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Chicago Cooks: 25 Years of Chicago Culinary History and Great Recipes from Les Dames d'Escoffier Hardcover – August 28, 2007

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Women have always played a central role in Chicago’s vast food industry, whether behind a stove, at a journalist’s desk, in front of a camera, or providing publicity services. Several decades ago a group of these women formed an association, Les Dames d’Escoffier, which sought to raise awareness of the importance of women in the city’s culinary life  and to educate and advance their métier. This cookbook recounts the organization’s history, tells of the progress of Chicago cooking, and provides recipes to document this. Besides deep-dish pizza, Chicago has introduced the rest of the world to such dishes as Chicken Vesuvio and Shrimp de Jonghe. Recipes reflect both the wide-ranging tastes of Chicagoans, the immeasurable influence of the ethnic groups that populate the city, and these women’s considerable cooking talents. Color photographs highlight the text and recipes, many of which appeared originally in the Chicago Tribune. For regional collections. --Mark Knoblauch

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The flowery French name, Les Dames d'Escoffier, might set people wondering exactly what this group is. But on looking into the straightforward new cookbook from the local chapter Les Dames, two words will explain: Serious foodies. --Veronica Hinke, January 10, 2008 "Taste trust - Evanston Review (IL) "
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Agate Surrey (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572840900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572840904
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Scofield on October 25, 2012
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As stated above, I enjoyed reading the history of Chicago foods and restaurants. I just have a couple of gripes.
Wish they had picked one font size and style and stuck with it. The ingredients list on all the recipes is tiny, one of them magnifying glass tiny. The font size can't be adjusted because they're apparently some sort of picture file which doesn't get any larger. I'm also not crazy about the font jumping from one style to another.

I prefer my recipes to be continuous - some have parts of the history stuck in the middle of the recipe.

I did get a good laugh out of the fact that at the end of the hot dog recipe you're advised on the proper time to make your ganache :)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By a great chef on March 17, 2008
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Beatiful book, artwork is great, intro to chapters interesting and informative. Recipes are great, they WORK! Like the menus for the holidays. This one is for seasoned cooks, not for beginners.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bigmama Reviewer on December 8, 2012
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Theres more backstory than recipes. There aren't any pictures and the recipes weren't that enthralling. If you are into Chicago culinary history however, this gives you an interesting overview.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Lane Shaw on January 5, 2013
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I realize I had hoped for more recipes than history. That is NOT the fault of the author. It is mine for expecting something different.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sandman on November 18, 2012
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This is more a history of this group of people that like to
eat together than a cook book. I thought I would find
a lot of interesting recipes. But it is more of a book on who did
what and when...since none of these people are known outside of
the Chicago area, it wasn't that interesting. And the recipes were
few and far between.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debi on November 20, 2012
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The history in this book is interesting to a point. But that is just about all the book is about. I stopped reading before I even got to the recipes. Actually pretty boring after the first few chapters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Gulley on June 8, 2014
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I lived in Central Illinois for most of my life and these recipes take me back when I went up to Chicago and ate some of the tastiest meal ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By daphne knudson on January 5, 2013
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Too much insider stuff. Not enough meat on these bones. Too few recipes. Great price, but it takes up valuable RAM on my Kindle Fire.
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