How to Cook Everything: Bittman Takes on America's Chefs

How to Cook Everything: Bittman Takes on America's Chefs

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Join Mark Bittman as he takes on the nation's top chefs in a culinary battle of home-style vs. restaurant style! 'Mark knows food. Mark knows chefs. Chefs know Mark. You know this has gotta be a great cookbook!' - Al Roker, Host, NBC's "Today" show. The Chefs Who Took the Challenge: Jose Andres, Zaytinya/Washington, D.C.; Daniel Boulud, Daniel/New York; James Boyce, Studio/Laguna Beach; Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko/San Francisco; Suzanne Goin, Lucques and A.O.C./Los Angeles; Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune/New York; Anna Klinger, Al di La/New York; Charles Phan, The Slanted Door/San Francisco; Michel Richard, Citronelle/Washington, D.C.; Suvir Saran, Devi/New York; Chris Schlesinger, East Coast Grill & Raw Bar/Boston-Cambridge; Kerry Simon, Simon Kitchen & Bar/Las Vegas; and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jean-Georges/New York.
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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 205.7 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 884.52g
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 0764570145
  • 9780764570148

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Mark Bittman is famous for his simple, down-to-earth approach to cooking from his bestselling How to Cook Everything(R) cookbooks. Now, in this companion to the public television series How to Cook Everything: Bittman Takes on America's Chefs, he pits his relaxed cooking style against the sophisticated creations of thirteen A-list celebrity chefs, from Daniel Boulud, Gary Danko, and Suzanne Goin to Michel Richard, Chris Schlesinger, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.Bittman's challenge is brash but irresistible--that simple food cooked at home can taste as good as four-star restaurant cooking. He packs his refreshingly open-minded approach to food and his straight-shooting personality ("I come from a long line of wise guys," he says happily) and takes them on the road to the chefs' home turf in kitchens around the country. The battle plays out in 120 recipes that he and the chefs create together, each helping but also ribbing the other along the way. Every recipe challenge presents a chef's special dish followed by Bittman's more accessible interpretation. Daniel Boulud's Lamb Extravaganza vs. Bittman's "Too-Simple" Stuffed Lamb Shoulder, Charles Phan's Wok-Cooked Chicken with Nuts and Fruits vs. Bittman's Stir-Fried Chicken with Broccoli and Walnuts, Michel Richard's Layered Vitello Tonnato vs. Bittman's Turkey (Tonnato) Sandwiches, Kerry Simon's Banana Bread and Tempura Bananas vs. Bittman's Frozen Chocolate Banana on a Stick...which will you like best? You may find it hard to choose. No matter. Whether you're in the mood to keep things simple or to take on a culinary challenge, you'll find plenty of terrific opportunities here. And since recipes are grouped into chapters covering starters, main dishes, and desserts, it's easy to find inspiration.Throughout, the book captures the lighthearted competition and shares the expert cooking revelations that make the television series so engaging. Excerpts from the banter between Bittman and the chefs let you in on what the pros think about their trade, while photographs of finished dishes and still shots from the shows take you close to the action. You'll find practical cooking advice, too, plus Bittman's often witty and always insightful behind-the-scenes observations. Whether it's Gabrielle Hamilton's opinion about deveining shrimp or Suvir Saran's advice on grinding and browning spices, Michel Richard's thoughts on the chef as artist or Gary Danko's musings on multi-tasking in the kitchen, these pages are filled with inside information on ingredients, techniques, cooking philosophies, and, of course, the chefs themselves.During this series of mano a mano cooking challenges, says Bittman, "even I learned something new every time I stepped up to the stove." As for the final result, the food is a real knockout--with a winner on every page.
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Join Mark Bittman as he takes on the nation's top chefs in a culinary battle of home-style vs. restaurant style!"Mark knows food. Mark knows chefs. Chefs know Mark.You know this has gotta be a great cookbook!"
--Al Roker, Host, NBC's Today showThe Chefs Who Took the ChallengeJOSE ANDRES, Zaytinya/Washington, D.C.DANIEL BOULUD, Daniel/New YorkJAMES BOYCE, Studio/Laguna BeachGARY DANKO, Restaurant Gary Danko/San FranciscoSUZANNE GOIN, Lucques and A.O.C./Los AngelesGABRIELLE HAMILTON, Prune/New YorkANNA KLINGER, Al di La/New YorkCHARLES PHAN, The Slanted Door/San FranciscoMICHEL RICHARD, Citronelle/Washington, D.C.SUVIR SARAN, Devi/New YorkCHRIS SCHLESINGER, East Coast Grill & Raw Bar/Boston-CambridgeKERRY SIMON, Simon Kitchen & Bar/Las VegasJEAN-GEORGES VONGERICHTEN, Jean-Georges/New York
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Table of contents

Introduction; The Chefs and the Dishes; Starters; Fish; Poultry and Eggs; Meat; Pasta, Rice, and Vegetables; Desserts; Sauces, Condiments, and Other Basics; Index
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About Mark Bittman

MARK BITTMAN writes the weekly "Minimalist" column and other features for the New York Times dining section and is the acclaimed author of the bestselling How to Cook Everything, as well as The Minimalist Cooks at Home; The Minimalist Cooks Dinner; Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking, and other books. He has been widely featured in national and regional print and broadcast media, and makes regular appearances on the Today show and NPR's All Things Considered. The How to Cook Everything: Bittman Takes on America's Chefs public television series is broadcast nationwide.
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