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Cooking from the Heart: 100 Great American Chefs Share Recipes They Cherish Hardcover – September 9, 2003

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Since 1984 Share Our Strength has targeted hunger in this country. Of the 33 million people who live with hunger in the US, 40% are children. Most of the adults have jobs. So there's more to Share Our Strength events like Taste of the Nation or the Great American Bake Sale than chefs and food enthusiasts meeting to display taste treats and stuff their faces. This ongoing process raises the millions of dollars that Share Our Strength delivers to programs that combat hunger. Cooking from the Heart is another element is this grand scheme. One hundred chefs have contributed some recipes and their own reminiscences about food in their life. Chefs are often distant, mysterious beings, some with celebrity status, many simply working out their creative demons back in the kitchen. Cooking from the Heart is an outsider's opportunity to peek inside, to get as close as family--if only for a page or two, a recipe or two. But it is telling and worthwhile.

This is a warm book. Heartfelt warmth. And the recipes are terrific for being so personal. Seattle's Tom Douglas, for example, provides Shrimp Remoulade on Molasses Toasts, while explaining that his mother's idea of spicy seasoning was a silver-dollar size piece of onion cooking in a pot roast for 12. Chpaters covering "Starters," "Brunch and Lighter Dishes," "Soups and Stews," "Pasta and Rice," "Seafood, Poultry, Meats," "Salads and Side Dishes," "Desserts"--they are all here. So too are Seeger, Van Aiken, Schlesinger, Boulud, Traunfeld, Milliken, Waters, Bastianich, Yan, Lagasse, and many many more. Like all Share Our Strength projects, a portion of the cover price of Cooking from the Heart will end up feeding the hungry. --Schuyler Ingle

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To support the Share Our Strength anti-hunger agency, 100 of the most notable American-based chefs have contributed recollections and recipes to this fundraising volume. A whiff or taste of food evokes love, hate, comfort or amusement as food heritage and memories are intertwined. Whether of Italian, Jewish, Chinese or any of the other cultures that form the American melting pot, a mother's or grandmother's cooking has always been a display of love. Drawing on the reminiscences of many American food notables, such as Emeril Lagasse, Alice Waters, Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller, the book offers a format for each chef to provide a dish and its corresponding memory: Gordon Hamersley brings to the table Slow Roasted Duck, in honor of his own wedding; Martin Yan's Home-style Clay Pot reminds him of China before the Cultural Revolution; and Nancy Silverton bakes Coconut Cupcakes for her third-grade son's birthday. Ranging in complexity from Lisa Schroeder's simple Moroccan Poached Halibut to Joyce Goldstein's more complex Chocolate-dipped Custard-filled clairs, many of the dishes are made up of several parts. While sometimes challenging for the inexperienced cook, these components provide additional recipes that are excellent in themselves, for example the aromatic Curried Tomatoes that goes with Susan Feniger's Bombay Chicken. The book's quality recipes will fill the stomach and inspire the inner chef, while providing a delightful read.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway; 1St Edition edition (September 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076791371X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767913713
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,058,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greetings and thanks for welcoming me into your home. Since I write books for both young readers and adults, I've cooked up two long-winded paragraphs.

Kids first: So, I'm the author of some five dozen books for children of all ages. New titles including THE FOREVER FLOWERS; MY DOG! A Kid's Guide to Keeping a Happy & Healthy Dog (the ideal go-to dog guide for families); a pop-up book with Robert Sabuda, CHANUKAH LIGHTS, winner of the Sydney Taylor Award; and three books of haiku on dogs, birds, and THE MAINE COON'S HAIKU and Other Poems for Cat Lovers.
For over 35 years, ever since working as a counselor, water-safety instructor, and art teacher at local community centers, I've been engaged with young children, their parents and teachers. As a visiting author, in-service speaker, and workshop leader, I frequently travel to schools and conferences around the nation, sharing stories, poems, creativity, and humor.

Several of my books here show my work as editor/anthologist or illustrator. It has been my privilege to have enlisted hundreds of other authors and artists to create 15 philanthropic books that aid in the fight to end childhood hunger through Share Our Strength's national efforts, or that offer care to less fortunate companion animals through The Company of Animals Fund, a granting program I administered for a dozen years.

Now, for adults. I can start by saying I'm a poet. I went to Columbia from 1979-1981, and received my MFA there. Poems are now collected in three volumes, which are all featured here at Amazon. Moving home to Ohio, I worked as an illustrator (while in NYC, I began selling spot illustrations to The New Yorker and Gourmet magazines); one of my first real clients was The Thurber House, the soon-to-be-restored home of Columbus's native son, James Thurber. For almost twenty years, I helped to restore the home, develop the programs there, and edit much of Thurber's uncollected work. (Those volumes are also featured here.) It was there, I began to edit short story anthologies, commission great writers to contribute to books about dogs, horses, and even VW Beetles. That's also where I started Mirth of a Nation, a three-volume humor biennial that constitutes almost 2,000 pages of the best contemporary humor.

