“People forget that beneath its bright and shiny surface, the city is a world of hidden corners and private homes where the food is terrific and the effort to keep it that way never ends. Kate McDonough opens the door to these little known worlds. Her book makes me want to eat the whole city all over again.”
Molly O'Neill, author of One Big Table and A Well-Seasoned Appetite
“Learning to cook, you need this book. Wanting to try something new, you need this book. For resources, you need this book. In short, you need this book.”
Barbara Kafka, author of Vegetable Love and the forthcoming The Intolerant Gourmet
"As creator of TheCityCook.com, Kate embracedno, huggedthe unique opportunities and challenges the urban home cook faces. What pleasure to see that enthusiasm carried on in this book. It's packed with citified home entertaining and cooking tips, and when Kate runs with a methodlike the suite of different pureed vegetable recipesyou can really see her zeal at work."
Eugenia Bone, author of Well-Preserved and Italian Family Dining
“Kate McDonough has exactly the right idea: making shopping and cooking part of your daily life. Her savvy strategies and recipes show how simple and delicious this can be.”
Roy Finamore, author of the James Beard Award-winner Tasty
"With just eight words—big city, small kitchen, limitless ingredients, no time—first-time cookbook author McDonough ensures that she (and her 90 recipes) will wriggle her way into urban kitchens, and urban hearts...there truly is a recipe for everyone."
— Barbara Jacobs, Booklist
Writing for busy cooks with access to a wide range of ingredients, McDonough (editor, thecitycook.com) begins with basics like stocking a pantry and refrigerator; tools, pots, and pans; and how to shop. She offers flavorful, simple recipes to prepare for the family or guests—Baked Peach and Bourbon Ham is sure to please. Resources include some of the best urban markets in the United States (listing addresses, phone numbers, and websites), online merchants for specific ingredients, and organizations (websites provided). The photographs portray people in markets rather than finished recipes. Recommended—urban cooking has been a neglected topic.