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Canal House Cooking Volume N° 1: Summer [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Hirsheimer , Melissa Hamilton
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Book Description

CANAL HOUSE COOKING, VOLUME N° 1, SUMMER is a collection of our favorite summer recipes, ones we cook for ourselves all through the long lazy months. We are home cooks writing about home cooking for other home cooks. We cook seasonally because that’s what makes sense. In midsummer, we buy boxes of tomatoes to dress as minimally as we do in the heat. And in the height of the season, we preserve all that we can, so as to save a taste of summer. We make jarfuls of teriyaki sauce for slathering on chicken. We love to cook big paellas outdoors over a fire for a crowd of friends. We are crazy for ripe melons in late summer. And we churn tubs of ice cream for our families.        

If you cook your way through a few of our recipes, you’ll see that who we are comes right through in these pages. With a few exceptions, we use ingredients that are readily available and found in most markets in most towns throughout the United States. All the recipes are easy to prepare (some of them a bit more involved), all completely doable for the novice and experienced cook alike.
Cook all summer long with Canal House Cooking!        

81 delicious triple-tested recipes

Editorial Reviews


“With gorgeous pictures and watercolors, just because. Hard to believe that something this useful could be this lovable. But the evidence that this is true is on each and every page.”—Jesse Kornbluth,

“Melissa and Christopher, thank you for your beautiful book! As Fanny said, everything you do is perfect!”—Alice Waters

“Check out the latest volume of Canal House Cooking a collaboration of talent and love by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer.”—Lidia Bastianich

“The Canal House Cooking series, which features their rustic and seasonal cooking, publishes three times a year and has earned Melissa & Christopher a cult following among the fooderati. It sure hooked us!”—Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit

“Once you see the summer volume, you’ll want them all.”—Elaine McCardel,

About the Author

Christopher Hirsheimer served as food and design editor for Metropolitan Home magazine, and was one of the founders of Saveur magazine, where she was executive editor. She is a writer and a photographer.

Melissa Hamilton cofounded the restaurant Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville, New Jersey, where she served as executive chef. She worked at Martha Stewart Living, Cook’s Illustrated, and at Saveur as the food editor.

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  • File Size: 2209 KB
  • Print Length: 11 pages
  • Publisher: Canal House (July 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,091 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best summer cookbook I've ever used June 9, 2009
If you were assembling a cookbook of your favorite seasonal recipes --- recipes for meals you've actually served, and served often ---- it would be the size of Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton's Canal House Cooking, Volume 1. That is, about 60 recipes. These recipes would offer the unique tastes of your "signature" dishes. They would be easy to make --- this is a summer cookbook. And you'd have very few choices in each category.

That's the key idea: choicelessness. As consumers, we are awash in choices. Most are false choices, so your mind goes blank. You don't so much choose as surrender. And this is as true of cookbooks as it is of the hundreds of cereals that are basically just delivery systems for high-fructose corn syrup.

What we want, whether we know it or not, is an editor. Or, better, a curator --- someone who knows our values and tastes and can reduce the world to the very few things we might like. [..] is built on this principle. So is Hirsheimer and Hamilton's book.

These women describe themselves as "home cooks". That's testimony to the enormous effort they have undertaken to liberate themselves from decades of professionalism. Christopher Hirsheimer was one of the founders of Saveur Magazine. She has co-authored four cookbooks and taken the photographs for thirty more. She knows from "high end". Melissa Hamilton co-founded a restaurant, did a stint at Cook's Illustrated and ran the test kitchen at Saveur before becoming its food editor. Her bio does not mention a love for sliders.

Something happened to Hirsheimer and Hamilton when they moved to little towns across the river from one another in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Fresh produce, of course. But also a gentler pace.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book July 4, 2009
This is a beautifully produced cookbook with a carefully edited selection of very appealing seasonal recipes that you really can make. It is also the perfect gift for those friends who invite you to their country place or beach house this summer. I write about food and own hundreds of cookbooks, so am not easy to impress. I could go on, but I must go straight to my kitchen to start cooking! (Better yet, there will be three seasonal books each year, so I'm already looking forward to fall and holidays!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible April 1, 2010
By Nell27
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I've been cooking my entire life and consider it one of my greatest passions. There are few things the serious home cook can appreciate more than a beautifully laid out, clear, wonderfully simple cookbook like this. The photography is great, the stories are engaging, the instructions clear, ingredients accessible and recipes that are interesting, fresh and appealing to the whole family. This is one cookbook that will satisfy foodies, serious cooks and those just starting out. In a nutshell - fantastic and wonderfully versatile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Is Canal House? July 29, 2012
Canal House Cooking Volume No. 1: Summer

