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Live, Love, Eat!: The Best of Wolfgang Puck Hardcover – October 29, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1ST edition (October 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375508910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375508912
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Wolfgang Puck's enthusiasm for good food could light up several small cities, and you'll find the proof on the pages of Live, Love, Eat! The Best of Wolfgang Puck. In 150 of his favorite recipes Wolfgang Puck demonstrates why and how flavorful food and fun can't be separated from each other--certainly not in his kitchen.

Consider the ubiquitous guacamole recipe. Puck calls his version California Guacamole. His ingredients are few, the flavors marshaling around roasted whole garlic, which adds to the whole an underlying sweet and mellow deliciousness. It's an act of elevation and restoration for one of the grand treats of the Southwest. Puck is a master of the respectful tweaking of familiar recipes and ingredients in favor of rejuvenation and flavor. The lowly chicken comes to mind. Chicken pot pie becomes Chicken Pot Pie Soup, Puck replacing the traditional crust with delicate dumplings. With Spicy Chicken Pizza (the chicken is marinated in lime juice, olive oil, garlic, cilantro, and minced jalapeño chilies) Puck takes this Neapolitan standard on a side trip to Mexico. Viener Backhendl, Austrian fried chicken, meets Asia by way of panko, Japanese-style bread crumbs. And so on.

Live, Love, Eat! has chapters devoted to appetizers, soups, salads, pizza and pasta, seafood, poultry, meat, accompaniments, and desserts. This is a richly illustrated book showing what results look like and how they get there. A final chapter, "Basics," is worth the price of admission. --Schuyler Ingle

From Publishers Weekly

Puck, winner of three James Beard awards, founder of Spago and Chinois, offers such favorite recipes as Pumpkin Ravioli and Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Bell Peppers with Sweet Green Onion Sauce in this distilled collection. California cuisine is the word, with Italian (Fettucine Wolf-fredo with Grilled Chicken) and fusion (Spicy Asian Beef Burgers with Shitake Mushrooms and Wolfgang's Vegetable Spring Rolls) alongside Puck's native Viennese (Minced Veal or Pork with Chanterelles, Paprika Cream Sauce, and Noodles). Comfort food like All-American Chicken Pot Pie and Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions abounds but fat watchers beware My Favorite Tomato Sauce calls for one and a half sticks of butter. Many recipes predictably rely on chicken broth (Fettucine Wolf-Fredo, and Corn Chowder with Littleneck Clams and Jalapeno Cream). There are appetizers such as Hot Spinach-Artichoke Dip and salads like Greek Shrimp Salad. Overcomplication is Puck's flaw, but his talent is making classics look new, like Beef Stew with Winter Vegetables and Red Wine or Crispy Shrimp with Chinese Noodles and Spicy Garlic Sauce. Desserts include Wolfgang's Tarte Tatin and Decadent Warm Chocolate Cupcakes with Molten Centers.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Beth Holcolm on February 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am a stay-at-home mom, so I look for cookbooks that are easy to follow. Even though my girlfriend recommended this book, I was hesitant to buy it because I figured Wolfgang's food would be much too hard and fancy to make. But she was right, the recipes were easy and had really cool step-by-step photos. I have made his Chicken Pot Pie, Fettuccine Wolf-fredo, and Potato Salad so far, and they were all outstanding. My husband said jokingly that he is going to kiss Wolfgang for making his wife into a good cook. I definitely think this book should be in every home kitchen.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I eat at Wolfgang Puck's Cafe in Evanston a lot, and have been to the Spago in Chicago for a special occasion. I love the food at both places. But I never thought I could cook Wolfgang's great food at home until I picked up this book and saw how simple he makes it. His instructions are really easy, and he includes step-by-step photos to show you exactly how. And the finished food pictures look mouthwatering and aren't fussed up like lots of cookbooks. I've made several of his chicken dishes, all delicious, and some incredible soups. My family went crazy over the bacon-wrapped meatloaf and his garlic mashed potatoes. The cheesecakes are the best ever. And his chocolate cupcakes with the warm melting centers are [super].
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on January 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
On the face of it, Wolfgang is unquestionably one of the best-known names in the world of culinary celebrities. To the great general public, he is probably the only name and face to outshine Emeril Legasse. But, the celebrity of both men seems to be based more on media exposure than on sound culinary achievements. While chefs such as Thomas Keller, Charlie Trotter, Daniel Boulud, and Tom Colicchio are less well known, their reputation with foodies is soundly based on culinary achievement, even if only known through their writings and reputation through media reviews. Puck's reputation to the world at large is based primarily on his position as caterer to the Academy Awards and other high visibility Hollywood events. He has a fairly large network of successful restaurants, including some middle end chain style establishments. I have always had the suspicion that he stole some thunder from Chez Panisse in the popularization of `California Cuisine', especially since Jeremiah Tower, the self-proclaimed inventor of this movement looks down his nose at Puck in his book `California Bites'. Similarly, Tower buddy Jim Villas, not known for having any California stripes, thinks little of LA's Puck while praising New Orleans' Lagasse. Lastly, Wolfgang has gone the budget route in lending his name to a low end line of cookware, competing with Martha Stewart's everyday ware rather than with Emeril's high-end All-Clad lines.
So does Wolfgang have real chops in the kitchen?
The evidence of this book is that his written cuisine is at least as good as Emeril's, his teaching approaches the quality of Jacques Pepin, and his creativity with the fusion of Latin American and Oriental cuisines with European concepts appear no less tasty than those of Norm Van Aken.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Seah on June 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In this cookbook, Wolfgang Puck brings together all his favorite recipes and dishes from his famous restaurant. The cookbook is divided into different sections such as Appetizers, Soups, Pasta etc. The sections helped me find what I was interested in cooking that day, without having to do too much searching.
I thought that this cookbook was very nicely laid out and the design was beautiful and tasteful. Some of the recipes were also interesting and made a nice presentation when cooking for friends.
Now that I¡¦ve told you some of the good things about this book, here was one thing that I didn¡¦t like about this cookbook: I think the recipes lean towards the elaborate side of cooking things. Most of the meat dishes take more than 30 minutes to cook without the preparation time and require extra steps that I normally would not take for everyday cooking just for myself. Most of the time while I was cooking I felt that there would have to be an easier way to do some of the steps. It would be best not to follow the instructions blindly and do a little modification when cooking with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By philyodaddy on November 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I gave this to my mother for her birthday. She loves it. There are a couple of recipes (the Salmon and Prime Rib especially), which she has used on multiple occasions. The food is great.
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