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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439169985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439169988
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

Just Married & Cooking is an instant classic that every young couple should put on their gift registry. Yes, it’s a great collection of recipes, as easy as they are delicious and interesting. But more than that, it’s an owner’s manual for the heart of a household, as inspiring to (ahem) older couples as it is essential to newlyweds. And Brooke and James—just married, themselves—have written just the way they cook: with wit and warmth and unfussy Southern charm.

—Ted Allen, host of Food Network’s “Chopped”

"This scrumptious debut cookbook tackles the ins and outs of cooking as a couple. Real-life couple Daily News columnist Parkhurst (Belle in the Big City, 2008) and chef Briscione (winner of the Food Network series Chopped) reveal not just their own expertise but an endearing empathy for kitchen novices. Foodie anecdotes add spice, and there is even a splash of food history. But it is the authors' tricks-of-the-trade advice that adds most to this perfect Mint Julep of a book—and yes, that recipe is here, too. An exciting, essential volume that delivers on every front."
--Kirkus Reviews

"A great gift for newly engaged, married, and domestic partners."
--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Brooke Parkhurst: is an author, foodie, new mom and home cook. Her debut novel with recipes, Belle in the Big Apple (Scribner, 08’), features a small town Southern girl who moves to New York City in search of a career--and a good meal. Brooke currently pens an online food column, “Full Plate,” (think Carrie Bradshaw-turned-June Cleaver) for the New York Daily News. She has also hosted ABC’s internet and digital cable food series in addition to acting as the lifestyle/cooking correspondent for Conde Nast’s debut web network.  Brooke has been featured on television and in such national and international media outlets as the BBC, Donny Deutsch, New York Times, New York Daily News and New York Post

She and her chef husband, James Briscione, have been featured in The Knot and The Nest magazines as the “Newlywed Culinary Dream Team” (Oct-Dec issue, 09’). They currently teach couples cooking classes at New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education and at the artist’s studio, Studio B, in Alys Beach, Florida. Together, Brooke and James pen a couples cooking column for MyScoop Media.

Brooke, James and their 9 month-old daughter, Parker Lee, currently live and cook in Manhattan’s West Village.
 

James Briscione grew up with the foods of the South.  In Birmingham, Alabama he cooked with James Beard award-winner Frank Stitt. Under Stitt’s tutelage, James learned to create refined Southern cuisine by selecting only the freshest local ingredients. At age 24, James became Chef de Cuisine at the famed Highlands Bar and Grill.

A move to New York City and to Restaurant Daniel came next. As a sous chef in the private dining room, James cooked for the international elite executing dinner parties to French, 4-star standards. James currently works as a chef-instructor at The Institute of Culinary Education. 

Briscione and his wife, Brooke Parkhurst, who both hail from Pensacola, Florida, now write and cook together from their West Village apartment in New York City. Their first cookbook, Just Married and Cooking (Scribner ’11) will act as a cooking and lifestyle entertaining guide for the uninitiated, the newly married and kitchen challenged. He appeared on the first season of Food Network’s Chopped and walked away the champion. He returned to Chopped in Fall 2010 to compete in the champions tournament. 

James has also been featured in on-line cooking segments for ABC News Now, delish.com and Conde Nast, as well as Martha Stewart Radio on Sirius.

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Customer Reviews

The pictures are gorgeous, the recipes are easy to follow, and there is food for every occasion.
LBP
I can't wait to buy this book as a bridal shower gift-it's a must have for any newly married couple (and singles too!)
Jaimie Leigh
It will absolutely make you want to cook, but you will have a hard time deciding which recipe you want to try first.
Lily

