Charlie Trotter's Vegetables

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With 80 vegetable-focused recipes, Charlie Trotter’s Vegetables presents unforgettable seasonal plant-based fare in this classic cookbook from the seminal Chicago chef.

The dynamic follow-up to our best-selling CHARLIE TROTTER'S, this sensational celebration of vegetables presents some 100 seasonal vegetable recipes. Each luxurious dish is pictured in the same lavish style that so distinguished Trotter's first book. Complemented by more than 25 evocative black-and-white ...

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Overview

With 80 vegetable-focused recipes, Charlie Trotter’s Vegetables presents unforgettable seasonal plant-based fare in this classic cookbook from the seminal Chicago chef.

The dynamic follow-up to our best-selling CHARLIE TROTTER'S, this sensational celebration of vegetables presents some 100 seasonal vegetable recipes. Each luxurious dish is pictured in the same lavish style that so distinguished Trotter's first book. Complemented by more than 25 evocative black-and-white duotones, this book is a visual feast unlike anything else on the market. Organized by month, each chapter offers four or five savory dishes and one sweet course highlighting seasonal ingredients at their peak of freshness. Each chapter also features extensive wine notes, so ambitious cooks can serve a gourmet multicourse vegetable meal, recreating the experience of dining at the acclaimed restaurant.

The dynamic follow-up to the bestselling Charlie Trotter, this sensational celebration of vegetables presents some 100 seasonal vegetable recipes. Each dish is pictured in the same lavish style that so distinguished Trotter's first book. Organized by month, each chapter offers four or five savory dishes and one sweet course. Full color.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Chef Trotter's fancy, multi-ingredient, almost-vegetarian dishes are as rich and extravagantand as fussy and specializedas those featured in his renowned Chicago restaurant and presented in his first book, Charlie Trotter's (1994). The 82 recipes here are arranged by month, and in name alone, the recipes are a mouthful: January leads off with Baby Carrot Terrine with Shiitake Mushroom Salad, Carrot Juice Reduction, Dill Oil, and 50-Year-Old Balsamic Vinegar. The preparation of Arugula Noodles with Smoked Yellow Tomato Sauce, Black Olives, and Roasted Garlic Pure requires the cook to make arugula pasta and arugula oil and, for the sauce, to smoke the tomatoes over hickory chips lit with a propane torch. Wine Notes for each recipe are helpful, as is a glossary that defines terms like "kashi" (it's the mixture of seven specific grains called for in Cold Kashi Salad with Dried Cranberries, Celery, White Pumpkin, Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin Seed Oil). While a few suggestions for substitutions would have allowed the home cook some welcome flexibility, flexibility is not in the exacting spirit of this chef. Trotter offers highly specific instructions (even to calling for hazelnuts from a certain farm in Oregon) for constructing complexly flavored, architecturally beautiful dishes. So long as readers are not misled, this volume, which is expensive in both in price and effort, delivers.(July)
Library Journal
Charlie Trotter's is a top Chicago restaurant with a national reputation, known for its stylish and imaginative cuisine. Trotter is a serious (his introduction opens with a quotation from Dostoyevsky and moves on to Goethe) and obviously very talented young man; unfortunately for home cooks, the recipes in his cookbook are real "chef's recipes," many requiring hours of preparation and access to exotic ingredients (the first recipe calls for two different reductions as well as two sauces, one involving three different subrecipes, to garnish plum tomatoes that must be roasted for ten hours). For area libraries and other collections catering to foodies.
Mark Knoblauch
Renowned Chicago restaurateur Charlie Trotter has produced another volume documenting his highly personal and refined approach to contemporary American cooking. Increasingly, nutrition-conscious eaters have become more aware of the importance of vegetables, and their attention has been matched by an explosion in both the variety and the quality of vegetables now available. Seasonality used to dictate vegetable choices, but an expanding worldwide market has made good produce available just about anywhere at any time. Trotter's rigorous attention to absolute freshness and full flavor, however, has resulted in a month-by-month arrangement of recipes emphasizing locally available ingredients at their flavor peak. As a document of the chef's culinary intelligence and prowess, the book astonishes with every turn of the page; but the home cook is not likely to find it easy to locate such ingredients as Marcona almonds and Ennis hazelnuts for duplicating Trotter's results. The really skilled and undaunted cook will find inspiration in Trotter's book to adapt the chef's unusual combinations to more homely seasonal vegetables. For specialized, professional, or regional collections only.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898158380
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: Star Chefs Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 913,090
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.85 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlie Trotter
CHARLIE TROTTER is the author of 14 cookbooks and three management books and is an eight-time James Beard Award winner. He is the chef and owner of the legendary Charlie Trotter's, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, as well as Trotter's To Go in Chicago. He recently founded C in Los Cabos, Mexico, and Restaurant Charlie in the Palazzo Hotel at the Venetian Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
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