Williams-Sonoma, purveyor of choice gourmet products and kitchenware, has also created a collection of succinct yet comprehensive cookbooks. Part of the series, Chicken
offers 40 recipes that reflect the company's signature good taste. The book presents a wide range of delicious chicken dishes, from classics like Fried Chicken with Herbed Buttermilk Crust and Chicken Cacciatore, to quick supper delights including Spicy Chicken and Basil Stir-Fry, to company dishes such as Chicken with Shrimp Paella and grilled specialties like Thai Chicken with Lemongrass, Garlic and Chiles. Also included are one-pot specialties such as Chicken with Andouille Gumbo and a chapter that puts basic roasted chicken to great second-day use in dishes like Warm Chicken and Couscous Salad. Readers will also find a "beyond chicken" chapter that offers treats like Turkey Meatloaf with Sage Gravy and Coriander-Rubbed Duck Breasts with Grilled Oranges.
Accompanied by color photos that show the dishes in all their glory, the recipes are completely doable, and should appeal to a wide range of cooks. Throughout, sidebars (like "How to Flambé") offer useful information on techniques and ingredients; a glossary and basics section are also helpful. Though small in size, the book provides an inclusive store of superior recipes and instruction. --Arthur Boehm
About the Author
Rick Rodgers is a renowned cooking instructor and radio and television guest chef who has written dozens of books on virtually every cooking subject, including his best-selling 101 series, and the IACP Cookbook Award nominees Kaffeehaus
and The Carefree Cook
. Rodgers has also written more than ten titles for a Williams-Sonoma series, as well as Tips Cooks Love by Sur La Table. Rodgers lives in the New York City area.