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*Starred Review* Moonen and Finamore’s encyclopedic volume appears at just the right moment. Nutritional awareness has given fish cooking even more prominence within the culinary arts, and efficient transportation now brings fresh fish into the nation’s interior. With this book to guide both neophyte and expert, no one need any longer fear to cook any of the deep’s denizens. In instructive photographs, Moonen and Finamore show how to clean, bone, and portion both finfish and shellfish. Recipes are organized by cooking method—broiling, poaching, roasting, grilling, steaming, frying—providing the creative cook some latitude in determining what to do with the fish at hand. Succeeding chapters cover such fish basics as chowders, fish cakes, and salads. A final section offers unique takes on side dishes such as coleslaw. Both the book’s organization and its comprehensive coverage make this a necessary addition to any cookbook collection. --Mark Knoblauch

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Moonen is a fish guy, having served as chef-owner of two seafood temples in New York City. In this new book, he shares his expertise—from how to shop for fish to how to clean it and how to cook it. The cleaning, scaling and filleting pages are particularly good, with clear instructions and excellent photos that leave little room for doubt. Moonen, with coauthor Finamore (Tasty), covers everything from American classics like Manhattan Clam Chowder to modern dishes such as Creamy Fennel Soup with Salmon and Citrus Ragu. What separates this book from others is its focus on sustainability. Moonen is a founding member of Seafood Choices Alliance and an early advocate for chefs making responsible choices when it comes to seafood. The first chapter contains a list of each fish in the book, the best way to cook it and the state of its population. There are no endangered fish on the list (or in the book), because, as Moonen explains in his introduction, “I'm holding off for the time when I can feel confident that these populations are strong again.” For a chef whose current venture is a 16,000-square-foot restaurant in Las Vegas, this kind of restraint might seem surprising, but given the dramatic collapse of seafood populations, Moonen is a welcome and essential voice in the home chef's kitchen. (May 21) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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" A great cookbook inspires you to cook. That's the premise behind our new cookbook club. . . In Fish Without a Doubt, chef Rick Moonen, of Rick Moonen's RM Seafood in Las Vegas, and coauthor Roy Finamore have drafted a blueprint for minimizing handwringing in the store and kitchen and maximizing pleasure at the table. . . Moonen takes the fear out of serving fish whenever the mood strikes — which, with this book in hand, may be a lot more often." Gourmet

“Fish Without a Doubt is a godsend.” (T. Susan Chang, NPR)

“Without a doubt, a great fish book!” (Daniel Boulud)

“Classic, modern, authoritative, and approachable, this book is a must for any fish lover.” ( Jacques Pépin) “Rick Moonen provides a ‘how-to’ guide that helps readers eat well, while taking better care of themselves and the oceans.” (Rebecca Goldburg, Ph.D., senior scientist, Environmental Defense)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061853119X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618531196
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal VINE VOICE on June 17, 2008
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This hefty book has all you need to know to cook fish and shellfish. The recipes are clear and descriptive. I like that the authors help you "see" with their words, as in this advice from Oyster Stew: "Cook just until the edges of the oysters curl; they'll look like ruffled petticoats."

As a relatively inexperienced fish cook, I appreciated the section up front called Preparing Fish and Shellfish for Cooking and Serving. It's a step-by-step guide, fully illustrated with black and white photos, showing how to clean and filet a round fish, shell and devein shrimp, prep scallops, clean squid, shuck clams and oysters and prepare lobster.

The cookbook missed the fifth star because of the lack of nutritional information for each recipe, and for too few photos. The 41 color images included are luscious.

Under the dust jacket is a cover that has the same art except for the reviews on the back cover.

Some other good new cookbooks: Hungry Girl, Deceptively Delicious and The Most Decadent Diet Ever!.

Here's the chapter list:

INTRODUCTION
1. Fish and Health
2. Sustainable Seafood

THE BASICS
3. Is It Cooked?
4. The Fish Cook's Kitchen
5. Preparing Fish and Shellfish for Cooking and Serving
6. Shopping for Fish
7. Storing Fish and Shellfish
8. Notes on the Fish in This Book

LET'S COOK
9. Poaching
10. Steaming and Boiling
11. Broiling
12.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Lewis on May 24, 2008
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Do I need another cookbook? Well, I guess I did, if my first experience with this one is a foretaste (!) of what I can expect. I'm writing this after just finishing one of the best dinners I've ever experienced. I made the Sauteed Char with Hoisin Glaze and Wasabi Butter Sauce (p.238), although I used salmon. And, instead of bok choy or wilted cabbage, I made the Asian slaw (p.453). While the list of sauces seem intimidating, they are all quite easy and can be done well in advance of the final preparation of the fish -- and they add, oh, so much. If nothing else, the Hoisin Glaze is a revelation of how much a truly simple sauce can elevate a boring piece of sauteed salmon into something delectable. Thank you, chefs Moonen and Finamore. There are a couple of purring adults right now in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By kznadalin on June 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Everything I've tried from this book so far has been unbelievably delicious. The citrus roasted lobster and citrus lobster salad are a home run. I wasn't too sure about the marinade ingredients (combining citrus juices with fish sauce and mint leaves?) but I recalled that the kitchen testers from Gourmet Mag. said everything was amazing, so I gave it a try and I'm glad I did.

As far as the indexing to recipes on others pages mentioned by a previous reviewer, I wasn't crazy about that, either. However, the end result more than compensates. Regarding the quantities, my husband came up with a perfect solution for the marinade: He decided to use the citrus marinade and make roasted shrimp, but he also chose to cook the marinade and then save it in the fridge. Then we decided to experiment and try some tilapia in the cooked marinade, grilling it afterward. It was the best tilapia I've ever had. I'm very glad to have this cookbook. Be aware that some of the recipes do make a lot of food, so you may want to try a half recipe or something, especially if you're cooking for two.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Karen R. Haberkorn on July 18, 2008
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This book was described to me as being for people who are very uncertain of cooking fish at home, so I wasn't sure how useful it would be for a family that already cooks fish relatively frequently. The answer: it's a great cookbook regardless of your comfort level with fish because of the varied recipes and how tasty the results are. The sauces, marinades, and spice combinations are different than I've seen elsewhere and the results have made us go back for more. Our favorite so far is a bizarre-sounding ceviche with Asian ingredients like fish sauce and hoisin sauce. My husband, who loves Mexican-style ceviche, said, "We're making that?" and afterwards said, "We're making that again!" One feature we like is how the recipes call for a particular fish but have a section labeled "Accept Substitutes" that suggests other fish or shellfish that will work equally well. That gives us latitude when shopping. As another reviewer mentioned, some of the best recipes are for things that go *with* the fish. We loved a tomatillo salsa that we made along with some grilled shrimp and squid.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Thomas R. on July 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful cookbook! The contents include cooking methods and recipes, but I find the sections such as how to buy fish, detailed descriptions of various fishes, and which fish to avoid, equally useful. Somehow this author had taken the mystery out of cooking fish, and the results of his recipes are very good. I've owned hundreds of cookbooks, many of which are no longer on my shelves. This one is a keeper.
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