A Great American Cook

A Great American Cook

Recipes From the Home Kitchen of One of Our Most Influential Chefs

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Renowned chef Jonathan Waxman knows that becoming a great American cook starts at home—here he shares methods for recipes you can pull together with just a few ingredients.

 

Widely recognized as one of the fathers of New American cuisine, Jonathan Waxman knows how to make magnificent food from just a few ingredients, roasting eggplants and red peppers for an intensely flavored soup or tossing asparagus with oranges and hazelnuts for a refreshing first course. His vision is bold, but strikingly unpretentious: many of the dishes in A Great American Cook—like the Shrimp BLT, Crispy Chicken and Goat Cheese Burritos, and Gingerbread with Brandied Plums—are free-spirited plays on classics, and his “less is more” philosophy animates suppers like flash-seared scallops on caramelized onions and chicken cooked under a brick with a sauce of rosé wine, bacon, and peas. From a versatile vegetable dish that goes with nearly every main course to handmade pastas with delicate sauces to a foolproof way to cook salmon, Waxman gives you all the techniques and recipes you need for simple, sophisticated cooking at home.

Widely recognized as one of the fathers of New American cuisine, Jonathan Waxman became a mentor to hundreds of chefs on both coasts. Here he shows you how to flex your culinary muscles while having fun in the kitchen.
A Great American Cook presents Waxman’s finest dishes the way he makes them at home. They include the Red Pepper Pancakes with Corn and Caviar that he created when he ran the kitchen of Alice Waters’s Chez Panisse, his famous Grilled Chicken with JW Fries, and a homey Pizza with Bacon, Scallions, Parmesan, and Tomato that’s a family weeknight favorite. His combinations are simple but unexpected, exuberant but down to earth. Many of the dishes juxtapose contrasting flavors and textures, pairing cool beef carpaccio with warm potato salad, soft crab cakes with crunchy slaw, or whole wheat pasta with spicy clams. Other recipes, such as Shrimp BLT, Crispy Chicken and Goat Cheese Burritos, and Gingerbread with Brandied Plums, are free-spirited plays on classics.
Waxman shows how to produce magnificent food from just a few ingredients, roasting eggplants and red peppers for a forcefully flavored soup or tossing asparagus with oranges and hazelnuts for a refreshing first course. He repeatedly demonstrates his philosophy of “less is more” with suppers like flash-seared scallops on caramelized onions and chicken cooked under a brick with a sauce of rosé wine, bacon, and peas. In the best American tradition, his vision is bold but strikingly unpretentious. From a versatile vegetable dish that goes with nearly every main course to handmade pastas with delicate sauces to a foolproof way to cook salmon, Waxman gives you all the techniques and recipes to make you a great American cook in your own right.
His invigorating message throughout: Let your ingredients do the talking. Lighten up! Enjoy yourself!


Baker & Taylor
A collection of contemporary American recipes features dishes that blend rustic style with strong flavors and straightforward technique, including steamed artichokes with garlic mayonnaise and red pepper pancakes with corn and caviar.

Baker
& Taylor

A collection of recipes by one of the leading lights of contemporary American cookery features dishes that blend his signature rustic style with strong flavors and straightforward technique, including Grilled Chicken with JW Fries, Crispy Chicken and Goat Cheese Burritos, Red Pepper Pancakes with Corn Sauce and Smoked Salmon, and Pizza with Bacon, Scallions, Parmesan, and Tomatoes.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007
ISBN: 9780618658527
0618658521
Branch Call Number: 641.5973 WAX
Characteristics: xiv, 286 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Steele, Tom 1952 March 30-

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