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By A Customer on March 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
We cook regularly from many different cookbooks and am thoroughly disappointed with this one. A friend has Vongerichten's Simple Cuisine & cooks from it & says it is excellent. He bought this one, too, & tells me that the recipes he's tried so far have not been very good (cauliflower was not at all like in the restaurant & puréed carrots were disliked with the beef). He is an avid (& good) cook. I have made 8 recipes from this book. Sableuse is a very plain cake but was good; Halibut in Papillote was good (very basic but I practically ruined my pans following the directions - do it in the oven not on the stove to save your pans), Savoy Slaw had too much ginger (a matter of taste?), Pork in Caramel was nothing special; Glazed Fall Vegetables tasted good (it has 1/2 lb of bacon so this is not surprising) but is not glazed at all & looks like a plate of mush & really is nothing special; Broiled Chicken with cloves was comletely bland with no flavor of cloves, just chicken & cream (my cloves were new & very aromatic); Lemon Yogurt Sorbet was okay, not great; the Apple Confit was a major disaster (as reported in a magazine which I read after I made it).
I do not believe that many of the recipes were tested properly. Also, the food is really JUST OKAY, NOT GREAT. Certainly not worthy of all the gushing done by Bittman. I will not make any of these recipes again except for the Sableuse. I think a public apology for the Apple Confit is in order, along with the correct recipe!
Before spending $ on this book, check it out from the library & make a few things first.
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Jean-Georges has done it again! This and "Simple Cuisine" are the two most-used cookbooks in my large collection. Everyone is always so impressed by the flavor combinations, and refuses to believe that I haven't slaved for days in the kitchen! I can't stop eating the Sticky Rice Wrapped in Banana Leaves (which is great w/o the banana leaves, too, by the way). And the Soup of Red Fruits is a delicious way to end a meal. The crab salad bound in tomate a la francaise is a winner....Come to think of it, every recipe I've ever tried from one of Vongerichten's cookbooks has turned out perfectly. Sure, my plating might not be up to the standards of the color photos, but the flavors are the same as in Vongerichten's restaurants. This book is worth the price just for the recipe for the curry spice blend. Even if you don't think you have the skills for "gourmet cooking" you can use the recipes in this book.
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`Jean-Georges Cooking at Home with a Four-Star Chef' by chef Jean-George Vongerichten and journalist / cookbook author, Mark Bittman is one of those delightful books which lives up to both expectations set by the author(s) reputation and the goals it sets for itself.

Jean-George Vongerichten is among the very top four or five chefs in the country, sharing the limelight of culinary innovation with Thomas Keller, Charlie Trotter and Alfred Portale. He has three high very well received restaurants in New York City and a few scattered about the hinterlands, especially in Las Vegas. Mark Bittman is a food columnist for the New York Times, inheriting a portion of the mantle of Craig Claiborne as one of the leading culinary newspapermen in the country. Bittman is also the author of several well-reviewed cookbooks on his own, primarily the successfully presumptuous `How to Cook Everything' (See my review of this book).

I have to believe that this book was inspired to some extent by the book created out of the collaboration between Patricia Wells and Joel Robuchon, `L'Atelier of Joel Robuchon'. This comparison is heightened by the fact that both Vongerichten and Robuchon did journeyman cooking in the Far East and both continue to have their cuisine influenced by Asian flavors. In spite of several similarities, there are some important differences between these two books. While Robuchon's collaboration deals with his haute cuisine restaurant fare, Vongerichten and Bittman concentrate on dishes from his restaurants that work very well in the home kitchen.
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Jean-Georges has quite an accomplishment with this work--conveying his talent at achieving complex flavors in recipes with a minimum of ingredients and clear instruction. Of the many chef-authored cookbooks I own, this one stands out as one from a talented chef who understands cooking and ingredients. Though works from Gotham City Grill or Jeremiah Tower yield great food, they don't allow you to cook it on a weeknight after work. Jean-George is different. Cornish Game hen with herb-bread stuffing is such a recipe as is the outstanding fresh pea pancake. Both require a minimum of ingredients and preparation and give an abundance of flavor and sophistication. Halibut with sherry sauce sounds pedestrian but, despite its paucity of ingredients, has a sophisticated taste beyond compare. All of the ingredients are readily found in a reasonable supermarket and will not send you to a food encyclopedia. A great book.
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