There has never been a more sensuous vegetarian cookbook than this one. The food is photographed so as to accentuate its color and texture, and you'll want to dive naked into the Chilled Yellow Taxi Tomato Soup with Avocado-Coriander Sorbet and take a little swim. The wine notes that accompany each recipe are thoughtful and sensible, a valuable addition to this amazingly beautiful book. Charlie Trotter, who owns the eponymous five-star Chicago restaurant, says: "I just happen to be in love with the experience of touching, cooking, and eating the multitude of vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains. It is sincerely one of the most sensual joys of my life."
From Publishers Weekly
Chef Trotter's fancy, multi-ingredient, almost-vegetarian dishes are as rich and extravagant?and as fussy and specialized?as those featured in his renowned Chicago restaurant and presented in his first book, Charlie Trotter's (1994). The 82 recipes here are arranged by month, and in name alone, the recipes are a mouthful: January leads off with Baby Carrot Terrine with Shiitake Mushroom Salad, Carrot Juice Reduction, Dill Oil, and 50-Year-Old Balsamic Vinegar. The preparation of Arugula Noodles with Smoked Yellow Tomato Sauce, Black Olives, and Roasted Garlic Puree requires the cook to make arugula pasta and arugula oil and, for the sauce, to smoke the tomatoes over hickory chips lit with a propane torch. Wine Notes for each recipe are helpful, as is a glossary that defines terms like "kashi" (it's the mixture of seven specific grains called for in Cold Kashi Salad with Dried Cranberries, Celery, White Pumpkin, Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin Seed Oil). While a few suggestions for substitutions would have allowed the home cook some welcome flexibility, flexibility is not in the exacting spirit of this chef. Trotter offers highly specific instructions (even to calling for hazelnuts from a certain farm in Oregon) for constructing complexly flavored, architecturally beautiful dishes. So long as readers are not misled, this volume, which is expensive in both in price and effort, delivers.
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