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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; First Edition edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307886751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307886750
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sample Recipe from Cook Like a Rock Star: Peperonata with Goat Cheese

Serves: 6 to 8
Time: about 30 minutes

Mise en place:
Extra virgin olive oil
2 onions, cut into 1/2-inch dice
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Kosher salt
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 red and 1 yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, pith removed, and cut into 1/2-inch diamonds
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon pimenton (smoked paprika)
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 8-to 10-ounce log of goat cheese, at room temp
Chopped fresh chives, for garnish (optional)
1 baguette, cut into 1/2-inch slices, toasted or grilled

1. Coat a large sauté pan with olive oil, add the onions and red pepper, season with salt, and bring to medium heat. Cook the onions until soft and aromatic, 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure they don’t brown.

2. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes; it should start to smell really good!

3. Add the peppers and 1/4 cup water; season with salt. Continue cooking until the peppers have softened and the water has evaporated, another 8 to 10 minutes.

4. Add the tomato paste, pimenton, and sherry vinegar and stir to combine; taste for salt (it will probably need more). Cook until the mixture comes together and looks tightened up and slightly thickened, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

5. I like to squish the goat cheese into a serving bowl and nestle the peperonata in the center rather than spooning it over an entire log--it’s more rustic-looking this way. Garnish with chives if you like and serve with baguette slices.


Anne Burrell has rocked in some of New York’s best Italian kitchens, she’s rocked the Food Network, and now she’s gonna help you rock your kitchen with this book.”
“Anne Burrell is the real deal. TV or no TV, famous or not, you put her in front of a stove and she will cook your ass under the table.”
“Oh, baby, Anne has really knocked it out of the park with this book. It’s bold, fun, and full of the passion that people love about her.”
“While reading these pages, I found myself almost transfixed by Anne’s strong literary voice and compelling (yet so simple!) recipes. . . I even looked over my shoulder a few times as I read or cooked, as if she were standing right by me, whispering hints and tips in my ear. Check out a new voice in Italian food—one that will make you want to bust out your pots and pans and give these great recipes a try. I guarantee that you will feel (and cook) like a rock star in your own kitchen!”
“Reading Cook Like a Rock Star will make you feel like you’re with Anne in the kitchen.  You’re at the stove, she’s behind you, jumping up and down, cheering you on. Her one-of-a-kind voice is in every recipe—getting excited about porchetta (who doesn't?), raving about deviled eggs, admitting her addiction to gnocchi. This girl loves Italian food. Loves it.  She is down to earth, her enthusiasm is infectious, and the best part is that she knows what she is talking about—as if Marcella Hazan were an earthy ragazza next door who invited you over to taste her latest pasta creation. Brava, Anne!”
“Anne knows what it’s like to be mentored by the best and I’ve seen her continue this tradition with young professional chefs. It’s exciting that people will now have the chance to get this same advice and support at home by reading and using this terrific book.”
“Anne’s food is as vibrant and fun as her personality—not everyone can party like a rock star, but with this great book, you'll be cooking like one!”
“Anne’s cookbook reads just like she talks—funny, bawdy, full of energy, and rarin’ to cook. Cook Like a Rock Star makes you feel like you’re backstage with her at Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, just the two of you, learning the techniques and tricks she’s spent her whole career perfecting. Every line in this book tells the reader that you can do this! And every page inspires, encourages, simplifies, and demystifies the craft.”

