Michael Chiarello's Live Fire: 125 Recipes for Cooking Outdoors

Michael Chiarello's Live Fire: 125 Recipes for Cooking Outdoors

by Michael Chiarello
     
 

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He's a Top Chef master, an Iron Chef, an Emmy Award-winning television host, a booked-solid restaurateur, and his cookbooks have sold half a million copies. And, at heart, Michael Chiarello is a master of cooking over fire. This passion and Michael's great gifts for sharing his cooking philosophy (described by Publisher's Weekly as "cooking is craft") and his

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He's a Top Chef master, an Iron Chef, an Emmy Award-winning television host, a booked-solid restaurateur, and his cookbooks have sold half a million copies. And, at heart, Michael Chiarello is a master of cooking over fire. This passion and Michael's great gifts for sharing his cooking philosophy (described by Publisher's Weekly as "cooking is craft") and his recipes with such ease and enthusiasm infuse Live Fire, a book destined to fire up the cooking of anyone who takes pride in their grilling. Live Fire features many ways to cook with open flame and embers: the beloved backyard grill, of course, and also using a fire pit, spit, or rotisserie, and more. Here are 125 of Michael's surefire recipes for all courses and 100 sumptuous photographs. All this makes Live Fire a substantial volume o be pored over for years to come—and a grilling book unlike any other.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Chiarello, the Napa Valley chef and vintner, thinks big in this oversized and highly enjoyable harbinger of spring. These 125 recipes are not about traditional barbecue, they’re about taking a variety of heat sources and maximizing their potential. Seven fiery methodologies are explored employing the grill, the hearth, the plancha, the pit, the hot box, the rotisserie, and cooking in embers. The author’s Italian roots show through in dishes like grilled pasta with grilled meatballs, where the spaghetti is lightly oiled and cooked in a grill basket before being sauced. There are a few whole-animal bacchanals, including baby goat on a spitjack, and lamb on an iron cross; and for white meat lovers, a hot-box recipe called chickens for twenty. Sliders are ignored in favor of a three-pound burger, which is flipped using a pizza paddle and served on a bun made from an entire loaf of country bread split in half. Slightly smaller but equally playful options include a leg of lamb on a string, which hangs and twirls from a hook beneath a fireplace mantel, and “smashing pumpkins with mint pesto and goat cheese,” which calls for the entire gourd to be covered in embers, then slammed into a sharp object. Heatproof gloves are a necessity, and should liquid courage be required, there is a chapter offering nine cold drinks, including a smoked tequila margarita. (May)
From the Publisher
"Whether it's in a pizza oven or directly over a flame, wood-fire cooking brings an entirely new dimension to food. Live Fire takes summer meals to the next level. It'll have your neighbors coveting the delicious smell from down the road." — Mario Batali"

There is nothing more soulful and satisfying than cooking over an open fire and Chiarello's LiveFire is the perfect guide. His style of cooking is a natural fit for open fire cooking." — Marco Canora, Hearth Restaurant New York"

Michael has really outdone himself with Live Fire. Talk about technique, he covers everything from making a whole lamb on an iron cross to grilling pasta and meatballs. It's unreal." — Emeril Lagasse"

Live Fire shines a bright light. This cookbook shares more than just the delicious recipes that have been expertly cooked over fire, it shares a timeless message of connection - of gathering around the ones you love to cook for and eat with. It seems only yesterday that Michael appeared at the kitchen door of Felidia hungry to learn, and has blossomed by cooking the food of his Italian heritage with a California sensibility. For him, food and the preparation of it tells a story of connection with the ones we treasure the most, and whether around a fire, or around the family table (as I always say), it is this very message of togetherness that resonates in each recipe found within this book's pages." — Lidia Bastianich"

Live Fire is a masterwork, celebrating one of our most primal urges. Michael, you're a genius." — Tyler Florence"

Forget what your parents told you about playing with fire. Michael Chiarello will teach you how to understand, master, and - above all - enjoy a return to cooking's primal roots. This is a revelatory and inspiring book." — Chef Michael White

Library Journal
With collaborators Ann Krueger Spivack and Claudia Sansone, celebrity chef Chiarello translates primal cooking techniques—such as roasting whole animals over a fire—into doable recipes for ambitious cooks. Like Barton Seaver's Where There's Smoke and Adam Perry Lang's Charred & Scruffed, this cookbook mixes rustic and upscale dishes with distinctive seasoning blends, condiments, cocktails, and side dishes. Comparatively, Chiarello's work has more desserts, entertaining menus, safety tips, and cooking methods (e.g., fire pit, rotisserie, hot box, plancha) than Seaver's or Lang's book. Readers looking to feed a crowd can attempt pig pickin' or whole lamb on an iron cross, which each serve 30–40. VERDICT Though challenging, these recipes boost the drama and sophistication of outdoor entertaining.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452101811
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
04/16/2013
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
507,462
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Chiarello is the chef/owner of Bottega, author of eight cookbooks, tastemaker behind NapaStyle, and one of the finalists for Bravo's Top Chef Masters. He lives in California's Napa Valley.

Frankie Frankeny is a food and lifestyle photographer based in San Francisco, California.

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