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Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate Hardcover – February 26, 2013
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“Luckily for the rest of us, Richard didn’t heed his mom, nor does he plan to cease playing with his food any time soon. And now, in Try This at Home, he has managed to cleanly and clearly break down his process so that you can have a good time trying out some of his methods in your own kitchen. This is a cookbook from a serious chef who knows how to make fun of himself and lighten up the whole process. Cooking need not be an overly complicated, overwrought process with eighteen ingredients and fourteen pans. Though you can try using a good iSi siphon and a smoking gun (not that kind of smoking gun). And occasionally some nitrous oxide. Oh, and good ingredients, of course. Plus a spirit of fun. You have the cookbook. Now, as your mother would say, “go play!”
—from the foreword by TOM COLICCHIO
“Of all the contestants on Top Chef, Richard Blais was easily the most fascinating to watch. His food pays solid respect to the past while looking fearlessly to the future. Try This at Home takes Richard’s years of thinking, experimenting, trying and failing, and trying and succeeding, and brings it all home in thrilling and decidedly useful ways. This is the fast, accessible route to looking like a genius at your next dinner.”
“I've known Richard for a long time now and his cooking has always been a huge inspiration. Try This at Home totally captures his creativity, his talent, and his awesome sense of humor.”
“I’ve been rooting for Richard Blais since his first season on Top Chef and always wondered, How’d he do that? Now I finally have the answers . . . and I will definitely try these recipes at home!”
“Richard has created a book that I wish I had written—a book that will inspire not only professionals to look at food technique and flavor in a different way, but that any casual cook can work out of each and every day. For a guy who’s not even Jewish to teach me about better brisket was a welcome miracle, and the potato chip omelet shouldn’t be dismissed as gimmickry. We make it every week now in our house! Richard’s genuine passion as a chef, innovator, and artist comes shining through, but his influence as a father and husband makes this book truly special. Try This at Home is a must for anyone who enjoys cooking.”
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While very few of the recipes in this book require fancy equipment (which he gave a great list of things to buy, but not where to find them), the most frustrating part of this book might be the unusual ingredients he uses. For new chefs who aren't used to driving all over town to find one specific spice (Espelette pepper, or tandoori spice for example), many of the recipes can seem frustrating simply from looking for everything! In addition, almost every main recipe calls for one of his "Pantry Arsenal" recipes, making the intended recipe take much longer than a new chef might expect. And finally, not every recipe is perfectly clear on the method of preparation. I've noticed a few recipes seem to gloss over necessary steps or ingredients, and how to use them. A major one that's obvious to anyone opening the book is the recipe for Charred Artichokes. While the recipe is called, and certainly shows a picture of charred 'chokes, the recipe mentions nothing about their preparation except for steaming! Grills or ovens aren't even mentioned.
Negatives aside, for the cook who knows what they're doing, the recipes are fairly straight forward. With a few steps simplified for the sake of saving time and space, anyone who's already familiar with their kitchen will have no problem with this book.Read more ›
You must buy this book!
This book moves from my coffee table to the kitchen. There are beautiful photos throughout, and the book itself is a great read. As you would imagine, Richard's warm and clever personality comes through on every page, through fun photos and witty descriptive stories. I smiled at every anecdote about his kitchen, his cooking, and his kids. This is the first cookbook that I actually sat down and read through, cover to cover, before venturing into the kitchen. When it is on my coffee table all of my friends immediately pick it up and begin flipping through it.
On the other hand, the kitchen is where I really need it: I've already begun experimenting with Richard's creative tips. His recipes do two things that I love: First they allow me to take some comfortable trusty old favorites, but then spruce them up with some creative new ideas! They also give me a chance to try something totally new that I have never even thought about. Either way every time I cook with it I impress my family and friends.
Try this at Home is fun to read and to cook with. It is a must for every cook and foodie out there. Richard's book is my new go to gift! I have already ordered several for friends.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the cookbook! The transaction was easy and quick. The cookbook is funny and easy to follow. His recipes sound delicious.Published 24 days ago by Patriotsbaby
fun cook book.. was worth the buy ... lots of great tasting things !!Published 2 months ago by Bill E
I loved watching Richard Blais on Top Chef, his ideas and the way he cooks are exciting and fun. I love reading this book, as a professional Chef I have great respect for his... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tami McMurrian
great book bridges modern and classical and evrything inbetween love modern techniques that is easy to do and executable love this bookPublished 16 months ago by ziltor238