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Seasonal Recipes Using Seasonal Ingredients
on November 8, 2006
Stone has caught this reviewer's attention and admiration via his TLC program. I find him to be an adept chef with great attitude, right mate?
This work seeks to provide for home chefs three recipes for each seasonal ingredient on three levels of difficulty (time, technique, ingredients) from easy to everyday to adventurous. Example here is crab: easy is simple cracked crab seasoned on crusty bread with home-made mayonnaise; everyday is fresh orecchiette with crab and chili; adventurous is Crab, Carrot, and Celeriac Salad with Avocado Cream and Gazpacho.
His choice of seasonal ingredient focus is broad, surprising at times, yet readily available to home chefs. It ranges from scallops to raspberry to rhubarb to champaigne to crab to asparagus to vanilla. There are wide range of menu choices from appetizer to sides to desserts. This is truly a nice selection.
The recipes are mixture of some known (tomato, mozzarella, arugala salad) to very creative (tartare of hand-dives sea scallops with tomato essence and oscietra caviar). Each has good instructions and advice plus sumptuous color photos. The plating is superb! Only unmet desire here is for Curtis to provide wine advice for each dish, which he does on the show and he knows his wines as well. Would have been great to here some of his choices!
Flavors are fresh, refreshing and highlight quality of seasonal ingredients combined with great technique and topnotch plating.
This is truly one to buy, use, give and enjoy. Hope that this is just beginning for this chef, who has become one of my favorite gourmet mates!