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The perfect companion for every shopper, Field Guide to Produce offers tips for selecting, storing, and preparing everything from apples to zucchini.
When an unfamiliar edible appears on your grocer’s shelf, simply flip through the full-color insert until you’ve found its photograph. Turn to the corresponding page to discover its country of origin, common uses, and season of harvest.
This practical guide includes more than 200 full-color photographs of the world’s most popular fruits and vegetables, cross-referenced to in-depth descriptions and selection tips. Step-by-step preparation directions tell you whether the item must be peeled, washed, trimmed, or blanched. Grocery shopping—and dinner—will never be the same again!
Learn how to use the best ingredients and simple, classic techniques to make fresh, homemade pasta in your own kitchen with Making Artisan Pasta. Calling for just the simplest ingredients and a handful of unique kitchen tools, making pasta at home has never been easier, more fun, or more delicious.
Inside, you'll find:
- Recipes for pasta doughs made completely from scratch, with such delicious ingredients as buckwheat and whole wheat flour, roasted red pepper, asparagus, and even squid ink and chocolate
- Fully illustrated step-by-step instructions for rolling, shaping, and stuffing dough for gnocchi, lasagna, cannelloni, pappardelle, tagliatelle, ravioli, and dozens of other styles of pasta
- Detailed instructions on how to make the ultimate in pasta: hand-stretched dough
- Chinese pot stickers, Polish pierogi, Turkish manti, and other delectable pastas from beyond its traditional Italian borders
- Artisan tips to help anyone, from novice to experienced, make unforgettable pasta
Through author and chef Aliza Green’s pasta expertise and encyclopedic knowledge of all things culinary, plus hundreds of gorgeous photos by acclaimed food photographer Steve Legato, you’ll never look at the supermarket pasta aisle the same way again.
Making Artisan Pasta is on Cooking Light's Top 100 Cookbooks of the Last 25 Years list for Best Technique and Equipment.
This reinvigorated, revamped collection of delightful dishes distills a master class for the home cook to its most enjoyable essentials. The brand-new Starting with Ingredients has a colorful, more easily digestible format, offering the very best and most versatile ingredient-driven recipes for every day. Navigate easily through more than 100 recipes with brightly colored tabs, sidebars, and culinary lore sprinkled throughout. Start with a few delicious ingredients:
- Summer fruits
- And more!
From apples to zucchini, there's a dish for that, developed by a seasoned chef for the home cook to savor. The perfect gift for yourself or someone else, Starting with Ingredients ends with meals that will be instant classics in your kitchen.
An essential resource for every home cook or chef, Field Guide to Meat offers details on virtually every kind of meat available.
This practical guide includes more than 200 full-color photographs of cuts of beef, veal, pork, lamb, game, and poultry as well as more than 100 different kinds of cured meats and sausages. Cross-referenced with the photographs are in-depth descriptions of the cuts, including basic history, location in the animal, characteristics, information on how to choose the cut, and flavor affinities. Step-by-step preparation directions tell you whether the item is best marinated, braised, grilled, roasted, or pan-seared.
Trips to the butcher’s aisle will no longer be intimidating, and you’ll never end up with a cut that’s too tough for dinner.
Learn to discern the differences between the varieties of basil, the various colors of sesame seeds, the diverse types of sugar and salt, and even how to identify spice pastes like zhoug, harissa, and achiote. Each entry features a basic history of the herb or spice (saffron used to be worth more than gold!), its season (if applicable), selection and preparation tips, a recipe featuring the seasoning, and some suggested flavor pairings. Complete with more than one hundred recipes, Field Guide to Herbs & Spices is a must-have resource for every home cook.
Meals will never be the same again!
With the daunting array of fish and shellfish available in today’s market, Field Guide to Seafood is a must-have for every seafood consumer!
This helpful guide offers a comprehensive look at seafood, covering more than 100 different kinds of fish and shellfish, plus preserved fish, fish sauces, and caviar. Learn to differentiate between Arctic char and salmon or between snow crabs and stone crabs with the in-depth descriptions and full-color photographs. Each entry contains a list of alternate names, characteristics, and suggested preparation, including directions on when to remove or leave the skin. Step-by-step instructions explain how to identify, store, and cook the item.
