Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes by Dana Cowin | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes

Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes

by Dana Cowin
     
 

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For years, Dana Cowin kept a dark secret: From meat to vegetables, broiling to baking, breakfast to dinner, she ruined literally every kind of dish she attempted to make. Now, in this cookbook confessional, the vaunted first lady of food and exceptional entertainer finally comes clean about her many meal mishaps. With the help of friends—all-star chefs,

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For years, Dana Cowin kept a dark secret: From meat to vegetables, broiling to baking, breakfast to dinner, she ruined literally every kind of dish she attempted to make. Now, in this cookbook confessional, the vaunted first lady of food and exceptional entertainer finally comes clean about her many meal mishaps. With the help of friends—all-star chefs, including Mario Batali, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Tom Colicchio, among many others—Cowin takes on 100 recipes dear to her heart. Ideal dishes for the home cook, each recipe has a high "yum" factor, a few key ingredients, and a simple trick that makes it special. With every dish, she acquires a critical new skill, learning invaluable lessons along the way from the hero chefs who help her discover exactly where she goes wrong.

Hilarious and heartwarming, encouraging and instructional, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen will inspire anyone who loves a good meal but fears its preparation. Featuring gorgeous full-color photography, it is an intimate, hands-on cooking guide from a fellow foodie and amateur home chef, designed to help even the biggest kitchen phobics overcome their reluctance, with delicious results.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 10/06/2014
Cowin, the editor-in-chief of Food & Wine, debuts with a delightful “cookbook confessional” that documents a lifetime of making errors in the kitchen. She chronicles her journey to learn from her mistakes with a little help from her friends, all of them star chefs such as José Andrés, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, April Bloomfield, and Tom Colicchio. Along the way, Cowin says in a candidly humorous voice, she discovered “a bigger lesson—something more important than the perfect fried chicken or no-fail soufflé. And that is to be honest about what holds you back—in the kitchen and in life—and face it head on.” Cowin tackles 100 of her favorite recipes, “the ones I’ve made for family and friends over the years,” in an accessible fashion that’s sure to motivate home cooks to head fearlessly for their kitchens and try these tempting ideas. The simple and tasteful dishes are accompanied by extremely helpful tips, such as how to get the creamiest soup consistency; how to “brighten” pesto; and the best pan in which to cook whole fish. For starters, there’s Cowin’s take on Ming Tsai’s potstickers and Danny Meyer’s pork meatball sliders, along with other standouts such as a mushroom and beef stew and a baked ziti arrabbiata. Cowin’s culinary education makes for a charming and important book for both would-be and accomplished chefs. (Oct.)
Today.com
“In her new cookbook, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, Cowin embarks on a journey to improve her cooking—and to give readers easy, smart tricks that will help them, too… The resulting cookbook is densely packed with advice that will turn anyone into a better cook.”
The Oregonian (Portland)
“In this honest, confessional cookbook, Cowin shares lessons she’s learned from her magazine’s staff and 65 top chefs, including things like never cutting corners, getting to know your oven’s quirks, and not trusting your instincts until you’re entirely sure your instincts deserve to be trusted.”
Seattle King 5- TV / New Day NW
“[An] entertaining (and educational!) cookbook.”
BookPage
“[An] ultra-accessible guide to becoming a more than passable home cook.”
Bookotron
“[Cowin] promises not just cooking lessons from master chefs, but cookable recipes from them, and a few life lessons along the way. Having lived with [Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen] for over a month, I’d have to say she delivers on all counts.”
Best Books of 2014 NPR
“The end result is gorgeous, simple recipes that even a rank beginner can manage. Plus, you get to see some of your favorite celebrity chefs hamming it up in Cowin’s kitchen.”
New York Times Book Review
“The editor of Food & Wine magazine consults dozens of great chefs and comes away with plenty of handy tips—as well as lots of manageable recipes.”
The Kitchn
“This cookbook is charming and encouraging-a breath of relief for all of us who worry about our skills in the kitchen.”
Library Journal
09/15/2014
When it comes to hands-on cooking, longtime Food & Wine editor in chief Cowin has messed up every food imaginable. After a foreword from chef Thomas Keller, the author admits not only to serving burnt and bland meals but also to creating a magazine column in which she used a pseudonym to solicit help. Cowin ultimately set out to improve her skills by collecting her frequently attempted and favorite recipes (e.g., cheese souffle, slow-roasted tomatoes with crunchy bread crumbs, simplest crepes with dark chocolate and cinnamon), noting her mistakes, and asking famous chefs for advice. Within this cookbook (written with food writer Turshen), Cowin sums up what she's learned in a handy "cheat sheet," which precedes simple recipes accompanied by "chef's tips" sidebars. VERDICT More accessible than Adam Roberts's Secrets of the Best Chefs, this cookbook is foremost a collection of reliable recipes and straightforward advice. Like Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, it relies on simple equipment, techniques, and ingredients.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062305909
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/14/2014
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
405,064
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Dana Cowin, Food & Wine’s editor-in-chief since 1995, has been covering the world of food, wine, style, and design for more than thirty years. She sits on the board of directors of City Harvest, a New York City hunger-relief organization; Wholesome Wave, dedicated to providing access to sustainable foods; and Hot Bread Kitchen, an organization that helps train low-income men and women to join the culinary workforce. In 2012, she was an inductee into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. She is an alumna of Brown University and lives in New York City with her husband and two children. To read more about Dana’s adventures, follow her at @fwscout on Twitter and Instagram.

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