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Cat Cora's Kitchen: Favorite Meals for Family and Friends Paperback – Bargain Price, July 31, 2004
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About the Author
Ann Krueger Spivack wrote the series Michael Chiarello's Napa for public television. She lives with her husband and two children in Berkeley, California.
Maren Caruso is a San Francisco-based photographer whose work also appears in The New Complete Coffee Book (0-8118-2867-0). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Cat has been working several different Food Network shows as well as several of her own California culinary shows and appearances on network talk shows for the last few years, establishing herself as a culinary celebrity staple equal to Tyler Florence and Sara Moulton, and just a notch below fast cooking diva Rachael Ray and super food nerd Alton Brown. This is her first book of recipes / memoirs and she has matched the quality of her equals, Tyler and Sara, and has made a very worthy contribution to the literature on Greek cooking.
This is not a reference book on Greek food like Diane Kochilas' `The Glorious Foods of Greece' nor is it a popular survey of Greek cooking such as the recent `The Olive and the Caper' by Susanna Hoffman. It is a personal history of Cat's food experiences in her childhood Jackson home, in the ancestral home of her family on the Aegean island of Skopelos, Greece, in her California restaurant kitchens in northern California, and in her modern home kitchen. This orientation with the liberal notes on the niceties of Greek ingredients, her experiences with famous influences such as Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Thomas Keller, and Alice Waters, and stories of her US and Greek family members make this a more than usually entertaining personal cookbook.Read more ›
But that was before CIA and France and California. Now Cat really does catch the flavor of our Southern Greek family and our simple, flavorful meals. Greek-American food is good and good for you. The ingredients are fresh, inexpensive, and nourishing - especially for a growing family. Gather your family and friends and make some memories with Cathy's recipes in your kitchen; that's what life is all about, and you'll "Be cook'en" too.
Fair enough. But it is the recipes that make a cookbook. And, I must say, I find some interesting exemplars here. One can assess a recipe pretty handily after having cooked a bunch over time. And this book contains a bunch of nice recipes that I aim to exploit in the near future.
For instance. . . .
"Chicken stewed in wine, garlic, and cinnamon." Pretty straightforward ingredients (e.g., chicken, cinnamon, kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, cloves of garlic, extra virgin olive oil, chopped onions, dry white wine, water, tomato paste, and grated Myzithra cheese [which I had never known about]). There is some work with the recipe, but it is clearly doable--and it sounds like the end result would be a delicious treat!
"Slow roasted pork with Bourbon." Kosher salt, black pepper, pork butt/shoulder, cloves of garlic, sage leaves, flour, olive oil, sweet-hot mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and bourbon. Again, the process seems like ordinary cooks can handle it pretty well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this cook book for my daughter, she is a beginner cook.Published 14 months ago by Kiss the Cook
GREAT FOR RECIPES AND COOKING .. IT JUST ELEGANT, REALLY!!
I GIVE THIS BOOK A HIGH RECOMMEND.. ALL THE WAY..
When you see the name of the fabulous Chef from HGTV's food shows you know that the cookbook that she has written will be wonderful to browse through and use to make delicious... Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by DESAFIA
Cat Cora's Kitchen: Favorite Meals for Family and Friends
Unlike Cora' more recent book "Cooking from the Hip" which emphasizes quick and easy recipes this is a more... Read more
A very good book, and nice that she writes the greek name of the recipe in every dish that has a greek name. Also it's good writed but could be bigger.Published on April 24, 2009 by Georgios Pishilis
The Cat Cora cook book was nice I have another which I love also.
Books were in good shape.
I like the style of the book with clear information and tips. I also appreciated the great
photos and personal tid bits Cat adds.