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An American Family Cooks: From a Chocolate Cake You Will Never Forget to a Thanksgiving Everyone Can Master Hardcover – September 24, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Books (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159962124X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599621241
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.7 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The charm of this book lies in the personal and lengthy narrative, Judie’s explanations before each recipe that let you know why it was chosen, who makes it the most, tricks and tips to make it your own. I actually found myself reading every single recipe just to hear more of their story…” —Amber Turpin, Civil Eats, November 28, 2013

"I want to be adopted by Judith Choate and her two sons. So will you, when you get to know them from endearing stories of life backwhen sitting down every night to Judie's heartwarming, traditional American home cooking kept these three people going through rough times. Her sons Mickey and Chris grew into hard-working dads and expert home cooks in their own right. Together, they've written acookbook as personal as a family scrapbook and as indispensable as The Joy of Cooking.I went straight for the heart andsoul of Judie's classic weeknight cooking: meatballs and spaghetti. The meatballs are light and flavorful...and abundant. What she said made about 20 two-inch balls made about 30 or more for me, so my freezer is packed! Her recipe for marinara sauce makes about four quarts, so you'll be well stocked after a simple simmering of Pomi tomatoes (absolutely no additives), dried basil, and lots of fresh garlic.There's probably not a meal you want to make that isn't in here" – The Good Cook Book Club

"A family that cooks together stays together—or so you’ll think after perusing this delectable collection of recipes by Judith Choate (who has worked on over 100 cookbooks) and her sons, who have followed her footsteps into the culinary world." – Lindsay Hunt, Associate Food Editor, Real Simple, "7 Favorite Family Cookbooks," September 3, 2013

"...full of invaluable recipes, beautiful illustrations and photographs, and sweet family insights. The Choate family truly does cook, and I am thankful to them for sharing." – Aleta Copestakes, The Sonoma County Gazette, November 1, 2013

"It is a beautiful book, and easily approachable for the home cook." – Steve Boss, Host, Great Taste Radio Show

“Judie has been a wife, a mother, a ghostwriter for dozens of chefs, a co-author for others and a cookbook author in her own right. This is her quintessential book, written with her family and photographed by a great food photographer, her husband. She has poured her knowledge, her efficiencies, her sense of the delicious, the doable and eminently servable, and her laughter into this ultimate family cookbook. From her kitchen to yours.” – Charlie Palmer, chef, restaurateur, hotelier
 
“Judith’s knowledge and history of ingredients and cooking is outstanding. Her ability to extract and portray the true flavors in a recipe by developing the dishes onto the pages for the readers is phenomenal!  She is in a league of her own and a hell of a wonderful woman!”—Chef David Burke

"An American Family Cooks shows the true spirit of what American cooking today should be. Family and friends honestly caring for each other. Passion about the food every step of the way. Sharing and passing on the great stories behind the traditions that arrive at the table. Creating new ones together for the next generation. Judie, Mickey, Chris & Steve, set a place at your table for me!"
—Chef Dean Fearing, chef-owner Fearing's at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

"To know Judie, Steve, Mickey, and Chris is to know that a family that cooks together is the root of all things important in life. This book shares the passion of a family that has experienced marvelous meals, great stories, world class ingredients, and great friends around their dining tables. Judie is the orchestra leader of her family, extended families, and a wealth of friends. Join her as she invites us to try simple but delicious recipes in the framework of great stories accompanied by Steve's stunning photographs. They will be your family as well after you have cooked with them!"
—Alain Sailhac, Dean Emeritus, The International Culinary Center in NYC
and Arlene Sailhac, Founder of the 33-year-old De Gustibus Cooking School


An American Family Cooks
will be the Featured Selection for The Good Cook Bookclub ‘s late September catalog (announce date 9/8/13, in homes approximately 9/25/13).

About the Author

Judith Choate is a writer, chef and pioneer in the promotion of American food and author and co-author of over 100 books. Additionally, through her company, Custom Cuisine, Judie works as a consultant in product development, most specifically creating lines (both recipes and actual production) of restaurant quality specialty food products and entrées for commercial distribution as well as in marketing, restaurant development, and culinary presentations. She has been consultant to many internationally-known chefs, among them, Charlie Trotter, David Burke, and Charlie Palmer as well as to companies such as Heinz, Starbucks and Costco.

