Celebrity Chefs of New Jersey: Their Stories, Recipes, and Secrets [NOOK Book]

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One demanding New Jersey chef once tied his cooks to the stove by their apron strings. Another was such a finicky eater as a child, he refused to allow his cereal to touch his milk. One was kissed by Fidel Castro, another played onstage with Todd Rundgren. Celebrity Chefs of New Jersey peeks into the kitchens and the lives of some of the most famous chefs in the Garden State, where foodies and other gourmands will discover passions, kitchen ...
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Celebrity Chefs of New Jersey: Their Stories, Recipes, and Secrets

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One demanding New Jersey chef once tied his cooks to the stove by their apron strings. Another was such a finicky eater as a child, he refused to allow his cereal to touch his milk. One was kissed by Fidel Castro, another played onstage with Todd Rundgren. Celebrity Chefs of New Jersey peeks into the kitchens and the lives of some of the most famous chefs in the Garden State, where foodies and other gourmands will discover passions, kitchen secrets, life lessons, and signature recipes.

Not so long ago, perhaps even just at the turn of this century, it was easy to lament the lack of sophisticated food in New Jersey. Oh sure, a few restaurants always sparkled, but, for the most part, New Jerseyans looked across at the bright lights of the big city, wistfully yearning for a table in glamorous Manhattan. Now, however, the most sought- after tables are right here and we have the best seats in the house, made even sweeter perhaps because they're our own little secret. We can dine frequently and dine well, with a smug sense that if only New Yorkers knew, they'd be looking across the river wishing they were us.

In Celebrity Chefs of New Jersey, Teresa Politano profiles Craig Shelton, the chef who crystallized New Jersey's place in culinary history with his legendary Ryland Inn, along with other chefs, telling their personal stories of both creativity and survival. Some of these men and women rose from humble or difficult childhoods to fame in the food world. Others were not only talented but lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. Their stories are arranged into three categories: legends, stars, and chefs to watch, and then topped off with a sweet surprise finish. Politano includes photographs, cooking secrets, and some of their sought-after signature recipes that are sophisticated but manageable for the skilled home chef.
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There were times in the not too distant past when Manhattan foodies sniffed at the mere mention of New Jersey cuisine. Those times have changed. To be sure, the ascent of Garden State chefs came at a price: As Teresa Politano notes in this spicy concoction, at least one outstanding Jersey chef once apron-tied his cooks to the stove to guarantee their attention. Politano's Celebrity Chefs of New Jersey is replete with entertaining stories, cooking secrets, and, not least, signature recipes redesigned for home cooks. An apt gift for local gourmands.

edibleJersey

"Personable and entertaining, this book is a great read for anyone who loves Jersey's dining scene. Another plus, it's packed full of recipes from each of the featured chefs."
Asbury Park Press

"Politano entertainingly spins the lively and personal tales of these creative whirlwinds who feed us; a practical bonus for reader-cooks are recipes of the chefs' specialties at the end of each chapter."

— Lois Heyman

Princeton Packet

"These are our home-boy (or -girl) chefs—my kind of celebrity—and I am beguiled by Ms. Politano's interviews, accompanied by gorgeous photos of the chefs and, of course, recipes."

— Faith Bahadurian

Asbury Park Press - Lois Heyman

"Politano entertainingly spins the lively and personal tales of these creative whirlwinds who feed us; a practical bonus for reader-cooks are recipes of the chefs' specialties at the end of each chapter."
Princeton Packet - Faith Bahadurian

"These are our home-boy (or -girl) chefs—my kind of celebrity—and I am beguiled by Ms. Politano's interviews, accompanied by gorgeous photos of the chefs and, of course, recipes."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813550244
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author


TERESA POLITANO is an adjunct professor of journalism at Rutgers University. She is also an award-winning journalist, former news executive, and restaurant critic for Inside Jersey magazine and the The Star-Ledger.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

The Legends

The Ryland Inn, Whitehouse Craig Shelton 3

David Burke Fromagerie, Rumson David Burke 17

Equus Restaurant, Bernardsville; The Claremont Tavern, Bernardsville Scott Cutaneo 29

Restaurant David Drake, Rahway David Drake 36

Dennis Foy's, Lawrenceville Dennis Foy 52

Doris & Ed's, Highlands Jim Filip 61

Cucharamama, Hoboken; Zafra, Hoboken Maricel Presilla 71

The Stars

Elements, Princeton Scott Anderson 89

SeaBlue, Borgata, Atlanta City Anthony Amoroso 96

Blu, Montclair; Next Door, Montclair Zod Arifai 104

Uproot, Warren Anthony Bucco 115

Lorena's, Maplewood Humberto Campos Jr. 124

Due Terre, Bernardsville; Due Mari, New Brunswick Bill Dorrler 134

Ninety Acres, Peapack-Gladstone David C. Felton 142

Bernards Inn, Bernardsville Corey Heyer 150

Restaurant Serenade, Chatham James Laird 159

Bay Avenue Trattoria, Highlands Joe Romanowski 169

Chefs to Watch

Campania, Fair Lawn Joe Cerniglia 183

A Toute Heure, Cranford Kara Decker 194

Fascino, Montclair; Bar Cara, Bloomfield Ryan DePersio 202

Culinariane, Montclair Ariane Duarte 212

A Sweet Finish

Donna & Company, Cranford Diane Pinder 223

Photo Credits 233

General Index 235

Recipe Index 243

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