Otherwise, my Website has a good deal about my life on the 100-acre farm I share in Central Ohio. Thanks again for reading along with me.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "2manycooks" on October 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
You can tell when you pick up the book: quilting stitches are embossed on the cover. Quilt patches make up the cover: eggs, pie, soup, chicken. There are no photographs inside. No garnishes. Nothing about piling up the food into teetery towers and drizzling essences of something or another on a gigantic plate. YET these are America's best-known chefs. At least half of them must be James Beard Award winners. Their own cookbooks and restaurants have won most of the other awards. Cooking from the Heart is 100 chefs making up this treasury of family recipes, of familiar (to them) favorites, all designed for a home cook. Sure, there are a few recipes with a couple sub-recipes (you can't make a pie in one step...but we all do it without grousing). Sure, there are a few (but only a few) that have an ingredient that might require a trip to specialty market. But that's part of the joy in this kind of a book: finding something new to add to the standards in your own recipe file.
Unlike a lot of chef-written books, this one tells stories. Funny accounts of travels or mishaps or family members. Really touching tributes to grandparents, mentors, loved ones. And then the recipes themselves make this book a stand out. Try these titles: Brown-butter apple tart, blue cheese grits with wild mushrooms, crab cakes with a fried corn sauce. Or try something incredibly festive: a leg of lamb cooked for three days with a pound and a half of garlic--that's 1 1/2 pounds: marinated for a day, cooked for 7 hours, and rested for a day, resulting in something so tender and aromatic... A wild recipe from Philip Boulot in Portland, Oregon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 2003
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An intimate book that's filled with straight, heartfelt talk from chefs (rather than the more typical talk about culinary quests and techniques). The recipes beckon you to try them, because they don't just sound delicious, they have the ring of traditions, celebrations, tributes, or experiences that the chefs shared as parents or kids, as neighbors or partners. It makes sharing in their dishes more satisfying in some way. Try Stephan Pyles honey-fried chicken with minted cream sauce. Try Daniel Boulud's mussel soup. Try Joanne Bondy's trout with blue cheese grits and a side of wild mushrooms. Some stories are funny, as in Patrick O'Connell's tale of accidentally "ordering" an entire flatbed of local blueberries and "inventing" blueberry vinegar. Some are poignant, as when Gale Gand talks about "eternal life through recipes," and the way that her son knows her mother or other relatives only through a few dishes that she makes from their recipes. 100-plus recipes, 100 stories to read, 100 celebrated chefs from around the country--and half the proceeds from the book go to help fight hunger in America. It's an ideal gift, an ideal way to think about those dishes that tell your own family's stories.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Jewell on December 3, 2003
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Since we've elevated chefs to "star status" these days, we want to know all about what appliances and ingredients they use, what they themselves eat, etc. So ONE of the great things about this collection is the inside look you get at each chef's personal history. Really touching stories like Marcel Desaulnier, while stationed in Viet Nam, sharing the homemade chocolates his mother had sent. All this besides the fact that the book itself is gorgeous and just reading the recipes is entertainment enough. And as if I needed another way to rationalize buying the book, the fact that a portion of the proceeds go to an organization committed to ending hunger (Share Our Strength) had me sold. Buy this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2003
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At first I thought, wow! a nice book, a good gift. The premise of 100 great American chefs sharing stories and recipes for a good cause. But both the tales and the recipes exceeded my expectations. A terrific addition to my extensive cookbook collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on November 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Sure, pick up the book because it features new recipes from umpteen James Beard Award winners, from most of the affable chefs who have television shows, from these "chefs who are the new rock stars." Okay, that might be the way you find the book. But inside, it's all storytelling. Rosen, the book's writer, coaxed the most familiar and family-inspired stories from these celebrity chefs to accompany their recipes. (And the recipes themselves also have a very accessible, personable feel to them: nothing too fanciful or formidable.)
A review, which put me onto the book said, "you know feel-good movies...this is a feel-good cookbook." It's a book to read at the kitchen table while you have breakfast, dreaming up what to cook for dinner. Dreaming of those anecdotes you tell about your own family's favorite meals. It's a fireside book. An emotional book: it about WHY we want to go to the trouble of cooking wonderful things for people we love. It's THE ideal book to give as gift, full of heart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on March 30, 2005
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This book exhibits exceptional taste. The panko-crusted goat cheese on arugula and asparagus salad is worth the price of the book. And then there are 99 other great recipes.
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