Old-school Comfort Food

Old-school Comfort Food

The Way I Learned to Cook

Book - 2013
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How does one become an Iron Chef and a Chopped judge on Food Network--and what does she really cook at home? Alex Guarnaschelli grew up in a home suffused with a love of cooking. The daughter of a respected cookbook editor and a Chinese cooking enthusiast, Alex developed a passion for food at a young age. Old-School Comfort Food shares her journey from waist-high taste-tester to trained chef, along with the 100 recipes for how she learned to cook--and the way she still loves to eat. Here are Alex's secrets to great home cooking, where humble ingredients and familiar preparations combine with excellent technique and care to create memorable meals. Alex brings her recipes to life with reminiscences of everything from stealing tomatoes from her aunt's garden and her first bite of her mother's ṕte to being one of the few women in the kitchen of a renowned Parisian restaurant and serving celebrity clientele in her own successful New York City establishments. Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter, Publishers, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307956552
Characteristics: 303 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jan 21, 2014

Old-School Comfort Food; the Way I Learned to Cook --- by Alex Guarnascxhelli. I love cookbooks, especially those that go beyond being just a collection of recipes. Cookbooks that give provenance to the foods they tell you how to prepare. These are the ones that have aroma, the books you can taste. The comfort foods Guarnaschelli writes about are those of her childhood, her youth, the ones her mother made, and then later made with her. A wonderful collection of dishes: leeks vinaigrette; baked potato salad; breaded chicken with mustard and dry sherry and, the most intriguing, mashed potatoes “chantilly”. I tagged those recipes I wanted to try and soon had a forest of hot pink stick-em notes sprouting from the pages of the book: obviously a book I had to adopt.

Jul 24, 2013

Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli shares her "learning to cook" stories since girlhood. Her parents, a French cooking school, and restaurant apprenticeships all contributed to the chef she is today. This book shares favorite recipes, funny (and embarrassing) stories about her experiences, and the tools and ingredients she likes to use in the kitchen. Food photos as well as saved documents add interest to the text.


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