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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Camino Books; First Edition edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940159732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940159730
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally published in 1985, The Frog Commissary Cookbook harks back to a time when a reader wouldn't be too likely to choke upon reading a chowder recipe that called for a quart of half-and-half. Those were the days, author Steven Poses suggests in his foreword, when you could graduate from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in sociology, put in some time in the Peace Corps and the antiwar movement, work your way up from busboy to sous chef in a mainstream French restaurant and, with a copy of Jane Jacob's Death and Life of Great American Cities tucked under one arm and a total investment of $35,000, open a restaurant all your own in Philadelphia. Such was the success of Frog, its eclectic menu reaching out to many a flavor-starved palate, that seven years later Poses could reopen with a $1 million budget and expand into other restaurant ventures.

The Frog Commissary Cookbook rises out of the experience of Poses's restaurants and catering business. It's not an easy collection to finger, to size up and categorize with a single swipe of the pen. And that makes for some exciting page turning. This would be a good book to have on the shelf and open when you simply don't know what to do or what you are looking for.

You'll find goodies like Bourbon Pecans (this "Hors d'Oeuvres" section ends with 25 quick ideas; the same is true of the "Salads" and "Pizzas" sections), Chicken in Romaine Leaves with Lime Hot Sauce, Corn and Clam Chowder, a plethora of creative salads and dressings, Seafood Stew with Aioli, Stir-fried Duck with Chinese Sausage, Italian Scrambled Eggs with Asparagus and Prosciutto, and Pumpkin Waffles. This book is all over the place, leaving a trail of deliciousness in its wake.

According to Poses, exemplary care was taken to work out the recipes in an apartment kitchen and not on a professional stove. While all the recipes have proved popular over the years in Poses's restaurants, they were all written from scratch for the home cook. --Schuyler Ingle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Over 100,000 copies in print! "Frog Commissary's inventive, playful food is multiethnic but often shows a distinctive Thai influence. Bright ideas spill out everywhere." -- Library Journal

Illustrated --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One of my ALL time favorite cookbooks.
Debbie Flayhart
This book was out-of-print for years and I am very happy to see it reissued -- so I can give a copy to my son away in college!
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The cookbook itself also has tons of great ideas, some really nice recipes.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Former Rater on April 23, 2002
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I love this cookbook. I have been through three copies and given numerous copies to friends and family.
This book was out-of-print for years and I am very happy to see it reissued -- so I can give a copy to my son away in college!
This is where the French-Thai connection started as far as I can tell. The book is a marvel. The illustrations and comments in the margins are as valuable as the recipes and their text.
I have made just about every dish in this book and I have never been disappointed and neither have my guests.
My son grew up on the Thai Popcorn; I believe that the duck and chicken recipes are beyond reproach; the lentil salad is to die for (better have a heck of an extensive spice collection for that one....) and EVERYBODY loves the Carrot Cake.
A fine, fine example of American creativity in the culinary arts.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Chris Chiquoine on January 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have loved this book for many years and give it to new cooks whenever I can. I picked up another copy the other day and there was a "Cookbook Update" sheet tucked into it. I'm not sure if this was official or not but here it is:

Frog Commissary Cookbook Update

Page Number:
60 (Scotch Broth with Coriander)
Omit 3 1/2 teaspoons salt
Omit 11/2 teaspoons pepper
Change 2 teaspoons salt to 5 teaspoons salt

Change "Chop the mushrooms and set aside."
to "Chop the mushrooms, wash well and set aside".

Change "Stir in the water, salt and pepper along with the
ground coriander, reserve mushrooms, and mushroom liquid. Simmer for 1 hour and. .."
to "Stir in the water, salt and pepper along with the
ground coriander and reserve mushrooms. Simmer, covered, for 1 hour and..."
123 (Pistachio Chicken Breasts with Herb-Garlic Cheese Filling) In Herb-Garlic Cheese Filling:
Change 1 "tablespoon" minced garlic to 1 "teaspoon" minced garlic
129-30 (Siamese Chicken Curry) .
Add under list of ingredients for Curry, after 2 tablespoons soy sauce insert "OPT. 1/2 teaspoon sriracha or Tabasco sauce"
Change the directions under Curry from
"When the sauce is smooth, add the broccoli and quickly heat through. Taste and add the optional sriracha or Tabasco if desired. Stir in..."
134~35 (Mexican Lasagne) Under Assembly
Insert the following sentence after "Preheat the oven to 350" " Combine the Creme Fraiche with the eggs and set aside. "
Under Assembly on Page 136. Insert the following sentence after
'.Put down the last 6 toastados. " "Spoon the remaining Creme Fraiche over the top. "
155-56 (Lamb Curry)
Add to ingredient list under Curry, after 1/4 teaspoon salt, "OPT.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Flower Girl on March 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
My caterer gave this book to me when I asked for the Chicken Satay recipe our wedding guests raved about. For the last thirteen years it's been an anniversary dinner staple (it also shows up at every school pot-luck, summer picnic and just about any other occasion.)

There are so many recipes that would sell this book on their own merit, but as a collection it is truly indespensible. When you buy this be sure to try: the Salmon,Spinch and Scallop Pate, Mushroom Barley Soup, Vegetarian Chili (amazing!), Curried Chicken Salad, Smoked Chicken Crepes with Horseradish Sauce, Sauteed Green Beans with Hazelnut Crumbs, Broccoli with garlic butter and, as mentioned by so many others the OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP WALNUT COOKIES!

There isn't a bad Thai-inspired recipe in this book either.

The perfect wedding shower or housewarming gift.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Julie on September 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I stole this cookbook from my sister in 1989. She received it as a gift from her sister-in-law who resided in Philadelphia. The cookbook was returned five years later with the original binding ruined and held together by three-hole punches and garbage bag ties. Needless to say, my Christmas gift that year (1994) was a brand new Frog Commissary cookbook. Now 7 years later, it too is held together the same way my sister's book was if not worse!
Steven Poses was a visionary in the culinary field. In 2001 the cuisine of the US has finally develop into the vision he first wrote about back in 1985. With all the culinary interest of today, I hope the publishers will reconsider and issue a reprint of this remarkable cookbook. Unlike my sister, I will not loan my copy out!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JTALL@WIZARDS.NET on July 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
I've been using this cookbook for the last 10 years and it is my very favorite of all my cookbooks, it's cleverly written and illustrated and the recipes are inventive and easy to follow. I like to experiment a lot with food and this book has a lot of fun ideas. I was so happy to discover that I can still purchase this book because mine is falling apart from so much use .
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
When we lived in Philly, Frog, the Commisary, and Eden were definitely on our top 10 list. The recipes in this book bring that back for us every time. These recipes cannot be beat. My friends have been BEGGING for the recipes for years: eggplant capponata, carrot cake, chocolate killer cake-just to name a few. I am so glad to see this in print again so that we don't have to be tempted to photocopy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
I love this book and have been using it since it was published in 1985. The Frog and Commissary were my favorite restaurants when I used to live in Philly. Some of my favorites from the book are the Chicken with Brandied Mustard Sauce, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Linzer Torte, Chicken Liver Pate, Salade Nicoise, Apple Sour Cream Streusal Pie ( I make it with cranberries in the winter and blueberries in the summer) and the Coffee Walnut chocolate chip muffins. This is a great book - it will make you a star cook!!!
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