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Fresh from the Market: Seasonal Cooking with Laurent Tourondel and Charlotte March Hardcover – September 7, 2010

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Fall into Cooking Featured Recipe: A Real Steak au Poivre with Green Oak Lettuce & Homemade Boursin from Laurent Tourondel’s Fresh From the Market

You can use whatever mix of peppercorns you prefer. I like to make variations on the recipe using other peppercorns such pink, white, green, Szechuan, or even Jamaican, commonly referred to as allspice. This recipe is great with dry-aged New York strip or rib-eye steak, or even duck breast, which my father makes at home. You can also simplify the meal by purchasing Boursin from your local cheese shop. --Laurent Tourondel

Serves 6


6 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
6 Black Angus beef tenderloin fillets, 10 to 12 ounces each
Kosher salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons canola oil
1⁄4 cup finely diced shallots
1⁄4 cup cognac or Armagnac
1⁄2 cup veal or beef stock
1⁄2 cup heavy cream
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Homemade Boursin (recipe below)
3 heads baby green oak lettuce, cut in half lengthwise

Prepare the fillets:

Using the bottom of a heavy skillet, roughly crush the peppercorns.

Generously salt both sides of the fillets with kosher salt and then press each side of the fillets into the cracked peppercorns, encrusting the steaks as lightly or heavily as you desire.

Melt the butter with the oil in a large heavy sauté pan over medium heat. Once the foam of the butter begins to subside, the pan is hot enough. It is important that the pan not be too hot and smoking or the pepper will burn. Sear each side of the fillets until well browned and the pepper begins to form a crust, about 5 minutes. To check for doneness, insert an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. The temperature should read 130˚ to 135˚F for medium-rare doneness.

Transfer the fillets to a warm platter, tent with aluminum foil, and let rest while making the sauce.

Make the sauce:

Pour out all but 2 tablespoons of the fat in the pan.

Place the pan over medium heat and add the shallots. Sauté until the shallots are just tender, stirring with a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, about 1 minute.

Lean away from the stove (averting your face) and pour the cognac into the pan; tilt the edge of the pan slightly over the burner flame to ignite the alcohol. The cognac will flame for a few seconds as the alcohol burns off. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 minute to thicken the sauce. Add the cream and simmer until thickened to sauce-like consistency, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Season the sauce to taste with sea salt and ground black pepper.

To serve:

Spread 2 tablespoons of the Boursin over the cut side of each halved head of lettuce.

Place 1 fillet on each of 6 warm plates and spoon the sauce over the fillets.

Set the lettuce alongside the fillets and serve.

Wine suggestion: Serve a spicy, juicy Syrah with aromas of black cherries, black peppercorns, and baking spices, such as Colson Canyon, Tensley, 2006, Santa Barbara County, California.

Homemade Boursin

8 ounces fresh Coach Farm goat cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons heavy cream
11⁄2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped shallots
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1⁄2 teaspoon onion powder
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine the first 8 ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until well combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

From the first pale-green shoots of April asparagus to December's robust porcini and creamy sunchokes, food at its seasonal peak offers brilliant flavors. In Fresh from the Market, Chef Laurent Tourondel presents fantastic recipes based on the seasonal, market-driven cooking philosophy that has made him one of America's most successful chefs and restaurateurs.

This richly photographed cookbook covers cocktails, appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, and desserts, along with complete menus for special occasions like an autumn wine harvest dinner or a festive New Year's Eve feast. Chef Tourondel selects the freshest seasonal ingredients and maximizes their flavors with simple cooking techniques.

  • Features 167 recipes organized by season, along with complete menus for special occasions like Thanksgiving dinners and Independence Day barbecues
  • Packed with mouthwatering, full-color photography by renowned photographer Quentin Bacon
  • Includes wine pairings, seasonality charts, sources, and other valuable and insightful information

Whether cooking with fava beans in spring, littleneck clams in summer, butternut squash in fall, or Meyer lemons in winter, Fresh from the Market shows home cooks how to create incredible dishes from each season's glorious bounty.

