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Without Reservations: How to Make Bold, Creative, Flavorful Food at Home Hardcover – April 14, 2008

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Altman, a San Francisco chef and host of Bay Café, a popular local TV cooking show, enthusiastically encourages people to cook California cuisine in their own homes. He introduces an array of global flavors that aim to highlight the best ingredients, particularly citrus and spices, putting a spark into recipes like Island Gazpacho, which features mango, papaya, chiles and horseradish, and Oven-Roasted Beet and Orange Salad. Intriguing combinations like tamarind, pecan and cherries with chicken, or maple, apple and mango with pork augment the dishes' central elements without overwhelming them. Like any good California chef, he gives suggestions for what to drink with main-dish recipes, and he also provides helpful tips throughout about preparation, presentation and ingredients. Altman includes a few simple classics like pasta carbonara, but despite his goal of making chef-style innovation accessible at home, most of the recipes involve numerous steps and techniques that are more suited to cooks with some experience than to absolute beginners. Altman's gusto is infectious for any reasonably confident cook with a love of putting great ingredients to use in unexpected ways. This is an excellent springboard for experimentation. Color photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
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Joey Altman spent the first part of his career as a professional chef, cooking at some of the nation's top restaurants. Nine years ago, he launched a second career as host of a popular, award-winning television food show. But even though he no longer cooks at a restaurant full-time, his family and friends still expect him to prepare restaurant-quality meals. Now, in this fun and inspiring cookbook, Joey shares his secrets for cooking chef-caliber food at home.

The 120 recipes in the book, along with Joey's notes and tips, will help you take casual meals and entertaining to a whole new level. From cocktails, appetizers, salads, and soups to pasta, seafood, poultry, meat, and desserts, Joey's recipes feature great ingredients, vibrant flavors, and artful presentations—everything you need for that restaurant "wow" factor in your own cooking. Kick off your next dinner party with Spicy Lamb Sliders, Crab Stuffed Avocado, or Island Gazpacho. For a main course, try Duck Cannelloni, Tamarind-Pecan Chicken with Dried Cherries, or Grilled Caribbean Lamb Skewers. And for dessert, serve something fabulous—Oozing Chocolate Cake or Black and White Tiramisu. Tempting dishes like these will help you build confidence and kitchen skills and are guaranteed to impress your guests.

Throughout the book, more than 140 beautiful color photographs illustrate specialized techniques as well as finished dishes and show Joey in thekitchen and at home with family and friends. Joey's clear instructions ensure that even complicateddishes turn out perfectly, and suggested substitutions and variations help you make the recipes your own. Complete with recommended wine and bever-age pairings, guidance on working with special ingredients, pointers to boost your kitchen skills, and symbols that show how you can work the recipes into your everyday or party menus, Without Reservations is your indispensable guide to memorable meals with family and friends. With Joey's lively kitchen wisdom and the recipes in this book, you'll soon be cooking like a four-star chef—and entertaining without reservations.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470130458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470130452
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,865,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephen R. Altman Cigar on June 20, 2008
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WITHOUT RESERVATIONS is one of those rare cookbooks that come along and inspire you to actually cook the resipes! the delicious sounding combinations and photography made my mouth water immediately. i will say that this is for people like me who like to be in the kitchen and stir things up. altman has made his enticing dishes seem very doable with his easy to understand "think like a chef"tips and many "how to"photos.his suggestions for ingredient substitutions also make it easy to customize many of the recipes to my palate..... great new addition to my kitchen bookshelf
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This occasional cook needs things spelled out clearly and this cookbook does exactly that. My favorite part is that the basic recipes also have tips on things to add to change or adapt to guests, an overall menu, or just for interest. I bought one as a gift for an accomplished cook, who really liked the tips and ways to customize recipes. Even the photos seem to clarify, rather than just being eye-candy. A very helpful and useful book indeed.
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My experience using Joey Altman's cookbook "Without Reservations" has been extremely rewarding. I can honestly say "with out reservations" that Joey's recipes can be executed in the home kitchen with ease. His tips and additional suggestions open a whole world of tastes and ideas to each recipe. He provides a foundation for cooking each dish with hints which enable you to create your own variation. I have found the results to be always delicious and well worth it. I recommend this book to beginners and experienced cooks as well.
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This cookbook is great fun...I've tried 9 recipes in the first two weeks and we have loved them all. He uses combinations of spices and food to creative more complex flavors and yet the recipes are easy to follow. Several of the sauces and salad dressing can be used with other dishes as well. My favorite cookbook in years!
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