- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1st edition (May 20, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0609608223
- ISBN-13: 978-0609608227
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Summer House Cookbook: Easy Recipes for When You Have Better Things to Do with Your Time Hardcover – May 20, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
When the temperature and humidity rise, slaving over a hot stove starts to sound a lot less appealing, and home cooks might find themselves in the "summer house state of mind." Friends and former colleagues Ponzek and Graham (the former was the executive chef of Montrachet in New York City, the latter, Montrachet's day manager) have devised a spirited cookbook based on family summer recipes. When cooks use the freshest meats, fish and farmers' market produce, the authors say, they'll insure their dishes pack a flavor wallop without all kinds of preparatory fuss. Their useful kitchen tips about planning ahead, cooking double batches and transforming leftovers-"multitasking for summer minimalism," they call it-leave more time for lounging around in the yard or on the beach. For those with an actual summer retreat, the culinary duo provides pantry lists, equipment suggestions (don't forget the blender), and pointers on foodstuffs to bring from home (e.g., infused oils, for which they provide several recipes, add depth of flavor to quickly grilled vegetables and fillets). Though many of the recipes are speedy and delicious-such as Sea Bright Striped Bass, Cod with Oven-Roasted-Tomato Vinaigrette, Fresh Country Potato Salad, and Alsatian Frittata-not all of the recipes can be thrown together at a moment's notice. The Fiesta Flank Steak and the Very Special French Toast both require extra effort and preparation in advance. But they're almost uniformly pleasing, and simple recipes for tangy marinades, tasty sandwiches, refreshing beverages and seasonal salads give the home chef ways keep palates pleased during the dog days of summer.
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From the Inside Flap
Whether your summer house is a beachside bungalow, a lakeside cottage, or a year-round retreat, cooking for family and friends while on vacation can be a delight?if you know how to keep it simple. The Summer House Cookbook has all of the tips, tricks, and recipes guaranteed to make summertime cooking a breeze.
Rather than stocking a vacation home with a full array of spices, whip up a couple ?make-to-take? infused oils, marinades, and spice blends to bring along?they?ll give instant, effortless flavor to meats and fish. Save time in the kitchen by cleverly dressing up leftovers?turn extra roast chicken into Tarragon Tree Chicken Salad, and grilled flank steak into a great sandwich with some Balsamic-Marinated Red Onions. From crowd-pleasing recipes such as Picnic Basket Fried Chicken, Memorial Day Coleslaw, and Bar Harbor Lobster Cakes to sophisticated offerings like Charred Pesto Shrimp and Grilled Lamb Chops with Olive Butter, these dishes require nothing more than the basic equipment available in even a bare-bones kitchen.
The Summer House Cookbook is filled with great ways to enjoy the pleasures of the season. Share a big pitcher of margaritas and a bowl of Best-Ever Guacamole with friends, or celebrate summer produce with Fourth of July Strawberry Shortcakes and Perfect Peach Pie.
Filled with evocative photographs and the stove-side advice of two friends who love to cook together, The Summer House Cookbook is all you need to create delicious food in any kitchen.
Top customer reviews
They do, but here is a specialty cookbook which centers only on this aspect: light summer cusine.
These two experienced chefs achieve their stated purpose by providing lots of recipes both of the standard recipe fare and some unique ones as well. They begin with a superb section on "Getting Ready to Go" which provides hints that truly prepare one to get all the gear and chef tools and ingredients ready to take or find and purchase whether to stock the summer abode or take to a rental or one's own backyard cooking. There is also a "Make Ahead" section with oils and marinades, etc. which is truly a neat idea to achieve the desired: "summer state of mind."
The recipe groupings are around meals, i.e. breakfast, picnics, dinners, parties, rainy days and then around source: farm stand, dock, grill, and desserts.
My two favorites thus far are "From the Dock" and "Rainy Day Dinners." Feast your eyes and appetites on such as: Sea Bright Striped Bass" with peach, nectarine, and plum balsamic vinegar sauce; Malibu Soft-Shell Crab Salad with watermelon, fennel, arugala and orange salad; Sweet Corn Pudding; Lobster, Mushroom and Sweet Pea Risotto; Chilled White Peach Soup with Red Wine Ice; Fig and Raspbery Fool.
Well done with delightful text bolstered with superb color photos. Also, not thick, heavy book it packs and travels well.
I have had the book for years. When my son and his family got a lake cottage, I purchased a copy for them. They love it.