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The Summer Shack Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Shore Food Hardcover – May 17, 2007
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An education as well as a collection of fantastic recipes to enjoy along the shore or anywhere -- Eric Ripert, chef/co-owner of Le Bernardin
Jasper has the confidence to stand back and let seafood be the star. This book helps give others that same confidence. -- Ming Tsai, chef/owner of Blue Ginger and author Ming's Master Recipes
Top Customer Reviews
The list of ingredients also includes equivalents and the steps for preparation provides helpful information about what you can do to work ahead of time and variants. There are some beautiful color plates of selected dishes grouped in various sections of the book. The first 50 pages or so include very helpful introductory information about preparing and service seafood along with the equipment you will need and want to have to prepare it properly.
The book has eleven chapters (each with its own introduction and table of recipes for easy lookup): the first chapter lays out the basics, chapter two talks about eating seafood raw, especially oysters, clams, and such. Chapters 3 & 4 are about kettle cooking by steaming, boiling, soups, chowders, and stews. Chapter 5 uses your icebox for chilled dishes and seafood salads. You move to the grill in chapter 6 and 7 takes you to indoor cooking on your stovetop and in your oven. Chapter 8 provides favorite Shack fried dishes. You get into the morning baking of biscuits, breads, pies, and other dessert items in chapter 9. Chapter 10 takes you into drink recipes. The final chapter addresses basic sauces, dressings, and stocks you will use in preparing and serving other dishes. There is also a very useful index.
I was fortunate to meet Chef White at a special dinner here in Ann Arbor at Zingerman's Roadhouse (a wonderful place to eat anytime, by the way).Read more ›
Tips to purchase, gather, dig or pick the seafood are very good but useless if your home is in Salt Lake City. This cookbook is meant for the locals. Excellent tables show varieties of all seafood but nothing gives the equally important amounts to purchase per person.
Besides seafood, the author also provides basic recipes for meat and poultry as well as simple desserts and beverages. Good tables for steaming times of seafood are useful, also sketches on how to prepare. Index is excellent and well cross referenced.
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There were some familiar dishes and more delectable recipes that WILL be finding their way to my outdoor parties!
I ordered the hardback and expected a thin overview of shack food but was pleased by the abundance of ideas, sprinkled with a minimum of photos ( I don't need a picture book when cooking, just good input from chefs more knowledgeable ).
Descriptions and menus are clear and concise with good reference to alternating pages to complete a meal.
This is a volume well worth your money if you love or have an interest in the New England shore food experience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book. However, while the content was great, the physical book is junk. Shortly after I opened it, the spine split and the chapters are falling out. Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Nothing here that is not covered better elsewhere. No real reason to purchase this cook book. That being said if you do not have an extensive collection you could do worse.Published on December 12, 2013 by lefthandsam
Bought this for the wife as she loves seafood. It's a VERY detailed book for the home chef. Recipes are great and Jasper details them so that even an idiot can produce great meals. Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by J. R. O. Neal
After visitng Boston area we had the opportunity to eat at the Summer Shack. It was a 4 star experience. Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by Lynn F. Kile II
...from Jasper White. I have all of his cookbooks and I refer to them quite often. The Summer Shack Cookbook is a great read as well as supplying a ton of wonderful recipes.Published on November 30, 2010 by Jeffrey W. Wilkins