The Shared Table: Cooking and Community

The Shared Table: Cooking and Community

by Don Pintabona, Judith Choate
     
 

A labor of love from one of the most celebrated chefs in the business, Don Pintabona's The Shared Table is a cookbook designed for casual dining with family and friends. With its focus on cooking and community, The Shared Table takes us on a culinary adventure.

Recipes correspond to chapters of Pintabona's life and are infused with hisSee more details below

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A labor of love from one of the most celebrated chefs in the business, Don Pintabona's The Shared Table is a cookbook designed for casual dining with family and friends. With its focus on cooking and community, The Shared Table takes us on a culinary adventure.

Recipes correspond to chapters of Pintabona's life and are infused with his recollections, from his earliest days in the kitchen, frying meatballs with his Italian relatives; to his festive block parties in Brooklyn; to his travels, whether to the front of the restaurant range or to a remote locale in search of new ideas and flavors.

Pintabona writes about the hospitality he's received and about how food plays a vital role in bringing people together in harmony and friendship, something he pondered deeply while serving food to workers at the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of September 11. Here he shares those reflections of how a community can demonstrate the best of the human spirit.

Along the way, Pintabona invites us into the kitchen to create a stunning array of dishes, both simple and exotic. Among them are Thai Shrimp Toasts; Hearty Lentil and Tomato Soup; Grilled Asparagus with Basil-Orange Vinaigrette; Four-Cheese Mac and Cheez; Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Mushy Peas; and Turkey Meat Loaf with Cranberry Glaze. Pintabona also provides the secrets to a variety of sauces, including Nana's Fresh Marinara Sauce, Ginger Plum Sauce, and Yellow Curry Sauce. His remarkable desserts include Tarte au Chocolat, Sweet Asian Plums, and Ricotta Cookies.

Brimming with striking food and travel photographs and with family snapshots, this heartfelt cookbook inspires us to preparemeals for gatherings of those we love-and exemplifies the unshakable bonds forged when food is shared at the table.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Pintabona, chef of New York's Tribeca Grill who famously fed hundreds of recovery workers after 9/11, shapes a diverse collection of recipes around the story of his life. Unfortunately, Pintabona's story-from his Italian-American childhood to his French and Japanese culinary training and his restaurant proprietorship-isn't as appealing as the food he celebrates. By clinging to the memoir structure, Pintabona forces readers to discover dishes according to his life's chronology, rather than in relation to ingredients, courses, seasonality or technique (though there is a list of recipes by course). When he works in France, readers learn about Iles Flottantes; when he visits Israel, they find Eggplant Cured in Lemon. The recipes include Sicilian Stuffed Calamari with Raisins and Pignoli, Japanese Yakinuku (barbecue), and Turkey Meat Loaf with Cranberry Glaze. The section devoted to working at the Tribeca Grill is more practical, where Pintabona's elaborations on cooking for crowds-with hors d'oeuvres like Chicken Skewers "Cordon Bleu" and chafing dish entrees such as Filet Mignon with Horseradish Whipped Potatoes-bring a more cohesive flow to the narrative. But still, the book is a strange hybrid. Part personal scrapbook, part international cookbook, it lacks the spirit that its likable author displayed in his earlier Tribeca Grill Cookbook. Photos. Agent, the Lescher Agency. (On sale Mar. 15) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375509223
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/15/2005
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.68(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.18(d)

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