Zuni Cafe San Francisco Cookbook
Zuni Cafe San Francisco Cookbook brings you 250 recipes from the acclaimed restaurant and its chef-owner Judy Rodgers This is a wonderful cookbook with over 500 pages of culinary pleasure.
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 547 pages.
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Author: Judy Rodgers
Description: A stroke of good fortune brought Judy Rodgers to the doorstep of the Troisgros Brothers' three-star restaurant in Roanne, France, when she was only a high school student. For more than a year, she watched closely, tasted relentlessly, and recorded every culinary thing she could. Won over by la cuisine -- while also taking time out to earn a degree at Stanford -- she continued her explorations by cooking in the southwest of France, then headed for Tuscany, Umbria, and Sicily, and later Catalonia and Greece, always in search of honest cuisine ginereuse, and always taking notes.
In 1987, Judy arrived at San Francisco's Zuni Cafe, eager to share the bounty she had amassed. Through years of creating daily menus for the cafe, she nurtured all the culinary traditions she observed in her travels, adapting them to the emerging traditions of Californian cooking.
At last, after years of anticipation, The Zuni Cafe Cookbook is here and lets you share in and enjoy the repertory that continues to captivate locals and travelers alike. Chef-owner Judy Rodgers has assembled a generous collection of 250 recipes and woven them together with a lifetime's worth of culinary lure. She walks you through each dish, providing friendly explanations of the how and why of every step -- you'll feel she is standing next to you in the kitchen as you cook. Crystal-clear essays on deciding what to cook, shopping for your food, and the habit of tasting will liberate the inexperienced cook and provide new insight for the experienced. Judy's ideas on roasting, braising, and pastry-making break new ground. And her "Practice of Salting Early" may forever change how you cook.
You'll find the world-famous Zuni Roast Chicken and Caesar Salad as well as the Zuni Hamburger and the very special Espresso Granita. Along the way you'll find advice on serving oysters, as well as how to endow a simple salad with finesse and heart and how to assemble a modest but exquisite cheese course. You'll learn what makes a stock for a soup or sauce extraordinary, what makes duck confit succulent, and what makes a risotto silky and rich. Judy will also convince you to make her favorite "labor-of-love-intensive" dishes -- braised oxtails, a fragrant porchetta, graisserons, and a treasury of rabbit recipes. This is honest, yet sophisticated, food from the heart.
Designed as it is for cooks, The Zuni Cafe Cookbook is also a treat for readers who enjoy curling up with a cookbook at night. Colorful stories are interspersed among the recipes and cooking lessons to deepen your understanding of the art of cooking and how its careful practice can enrich daily life. Judy's fine prose will draw you into the process, making reading her instructions as easy and satisfying as eating her food. Offering a new way to think about ingredients, and the act of cooking, The Zuni Cafe Cookbook is a masterwork, bringing together the ideas and practices of one of the most skilled cooks and food writers today.
Condition: Good condition.
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