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Chef Jeff Cooks: In the Kitchen with America's Inspirational New Culinary Star Hardcover – October 7, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416577106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416577102
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In his bestselling memoir Cooked, Henderson chronicled his improbable rise from drug dealer to professional chef; here, he returns to his favorite topic-himself-for a cookbook-paean to home cooking, fortunately filled out with family-pleasing recipes. Though happy to name-drop the great restaurants he's cooked for, Henderson shares virtually no fine dining recipes, instead focusing on classic home cooking: Big Mac's Meat Loaf, peanut butter cookies, pineapple upside down cake and a handful of simple but flavorful sandwiches and salads. When he lets the food do the talking, Henderson is a patient and insightful teacher, ideal for those new to the kitchen and complete with ideas for stretching budgets and pantries. A doting parent, Henderson frequently lightens up entrees by substituting, for instance, ground turkey for beef in his chili or soy yogurt for a parfait. Other kid-friendly favorites like Macaroni and Smoked Cheddar Cheese, grilled corn and a simple fruit salad should please. When he does stray from the standard, results are usually interesting, as in his Sweet Corn Vinaigrette dressing and a rich and velvety sweet potato soup (though readers should pause before drizzling ketchup atop his ground beef tacos). Those looking for an introductory cookbook or some simple family-pleasing meals will find them in these flavorful, to-the-point recipes; Henderson's self-aggrandizing shtick, however, remains tiresome.
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About the Author

Jeff Henderson grewup in South Central Los Angeles. He is a former drug dealer who spent nearly a decade incarcerated in federal prison. It was in prison that he found his passion -- cooking. Once released, he embarked on a career as a chef.Working his way up from dishwasher to line cook, he became the first African American to be named Chef de Cuisine at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and later executive chef at Café Bellagio. His first book, the memoir Cooked, was a New York Times bestseller and is slated to become a feature film. The Chef Jeff Project, a docu-reality series on the Food Network, debuts in the fall of 2008. Jeff lives in Las Vegas with his wife and three children.

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This book has easy to make recipes.
Anna L. Martin
I'm not an advance cook, so I think this book is really good for someone starting to cook.
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The book was totally clean of marks.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Thomas on November 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm not an advance cook, so I think this book is really good for someone starting to cook. The recipes do not have a lot of hard to find ingredients plus they taste great. I've already made the molasses BBQ sauce, turkey loaf and the sweet potato cheesecake; which got rave reviews on Thanksgiving.

The only thing I didn't like about the book is that it doesn't have more photos but as long as the food taste good I can live with it. I got this book from the public library and will buy a copy for myself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Virginia T. Bemis on February 11, 2009
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This book has fine recipes, and also proves a point from my experience as a chaplain in a close/max security men's prison. A key thing in rehablitation for a criminal is for him to_want_ something so much that he'll put his effort toward that, struggle toward that, and ignore the messages from everyone who tries to pull him back into the old life. Props to you, Chef Jeff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anna L. Martin on November 18, 2008
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This book has easy to make recipes. Most ingredients listed are ones I already have. I have made the BBQ sauce which was delicious but just a tad to sweet. I also made the crabcakes which were very good and the cornbread which was also very tasty. I would recommend this book to the amateur cook as well as the advanced cook.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Hewston on December 6, 2009
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This book is truly inspirational. I enjoyed reading his life story and seeing how far he came.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tina on December 31, 2009
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So far I have made two of the dessert recipes from this book (chocolate smores bread pudding and banana pudding). Both were excellent. The dishes are simple with easy to find ingredients and tasted great.
The only thing that I would like to have more of is pictures of the dishes. It was the pictures of the crab gumbo (which is next on my list of things to make) and the smores bread pudding that persuaded me to buy the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela J. Chesson on August 7, 2009
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Jeff Henderson is such an inspiration to so many. I bought this book for my son who has made a couple of mistakes in his life as well, but has went to school to study culinary arts. I pray that he will be able to get even a small portion of the satisfaction Mr. Henderson has gotten from his career in cooking great food. I hope we get to meet him one day since we live in Hampton Roads, and he has a family member here!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LoriKTW on July 26, 2011
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I bought this book a few months ago and I love it. I have been looking for a really good Peach Cobbler recipe for years and I finally found it in this book. I also loved the Dirty Rice, Turkey Collard Greens, Grilled Asparagus and Spicy Turkey Chili, which are the all the ones I have tried to date. This is definitely a keeper and I will be trying a lot more of the recipes. You can't go wrong purchasing this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jha on December 1, 2013
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I thought book would be more about Chef Jeff's personal recipes, experiences, etc., but basically he edited the book for others' recipes. Still a nice book to add to a collection or as a gift, but empty calories if expecting work similar to his earlier work.
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