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Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom from My Life in the Kitchen
     

Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom from My Life in the Kitchen

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by Emeril Lagasse
 

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"Thinking back on all of the wonderful people I have learned from and the dishes I have made over the years, I knew that I had to get them all down in one place. This book is it."
- Emeril Lagasse

In his most personal cookbook yet, legendary chef Emeril Lagasse presents his favorite recipes, best-kept cooking secrets, and behind-the-scenes

Overview

"Thinking back on all of the wonderful people I have learned from and the dishes I have made over the years, I knew that I had to get them all down in one place. This book is it."
- Emeril Lagasse

In his most personal cookbook yet, legendary chef Emeril Lagasse presents his favorite recipes, best-kept cooking secrets, and behind-the-scenes stories from his life in the kitchen.

Discover more than 130 iconic dishes - from Praline-Cayenne Bacon and Lemon-Garlic Crusted Cauliflower to Roasted Portuguese Pork Loin With Homemade Pimenta Moida and Emeril's famous Banana Cream Pie - each tested and perfected for today's home cook. More than just a recipe collection, Essential Emeril is a resource you'll turn back to again and again, packed with valuable tips, lessons on technique, and expert advice on everything from stocking your pantry to creating the perfect cheese board. Emeril remains at your elbow throughout, offering step-by-step photo tutorials to ensure flawless, flavorful results.

Anecdotes reveal the inspiration behind each recipe, with cameos from A-list names including Mario Batali, Roy Choi, and Nobu Matsuhira, alongside memories of family, friends, and early influences such as Julia Child and Charlie Trotter.

Gorgeously photographed and imbued with his signature warmth, Essential Emeril is an intimate portrait of the original top chef.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Before there were Food Network icons and cultish produce, before farm-to-table was a philosophy and cake decorating became a competitive sport, there was Emeril Lagasse.—Associated Press

At the heart of [Essential Emeril] is Emeril's mission to teach people to cook. He presents the recipes, techniques, and tools in a way that gives any cook the confidence to tackle [his recipes]...Even if you consider yourself a skilled cook in the kitchen, there is plenty to take away from this cookbook.—The Daily Meal

This is a fitting summation of Lagasse's impressive career and his influence on American food culture.—Publishers Weekly

Recipes are clear and concise with tons of tips and techniques, along with full-color photos...[Essential Emeril] is a novel of recipes along with storytelling in between.—Detroit Free Press

[Emeril's] recipes work. Every time. No guess work, no substitutions necessary. And there's always a little something extra. These are not just simple recipes, there's always a small twist or addition. In other words, if you do what [Emeril] says, you will end up with delicious things to eat...[Essential Emeril is] a sweet meditation on his career, with essays about the late great Charlie Trotter, an ode to Roy Choi's tacos, and much more.—Epicurious

[Essential Emeril] includes instructions on technique, a list of basic cookware for every kitchen, what to have in the pantry, and step-by-step photo tutorials, making it the perfect starter cookbook or gift for a more experienced home cook.—New Orleans Magagazine

Ever since he lied about his age in middle school so he could sign up for a cooking class, Emeril Lagasse has been collecting recipes. All 100 recipes in this book have stories - served with valuable tips, step-by-step tutorials, and a lifetime of lessons in technique.—Southern Living

Lagasse's latest [cookbook] showcases his skill. Emeril fans will savor these delicious and iconic dishes.—Library Journal

If you're a longtime fan of Emeril Lagasse -his food, his cookware, his restaurants, his television shows- the chef's new book, Essential Emeril, will be an essential addition to your library as well as great entry point into Emeril's user-friendly world of home cooking.—Glamour

The delicious lessons and recipes of a lifetime, told side by side in the way only Emeril can.—Cooking Light

Essential Emeril might have been titled "Emeril Is Essential." It's hard to remember a time when this larger-than-life chef, restaurateur, TV star and author wasn't a force in the food world. ..These are the recipes that defined Emeril's career, real cooking, not quickies or three-ingredient wonders...Big flavor, Emeril-style, is on its way. —BookPage

