Early in his career, food writer Michael Ruhlman had his first taste of duck confit. The experience “became a fascination that transformed into a quest” to understand the larger world of food preservation, called charcuterie, once a critical factor in human survival. He wondered why its methods and preparations, which used to keep communities alive and allowed for long-distance exploration, had been almost forgotten. Along the way he met Brian Polcyn, who had been surrounded with traditional and modern charcuterie since childhood. “My Polish grandma made kielbasa every Christmas and Easter,” he told Ruhlman. At the time, Polcyn was teaching butchery at Schoolcraft College outside Detroit.
Ruhlman and Polcyn teamed up to share their passion for cured meats with a wider audience. The rest is culinary history. Charcuterie: Revised and Updated is organized into chapters on key practices: salt-cured meats like pancetta, dry-cured meats like salami and chorizo, forcemeats including pâtés and terrines, and smoked meats and fish. Readers will find all the classic recipes: duck confit, sausages, prosciutto, bacon, pâté de campagne, and knackwurst, among others. Ruhlman and Polcyn also expand on traditional mainstays, offering recipes for hot- and cold-smoked salmon; shrimp, lobster, and leek sausage; and grilled vegetable terrine. All these techniques make for a stunning addition to a contemporary menu.
Thoroughly instructive and fully illustrated, this updated edition includes seventy-five detailed line drawings that guide the reader through all the techniques. With new recipes and revised sections to reflect the best equipment available today, Charcuterie: Revised and Updated remains the undisputed authority on charcuterie.
Reaching your full culinary potential takes more than just starting with high-quality ingredients and following a solid recipe. You also need to learn proper technique, master essential kitchen tools and know the secrets to great cooking that all chefs learn in culinary school. Chef Michelle Doll shines new light on familiar tools such as rolling pins, sheet pans, skillets, Dutch ovens, blenders, mixers, pressure cookers and more in this comprehensive, readable and entertaining guide. Her exceptional recipes demonstrate these techniques in action.
Learn why a tapered French rolling pin is the best tool for rolling out dough, and then use it to make the flakiest pastry for Prime Time Fruit Galette. Follow Michelle as she delves into what she calls the stovetop–sauté pan matrix and make Better Than Take-Out Teriyaki Chicken that will have you taking your favorite Chinese restaurant off of speed dial. You’ll also learn some surprising techniques for using your kitchen tools in new ways, making tender Grape Shallot Focaccia in a cast-iron skillet, Peanut Butter Jelly Quick Bread in a blender and Slow and Easy French Onion Soup in a Dutch oven (you won’t be tied to the stovetop stirring caramelized onions every five minutes—genius!). With the perfect blend of fresh kitchen science and delicious examples of that science in action, this book is a must-read for kitchen geeks and everyday home cooks alik
The sous vide method isn’t just for high culinary cooking anymore. Home cooks can prepare flavorful, perfectly-cooked meals with ease—even the trickiest cuts of meat come out cooked to your exact expectations in a precision water bath. Justice Stewart has taken the guesswork out of mealtime so that you can get it right every single time.
Become the envy of your dinner party when you prepare Argentine Skirt Steak with Chimichurri, Iberico Pork Tenderloin with Cherry-Mustard Sauce or even a Rack of Lamb with Butter and Garlic Asparagus. Sous vide cooking ensures your shellfish is buttery in your Mediterranean Octopus Salad or Lobster Fettuccine in Herbed Cream Sauce. Sides, sauces and desserts become easy in the sous vide bath. Mastering the Art of Sous Vide Cooking is your secret weapon for hands-off, delicious, gourmet meals.
Thanks to The I Love Trader Joe's(R) Cookbook, frugal foodies can turn a one-stop shopping trip to TJ's into a tasty treat in no time at all. The recipes in this book cover everything from crowd-pleasing hors d'oeuvres and healthy salads to gourmet entrees and world-class desserts, including:
-Green Olive and Gorgonzola Palmiers
-Red, White and Blue Firecracker Potato Chips
-Prosciutto Turkey Tenderloin with Fingerlings
-Maui Beef on Coconut Rice with Macadamia Nuts and Basil
-Caramelized Onion, Fig and Gorgonzola Tart
-Sweet-Glazed Salmon with Corn Salsa
-Sassy Peach Sweet Potatoes
-Hazelnut-Plum Baby Cakes
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