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Appetites: A Cookbook Hardcover – October 25, 2016
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“In what might be his most accessible book yet, Bourdain reveals his “Ina Garten-like need to feed the people around me” with a terrific collection of recipes for family and friends.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Bourdain is back with his inimitable voice-funny, foul-mouthed, and unapologetically opinionated-in this tightly curated collection of recipes…a cookbook that should be on every library’s food shelves.” (Booklist (starred review))
“APPETITES, in addition to presenting an eclectic, expletive-laden portrait of one’s family’s fare, is also a really great cookbook.” (BookForum)
From the Back Cover
Anthony Bourdain is a man of many appetites. And for many years—first as a chef, later as a world-traveling chronicler of food and culture on his CNN series Parts Unknown— he has made a profession of understanding the appetites of others. These days, however, if he’s cooking, it’s for family and friends.
Appetites, his first cookbook in more than ten years, boils down thirty-plus years of professional cooking and globe-trotting to a tight repertoire of personal favorites—dishes that everyone should (at least in Mr. Bourdain’s opinion) know how to cook. The result is a home-cooking, home-entertaining cookbook like no other, with personal favorites from his own kitchen and from his travels, translated into an effective battle plan that will help you terrify your guests with your breathtaking efficiency.
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1) Goulash. It was wonderfully flavorful, and very different and much more produce heavy than any other Goulash I'd tried before. The smoky essence of paprika is filling our home. And the Barq's rootbeer accompanying it is his suggestion. :)
2-3) Macaroni and Cheese. I posted a photo of his intro letting you know, quite clearly, what does not belong in mac and cheese. LOL! Four kinds of cheese with plenty of cayenne, mustard, and Worcestershire. Delicious!
4) Ratatouille. Divine. His method is very different and it is fantastic!
5) Acai Bowl. It's pretty much a smoothie in a bowl with garnishes. Yummy 5 minute breakfast.
6) Roast Beef Po' Boys. It's one of those two day recipes, but oh so worth it. That's a great sandwich!
7) Chicken Satay with Fake-Ass Spicy Peanut Sauce. Fantastic, and I love the presentation. Party food!
8) Budae Jjigae ingredients. When I was at the Korean grocery store, I saw a few people who looked lost and frustrated, so I thought I'd post a pic in case anyone's new to these ingredients so you'll have a visual of what you're looking for.
9) Budae Jjigae. It's a Korean army stew that he calls "the ultimate dorm food", loaded with Spam, kimchi, hot dogs, fermented chili paste, ramen, baked beans, etc., cooked in an anchovy, kombu, and mushroom broth. When I read this recipe, I could hear Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park, "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think whether or not they should." The final tally was 1 out of 4 liked it in this house.
10) Book placement for my amusement. In Medium Raw, he dedicates a full chapter to just how much he can't stand Alice Waters, so I *had* to.
As a fun treat, I ordered a copy of Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook at the same time. It's a collection of his wildly inappropriate, and very cleverly written angy rants. He's so funny. He really lets us have a glimpse into his head. A chapter is the perfect dessert after trying out his recipes. I handed my husband, who does zero cooking, a paragraph to read. Ten seconds in, he started cracking up, grabbed his wine, and headed for the couch with my book.
I can't wait to try out the rest.