Rediscover the joy in home cooking along with star chef Vongerichten (Asian Flavors of Jean-Georges, 2007, etc.).
To celebrate his 50th, chef and restaurateur Vongerichten gave himself weekends off to spend at his country house. During that time, he rediscovered the pleasures of cooking at home—something he hadn’t done in years. Far from the high-concept French-Asian fusion for which he is known, this collection focuses on meals that can be easily prepared in any home kitchen. It’s not about impressing guests or finding quick shortcuts to get dinner on the table; it’s a celebration of cooking family meals. Vongerichten writes of the importance of quality ingredients, shares information about his vendors and advocates shopping at local markets for seasonal produce. He includes photographs of his family and anecdotes about their favorite recipes, including his wife’s deliciously rich Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Readers can share Vongerichten’s pleasure in creating new flavor combinations for everyday meals. His Fiery Grilled Shrimp with Honeydew Gazpacho is simple yet intriguing, mixing chilies with mint and sweet melon for a cooling summer lunch. Snacks like Rosemary Popcorn and cocktails like Ginger Margaritas round out this cookbook, giving readers a picture of daily life in the country, Vongerichten-style.
An endearing twist on the super-chef cookbook, geared toward creative home cooks who want to explore new tastes.