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The New Basics Cookbook
     

The New Basics Cookbook

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by Julee Rosso, Sheila Lukins

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Overview

In one spectacular volume, Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins, authors of the acclaimed Silver Palate Cookbook and Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook, celebrate the tastes, ingredients, techniques, and dishes that comprise the best of our cuisine in all its abundant pleasure and variety.

  • 875 Recipes
  • 33 Chapters
  • Illustrations Throughout
  • Microwave Miracles
  • Entertaining Tips
  • The Panic-Proof Kitchen
  • The New Basics
  • Glossary of Cooking and Wine Terms
  • At-a-Glance Charts: Meats; Fish; Herbs and Spices; Wild and Tame Mushrooms; Grains; Rice; Beans
  • And the Basic Basics from the Right Cut of Meat to How to Choose a Turnip

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Library Journal
Since they have sold the store, Rosso and Lukins could hardly call their new book The New Silver Palate Cookbook , but that, in essence, is what this is. It's a huge cookbook/reference work, filled with information on new ingredients and styles of cooking, practical advice on such subjects as entertaining and choosing wine, and more than 900 recipes. There are all sorts of dishes here, family favorites as well as company food, recipes that seem fresh and new but not, in general, overly trendy. An essential purchase, sure to be in demand.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780894803925
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/10/1989
Pages:
860
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 9.42(h) x 1.94(d)

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BROCCOLI AND GARLIC PENNE

This is pasta short-order cooking—fifteen minutes maximum—and very tasty.

1 pound penne

2 heads broccoli

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

10 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced crosswise

Freshly ground black pepper

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the penne, and cook at a rolling boil until the pasta is just tender. Drain, rinse under cold water, drain again, and reserve.

2. Cut the broccoli florets into fairly small pieces. Reserve the stems for another use. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add the broccoli, and simmer for 2 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water, pat dry, and reserve.

3. Pour the oil into a large skillet, and heat over medium heat until it begins to ripple, about 1 minute. Add the garlic slices and cook, shaking the pan, until the garlic begins to brown around the edges, another minute.

4. Add the broccoli to the skillet, stir well, sprinkle with black pepper, and cook 2 minutes longer, shaking the skillet.

5. Add the butter and penne to the broccoli and cook, stirring often, until the penne is well mixed with the broccoli, oil, and garlic and the mixture is hot—3 to 4 minutes.

6. Place in a serving dish, sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese, and serve immediately. Pass the pepper mill.

8 portions

DUCKLINGS STEWED IN RED WINE AND WINER FRUITS

Figs, sweet potatoes, dried apricots, and cassis are succulent additions to our ducklings stewed in red wine. The sauce will thicken without adding flour. Serve with a robust winter green salad highlighted with julienned radicchio.

4 cups dry red wine

1 cup homemade beef stock or canned broth

1 pound dried figs

3 pounds sweet potatoes

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

3 ducklings (4 1/2 pounds each), well rinsed, patted dry, and each cut into 6 pieces

2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper

2 cups dried apricots

6 large cloves garlic

1/4 cup creme de cassis

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

1. Combine 3 cups of the wine and the stock in a saucepan, and bring just to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat, add the figs, and set aside.

2. Peel the potatoes, and cut them into balls with a melon baller; you should have about 4 cups. Place the potato balls in a large saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, then drain the potatoes and set them aside.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

4. Melt the butter in a large deep flameproof casserole or dutch oven. Brown the ducklings, a few pieces at a time, over medium heat. (While the ducks are browning, it may be necessary to pour off some of the fat. There should be no more than 4 tablespoons in the casserole.) As they are browned, transfer the pieces to a plate.

5. When all the duck has been browned, pour off any remaining fat from the casserole and return it to the heat. Add the remaining 1 cup wine and bring to a boil over medium heat, scraping up any brown bits in the casserole.

6. Return the duckling to the casserole, and sprinkle it with the pepper. Add the figs and their soaking liquid, the potatoes, and the apricots, garlic, creme de cassis, and brown sugar. Stir well, and bring to a boil over high heat.

7. Cover the casserole, transfer it to the oven, and bake for 30 minutes. Then stir it thoroughly, and bake another 30 minutes.

8. Arrange the duck, fruits, and vegetables on a large serving platter. Skim the grease from the sauce. Pour a bit of the degreased sauce over the duck, and sprinkle it with the parsley. Serve the remaining sauce on the side.

8 portions

TUNA BROCHETTES

Tuna must be grilled quickly, since it will dry out badly if overcooked—so watch it carefully. Of course you can also grill tuna under an oven broiler.

MARINADE

1/4 cup fruity olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup chopped scallions (green onions)

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 1/2 pounds fresh tuna, cut into 2-inch chunks

1 fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

1 red onion, cut into 8 wedges

1. Whisk the marinade ingredients together in a large bowl until smooth. Add the tuna, fennel, and red onion, and turn in the marinade. Cover loosely, and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

2. Prepare hot coals for grilling.

3. On four large metal skewers, thread the tuna chunks alternately with pieces of fennel and onion.

4. Oil the grill, and cook over medium heat about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve immediately.

4 portions

Excerpted from The New Basics Cookbook. Copyright c 1989 by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. Reprinted with permission by Workman Publishing.

Meet the Author

Sheila Lukins, one of America's best-known and best-loved food writers, was the co-founder of the legendary Silver Palate take-out shop. Her celebrated cookbooks, written alone and with her Silver Palate partner, Julee Rosso, helped change the way America's eats. For the past 23 years, she was also the Food editor of Parade Magazine.

Julee Rosso Miller co-authored the Silver Palate in 1979, and wrote The Silver Palate Cookbook in 1982, followed by The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook and The New Basics Cookbook. She also wrote Great Good Food and Fresh Start, and with her husband runs the Wickwood Inn in Saugatuck, Michigan.

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The New Basics Cookbook 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BakerBrooke More than 1 year ago
This cook book was given to me by accident. A friend who got it twice as a gift and asked if I wanted one. That was 1996! It has been my favorite and my go-to cookbook for over twelve years. It is the first one I go to for ideas or questions about "the basics." Give it to a new bride or graduate and they will love it for life!
DPuig More than 1 year ago
Every recipe I have tried in this book has turned out perfect. You don't have to be an experienced cook to have success. Their first book "The Silver Palate Cookbook" is also great, I might even like better.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot praise this book enough. The recipes are fail proof if followed step by step. This book has been in my kitchen for a number of years. The recipes are easy to follow and very well explained. It's more than just recipes. It has terms, charts, tips, suggestions, definitions and much more. The perfect gift for the novice cook.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This, along with The Silver Palate are really the only cookbooks whose recipes consistently bring rave reviews from my guests. I don't even test them in advance. Everything is delicious and makes this weekend cook look like a gourmet chef. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to serve four star restaurant meals at home without going to cooking school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This thick, well-organized, delightful cookbook is the cornerstone for any budding kitchen. It is fanciful, serious, authoritative, thoughtful, adventurous and classical - all in the same breath. I could not live without this book. In addition, it is the perfect wedding or graduation gift. It truly has something for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cookbook is one of the best basic cookbooks I have ever seen. As a collector of cookbooks, this is the book I return to time and again to get basic information like boiling eggs, roasting meats and using herbs. Additionally, the cokobook has many new and interesting recipes that are delicious and easy to prepare. This book is a MUST for anyone interested in cooking, and it is a great resource for every kitchen.