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Canal House Cooking, Volume N° 5: The Good Life Kindle Edition

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“Rustic, artistic photos make for a visually beautiful book, while the personal, conversational recipes evoke a feeling of conspiring with friends.”—Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, The Chicago Tribune

“This will no doubt become part of my kitchen repertoire.”—Gail Simmons, Food & Wine

“If you haven’t heard of Canal House Cooking yet, get ready to make some room on your bookshelf for your next cookbook addiction. (I already have.)”—Caroline Wright, The Wright Recipes

Canal House Cooking’s Fall & Holiday issue and it’s chock-full of recession-flouting recipes that glimmer and sparkle and call us to the table to eat well, make merry, and welcome in the good life with those we love.”—Dana Velden,

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: 10836 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Canal House (July 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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A few years ago, Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton --- professional foodies --- decided to devote themselves to "good work and good ideas relating to the world of food." They set up a studio near New Hope, Pennsylvania and began to self-publish exquisite seasonal cookbooks for the home cook. They shop at farm stands. They cook on ordinary stoves. And, best of all, their books are ruthlessly edited. Curated, really --- each book presents fewer than 70 recipes.

So it was quite the surprise to open Volume 5 and see two pages of photos of tins of caviar. And the recipes! Fried oysters. Escargots. Four kinds of goose liver. Scrambled eggs with truffles. Lobster with browned cream. Truffled lobster with gnocci.

Yes, there are many "practical" and "affordable" recipes. And I do grasp that this is a "holiday" cookbook. Still, this was so unlike anything I have seen in a Canal House book that I wondered if Hirsheimer and Hamilton had abandoned home cooking and were now appealing to people with cooks at home. Or was this, I wondered, the same message Bob Dylan delivered in "Nothing Was Delivered" --- "Take care of yourself and get plenty of rest."

Christopher Hirsheimer replied:

Take care of yourself and your family and friends. Just cooking some of these more involved (not difficult) recipes is better and cheaper than going to a movie! As I say in my note to our readers, "The good life surrounds us. You find it in everyday rituals, but often it comes through the unexpected, and we gratefully embrace it."

We are working women who will take an experience (breakfast, lunch and dinner) over an object every time. Make sausages together! Teach yourself and your children to make gnocchi. Float delicate poached meringues on a pool of Creme Anglaise.
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I wait anxiously for the next volumes to be published. These two ladies, Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer create recipes based on what is seasonal and fresh, and come up with the most common sense, down to earth approaches to food. Always delicious. The love they have for food shines forth in all of their cooking and the working camaraderie they have sharing a small cooking space makes you love them even more. This volume happens to be a collection of their favorite recipes, and are recipes you'd want to cook starting in the fall all the way through the holiday seasons. The recipes are not complicated, but "gourmet" enough to impress your family and friends. I love these little volumes of deliciousness.
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I have become a fan Canal House Cooking and I can't wait to collect every one of their books. They are wonderful books for the home cook because the directions are accessible and one is looking down your nose in these pages...even though the recipes will make you look like a gourmet to your family and friends!
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