For more, click "About Judie" on the website for her popular blog, "Notes From Judie's Kitchen" at www.notesfromjudieskitchen.com

Judith Choate lives in New York City
Michael Choate lives in upstate New York
Christopher Choate lives in San Francisco
Steve Pool (Photographer) lives in New York City
Stephen Kolyer (Painter) lives in New York City

Quotes about Judith Choate:

Judith Choate is as passionate about the written word as she is about food, making A Reader's Cookbook both a pleasure and a terrific blueprint for sharing great writing and great eats. -- Michael McCarty of Michael's Restaurants in Santa Monica and New York

A Reader's Cookbook encourages you to curl up not only with a good book but also a terrific collection of recipes. Judith Choate explores the surroundings of favorite authors with delicious results. -- Nan Lyons, author of Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? and Around the World in Eighty Meals

Judith Choate has masterfully created a delicious road map for a culinary journey around the world. It's the perfect pairing to any book club. -- Charlie Palmer, of Aureole, Joule and other restaurants, hotels and wine shops across the country.

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The paintings and photos are gorgeous, and the love and warmth the Choate family shares in and out of the kitchen is apparent on every page.
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This cookbook is filled with beautiful photography and paintings which brings the cookbook to life.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Becky (NOLA) TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Judith Choate may not be a household name, but she should be. She has, in the past, collaborated with such greats as David Burke and Dean Fearing to produce excellent cookbooks, and she wrote the amazing Fundamental techniques of classic pastry making.

Now Ms. Choate and her family have written a user friendly cookbook of their favorite recipes. More accessible than some of her previous offers, this is more cooking found in a home than a five star restaurant, but it will make you a five star home cook.

When I saw this book offered through my book club I ordered it immediately.

If one looks at almost any collection of beloved family recipes there would probably be a hodge podge, of easy and difficult and this book is no exception. From a recipe for Pate de Campagne for that special occasion, to a lovely open faced grilled sandwich with feta cheese, which was spot on flavor wise, this book runs the gamut from if you want to throw a party and impress, to if you want to get a delicious meal on the table after work.

The ingredients are mostly easy to find, the directions clear and easy to follow, and the pictures mouthwatering. There are also tutorials for recipes one might not have done in the past, as in the above mentioned pate, rolling and stuffing ravioli, or rolling up the stunning cinnamon rolls.

My grandmother made luscious meringue pies, mine are weepy and have wept over a few I gave them up. However, the no fail meringue for the flavorful lemon pie worked great, I will also try it on a butterscotch pie.

A few of the recipes are printed on busy backgrounds, which I find annoying and distracting, but this book is simply to good to even ding it, and its not the majority of recipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rowley, MA "Cynthia" on November 4, 2013
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I'd greatly enjoyed this book myself, and sent it as a gift to a godmother of an adult offspring of mine.
Said recipient advises she and her family are ALSO enjoying this fine book.. information and recipies, 'family stories'
BRAVO and thank you, Judith Choate !!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eisenhauer on October 11, 2013
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"An American Family Cooks" is like a magnet for me. The illustrations are such a super, fresh, great looking and fun way to introduce the recipes and family story while family and friend pictures made the recipes deeply personal and authentic. I love the story of communing around the table, this American way of sharing our lives with each other, I felt it represented the best in American life and traditions of family.
As a professional chef, the variety and scope of recipes has resulted in bookmarks galore, from Nana's green tomato relish to the lemon meringue pie to the empanadas and pickled oysters. A classic pommes boulanger is rare to see these days, especially made at home. It reminds me that the best food always begins in the home. Thank you for publishing this book, I recommend it for any kitchen and as a very cool gift.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katherine M. Zeman on December 5, 2013
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This is such a wonderful, inspiring book. The paintings and photos are gorgeous, and the love and warmth the Choate family shares in and out of the kitchen is apparent on every page. But of course it's the recipes that make this a book that I will return to again and again. From satisfying, simple, everyday dishes to special occasion dinners, this food reflects years of perfecting the art of family cooking. Now in the process of being passed down to the third generation, these are time-tested and well-loved recipes that embody the best of American cooking. I will be cooking from this book for many years to come, and I can only hope my kids grow up with the love for food, cooking, and family meals that the Choate family has created.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A Collister on October 9, 2013
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Since the book arrived I have cooked a recipe every other night...and not only are the recipes great (and easy to follow), but the stories that are included make a strong impact and great connection with what you are making. I've already purchased several more copies for gifts!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Vaughan on October 11, 2013
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I have over 200 cookbooks and yet I'm drawn back to this one over and over. It's like having a conversation with a close relative who has catalogued all the memorable family recipes. Based on her bio, Judie Choate knows her stuff in the culinary world and I think her expertise educates in a loving and nurturing way.
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A first class job, Judith organizes the book practically, and the recipes express the amalgam that is American cookery. She includes the classics, and some of her own favorites, laid out simply with ingredients easily sourced. A book a family can flip though and have a great deal of fun with--these recipes have no aires, and adults and kids will want to jump in. I will put the book to good use.
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The books calls us to make home that special place for family and friends. Incredible recipes from a master cook. I own many cookbooks, this will be one I will go time and again. I love the ease in which Judith writes. Pull up a chair and let her talk to you from her kitchen.
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More About the Author

