: A Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up
Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes
A Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up
Hardcover      ISBN: 1883672066
Celebrating 25 years of vegetarian recipes and called the gold standard for chidren's cookbooks by the New York Times, Pretend Soup, by celebrated Moosewood chef Mollie Katzen, offers children and families easy recipes for healthy, fun, and delicious food.

Mollie Katzen, renowned author of The Moosewood Cookbook, and educator Ann Henderson bring the grown-up world of real cooking to a child's level. Children as young as three years old and as old as eight become head chef while an adult serves as guide and helper. Extensively classroom- and home-tested, these recipes are designed to inspire an early appreciation for creative, wholesome food. Whimsical watercolor critters and pictorial versions of each recipe will help the young cook understand and delight in the process. Just consider all that can be explored in the kitchen: counting, reading readiness, science awareness, self-confidence, patience, and, importantly, food literacy. Pizza, after all, does not come "from a telephone."

You and your child can have great fun finding this out
Belgian Ale
Belgian Ale
Paperback      ISBN: 0937381314

Pierre Rajotte travelled the world in search of the ultimate brew and found that Belgian ale is, in his opinion, the pinnacle of brewing. This book demonstrates the importance of sugar, top-fermenting yeasts, and Belgian hops, to this intrinsic, traditional ale.

The Spice of Vegetarian Cooking: Ethnic Recipes from India, China, Mexico, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Europe
The Spice of Vegetarian Cooking
Ethnic Recipes from India, China, Mexico, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Europe
Paperback      ISBN: 0892813997

Martha Rose Shulman--former food editor with Cosmopolitan and winner of the Tastemaker Award--brings her expertise to this inspired selection of vegetarian recipes from India, China, Mexico, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Each dish is characterized by its unique combination of spices--the ingredients that have for centuries given ethnic food its distinctive allure.

LA Varenne Pratique: The Complete Illustrated Cooking Course : Techniques, Ingredients, and Tools of Classic Modern Cuisine
LA Varenne Pratique
The Complete Illustrated Cooking Course : Techniques, Ingredients, and Tools of Classic Modern Cuisine
Hardcover      ISBN: 0517573830

Unprecedented in both scope and clarity, La Varenne Pratique is destined to become the essential culinary reference for both novice cook and expert. Written by the founder and director of Paris's prestigious La Varenne cooking school and compiled using La Varenne's extensive resources, the book brings together a practical understanding of cooking techniques, ingredients, and equipment in an unrivaled guide to classic modern cooking.
Here in one volume is the answer to every cooking question: how to make a hollandaise sauce (and why egg yolks will only absorb so much oil before the sauce self-destructs); the difference between entrecote and porterhouse; what marinades to use for lamb; which herbs will turn bitter if added at the beginning of a recipe; how to bone a chicken; the roasting times for venison, pheasant, and even squirrel; how to fillet a fiat fish; when to use a bain marie; and much more.
La Varenne Pratique is divided into 22 chapters, among them Meat and Charcuterie; Poultry and Game Birds; Milk, Cheese, and Eggs; Pastry and Cookies; Preserving, Stocks, and Soups; and Microwave Cooking. Each chapter offers an overview of the food discussed and then explains how to choose, prepare, store, cook, and present it. Recipes are included wherever an important cooking technique requires a specific example-they are carefully chosen not only to illustrate a particular dish but also to illuminate a way of cooking. In addition, La Varenne Pratique includes a guide to kitchen equipment and a glossary of culinary terms.
The photographic illustrations in La Varenne Pratique are beyond comparison. Throughout the book, techniques are clearly illustrated with specially commissioned step-by-step photo sequences that set new standards for culinary photography. Readers can actually see what texture a sauce should be, exactly where to make the first cut when boning a Chicken, what the "crust" on a clarifying broth will look like, and what larding a roast really entails.
There has never been a book like La Varenne Pratique. Comprehensive, authoritative, and eminently practical, it demands a place in the kitchen of every serious cook.