Recipe Excerpts from Fresh from the Market

Red Apple & Bourbon Fizz

Beef Shank Stew

Mammy Louisette’s Ginger-Rhubarb Tart

From Publishers Weekly

Author of Bistro Laurent Tourondel as well as founder of 10 BLT restaurants around the globe, Tourondel provides an appetizing and handsome guide to taking advantage of nature's gifts. Highlighting recipes from his childhood, early days as a chef, and the menu of New York's BLT Market, he offers appetizer, main course, dessert, and breakfast meals that capitalize on availability and freshness. Spring's offerings include poached white asparagus with ramp beÌüarnaise; halibut en papillote with fava beans and green garlic; and a frittata with peas, ramps, sausage, and goat cheese. Summer, fall, and winter bounties are equally tantalizing with grilled pizzettas made with littleneck clams and bacon; aromatic stuffed suckling pig; and honey-crisp apple cakes with pumpkin spice ice cream. While some recipes are complex, most are easily handled by home cooks. Tourondel provides menus for holiday celebrations like Easter, Memorial Day, and Christmas Eve, as well as a section on basics such as stocks and a wealth of flavored ice creams and sorbets, including lime-cottage cheese and almond milk. When "seasonal" is more and more popular, Tourondel makes a valuable contribution to this expanding field.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1st edition (August 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470402423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470402429
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.2 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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FRESH FROM THE MARKET: SEASONAL COOKING is more than just another restaurant cookbook: it includes wine and beer pairings, profiles of local markets, complete menus for special occasions such as an autumn wine harvest dinner or holiday celebration, and more. Seasonal fare is at the heart of food and menu choices, here: FRESH FROM THE MARKET gathers over 160 recipes from Tourondel's childhood in France and his chef's career, and makes for an outstanding market-driven cookbook packed with lovely color photos throughout!
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Seasonal cooking has become the 'in' thing to do. From local farmers markets to high end restaurants, people are beginning to understand the importance of eating local, seasonal foods. In Fresh From The Market, Laurent Tourondel brings seasonal foods to the table in some very elegant and unique ways.

The cookbook is divided into seasons and then subdivided into the type of course so that if you are looking for a spring appetizer or a fall desert, it is easy to find. There are also some sample menus in each section so that if you would like to entertain you don't have to wonder which main course should go with which soup. I loved the brilliant photographs that are on almost every other page. To me, a photo of the recipe really helps me imagine how the final meal should be presented.

One thing I thought was truly unique was the inclusion of seasonal cocktails! In summer you might enjoy a Watermelon Martini but in the fall you should try a Blood Orange Margarita. I also liked that the author discussed not only seasonal fruits and veggies but included seasonal meats and cheeses which I really had never thought of being 'seasonal' before now.

The one big drawback for me was the complexity of the recipes. The ingredients are not difficult to find and the directions are very clear and easy to follow but the meatball recipe had 18 ingredients in it! I am sure that they taste MUCH better than my 6 ingredient meatballs but as a mom with small kids and a hectic schedule most of these recipes would not be made on a daily basis. I would certainly try them for a special occasion, though, and not all the recipes are complicated.
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Chefs and home cooks have finally caught on to the fact that local, seasonal and sustainable cooking is the way to go and Laurent Tourondel's book is one of the best on the market.

His food is down to earth and hearty yet elegant. It is not a book for the cooking novice or people who just want to whip up something easy in the kitchen. Some of the ingredients may be a bit hard to find if you're not in a bigger city and some of the recipes can be quite involved. But the complexity of the recipes is what makes them so interesting. You won't find many recipes in this book that you can find in one way or another in many other books. The recipes are unique. My favorites are the Turnip Veloute (p. 242) and the Diver Sea Scallops (p. 247).

The book is organized by seasons. For every season there is a short overview of foods that are available in each particular season. Also in the back of the book there is a list of places/websites where you can buy harder to find ingredients.

All in all a fantastic book for the adventurous cook.
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Oh you will want to take this cookbook and find all the delicate morsels you can track down, prepare and savor them. Just a lovely book, very well crafted recipes and delicious results. Will buy this for friends!
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good Book For Ideas
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