Learn to cook from the best chefs in AmericaSome people say you can only learn to cook by doing. So Adam Roberts, creator of the award-winning blog The Amateur Gourmet, set out to cook in 50 of America's best kitchens to figure out how any average Joe or Jane can cook like a seasoned pro. From Alice Waters's garden to José Andrés's home kitchen, it was a journey peppered with rock-star chefs and dedicated home cooks unified by a common passion, one that Roberts understands deeply and transfers to the reader with flair, thoughtfulness, and good humor: a love and appreciation of cooking. Roberts adapts recipes from Hugh Acheson, Lidia Bastianich, Roy Choi, Harold Dieterle, Sara Moulton, and more.
The culmination of that journey is a cookbook filled with lessons, tips, and tricks from the most admired chefs in America, including how to properly dress a salad, bake a no-fail piecrust, make light and airy pasta, and stir-fry in a wok, plus how to improve your knife skills, eliminate wasteful food practices, and create recipes of your very own. Most important, Roberts has adapted 150 of the chefs' signature recipes into totally doable dishes for the home cook. Now anyone can learn to cook like a pro!
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“I love this book. It is a collision of one of the most curious and enthusiastic home cooks I know, Adam Roberts, and a long list of chefs and cooks I would do just about anything to learn from. He is able to draw out a fascinating range of quotes, lessons, recipes, and insights—each as distinct and personal as those sharing their kitchens.” —Heidi Swanson, author ofSuper Natural Every Day
“Adam Roberts’s book is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn from the best chefs in the country.” —David Chang, chef/owner, Momofuku
“Adam Roberts is an original: smart, funny, talented, endlessly inquisitive, an A student and, happily for us, an A+ teacher. Everyone from beginner cooks to sure hands will learn something new on each page. And even if, like Adam’s mom’s, your stove stores shoes and handbags, you’ll still be charmed bySecrets—it’s a great read.” —Dorie Greenspan, author ofAround My French Table
“One of the best and most approachable books on chefs’ cooking I’ve seen—showcasing recipes anyone can master, without fussy techniques or fancy equipment.” —David Lebovitz, pastry chef and author ofThe Sweet Life in Paris
“As interpreter, tour guide, doppelganger, chef-speak translator, and technical test bunny, Roberts heightens the experience of cooking with the greats by giving us the inside track on accessing the greatest kitchen talent of our time.” —Andrew Zimmern, host ofBizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
“Adam Roberts, who blogs asThe Amateur Gourmet, brings a professional’s clarity and imagination to this unusual and very useful cookbook. There are plenty of great recipes here, but what makes the book uniquely valuable are the insiders’ tips and trade secrets, full of reassurances and common sense, generously shared by chefs both famous and little-known, from José Andrés and Jonathan Waxman to Tim Artz and Angelish Wilson. I’d saySecrets of the Best Chefsis almost guaranteed to make you a better cook.” —Colman Andrews, editorial director TheDailyMeal.com and author ofThe Country Cooking of Italy
“Adam Roberts renders each chef’s story so engagingly that every chapter is its own travel story; taken as a whole, they add up to the most inspiring portrait of contemporary American cooking we’ve seen.” —Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors ofThe Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern
“Adam Roberts is the affable and infectiously curious friend we all wish we had with us in the kitchen—the one who prods us with questions, entertains us with amusing tales, and makes us feel better when our cake flops.” —Amanda Hesser, food writer and founder ofFood52
“This book is packed with the kind of insights and tips that stay with you for a lifetime of cooking, and written from a sophisticated yet friendly and relatable point of view that tells any reader they are welcome and that they can do this. It looks great, too, and the photos make obvious the amount of fun Adam had doing this—sending perhaps the best message of all, that cooking with friends is the most fun you can have standing up.” —Ted Allen, author ofIn My Kitchen