- Gebundene Ausgabe: 1056 Seiten
- Verlag: Rux Martin / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (28. September 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0618374086
- ISBN-13: 978-0618374083
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,2 x 5,2 x 25,4 cm
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The Gourmet Cookbook: More than 1000 recipes (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 28. September 2004
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When Gourmet magazine opened shop in 1941, it addressed a small epicurean audience. In those days, fine dining was French, seafood specialties always seemed to include cream and sherry, and game made the meal--or so the magazine preached. The bill of fare has changed since then, and fine dining now includes dishes from the world's four corners, commanded by a broad, food-aware audience. Over the years, Gourmet has chronicled all this, changing to reflect a wider, more democratized food scene that has also, paradoxically, raised the bar on what's expected of the average, too-busy cook. The Gourmet Cookbook is the most comprehensive of the magazine's recipe anthologies--a mega-tome offering more than 1,000 formulas drawn from Gourmet since its birth.
The statistics are indeed impressive: more than 100 hors d'oeuvre recipes; an equal number of vegetable dishes; 200 desserts--21 chapters in all, touching all courses and including stops at breakfast and brunch specialties; breads and crackers; plus sauces, salsas, and preserves. Included are recipes from Gourmet contributors like James Beard and Jean-Georges Vongericten, and hundreds of sidebars like "Salad Greens Primer" and "Blind Baking," all useful and informative. There are classic dishes like onion soup gratiné, gefilte fish, corn fritters, and peanut butter cookies; "new classics" such as fried calamari and spaghetti alla carbonara; and the "modern," including oatmeal brûlée with macerated berries and grilled lobster with orange chipotle vinaigrette--"every recipe you'd ever want," says the text, something of an understatement.
Cooks should know, however, that this is not a basic cookbook, despite its Noah's ark of formulas. Rather, it's a Gourmet cookbook, which means that, notwithstanding some rudimentary recipes, the focus is on the stylishly up-to-date (which is not to deny the excellence of the formulas), resulting, often, in refinements. Thus its recipe for mac and cheese calls for dijon mustard and panko; its beef stroganoff requires cremini mushrooms; its grilled chicken calls for brining; and so on. Recipes can also run to over 450 words, and require unusual ingredients. (A list of sources is provided.) Of all its chapters, those for sweets are the most immediately attractive.
For all the praise, though, there's one major goof. The recipe titles are printed in a light butter-yellow color, making them almost illegible. For many readers, this will be a deal-breaker; others will find it merely annoying. Should you own the book? For dedicated cooks and foodies the answer will be, How can I not? --Arthur Boehm
"This is the sort of cookbook you want by your side whether you're attempting cucumber sandwiches or coq au vin" --Lisa McLaughlin Time Magazine
"A classic... encyclopedic yet enticing." Time Magazine
"Brings American cooking into the 21st century." Boston Globe
"New Gourmet tome aims to sizzle its rivals... the appetizing recipes will send you scurrying into the kitchen." Boston Herald
"Has it all... Reichl et al. have done an admirable job." The San Francisco Chronicle
"Ideas for every course, occasion, and budget." USA Today
"You'll be astonished." U.S. News & World Report
"Not your everyday white bread cookbook." New York Post
"A landmark-and a treasure trove." Napa Valley Register
"the end-all recipe encylcopedia." Entertainment Weekly
"If you could dream up the perfect cookbook, it might look something like this: easy recipes for days when you’re spent and just want something quick and filling; pull-out-all-the-stops recipes for when you want to spend an entire week working on Saturday night’s meal; instructions for tasks like cleaning mussels and making pastry dough; introductions and mini-essays explaining recipes’ origins and the techniques they involve; and an overall panache and intelligence." Publishers Weekly, Starred
"This book is good both as a reference material for the novice or experienced home cook." Newark Star-Ledger
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There are some reviews commenting on the light yellow print used for recipe titles, but this was corrected in later printings (we have bought several copies to give as wedding gifts). Along with the recipes, the recipe descriptions, the tutorials, the section introductions, and paragraphs scattered throughout the book give helpful and valuable information on specific ingredients and cooking techniques, as well as the history of many recipes.
Fun to read, fun to cook from. A valuable addition to any cookbook collection.
The team involved in preparing this book had the following purpose and method (Page xii): "The concept was straightforward: we would look thro0ugh all the recipes we had ever published, select the best, and retest them. Then we would gather the cream of the crop into a book." I would note that some of these recipes are such that I will not try them (e.g., difficult cooking techniques or difficulty in finding key ingredients), but a large number of these are accessible to people who enjoy cooking their own meals. As such, this is a repository of recipes that are apt to be tastier and lusher than those from my beloved copy of "The Joy of Cooking." On the other hand, recipes are often more taxing on the amateur than are those in "Joy." As they say, a tradeoff. Nonetheless, many, many of these recipes are quite doable. . . .
The book is divided into a number of sections--Hors d'ouevres and first courses, Soups, Salads, Sandwiches and pizzas, Pasta (and noodles and dumplings), Grains and beans, Poultry, Beef (and weal and pork and lamb), Breads and crackers, Breakfast and brunch, Cookies (bars and confections), Cakes, Pies (tarts and pastries), Fruit desserts, Puddings (and custards, mousses, and soufflés), Frozen desserts and sweet sauces, Sauces and salsas, Relishes (and chutneys and pickles and preserves), and Basics. One of the nice things is the recognition in this volume of Americans' changing tastes. For instance, salsa is relatively recent in "Gourmet." By going over decades of recipes, one gets a sense of the changing nature of American tastes.
A word about "Basics," the past set of recipes in this work. Here, we see how to create the fundamental elements in cooking, such as stocks (chicken, beef, veal, fish, and vegetable), herbes de Provence (their recipe doesn't include lavender, but it would be easy enough to add), garam masala, and clarified butter (I have recently discovered how easy this is to make and what a difference it makes!).
There are so many worthy recipes that it makes little sense to try to enumerate some favorites or ones that I intend to make. However, perusing these makes it clear that while some will be challenging for the amateur cook, others are quite within the reach of such an audience--with the promise of some great tasting dishes!
Anyhow, a fine resource and one that I will be using in tandem with a precious few of my cookbooks that are workhorses in my kitchen library. . . .
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