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This is a book about good food with heart: 80 easy-to-prepare comfort food recipes. What is it about comfort food? We now know that certain foods can trigger the part of our brain that connects to pleasurable early memories: think of apple pie, mashed potatoes and butter, the smell of garlic and onions sizzling in olive oil… By early childhood we are imprinted with these sense and taste preferences.
For co-authors Chris Fennimore and Chef Daniel Agüera, their food memories started as children in their grandmothers’ kitchens. Chris’s Italian grandmother could make magic out of the simplest ingredients; Daniel’s Spanish abuela taught him to cook from the heart. In this book, they showcase their families’ best-loved comfort food traditions, along with American classics that should always have a place at the table. Test kitchen approved – with mouthwatering color photos for every recipe.
|Publisher:||St. Lynn's Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Chris Fennimore is a popular figure on Pittsburgh’s WQED public television. Since 1993 he has produced and hosted the series “QED Cooks,” winning an Emmy and a James Beard Award along the way. He has produced, contributed to and edited more than 100 community cookbooks in WQED’s “America’s Homecooking Series,” used in membership drives.
Daniel Agüera is a world-traveled chef – born in northern Spain to a restaurant family and now lives in Pittsburgh. He has a formal culinary education and long experience in restaurants (including his own), hotels, stadiums and large commercial food centers. His philosophy is “simple ingredients done well.”
Read an Excerpt
WOODEN SPOONS [from “Simple Tools”]
Daniel – Aside from being things of beauty that connect us with all our cooking ancestors, wooden spoons are usually the best tool for the job – mixing, stirring, folding. And the handles don’t get hot when you leave the spoon in the pot.
For various reasons, wooden spoons aren't often used in restaurants anymore. Before they were banned, a wooden spoon was like a maestro's conducting baton in the hands of a chef, including my grandmother. Chefs would use them to point, gesture for emphasis, or even threaten. My grandmother delivered a few well-deserved smacks with a wooden spoon. The memories of her shaking that spoon in the air will forever be dear to me. From time to time, I see a nice piece of wood and think, "That would make a good wooden spoon." I have quite a stash of these pieces of wood by now. One of these days when I have plenty of spare time I may carve some spoons again as I did when I was a kid.
Table of Contents
- Bread and Such
- Soup’s On
- Call It Macaroni
- The Egg and Us
- Family Favorites
- Eat Your Veggies
- Sweets for the Sweet
What People are Saying About This
"Chris and I have cooked many recipes together, but we really bonded behind the stove when we shared our family food stories and our grandmothers’ recipes. Congratulations, Chris! You have put all of those wonderful and deliciously simple recipes in a must-have cookbook, along with the added flavors of Chef Daniel Aguera. Simple Pleasures a collection of simple, delicious recipes and memories."
Simple Pleasures is more than just a cookbook; it is an endearing collection and connection to food as it should be – memorable home cooked dishes made with everyday quality ingredients that are simply cooked to bring out real honest-to-goodness flavor with minimal effort.
Mary Ann Esposito, host of PBS’s “Ciao Italia” and author of Ciao Italia Family Classics
" Simple Pleasures is more than just a cookbook; it is an endearing collection and connection to food as it should be – memorable home cooked dishes made with everyday quality ingredients that are simply cooked to bring out real honest-to-goodness flavor with minimal effort."