The Minimalist Entertains Cookbook - Mark Bittman
Chef Mark Bittman's The Minimalist Entertains offers forty seasonal menus and 150 recipes for dinner parties, cocktail parties, barbecues and more. Bittman is known for his minimalist style of cooking whereby all recipes can be made quickly and easily from his step-by-step instructions.
Format: Hardcover and dust jacket, 268 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
Author: Mark Bittman
Description: The popular New York Times columnist and award-winning, bestselling cookbook author Mark Bittman now shares his winning strategies for creating elegant, delicious dinner parties with no fuss. Famous as "The Minimalist" for delicious recipes that can be made in a flash, Bittman has created a must-have cookbook for hosts and home cooks of all skill levels.
The book features more than 150 recipes in 40 menus organized by season.
Bittman's signature "Keys to Success" offer a wealth of tips, from choosing the best ingredients to improving and streamlining your cooking techniques.
Invaluable "Timetables" break down the process of preparing the meal step-by-step, including what can be made ahead of time (the day before or even earlier) and -- that most daunting of tasks for home cooks -- how to make several recipes at once. The menus, which include recipes for starters, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts, as well as wine suggestions, are tailored for all kinds of parties -- barbecues, buffets, picnics, sit-down dinners, cocktail fetes, and even an indoor or outdoor clambake.
Each menu draws on the peak ingredients of the season as well as foods that are always readily available. Spring encompasses menus such as A Simple Spring Dinner (Pan-Roasted Asparagus Soup with Tarragon; Broiled Salmon with Beurre Noisette; Pan-Crisped Potatoes; Ricotta with Walnuts and Honey).
Summer features A Cool Dinner for a Hot Night (Cold Pea Soup; Salted Watermelon, Thai-Style; Grilled Chicken, Sausage, and Vegetable Skewers; Lemon Granita).
For autumn, there's A Crowd-Pleasing Mexican Buffet (Shrimp "Seviche"; Fish Tacos with Fresh Salsa; Chicken Thighs with Mexican Flavors; Lime Granita). When the weather turns wintry, try A Hearty Midwinter Sit-Down (Mushroom Barley Soup; Breaded Lamb Cutlets; Pilaf with Pine Nuts and Currants; Tender Spinach and Crisp Shallots; Maple Bread Pudding).
Forget hard-to-find ingredients and hours in the kitchen. With The Minimalist Entertains, you'll look like a five-star host but feel like a carefree guest.
Condition: Good condition.
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