Two Dudes, One Pan: Maximum Flavor from a Minimalist Kitchen

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Just one pan? No problem! You’ll need only a single skillet, or a roasting pan, or a Dutch oven to make any of the 100 knockout recipes that have made this team the hottest culinary duo west of the Rockies.

Today their catering business and restaurant are the toast of Los Angeles, but Jon and Vinny still remember what it was like to cook with a minimum of space, time, and equipment. And they know that it is the feel-good, homestyle favorites that win raves from their clients and...

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Overview

Just one pan? No problem! You’ll need only a single skillet, or a roasting pan, or a Dutch oven to make any of the 100 knockout recipes that have made this team the hottest culinary duo west of the Rockies.

Today their catering business and restaurant are the toast of Los Angeles, but Jon and Vinny still remember what it was like to cook with a minimum of space, time, and equipment. And they know that it is the feel-good, homestyle favorites that win raves from their clients and will make any home cook’s reputation. In Two Dudes, One Pan they show you how to prepare a surprising array of dishes—from finger foods to sweets and everything in between—using a few simple pieces of equipment and never more than one at a time.

Just as Jon and Vinny depend on fewer kitchen tools and gadgets than most cooks, they also believe it’s possible to eat well without spending a fortune, and their varied, deeply flavored food won’t send you running to the gourmet shop in search of an obscure ingredient. For them, it’s all about what you can do with food from the local grocery store. Pick up your favorite pan and try your hand at dishes like:

Curried Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard and Red Onion Slaw
• Sake-Soy Sea Bass with Baby Bok Choy
• Spicy Roasted Cauliflower, Capers, and Parm
• Sherried Salmon and Cipollini Onions
• Five-Spice Cornish Hens
• Pistachio Tiramisù with Sweet Cherry Sauce
• Pumpkin Pie Bars

With full-color photographs, ingredient alternatives, helpful tips and shortcuts, and dozens of straightforward, down-and-dirty recipes that pack a wallop of flavor, Two Dudes, One Pan will inspire you to use less—and cook more.

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Publishers Weekly

Through their Food Network reality show and this, their first print effort, the Two Dudes hope to prove the buddy system to be a winning formula. Owners of Caramelized Productions, a Hollywood catering company, the authors present 100 offerings inspired by their early days of minimal money, ingredients and cookware. The guys manage to concoct a fun, fresh collection. The chapters are based upon the recipesa' cooking vessels rather than their ingredients. Therea's "The Big Bowl," "Nonstick Skillet," "Frying Pan," "Dutch Oven," "Roasting Pan" and "Baking Dish." Seafood is their specialty, with dishes such as Sea Bass, Clams, Bacon and Leeks in White Wine, and a Crispy Dill Snapper, which breaks the booka's single-pan rule by utilizing an empty skillet to weigh down the fillets while they cook to keep them from curling. Four types of burgers hit the skillet including one made with lamb and feta cheese and another with pork and a Fennel-Apple Slaw. The Dutch oven is the source of comfort food like Clam Chowder and Buttermilk-Sage Fried Chicken, while the baking dish runs away with the spoon in desserts such as Chocolate-Hazelnut Bread Pudding and Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp. (Aug.)

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Library Journal

Shook and Dotolo met at cooking school in Fort Lauderdale and have cooked at high-end restaurants in Florida and Los Angeles, but when they were between jobs, they began a sort of cooking-on-the-fly catering business called Carmelized Productions. Their business has expanded, and they are opening a restaurant in West Hollywood later this year, but their first book is a reflection of their original catering philosophy, "cooking on a budget-a time budget, an equipment budget, as well as a food budget." The recipes are organized into chapters by equipment, because just about all of them require only one pan. The "classic skillet" recipes, for example, include Tuna Steak au Poivre and Killer Garlic Shrimp. With an interesting approach, readable text, and big-flavored recipes, this is recommended for most collections.


—Judith Sutton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307382603
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 8/26/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 423,206
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

The stars of Food Network’s Two Dudes Catering, JON SHOOK and VINNY DOTOLO are culinary graduates of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. After working together at several top restaurants in Florida, the two embarked on a culinary journey across America that ultimately brought them to Los Angeles. Since establishing their catering company they have cooked for a who’s who of Hollywood luminaries. Their restaurant, Animal, opened in Los Angeles in 2008.

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