*July 29, 2012
*Canal House Cooking Volume 1: Summer
*Published by Open Road IntegratedMedia ISBN 9781453219379
* What Is Canal House?
I at first assumed it was a restaurant, but it turns out that it is a workspace in which recipes are developed and photographs of food for books and magazines are taken. It belongs to Christopher Hirsheimer, who despite her first name is a woman, and Melissa Hamilton.
Melissa Hamilton, cofounder of the restaurant Hamilton's Grill Room in Lambertville, New Jersey, worked at Martha Stewart Living, Cook's Illustrated, and at Saveur as the food editor. Christopher Hirsheimer, a writer and a photographer, served as food and design editor for Metropolitan Home magazine, and was one of the founders of Saveur magazine, where she was executive editor.

Toward the end of the book, they ask the rhetorical question, "Why Buy When You Can Make It?" I, who paradoxically love to read cookbooks but am not particularly fond of cooking except for things that I can't get satisfactory versions of at supermarkets, such as bread, pickles, and jelly, tend to turn the question around? Why should I make it when I can buy it?

But Hamilton and Hirsheimer make it easy for me to consider changing my mind about this. The items in their cookbook, though unusual and undoubtedly tasty, also seem relatively easy to make, except for their frequent use of large quantities of heavy cream, which would make my doctor scream.

Even the names of the recipes are appealing: raspberry sandwich, caramelized onions, tomatoes all dressed up for summer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and Inspiring Cookbook June 11, 2012
This gorgeous book is precisely what I need during those times that cooking and planning seem like too much effort...I thumb through the pages and remember how delicious seasonal ingredients are (and what little fuss is needed to make a delicious meal). I find this cookbook, as well as the other "Canal House Cooking" books romantic and real and totally inspiring. I've also picked up excellent cooking instructions: perfect directions to achieve your desired doneness of "boiled eggs", vinaigrette in the bottom of the bowl "or how French women do it" and a recipe for a 5 minute gazpacho. The heart of this cookbook is made up of the stories that permeate throughout and the passion the authors have for beautiful, often simple food. A great read and resource for those who think food, wine and the occasional cocktail are something to be celebrated.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars okay cookbook
Not many original dishes. Mostly basic. Aspic!!! Ugh. I had high hopes but I only saw one or two things that looked worth making.
Published 7 months ago by Dr. Beth
2.0 out of 5 stars For those just starting to cook or venture out
I bought Canal House Volumes 1 and 2 for the Kindle because they were given outstanding reviews in a cooking journal I was reading and again I saw good reviews for the first two... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly fresh!
Great summer fresh veggie recipes! Healthy, fun and very tasty! Love All the Canal House books! Amazing how tasty fresh and not processed or boxed foods taste!!
Published 17 months ago by Sandi
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I like this book but don't love it. The recipes all sound wonderful the book just doesnt engage me the way many of my favorites do.
Published 20 months ago by sharon d o'connor
2.0 out of 5 stars not so great
I didn't find any recipe I wanted to make. I think it was a little too exotic for my family
Published 22 months ago by bagnbones
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious simplicity
I saw this at friends house and loved - pictures and content - particularly the jellied Madrilene recipe- haven't been able to find the Crosse & Blackwell cans in eons- obviously... Read more
Published on June 14, 2012 by Susan B. Clough
1.0 out of 5 stars No index - shame!
This cookbook has no index, and the table of contents is not detailed. So if you want to, for example, see what soup recipes are in the book, there's no way to do that except to... Read more
Published on December 26, 2011 by efoodie
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely cookbooks!
These cookbooks are so understatedly stylish and lovely! Love the way they look in addition to the wonderful recipes.

Just saw them at Williams Sonoma today!
Published on August 25, 2010 by Sarahdippity
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