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Empty Bottle Moments: Cooking With Clive Hardcover – March 1, 2009


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About the Author

Clive Berkman, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, grew up with a love of good food as he watched his mother teach cooking classes in their home. He was trained as a chef at Cassio College in London and became chef, manager, and part owner of one of the finest restaurants in Houston. The restaurant is one of only three in Texas to win Wine Spectator magazine's Grand Award, and has achieved many other accolades, including the DiRoNa Award and Travel and Holiday magazine's Dining Award. He has also owned and operated Crème de la Crème Catering and a special events company, True Concessions.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Baxter Press (Cooking with Clive) (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888237716
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888237719
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The recipes are amazing and very well written.
Andrea
Thank you Clive for a wonderful experience and an incredible book so that I can create my own empty bottle moments!
Cym H. Lowell
For a cook book, this is very interesting and worthwhile.
P. Watson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cym H. Lowell on May 17, 2010
About a month ago, I attended a private dinner in Houston prepared by Chef Clive Berkman. After the dinner, I was given this beautiful book of recipes, pictures and living.

This wonderful book of recipes and friendship is dedicated to creating, as the title, says "empty bottle moments" - meaning that everyone had a wonderful time, the food is consumed, and the bottle is empty. Clive tells his own story, encapsulated as "what's a nice Jewish boy like you doing in the kitchen." He then proceeds to include menus from memorable times involving President Bush the first, Carol Channing, athletes and entertainers. I can attest to the joy of my empty bottle moment while dining in Houston as Clive was the chef for a wonderful, memorable evening at the home of friends and colleagues.

Thank you Clive for a wonderful experience and an incredible book so that I can create my own empty bottle moments!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary Wise on February 20, 2009
I really enjoyed this autobiographical cookbook. The recipes & menus are varied, straightforward and accessible, and his story really entertaining. Clive's goal is to get us around the dinner table to feed our relationships rather than just our stomachs. I believe he achieves this on many levels, while encouraging us all to look at food in a healthy & creative way. I use the crabcakes and boneless short rib recipes all the time. Thanks, Clive!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Edelman on May 21, 2012
In his career as a world-class chef and restauranteur, Clive Berkman has found that what he remembers most after a good meal are the empty bottles, reminders of the power food has to strengthen bonds and create memories that last long after the table is cleared.

In Empty Bottle Moments, Berkman encourages at-home chefs to experiment with recipes as he recounts some of his most memorable dishes. He tells the stories of an impromptu celebratory dessert for George H. W. Bush on the night of the 1988 presidential polls and of serving multiple-entree meals to ravenous pro football linemen.

Recipes range from appetizers to desserts with an emphasis on creating a low stress dining experience. The book also includes a compendium of Berkman's handy, foolproof cooking tips.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Watson on September 30, 2009
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For a cook book, this is very interesting and worthwhile. More than just cooking - about living. Good story teller; good stories; good hints about both living and cooking. And most recipes do not require exotic, hard to find ingredients.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Jackson on February 24, 2009
I was very pleased with Mr.Berkman's book. It is a great read...and the recipes aren't bad, either! The one disappointment I had was a recipe that was not included, the chicken recipe that he prepared while in the army and had to call home to get it.

I highly recommend Empty Bottle Moments and hope that he will write another.
I live in Houston and have had lunch at Charley's 517 many times, but have never met Mr. Berkman. I would consider it an honor if the opportunity arrived. The insight into the individual was very good. It is a mini-autobiography.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Maidenberg on April 20, 2009
Take some excellent recipes; add true life stories from this very interesting man and finish with a the right amount of the author's personal philosophy to achieve a cookbook that you will definitely want to buy. I have never owned a cookbook in which I couldn't wait to try so many of the recipes. In fact I own over 50 cookbooks and seldom ever purchase one anymore, but this is a MUST HAVE. And if great recipes weren't enough, reading Cive's stories and philosophy is truly an enriching experience.
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By dragonlady on October 12, 2014
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Really great book with a most heart warming story to go along with the wonderful recipies.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Armstrong on February 24, 2009
This book brings home some important messages about life, love, nurturing, generosity, patience, forgiveness, simplicity, and creativity in the kitchen. Clive Berkman chooses to share much more than secret recipes with us. He mentions famous people, but not for the usual reasons. He is sharing throughout this book his journey as a person and also the life lessons he has learned along the way. The most important point he makes is the power we have to enrich our relationships by making an ordinary meal into a celebration that will be remembered. I love it, and have given a number of copies to friends!
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