Recipes [are] clearly and concisely written for the home cook...This cookbook is a definite keeper.—The Advocate

Tasty recipes and stellar master chef friends form the centerpiece of Emeril Lagasse's latest cookbook. As usual, the James Beard Award cook and restaurateur doesn't skimp on flavor: His main courses include feasts like Roasted Portuguese Pork Loin with Potatoes and Homemade Pimenta Moida and the Korean Style Pot Roast Tacos that credits as "Roy Choi-inspired." Besides Choi, other famous kitchen pals and mentors make appearances, including Mario Batali, Nobu Matsuhira, and Julia Child. A gift with the promise of many happy returns.

Publishers Weekly
09/21/2015
Chef, restaurateur, and TV personality Lagasse (Emeril’s Cooking with Power) has spent decades behind a stove and in front of a camera, educating diners and viewers on a litany of cooking techniques and cuisines. This volume attempts to distill that experience into 130 recipes that exemplify his career to date. Readers expecting dishes that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes are in for a surprise, beginning with the book’s opening recipe: Gruyère gougères, infused with either a marsala/mortadella mousse or one spiked with cognac and chicken liver. It’s a rich appetizer that requires some work but yields impressive results, setting the tone for the rest of the book. Other recipes that require a fair amount of prep include house-smoked salmon cheesecake with Parmesan panko crust and chive crème fraîche; roasted duck pho; and a chocolate genoise cake with chocolate buttercream and raspberry filling. However, novices will find well within their reach such popular dishes as a corn bisque with shrimp, tomato and avocado salad, and a cheddar, bacon, apple, and pecan spoon bread. Lagasse pays tribute to Charlie Trotter and Julia Child and celebrates his career in New Orleans (with a Louisiana-style cassoulet that calls for roux, pork butt, and smoked sausage) as well as his Portuguese heritage (with Portuguese custard tartlets). This is a fitting summation of Lagasse’s impressive career and his influence on American food culture. (Oct.)
Library Journal
10/15/2015
Lagasse (Emeril's Potluck) is a beloved celebrity chef whose first restaurant, Emeril's, will soon celebrate its 25th anniversary. His new cookbook, written with publishing professional Hoenig, collects 100-plus recipes that helped him to become a successful chef and restaurateur. In nine chapters (e.g., appetizers, soups, fish and shellfish, breakfast and brunch, desserts), Lagasse uses step-by-step photos to illustrate techniques such as hollowing out potato shells, lining a terrine mold with blanched leek leaves, sectioning citrus, and clarifying butter. He prefaces most recipes (e.g., Portuguese-style cod with potatoes, kale, and chorizo; wild mushroom bread pudding; duck confit with killer bacon waffles; mile-high icebox chocolate-peanut butter pie) with personal and professional memories. VERDICT More advanced than some of his other titles, Lagasse's latest showcases his skill. Emeril fans will savor these delicious and iconic dishes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780848753788
Publisher:
Oxmoor House
Publication date:
11/15/2016
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
165,436
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

Meet the Author


Emeril Lagasse is the chef-proprietor of 12 restaurants across the country. He has received numerous Best Restaurant, Best Chef, and Best Service awards, and in 2013 received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation for his work through the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which supports children's educational programs. The author of 18 cookbooks, his phenomenally successful Food Network show Emeril Live! launched a new era in culinary TV. In 2014, Lagasse participated in his third consecutive season as a main guest chef on Bravo's hit food series, "Top Chef," and joined TNT as co-host for their cooking series, On the Menu. Most recently, "Emeril's Florida" entered its third season in January 2015 on the Cooking Channel. Born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts, he is a graduate of Johnson & Wales.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Date of Birth:
October 15, 1959
Place of Birth:
Fall River, Massachusetts
Education:
Culinary degree, Johnson & Wales University
Website:
http://www.emerils.com

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Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom From My Life in the Kitchen (Signed Book) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
777Pilot More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book with lots of tasty, easy to prepare recipes. Additionally, there are interesting stories about other culinary icons throughout the book. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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