New American Chef: Cooking with the Best of Flavors and Techniques from Around the World / Edition 1

New American Chef: Cooking with the Best of Flavors and Techniques from Around the World / Edition 1

by Andrew Dornenburg, Karen Page
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471363448

ISBN-13: 9780471363446

Pub. Date: 10/20/2003

Publisher: Wiley

"With American enthusiasm, these new ‘lions in the kitchen’ are elevating cooking to a level never attained before in this country."
– JACQUES PEPIN

Bursting with insights and recipes from an unprecedented collection of America’s leading culinary authorities, The New American Chef is the first book to share the secrets of cooking with

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"With American enthusiasm, these new ‘lions in the kitchen’ are elevating cooking to a level never attained before in this country."
– JACQUES PEPIN

Bursting with insights and recipes from an unprecedented collection of America’s leading culinary authorities, The New American Chef is the first book to share the secrets of cooking with the vast array of global ingredients and techniques at the fingertips of today’s chefs and cooks.

The "incisive, hip writing team" (Publishers Weekly) of Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page, winners of the James Beard Award for Best Writing on Food for Becoming a Chef, has brought together dozens of top chefs and cookbook authors–including Mario Batali, Rick Bayless, Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse, Julie Sahni, Nina Simonds, Paula Wolfert, and many others–to reveal the essence of ten popular and influential cuisines:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mexican
  • Moroccan
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese

Each inspirational chapter reveals a fundamental lesson that one of these cuisines has to offer, whether it’s procuring the best ingredients (Italy), balancing strong flavors and aromatics (Thailand), or using spices (India) and chiles (Mexico) with skill and artistry. Best of all, there are more than 100 recipes to practice and savor–including Gazpacho Andaluz from Jose Andres of Jaleo, Rock Candy—Ginger Short Ribs from Michael Tong of Shun Lee Palace, and Vanilla Flan from Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill. Throughout, Michael Donnelly’s exquisite photographs transform the book into a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

A groundbreaking book comprising a virtual around-the-world cooking school, The New American Chef will make anyone a better cook–no matter what’s on the menu.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471363446
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/20/2003
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,041,045
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.15(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
MEET THE NEW AMERICAN CHEF.

Japan
CELEBRATING THE SEASONS THROUGH ALL THE SENSES.

While seasonality is a popular culinary touchstone throughout the world, the Japanese take their celebration of the seasons beyond the selection of produce in the market to the consideration of the flowers on the table, the types of bowls and plates used for serving the food, and the linens that dress the table. Seasonality is observed in every aspect of their lives—from the fabric of their clothing to the art on their walls.

Italy
PROCURING THE BEST INGREDIENTS.

The word “recipe” in Italian means “to procure”—and indeed, the most important aspect of good food in Italy starts with selecting the right ingredients. Learning to be as discriminating as an Italian chef will hold you in good stead when selecting ingredients from any part of the world.

Spain
LETTING INGREDIENTS TASTE OF WHAT THEY ARE.

While many countries are capable of serving and appreciating unadorned food, nowhere but in Spain is th is taken to such an extreme. The classic dishes of Spain are the simplest ones that let the natural flavors of the ingredients shine through. It is the only country whose regions are actually named after dishes: stews, roasts, rice, and fried foods.

France
WESTERN TECHNIQUES AND SAVOIR FAIRE.

The French contributed a codification of recipes and techniques to professional cooking, which is why most American cooking schools teach French technique. These techniques are timeless and consistent, and mastering the classics will give your cooking a solid foundation upon which to build.

China
EASTERN TECHNIQUES AND A YIN-YANG BALANCE.

The underlying philosophy of Chinese cuisine is rooted in the concept of yin-yang: a constant balance. Balance in Chinese cuisine is raised to an art form, both within a single dish, as well as among dishes on a menu. Understanding the concept of yin-yang and how to apply it to your cooking—in any vernacular—will make you a better chef.

India
THE MASTERFUL USE OF SPICES.

No other cuisine is as well known for spices as Indian. India consumes more spices per capita than any other nation on earth. From subtle to powerful Indian spicing is a force to be reckoned with—whether flavoring meats in the North or vegetarian dishes in the South—as well as a skill to be mastered.

Mexico
WHERE CHILES REIGN SUPREME.

While chiles are an important part of cuisines elsewhere in the world, in Mexico they play the starring role: as a flavoring agent, as a condiment, as a vegetable, and more. Dish for dish, Mexicans manage to coax more flavor out of fresh and dried chiles than any other cooks on earth—indeed, Mexico’s very cuisine would not be the same without them.

Thailand
BALANCING STRONG FLAVORS AND AROMATICS.

While in other countries a dish might first be appreciated with the eyes, in Thailand it is first appreciated through its scintillating aromas. No other cuisine employs aromatics as effectively as does Thai, and the intense sensory experience continues with the first bite, when the salty, sour, fiery, and sweet flavors begin their dance on the palate.

Vietnam
ENCOURAGING TACTILE AND TASTEFUL INTERACTION.

While the mark of culinary perfection elsewhere is the absence of salt and pepper on the table, in Vietnam, dishes are frequently served with a dizzying array of condiments—whether sauces, sprouts, and herbs for a dish of pho to lettuce leaves and a bowl of dipping sauce accompanying a plate of hot spring rolls. It is the diner’s own seasoning and preparation that completes the dish and the experience.

Morocco
FEASTING IN COMFORT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

All countries have their celebrations and festivals, but in Morocco, feasting is a way of life. Their mealtime rituals—from hand-washing to lounging on cushions and pillows—all underscore the importance they place on their sensual enjoyment of food.

DISTINGUISHED CULINARY EXPERTS.

BIBLIOGRAPHY.

INDEX.

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