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leo on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The cookbook has some good recipes, however, it's not kitchen friendly! The pages are printed double-sided in a bright blue ink on cheap, see-through paper. The most disappointing: it only has a few pages of pics in the middle, so you don't know what your recipe will/should look like. It needs to be tougher, laminated pages (a la Ina Garten) to withstand wear and tear on the kitchen counter.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lily on May 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have over 500 cookbooks and consider this one of my top ten. Easy, informative, doable, a lot of flair and delightful to read. This will be my wedding gift to many people. It will absolutely make you want to cook, but you will have a hard time deciding which recipe you want to try first. Great for all seasons.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LBP on June 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just as one needs certain cutlery and spices to complete a meal, Just Married and Cooking is the necessary ingredient to a well-stocked kitchen. Each recipe delights in the fun background story of how the recipe came to be. What is particularly endearing, is that Ms. Parkhurst and Mr. Briscione are incredibly knowledgeable and talented, but thet don't lecture or come across as gourmet snobs. Rather, they teach in a way that makes even the novice cook feel okay to not realize that paillard is a fancy term for chicken cutlet. Unlike traditional cookbooks, this is fun, engaging, and most of all- so welcoming. An autobiography of their lives through recipes is really what this book is about. The pictures are gorgeous, the recipes are easy to follow, and there is food for every occasion. Be it married, divorced, or just plain single and loving it, Just Married and Cooking will have you fall in love- if not with a spouse, then most definitely with cooking.
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By Wayne S. Mealey on February 6, 2014
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My wife and I saw morning show where it mentioned this book. We bought it as we're not exactly the best cookers and this seemed like a perfect mix of learning to do something new while spending time with one another. SUCCESS! I would recommend this to any couple looking for a new enjoyable way of spending time with their spouse.
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By suzanne on June 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a total novice when it comes to baking, I am pretty intimidated by anything but a box cake. I made the lemon squares and not only were they out of this world they were so simple to make! The writers really explain all the recipes in an easy to follow format with an enjoyable summary of how it came to be. The cocktails are fantastic and will have your guests complementing your bartending skills all night. This is definitely a great extra to a wedding shower gift! A wonderful book for the amateur to the ace and all levels in between.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OC Food Diva on February 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In Part 1, they have a subsection called "Mornings." Brooke's Breakfast Granola is AWESOME! In the book she describes how expensive it is just to buy a bag at the store. I always thought that granola was a lot of work, but it's really simple. Her recipe is great - grains, nuts, and fruits. I left it in the oven a little longer than the recipe calls for to suit my taste. Brooke and James also explain in the introduction that once you start cooking, you'll get to know your oven and cooking times will not always be exact. Every oven is different. The texture of the granola is crunchy with the sweet bites of dried fruit. It's perfect for snacking on or putting on top of yogurt. Next time, I will also experiment with some different dried fruits, maybe go tropical like mango, papaya, and pineapple. I'm already salivating!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarabeth on October 3, 2011
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What a delicious world it would be if cookbook authors could have their very own shadow team--willing testers and tasters--ready to master the culinary skills of their mentors.

When Brooke and James published "Just Married and Cooking" five months ago, two of their biggest fans, my daughter and I, literally heeded their call to "Put down those takeout menus and get cooking!"

Since then, we've been elbow deep in dough and stirring the pot to herald the joys of living, eating and entertaining together, as envisioned by the newlywed team. We wanted to showcase how their inventive recipes, ranging from basic to elegant, and jazzy and comforting, can be made at home.

Immediately into our culinary experimentation, we noticed the ease of preparation, then basked in the glow of the raves, following each course and after the dessert had been served.

If we sound biased, it's because we've actually diced, chopped, mixed and roasted our way through over 200 of the delectable recipes!

A series of cooking successes, however, caused a dilemma: which absolute favorite dish or standout chapter would my daughter and I recommend to friends at church, moms at playgroup and, of course, newlyweds just starting out??

James and Brooke's advice--"decide what you're craving at the moment and then mix and match recipes."

That would work--part 1, "Life as We Know It," offers hearty, everyday meals on a glam budget; part 2, "New Traditions," reserves sumptuous selections for the indulgent. And don't forget to skip over to the luscious chapter of pictures- it's a smackdown of courses captured on camera!

A few favorites: Brooke's Best Granola, Jamie's chapter on homemade seasoned salts, Pork Chops w Bourbon & Prunes, Seared Skirt Steak w Homemade Salsa Verde, Blondies & the inimitable Watermelon Margaritas

Aspiring and seasoned cooks alike- this book is for you!
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