In the original Joy of Cooking, Irma Rombauer wrote, "The chicken is a world citizen." Those words of wisdom have certainly withstood the test of time. They may even be truer today than they were in 1931. The draw of chicken is obvious: it's low fat, inexpensive, and easy to prepare--yet it can also be so... dull. As the star of its own volume in Joy's All About series, it truly shines.
Adapted from The Joy of Cooking and coauthored by Rombauer, her daughter Marion Rombauer Becker, and her grandson Ethan Becker, this volume upholds Joy's long-standing tradition of teaching generations of Americans to cook. In the same conversational yet instructional tone that made the original Joy such a favorite, the authors cover everything a cook needs to know to become a master of chicken.
Like the other editions of Joy, this one provides plenty of time-tested recipes for classic standbys as well as an inspirational array of recipes for more exotic fare to encourage readers to experiment and find new favorites. For a casual family supper, you can't go wrong with Baked Chicken with Onions, Garlic, and Rosemary or Chicken and Dumplings. For more elegant occasions, the flavorful Gorgonzola-Stuffed Chicken Breasts or buttery Chicken Kiev fit the bill. Those who are calorie-conscious will revel in dishes like the succulent Sautéed Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes, Capers, and Basil or the delightfully tangy Sautéed Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast with Balsamic Citrus Sauce. More adventurous eaters will find satisfaction in dishes like Doro Wat (Ethiopian-style chicken in red pepper sauce), Spicy Chicken Hobo Pack with Lime and Chili Peppers, and Baked Chicken with Chili-Garlic Spice Paste. Full-color photographs depict finished dishes and offer step-by-step illustrations.
A section on stuffings, a chapter on flavor enhancers--marinades, sauces, and spice rubs--and tips on buying, storing, and freezing chicken make this book is an indispensable guide for serving chicken for every occasion. --Robin Donovan
About the Author
Irma Rombauer self-published the first Joy of Cooking in 1931 with the small insurance payout she received after her husband committed suicide during the Great Depression. Suddenly, society wives who used to enjoy a kitchen staff no longer had the money to employ them and began cooking for themselves. The instruction "stand facing the stove" was a bit more pragmatic than we realize. In 1936, the first commercial edition was published by Bobbs-Merrill. Marion Rombauer Becker, Irma's daughter, joined the Joy dynasty and revised and updated each subsequent edition until 1975. That edition was the first after Irma's death and was completely Marion's. Her son, Ethan Becker, has returned the book to the family's voice, revising the 1975 edition for the 75th Anniversary Edition.
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Ethan Becker is the son of Marion Rombauer Becker and the grandson of Irma S. Rombauer, the original author of The Joy of Cooking. He attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but learned how to cook from his mom. An outdoors-man, he is a master of the grill and at cooking game. His outdoor gear and survival and combat knives are sold internationally under the brand Becker Knife and Tool. Ethan and his wife, Susan, a writer, editor, and artist, live in East Tennessee at their home, Half Moon Ridge. His website is www.thejoykitchen.com.