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Would definitely recommend this cook book to anyone!
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He has made many recipes from this book and they are awesome.
The recipes are easy to follow, and the photos are great.
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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Calio on October 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When I am cooking for my family I generally go right on the food network and print out or save recipes from Anne Burrell. I have made as many as 3 a week to try out and others are in my back pocket for something to make in a pinch. Her pasta and dough recipes are really great and quick to do. I received this book yesterday and in a house of picky eaters I could not find one recipe that I didn't like. There are different sections of the book and is laid out very different then any other cookbook I own. She has designed it so that you can do all your prep work along with the recipe and then start cooking right away. There are helpful notes and alternatives if you want to use a different protein or vegetable. If you have watched her shows or made any of her recipes this is a must have book for you. I think anyone that is a fan of hers will agree when I say that this is the best cookbook by far that I own. It also has pictures as well so you can see what it should look like or if your family is like mine the visual and ingredients can tell me whether they will eat it or not. Great Book Must Buy!!!
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80 of 90 people found the following review helpful By brian a garcia on January 1, 2012
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I love Anne Burrell - her recipes are awesome and I love how she makes you WANT to cook something spectacular. I was so excited to get her book since I normally download her recipes from Foodnetwork, but I was so disappointed in the editing errors that I found in the book. I guess I could have overlooked these errors , but then I came across the dealbreaker: I have made the Sweet Potato and Apple Hash for a dinner party in the past, and everyone loved it, so I decided to make it for Thanksgiving, following the recipe in her book. While making it, it didn't seem right since I could not remember having used chicken broth, and didn't I have to roast the sweet potato??? I also didn't remember the maple syrup. Hmmmm. I double checked on the internet AND the taped version of her show which I kept (that's how much I love this dish), and alas, it is a totally different recipe! Mistake, or just a different version? If it's a different version, it should have been named something different, or a notation should have been included somewhere on the page. In any case, I like the version that I originially fell in love with when I watched her make it on her show (Secrets of a Restaurant Chef). The one in her book ended up tasting good (all the flavors were there), but it was mushy... a totally different dish. Makes me wonder how many other recipes have crticial errors in them as well..... Sorry Anne, I have to return your book. I don't have time to be double-checking the recipes to make sure they're correct - that's what your editor is for! Still love your show, but in the future, I'll just download your recipes from the internet. - Mrs. Garcia
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By G. Hoover on October 6, 2011
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We watch her show all the time. Some of the recipes included are ones from her show (that we tried and liked alot). The recipes are simple, easy to prepare and most important taste good. Looking forward to cooking my way thru this book. Way to go Anne!!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Austen's pal on October 5, 2011
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I watch the Food Network probably waaaay too much. I have my favorites and watch them like I am back in school and studying like I expect a final. Anne Burrell is my favorite. She is clear and rather than talking down to her audience, she takes them with her. She makes being a chef, something that seems attainable for the rest of us. The book is written so well, I felt as if she were talking to me. She is clearly in love with Italian food, so much that I think she should add an 'i' to her last name. The recipes are very straight forward and her tips very easy but really good. The way she does her recipes is different but very elegant. She starts with a chefy sounding "mise en place" which just means have everything ready before you start cooking. This may sound like a lot of work but if everything you need is ready and waiting for you, it helps you to enjoy the cooking part. Her pasta recipes are simple but they taste GREAT. I pre-ordered the book and I'm glad I did. This book is worth every penny. I can't wait for her next book, show or whatever. She obviously loves what she does and it is contagious.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jodi VINE VOICE on November 15, 2011
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Chef Anne is my favorite Food Network personality, hands down. In fact, it was her infectious personality that got me watching Food Network to begin with. I'm not a huge fan of cooking, so I never bothered watching any cooking shows (I only have the Food Network channel because it came with my cable package!) until one day I accidentally stumbled across an episode of Worst Cooks in America. It was Chef Robert Irvine (having the body of a Greek god!) who caught my attention and got me to stop on that channel.....but it was Chef Anne's energy and general bubbliness that kept me there. I loved how she interacted with the cooks she was in charge of teaching and tried to pass her love of all things culinary on to them. I found myself rearranging my schedule so I could watch the show again the following week. And so I was hooked.

That being said, I do not buy cookbooks sight unseen, and this one is no exception. I can follow most recipes and end up with a pretty decent result, but that doesn't mean I want to spend 2 hours preparing a meal that will take my family 20 minutes to eat. I don't necessarily *mind* cooking, but I don't necessarily *like* to cook either. If I am with somebody who prefers to do the cooking, I will enthusiastically hand the reigns over and let them cook. And I never, ever, EVER cook for just myself. That is, to me, the biggest waste of my own time. Sooooo, when my husband found out that Chef Anne was going to be releasing a cookbook, he asked me if he could pre-order it for me. My response to him? "No thanks!"

Chef Anne is absolutely amazing in the kitchen and she can do things that I could never even hope to achieve in the very best of all my culinary dreams.
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