There are times when you want to cook a special meal at home just like those celebrity chefs you see on TV. Maybe it’s just not the right time to go out to dinner for whatever reason or perhaps like me, cooking something new in the kitchen is challenging and fun. No matter the reason there are a raft of celebrity chef cookbooks out there.
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Why Buy a Celebrity Chef Cookbook?
Here are a few to consider.
The Craft of Cooking by Tom Colicchio
- From Tom Colicchio, chef/co-owner of New York’s acclaimed Gramercy Tavern, comes a book that profiles the food and philosophy of Craft, his unique restaurant in the heart of New York’s Flatiron district, and winner of the 2002 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in America. From its food to its architecture and menu design, Craft has been celebrated for its courageous movement away from culinary theatrics and over-the-top presentations, back to the simple magic of great food.
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Home Cooking with Charlie Trotter by Charlie Trotter
- Charlie Trotter’s most approachable cookbook, HOME COOKING WITH CHARLIE TROTTER is designed for casual home cooks who appreciate top-quality cuisine. Trotter begins by discussing classic methods of preparing food, from braising to grilling to sautéing. He then presents a variety of uptown traditional–as well as an assortment of exotic–starters, entrées, and desserts that have been streamlined with an eye for readily available ingredients and straight-forward techniques, while still bearing the master chef’s signature style.
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Gumbo Love by Lucy Buffet
- Since she was a young girl, Lucy Buffett has believed in the power of gumbo-the stirring, the transformation of the roux, the simple ingredients cooking up into something much better than just the sum of its parts. It’s only fitting that she signs her name with “Gumbo Love” and that she makes a living feeding people the most delicious, soul-satisfying food.
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Asian Flavors of Jean Georges by Jean Georges Vongerichten
- Jean-Georges began his love affair with Asian food when he became the chef de cuisine at the renowned Oriental Hotel in Bangkok at the age of twenty-three. His trips to the markets of Bangkok sparked a lifelong obsession with ingredients like ginger, lemongrass, curry pastes and powders, and all kinds of exotic fruits and vegetables. In 1992, when he came to New York to cook at Lafayette in the Drake Hotel, he was the first to combine the flavors of Thailand with French technique. The restaurant was a sensation, immediately earning four stars from the New York Times, and launching his dazzling career in the United States.
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Cooking with Curtis by Curtis Stone
- Divided by season, Cooking with Curtis features such traditional ingredients as lamb, chocolate and rhubarb along with scallops, vanilla and even truffles. Professional chef Curtis Stone points out that his dishes are often chosen from a restaurant menu, but are rarely prepared at home. He selects 24 ingredients, then offers three different recipes for each: one for beginner cooks, one for the experienced and the last for the adventurous. This three-step approach ingeniously builds confidence in even the most timid cook. After all, cooking basics can be mastered by anyone — and this book promises that a complex dish can successfully be prepared by following Chef Stone’s expert directions.
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Many More Celebrity Chef Cookbooks
There are and will continue to be many more celebrity chef cookbooks and that can only be a good thing. That way all of us at home can continue to learn and take advantage of the skills of these chefs. I may not follow recipes exactly but each one I read teaches me something that I carry forward to the next thing I cook or bake. It’s one of the reasons I love cookbooks and have so many of them.