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Twenty Dinners Hardcover – April 7, 2015
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“Twenty Dinners is a laid-back, welcoming cookbook that wants you to invite some friends over, dive in and cook together—no stress, no pretense, no overthinking.”-Paste Magazine
“If it seems almost like an accident that Grizzly Bear bassist Chris Taylor and chef-turned-photographer Ithai Schori made a cookbook, that’s kind of the point. The pair, longtime friends and self-styled gastronauts, rented a house in Hudson, New York, and hosted a series of warm, music-filled dinner parties. The result of these labors is Twenty Dinners (Clarkson Potter), more of a modishly offbeat guide to eating and entertaining than a recipe book.”-Vogue.com
“How does Grizzly Bear's frontman spend his days off tour? Holed up in the kitchen roasting chickens or hunched over a fire pit grilling trout in the great outdoors with friend and fellow dinner party crusader Ithai Schori. The two met in the kitchen, cutting, blanching and whatever else was needed for dinner parties thrown by mutual friends, and now they're sharing their own unfussy but elegant recipes for dinner parties dreamed up for each season. Summer brings bourbon and jalapeño-spiked burgers and winter pan-roasted duck, which all sound like a party to us.”-Tasting Table
“Is it possible to fall in love with a cookbook? I ask because I'm positively swooning over Twenty Dinners.”-Fine Cooking
When [Chris Taylor and Ithai Schori] met, the two discovered a shared passion for ‘making good food happen’ and for feeding their friends in an unhurried, laid-back style. They experimented, riffed on each other’s ideas, and came up with Twenty Dinners, featuring their favorite techniques and inspiring ideas, plus luscious photographs, for simple evening meals or more elaborate events. Consider their menus, but mix and match these sensational, seasonally arranged dishes in any way you want…A total wow!”-BookPage
About the Author
ITHAI SCHORI is a photographer, videographer, and former restaurant cook.
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Back in reality, my wife and I work full-time jobs, have two young children, and live central Kentucky. And although Cassie is an excellent cook – and purchases far more practical cookbooks than me – I’m pretty incompetent in the kitchen. Throw more than one pot or concurrent steps and I turn into a gibbering mess. But, in spite of reality, Twenty Dinners by Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor fit my cookbook M.O., so I decided to take a look.
There is something different about this book right from the introductions. It’s not written by chefs for chefs. Ithai Schori is a professional photographer and Chris Taylor is the bassist for the indie band, The Grizzly Bears. Both have a great passion for cooking, but it’s not their profession. This may not seem like a big deal, but I think it sets the tone for the entire book.
Twenty Dinners has the all the hipster aesthetics I love. Tasty, cool sounding dishes and excellent photography. It also has the sensibility and humbleness home chef’s cookbook. It contains twenty different meals, each one including an appetizer, main dish, dessert or salad, and a drink, all grouped by seasons to coincide with the availability of fresh produce.
What I most appreciated about this book was that it uses simple, plain ingredients. With few exceptions, the recipes don’t require exotic spices, rare produce, or weird vegan cheese substitutes.Read more ›
I’ve made shakshuka countless times, but I couldn’t resist making Ithai’s version from the book, which is flavored with za’atar and paprika. There are many other recipes that I want to try soon. The lemon verbena tart, and spiced red wine-poached pears are next on my list of things to make.
This means that the recipes are more like guidelines, generally the methods use basic techniques, with the most technical portion often being the cutting of the protein. I wish there had been a photo guideline on these cutting techniques, or at least some small photos with the recipe on what the right cut is. This seems like a detail that was missed since there are suggestion chapters written by other friends varying from "mastering" wine to how to create a home bar or coffee, and there are also special sections in the back that define cooking terms in normal layman speak (you will need it now and then- several recipes for instance call for bouquet garni), essential tools that you need in a kitchen, and how to shop and store for ingredients.
The meals vary from the more impressive like 5 courses (Sliced Fluke, Plum and Cilantro; Seared Kale Salad with Brown Butter Toasted Pine Nuts and Smoked Bacon; Roast Chicken; Morel and Shiitake Mushoroom Risotto; Maple Panna Cotta with Candied Almonds and Buttered Bread Crumbs) to simple hearty ones that have a suggested ingredient or technique thrown in to raise it up a level from regular home cooking recipes (Meatballs and Spaghetti; Caesar Salad with Egg in a Frame, Affogato with Biscotti).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Personal preference only. Very nice book, but not the type of recipes I would cook.Published 2 months ago by public1
Twenty Dinners is a collection of recipes from photographer Ithai Schori and Musician Chris Taylor. This is not your average cookbook, neither is it meant to be. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rynette McGee
I was drawn by the cover to pick this up. I will have to say that I was not disappointed. This book is a lovely hardback with plenty of beautiful pictures. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anderson
As a fan of cooking and drinking I'm always interested in cookbooks. Finding a good one is like discovering the holy grail; a lot of books have good recipes but are hard to use... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dave OScroft
Twenty Dinners was a beautiful hardback book filled with descriptive menu ideas and gorgeous pictures. Read morePublished 12 months ago by sothecooksaid
Don’t you love the cover? I know I do. That’s what first drew me to the book. Then I read the blurb and was sold! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Vicki
Two years ago, Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor announced he was going to hole up in the woods near Germantown, New York to write a cookbook for Random House. Read morePublished 12 months ago by ibjoy1953
I enjoyed this cookbook. I has included recipes and plans for 20 dinners from beginning to end including drinks. I don't believe this will be my go to cookbook though. Read morePublished 12 months ago by scmiller