Recipes: A Collection for the Modern Cook


Recipes. Cooking all comes down to the recipes — those ingredient-by-ingredient, technique-by-technique, step-by-step instructions.

In Recipes, Susan Spungen, founding food editor and editorial director for food at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia for twelve years, presents her own easy, unfettered ideas for cooking simple food rich with freshness and flavors to share with family and friends.

Recipes is organized by technique, explaining why ...

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Recipes. Cooking all comes down to the recipes — those ingredient-by-ingredient, technique-by-technique, step-by-step instructions.

In Recipes, Susan Spungen, founding food editor and editorial director for food at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia for twelve years, presents her own easy, unfettered ideas for cooking simple food rich with freshness and flavors to share with family and friends.

Recipes is organized by technique, explaining why sautéing is great for two or four but when feeding a crowd braising is the better choice. "Prepare" focuses on the basics, from making a vinaigrette to roasting garlic and peppers. "Chop" includes not just salads, but gazpacho and a Provençal sandwich that requires knife skills. "Sauté" explains how to pan-sear fish and make a layered omelet. "Grill" shows proper techniques for cooking scallops, asparagus, and steak over an open fire. "Roast" offers the perfect roast chicken and a roasted squash salad. "Bake" features a variety of pizzas as well as mushrooms baked in parchment paper. "Simmer and Braise" coaxes the most flavors from soups and lamb shanks. Finally, there's "Indulge," a selection of desserts from simple brownies and peach melba to a fruit crisp and a rich chocolate cake.

Susan believes that one of the most pleasurable parts of a meal should be the making of it. Recipes encourages home cooks to become confident cooks.

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Editorial Reviews

Korby Kummer
Her chicken rubbed with smoked paprika and roasted with root vegetables on a "rack" of thick onion slices will be good for casual winter entertaining. Come summer, try her warm caprese salad with stacked slices of tomato and mozzarella grilled "until the cheese slumps."
— The New York Times
Library Journal
Drawing on her experiences as a founding food editor of Martha Stewart Living, Spungen has compiled a fairly standard cookbook of slightly more than 100 recipes for salads, entr es, side dishes, and desserts arranged by cooking technique rather than food type. Thus, baby back ribs, planked salmon, and grilled asparagus can all be found under "Grill." Thankfully, an index is promised, which should make locating dishes somewhat easier. The recipes-most of which are accompanied by color photographs-are similar to those featured in Martha Stewart Living, sophisticated but usually not terribly complicated, with cooking tips and serving suggestions. Overall, a nice addition for larger cookery collections and especially for fans of Stewart, who wrote the foreword.-Susan Hurst, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060731243
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/8/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,376,739
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Spungen was the founding food editor and editorial director for food at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia from its launch in 1991 until 2003. She wrote a bimonthly column called "Easy Entertaining" for the magazine until June 2004, and helped launch MSO's first all-food title, Everyday Food. She is coauthor of the best-selling Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook. She lives in New York City.

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A Collection for the Modern Cook
By Susan Spungen

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright ©2006 Susan Spungen
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060731249

Peanut Noodles with Mango

Serves 8 to 10 as a side dish

These noodles are the perfect thing to bring to or serve at a summer party. They can be made hours, even a day, ahead of time and they won't become gummy. Mango, while an unorthodox addition, adds juiciness and bright color. Sugar snap peas provide crunch, but don't add them until serving time. Serve with Grill-Roasted Lemongrass Chicken (page io8), Baby Back Ribs with Coffee BBQ Sauce (page 100), or simple grilled chicken breasts.


For the Peanut Dressing
¾ cup smooth natural-style peanut butter
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
4 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1 heaping tablespoon grated ginger
Scant teaspoon red pepper flakes
¾ teaspoon sugar
For the Noodle Salad
Kosher salt
1 pound thick spaghetti
2 cups sugar snap peas, strings removed, or snow peas
2 ripe mangos
Juice of 1 lime
2 scallions, thinly sliced
½ cup loosely packed cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
¼ cup roasted peanuts


Make thepeanut dressing by combining the peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, oil, ginger, red pepper flakes, sugar, and 1/2 cup hot water in a mini food processor. Blend well and set aside. (This can be made several days ahead of time.) Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt and the spaghetti and cook according to package directions, stirring occasionally, until al dente.

Meanwhile, bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Cook the peas until they turn bright green, about 30 seconds. Drain and immediately plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Once the peas have cooled, drain, pat dry, cut in half, and set aside.

Stand a mango on the stem end. Using a sharp knife, cut the mango into two large pieces, cutting as close to the large flat pit as possible. Score each half of the mango into s-inch squares, but don't cut through the skin. Next, run the knife between the flesh and the skin to release the cubes. Place the cubes in a small bowl; repeat with the other mango. Squeeze excess juice from the trimmings into the bowl. Squeeze the lime onto the mango cubes and season with a little salt.

When the spaghetti is done, drain, rinse with cold water, and drain again. In a large bowl, toss the spaghetti with the peanut dressing until well coated. Add the peas and three quarters of the scallions and toss to combine. Place the noodles on a large serving platter, sprinkle the mango over the noodles, and garnish with the remaining scallions, the cilantro, and peanuts. Serve immediately. If making in advance reserve about one third of the dressing and toss the noodles with the reserved dressing immediately before serving.

Peach Melba

Serves 6

A sublime and classic dessert that belies its simplicity. Serve in pretty stemmed glasses or tumblers for a refined presentation accompanied by Almond Shortbread. This dessert should be reserved for juicy, ripe in-season peaches, but if for some reason they aren't as flavorful as you'd like, sprinkle the peaches with a little sugar and a few drops of liqueur such as kirsch, Cognac, or use a white dessert wine such as Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, which would also go very nicely with it.


1 pint raspberries
½ cup sugar
6 ripe peaches
About 1 pint vanilla ice cream
Almond Shortbread (page 214)


Combine half of the raspberries, the sugar, and 1 tablespoon water in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar melts and the mixture comes to a boil, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and fold in the remaining raspberries and transfer to a bowl to cool. (This can be made several days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.)

Cut a shallow X into the bottom of each peach with a paring knife. Plunge the peaches into boiling water for about 30 seconds (or until the skins loosen), and then into ice water. Slip off the skins and cut each peach into 6 to 8 slices.

To serve, place 1 sliced peach in each of 6 stemmed glasses or tumblers. Place about ¼ cup raspberry sauce on top, and top with one generous scoop of ice cream. Serve immediately with Almond Shortbread.


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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Introduction: The Modern Cook 1
Prepare 9
Chop 39
Saute 59
Grill 91
Roast 121
Bake 149
Simmer & Braise 174
Indulge 210
Sources 254
Acknowledgments 256
Index 259
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