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Cook Like a Rock Star: 125 Recipes, Lessons, and Culinary Secrets Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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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
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 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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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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fan of her TV show and her style of cooking. My "metric" for a good cookbook is the % of recipes that I like within in it. This book scored highly.Published 3 days ago by -scott
Best book ever. I love the recipes in this book I am a huge fan of Anne Burrell. She is like my idol. I have cooked a few of the recipes and I am so impressed. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mandy Who
A must for every kitchen library!! I love Chef Anne straight to the point and down to earth making everyone a four star cook of their kitchens!!!Published 18 days ago by Emily
I am a chef. Smart enough to know I don't know everything, and smart enough to learn from others. Anne Burrell is a rock star. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Sherry
Anne, you're killing me. I tried the cookies on page 244, the Neopolitan ones w/o eggs, very tasty, but instead of coming out like ropes in circles, they were flat as a pancake. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joanne