Whether your fish is store-bough or just caught, this guide includes selection tips, suggested recipes, and complementary flavors. You’ll never feel overwhelmed by the wide variety of seafood with this handy guide — don’t go shopping without it!
Soup, beautiful soup—the most basic of cooked foods, the universal cure-all, a nourishing way to use small amounts of food or leftovers, a dish that can always be stretched to feed more …
Once again award-winning chef Aliza Green invites you into her kitchen to share her time-tested techniques for making dozens of soups, bisques, chowders, and purées. From the basic foundation of stocks to the older, European-inspired concoctions, such as Zuppa Pavese and French Onion Soup, Aliza outlines the origins, ingredients, and steps necessary to create a warm and satisfying culinary experience every time. Explore more than 100 soup recipes, plus variations on each one, from all over the world, and in every style of soup you might want to eat. Recipes include:
—Hungarian Woodlands Mushroom Soup with Sour Cream and Paprika
—Tuscan Pappa al Pomodoro
—Senegalese Peanut and Yam Puree with Ginger
—Provencal Soupe au Pistou with Savoy Cabbage, White Beans, and Leeks
—Wild Salmon Chowder with Sweet Corn & Gold Potatoes
—Tom Kha Gai (Thai Chicken Coconut Soup)
—Cream of Cauliflower with Nutmeg and Chives
—Kerala Red Lentil Soup (vegan)
—Vietnamese Pho Soup with Beef Brisket
—Caribbean Callalou Soup with Crabmeat and Coconut
Accompanied by Steve Legato’s clearly detailed, full-color photography, your soup making success will be effortless. Inside you’ll find a wide-ranging collection of recipes to suit every palate including seafood, poultry, pork, beef, vegan and vegetarian formulas, and a wealth of information you will use over and over again in your culinary endeavors.
Basic Stocks: The importance of using your vegetable water, roasting juices, trimmings, seasonings, and the right vegetables to get optimum flavor from your stock
Soupmaker’s Tips: Ingredients prep—how to correctly wash, slice, and dice ? When fresh versus frozen is important ? Using flavor enhancers such as fresh herbs and appropriate spices ? How to get the best results from the proper utensils ? Invaluable time savers ? Creative serving suggestions
Basic Techniques: How to properly chill soup, the process of cooking dried beans, the correct shredding method for cabbage, the art of cutting leaves into chiffonade, and many more
The masters in The Butcher’s Apprentice teach you all the old-world, classic meat-cutting skills you need to prepare fresh cuts at home. Through extensive, diverse profiles and cutting lessons, butchers, food advocates, meat-loving chefs, and more share their expertise. Inside, you'll find hundreds of full-color, detailed step-by-step photographs of cutting beef, pork, poultry, game, goat, organs, and more, as well as tips and techniques on using the whole beast for true nose-to-tail eating. Whether you're a casual cook or a devoted gourmand, you'll learn even more ways to buy, prepare, serve, and savor all types of artisan meat cuts with this skillful guide.
An ocean of fish and seafood preparation techniques at your fingertips!
In The Fishmonger’s Apprentice, you get insider access to real life fishermen, wholesale markets, fish buyers, chefs, and other sources—far away from the supermarket, and everywhere the fish go well before they make it to the table. This book is a handbook for enjoying fish and seafood—from fishing line to filleting knife and beyond—and gives you instructional content like no other book has before.
Inside, you'll find:
- Hundreds of full-color, detailed step-by-step photographs teach you filleting, skinning, boning, harvesting roe, shucking oysters, and more
- Extensive interviews with seafood experts as they share their old-world, classic skills
- Tips on eating and buying more sustainably, using the whole fish, head to tail, and making the most of your local fishmonger—good for foodies and chefs alike
- A bonus DVD featuring 12 video tutorials of preparing fish, plus 32 downloadable recipes from master chefs
Whether you're a casual cook or devoted epicure, you'll learn new ways to buy, prepare, serve, and savor all types of seafood with The Fishmonger's Apprentice!