The Inn at Little Washington Cookbook: A Consuming Passion

The Inn at Little Washington Cookbook: A Consuming Passion

by Patrick O'Connell
     
 

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This cookbook is the distillation of a life's work by a self-taught American chef who learned to cook by reading cookbooks and went on to become one of the world's most renowned chefs. O'Connell began his career with a catering business in an old farmhouse, cooking on a wood stove with an electric frying pan purchased for $1.49 at a garage sale. (The pan was used for… See more details below

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This cookbook is the distillation of a life's work by a self-taught American chef who learned to cook by reading cookbooks and went on to become one of the world's most renowned chefs. O'Connell began his career with a catering business in an old farmhouse, cooking on a wood stove with an electric frying pan purchased for $1.49 at a garage sale. (The pan was used for boiling, sautéeing and deep frying for parties of up to 300 guests.) This experience sharpened his awareness of how much could be done with very little. The catering business evolved into a country restaurant and Inn which opened in 1978 in a defunct garage and which is now America's only 5 star Inn.  Craig Claiborne raves, "the most magnificent inn I've ever seen, in this country or Europe, where I had the most fantastic meal of my life."

This is not a typical "Chef's Cookbook" filled with esoteric, egomanical, and impossibly complicated recipes which only a wizard with a staff of eighty would ever attempt to produce. Rather, the recipes assembled here make up a practiced, finely honed repertoire of elegant, simple and straight-forward dishes. Everyday ingredients are elevated to new heights through surprising combinations and seductive presentations. []A Consuming Passion[] propels the home cook into a new world of American Haute Cuisine and provides the formulas for reproducing it at home. Careful and detailed instructions, all written by the author, assure success.

NOTE: This edition does not include photos.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679644965
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/02/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
814,773
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

Larry King
One of the best and most romantic restaurants in the world is finally in print.
Mike Nichols
There are few places in the world where I would rather eat than The Inn at Little Washington.
Willard Scott
What a treasure this book is! Not only fastastic recipes, but a beautiful picture of our beloved Virginia countryside.
Craig Claiborne
Patrick O'Connell is one of the greatest American chefs. This beautiful book is an excellent reflection of the food he prepares and serves at The Inn at Little Washington.
David Brinkley
If there is a finer restaurant in the United States, I have not found it.
Daniel Boulud
Patrick O'Connell's style of cooking truly captures the harmony between the rich bounty of rural Virginia and the stylish elegance of The Inn at Little Washington. With this beautiful book, O'Connell raises his artistry to new heights.
Alice Waters
This book will transport you to the utterly extraordinary Inn at Little Washington, where the food depends upon local farmers and ranchers, whose glorious produce shines through these enchanging recipes.

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