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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740792571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740792571
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tramonto's seventh book showcases steak and the "friends" (sauces, glazes, and side dishes) that complement it. Readers can feast their eyes on full page close-ups of finished dishes like grilled T-bone steaks alongside a bright green streak of pesto as well as smaller photos highlighting the cooking process. Pictures of Tramonto shopping, cooking, eating, and relaxing with friends and family make it easy to imagine what it might be like to spend an afternoon with the famous Chicago restaurateur." --Library Journal

"A couple of porterhouse steaks grilled to medium-rare and topped with a Gorgonzola crust rendered us speechless with delight" --Chicago Sun-Times

"Rick Tramonto's seventh cookbook, Steak with Friends: At Home, with Rick Tramonto, takes you inside the north suburban Chicago home of the executive chef/partner of Tru and Tramonto's Steak & Seafood. The cover depicts the author with his family, seated by a platter of hefty steaks and "friends"-natural pairings with steak-in the chef's ample home kitchen." --Publisher's Weekly

About the Author

Nationally renowned chef Rick Tramonto is the executive chef and partner of Tru restaurant in Chicago and the culinary director of Tramonto's Steak & Seafood outside Chicago. He is also the author of six previous cookbooks. He lives in the Chicago area.

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www.tramontocuisine.com

twitter.com/cheftramonto

Food writer and editor Mary Goodbody has co-written five of Rick Tramonto's cookbooks. She lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.

More About the Author

For eleven years, Rick Tramonto was executive chef and founding partner at Chicago's world-renowned four-star fine-dining restaurant Tru. Tramonto is also culinary director of Tramonto's Steak & Seafood, and RT Sushi Bar & Lounge. In 2010, Tramonto announced his partnership with Louisiana native Chef John Folse and the formation of a new restaurant company, Home on the Range. Tramonto and Folse plan to launch their first joint restaurant project, Restaurant R'evolution, in New Orleans' Royal Sonesta Hotel in the renowned French Quarter in 2011.

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It was a huge hit at my cocktail party!
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"The title of this book says it all: This is about eating steak dinners with good friends and enjoying all that implies," states Tramonto.
Charles G. Thompson
His Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Grilled Ramp Pesto is a sure winner, and the Sauteed Sea Scallops with Mushrooms and Balsamic are amazing.
Gail Cooke

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Leafing through Chef Rick Tramonto's latest cookbook makes you feel as if you're visiting an old friend, an ebullient, welcoming fellow who is passionate about several things - family, friends and food. He describes his home entertaining thus, "We play music as we cook, we swap ideas and stories, in short, we have fun. We anticipate the meat but we love the process...." STEAK WITH FRIENDS invites all of us to join in the process.

Beginning with Cold Appetizers renowned chef Tramonto offers 150 mouth watering recipes that are not only super tasty but also easy to prepare. He takes us step by step, lets us in on some secrets as to how to choose and grill a perfect steak, and even suggests what music to listen to while cooking.

Tramonto is, of course known for his way with beef and he offers recipes for everything from Beef and Barley Soup to Beef Wellington. His favorite accompaniment for a steak? Twice Baked Potatoes with Irish Cheddar. Wonderful when you have company as they can be prepared a day ahead of time, refrigerated, and then given a second baking.

As those who have enjoyed any one of his restaurants know Tramonto's expertise is not limited to beef. His Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Grilled Ramp Pesto is a sure winner, and the Sauteed Sea Scallops with Mushrooms and Balsamic are amazing.

Not to worry, he also has an active sweet tooth providing Vertical Banana Splits (irresistible with peanut butter, peanuts and semisweet chocolate. Diets are forgotten when served one of these or his Killer Chocolate Pudding. Garnished with white chocolate and sprinkled with artisanal salt this pudding is a prize winners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles G. Thompson on August 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
First off: this is a really BIG book, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. Secondly, I learned a new trick from it that I wish I'd known years ago (to bake bacon rather than fry it). My experience with this book was a good one from start to finish. Chef Rick Tramonto has been in the restaurant business for 30 years, and owns three Chicago area restaurants: Tru, Tramonto's Steak and Seafood, RT Sushi Bar & Lounge. A James Beard Award winner, a competitor on Top Chef Masters, Top Chef and Iron Chef; he was also named a Top Ten Best New Chefs by Food & Wine magazine in 1994. He has published six cookbooks before 'Steak with Friends.' He's already tested and proven his cooking mettle. This book is meant to bring all he knows, and his experiences as a professional chef, to the home cook. He succeeds quite well at doing so.

"The title of this book says it all: This is about eating steak dinners with good friends and enjoying all that implies," states Tramonto. Except it doesn't stop at steaks. It also includes hot and cold appetizers, salads, soups and sandwiches, fish and seafood, sauces, stocks, dressings, marinades, and syrups, other meat and poultry, side dishes, and desserts. Shew! The book does devote a number of pages to steak, in fact, there are three chapters alone on the subject. There are enough recipes in this book (150) to cook complete meals from starters to desserts for at least a year. (I didn't do the math so maybe it's only six months.)

In addition to the recipes Chef Tramonto throws in many 'how-tos,' and 'abouts' such as 'About Oysters,' followed by 'How To Shuck an Oyster,' or 'Notes on the Steak Recipes,' with 'How to Choose a Great Steak.' Helpful color photographs and diagrams are also sprinkled throughout.
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I'm not a fan of the steakhouse. There's too much testosterone mixed with entitled money in the atmosphere, and most steakhouses really fall down on sides. They think people don't mind spending $100 plus on a piece of beef with a baked potato and a tired vegetable cliche or some salad drowning in blue cheese served as an afterthought. Most people can do any side dish that you find in today's steakhouses right at home, so what's the point of spending all that money. Enter Rick Tramonto, the famous Chicago chef. He's knows his beef and he knows the kinds of crowd-pleasing side dishes that really make a steak dinner the special occasion it really can be. This is a wonderful collection that does include steak classics. Along the way you'll even learn how to replicate the kind of cooking techniques that the steakhouses use to get those amazing cuts of beef to sing on the plate.
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By L. Grasl on August 13, 2011
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I am an experienced recreational cook and was imnpressed with the television cooking segment by Rick Tramonto and consequently purchased his cookbook, "Steak with Friends." I have since used it for many different recipes and find it to be true to a promise for flavor and uniqueness, and offers a wide variety of dishes - not just meats. This will definitely be one of my favorites in the kitchen for years to come. I love it so much, I purchased five more copies to have on hand as last minute hostess/birthday gifts, etc!
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