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This timeless addition to the Chez Panisse paperback cookbook library assembles 120 of the restaurant's best menus, including galas, festivals, and special occasion meals that have become such gustatory celebrations. A full range of menus is featured, from picnics to informal suppers. Line drawings.


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This timeless addition to the Chez Panisse paperback cookbook library assembles 120 of the restaurant's best menus, including galas, festivals, and special occasion meals that have become such gustatory celebrations. A full range of menus is featured, from picnics to informal suppers. Line drawings.

30 review for Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mandie Lowe

    Published in 1982, the recipes in this book run the risk of being outdated. Luckily Alice Waters was ahead of her time and her book holds up to this day. In her introduction, she describes her history as an eater, someone who appreciated good food from an early age. She did this enviable thing: I bought Elizabeth David’s book, French Country Cooking, and I cooked everything in it, from beginning to end. I've always wanted to cook every recipe in a recipe book, but have yet to begin! One day... My o Published in 1982, the recipes in this book run the risk of being outdated. Luckily Alice Waters was ahead of her time and her book holds up to this day. In her introduction, she describes her history as an eater, someone who appreciated good food from an early age. She did this enviable thing: I bought Elizabeth David’s book, French Country Cooking, and I cooked everything in it, from beginning to end. I've always wanted to cook every recipe in a recipe book, but have yet to begin! One day... My one unbreakable rule has always been to use only the freshest and finest ingredients available. You can hardly go wrong with that rule when it comes to cooking great food. The recipes here are quite simple, if not always in preparation, then in flavours. The ingredients are made to shine. Waters explains how to compose a menu, allowing each course to complement the rest of the dishes, without anything overwhelming the meal. She pairs Roasted Red Peppers with Anchovies with Hard-Cooked Quail Eggs, followed by Roast Pigeon with Purple Grapes and an Almond Tart to finish. Another menu starts with Deep-Fried Squash Blossoms, then a Corn Soup with Roasted Poblano Chiles and finally, Charcoal-Grilled Rockfish with Onion and Tomato Relish. If something sweet is desired, Papayas with Fresh Lime is the suggestion. Nothing here is terribly complicated to make. Waters herself advocates cooking without machines and gadgets. You need good knives and a pestle and mortar to prepare most of the dishes here. Whether this is a book to own depends entirely on the taste of the cook - I would suggest looking at the list of recipes before you decide whether this is something you might enjoy. As for me, I think this is a beautiful cookbook, despite the lack of photographs. The strong love of food that comes across these pages is something any cook can appreciate.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    definitely a cook book for the intermediate to advance person. lots of fine dining recipes, and uses a variety of ingredients while keeping to Alice Waters philosophy of fresh ingredients and simple and delicious food. There are no photos in the book, and the book assumes the reader is fluent in most cooking terms. While I did not try any of the recipes, the book gave me some good ideas on flavor profiles and combinations. Alice Waters also includes a sample of some of the menu's she's offered a definitely a cook book for the intermediate to advance person. lots of fine dining recipes, and uses a variety of ingredients while keeping to Alice Waters philosophy of fresh ingredients and simple and delicious food. There are no photos in the book, and the book assumes the reader is fluent in most cooking terms. While I did not try any of the recipes, the book gave me some good ideas on flavor profiles and combinations. Alice Waters also includes a sample of some of the menu's she's offered at the Chez Panisse over the years, including one for "birthday dinner for a triple Scorpio". nice!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    I actually read this for an essay as part of a history class here at Cal...and I kind of fell in love. I read a lot of other books about Alice Waters, but this was the only primary source. And I will go out into the world now and find this book, so I can buy it, and eat it. (Or at least the things inside).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    While most home cooks would rarely ever make any of these dishes, I love the simplicity and the way in which Alice Waters uses her love of good, pure, seasonal, organic, sustainable food to create beautiful menus. In my eyes, she can do no wrong and this book is yet another testament to that fact.

  5. 5 out of 5

    mollie

    This is at once my dream and the easiest path to a nervous breakdown: to serve a chez panisse menu-inspired meal to several people, at once. eee cooking anxiety! I love to pour over the recipes and notes though.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lissa

    Although interesting, I have to say that I was disappointed. Somehow I thought that Alice Waters focused on healthy foods - these menus are heavy on meats, fat, wine. I found a couple ideas I might be interested in adapting, but overall, it was a waste for me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ally

    Made the cassoulet - best recipe ever. So so so so so so good!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bree

    Notes: not really useful to me fancy recipes, no photos, too gourmet

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    One of the standard cookbooks which every collector should have.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Stayed up all night reading it from cover to cover; I couldn't stop. Who knew a "cookbook" could be so thrilling???!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Woodman

    This is outstanding as a cookbook and as a culture guide to what happened in American Cuisine as a result of Alice Waters

  12. 4 out of 5

    NL

    picked off the shelves of http://www.boxcarkitchen.com/ picked off the shelves of http://www.boxcarkitchen.com/

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barrett

  15. 4 out of 5

    N M

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emma

  17. 4 out of 5

    Halifaxious

  18. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Moore

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gary Fox

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Drilling

  22. 5 out of 5

    Delilah Morales

  23. 5 out of 5

    DIANE

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sandrea Gibson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janie Parkey

  26. 4 out of 5

    LLuckey

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katey501

  28. 4 out of 5

    Διονυσιος Κανδιανος

  29. 4 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl Proc

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sloan

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