Judith Choate is a writer, chef and pioneer in the promotion of American food. Known for her flair with food preparation and presentation, Judie owned and operated a retail bakery, food shop and catering business, MOM'S MEALS, INC. (doing business as MOM and MOM, TOO) in New York City until 1985. She has also worked in the field of menu and restaurant development as a consultant to companies ranging from Heinz and national restaurant chains to small airlines and health food shops.

Additionally, Judie has worked as a project and recipe developer and food stylist for companies as diverse as Perdue Foods, Inc. and McCann's Irish Oatmeal. Judie has authored or co-authored over 100 books, among them The Gift Giver's Cookbook, first published by Simon & Schuster in 1970, Hot! (Crown), Great American Pie Book (Simon & Schuster, named one of the best cookbooks of the year by People Magazine) and The Ubiquitous Shrimp (Little Brown 1994). She was Dean Fearing's collaborator on the two Mansion on Turtle Creek cookbooks as well as writer/editor for Arlene Feltman Sailhac's DeGustibus at Macy's cookbook series. Among her many other efforts are Rebecca Woods' The Splendid Grain (William Morrow) which won both the IACP and James Beard awards for best cookbook of the year; Charlie Palmer's Great American Food (Random House, reissued, Ten Speed Press), Charlie Palmer's Casual Cooking (William Morrow) and The Art of Aureole (Ten Speed Press); The French Culinary Institute's Healthy French Cooking (Rodale); Raji Cuisine (Harper Collins); The Tribeca Grill Cookbook (Villard Books); Mastering Simplicity with Chef Christian Delouvrier (John Wiley); Cooking With Spirit with Don Pintabona (Random House); New American Kitchen Classics featuring Second Day Dishes with Chef David Burke (Random House), Cooking at Molyvos with Chef Jim Botsacos (Broadway), Twenty Five Years at DeGustibus at Macy's with Arlene Feltman Sailhac (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), and The Kellogg's Cookbook (Bulfinch); Welcome to Michael's with Michael McCarty (Bulfinch); A Year in Chocolate with Chef Jacques Torres (Stewart, Tabori & Chang): Dining at Delmonico's (Stewart, Tabori & Chang).

The most recent book under her own name is HOMEMADE (Clarkson Potter). Fundamentals of Classic French Cooking for The French Culinary Institute (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) was winner of the 2008 James Beard Foundation award for best professional cookbook, In 2009, Fundamentals of Classic French Pastry for The French Culinary Institute (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) was the winner of the 2010 James Beard award for professional cookbook. 2010 brought The Reader's Cookbook for Red Rock Press. 2011 will present Fundamentals of Bread Baking for The French Culinary Institute, Milk and Cookies for Chef Tina Casaceli (Chronicle Books), and The Best Little Book of Preserves and Pickles for Red Rock Press. She is also at work on projects of her own with her husband, photographer Steve Pool. In addition, through her company, Custom Cuisine, Judie works as a consultant in product development, most specifically creating lines (both recipes and actual production) of restaurant quality specialty food products and entrées for commercial distribution as well as in marketing, restaurant development, and culinary presentations. In this capacity, she has been consultant to such internationally-known chefs as Charlie Trotter, David Burke, and Charlie Palmer as well as to companies such as Heinz, Starbucks and Costco.