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by Alice Waters

“Chez Panisse is an extraordinary dining experience. . . . It is Alice Waters's brilliant gastronomic mind, her flair for cooking, and her almost revolutionary concept of menu planning that make Chez Panisse so exciting.”—James BeardJustly famed for the originality of its ever-changing menu and the range and virtuosity of its chef and owner, Alice Waters, Chez Panisse is known throughout the world as one of America's greatest restaurants. Dinner there is always an adventure—a different five-course meal is offered every night, and the restaurant has seldom repeated a meal since its opening in 1971. Alice Waters is a brilliant pioneer of a wholly original cuisine, at once elegant and earthy, classical and experimental, joyous in its celebration of the very finest and freshest ingredients.In this spectacular book, Alice Waters collects 120 of Chez Panisse's best menus, its most inspired transformations of classic French dishes. The Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook is filled with dishes redolent of the savory bouquet of teh garden, the appealing aromas and roasty flavors of food cooked over the charcoal grill, and the delicate sweetness of fish fresh from the sea. There are menus here for different seasons of the year, for picnics and outdoor barbecues and other great occasions. Handsomely designed and illustrated by David Lance Goines, this is an indispensable addition to the shelf of every great cook and cookbook readers. “A lovely book, wonderfully inventive, and the food is very pure.”—Richard Olney
Download Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook epub
ISBN: 0679758186
ISBN13: 978-0679758181
Category: Cookbooks
Subcategory: Beverages & Wine
Author: Alice Waters
Language: English
Publisher: Random House (April 18, 1995)
Pages: 336 pages
ePUB size: 1324 kb
FB2 size: 1388 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 201
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There's a special reason we go to the books of the great chefs. It's not to throw a meal together in 2 minutes, or to make sure we will find a dish we can cook with no trouble in two pans in our kitchens at home. It's to look inside an imagination and see what someone can achieve with ingredients and passion when it's what they do all day, every day, with devotion.
As Nigella Lawson said about another writer, "I often cook, if not directly from it, then inspired by it (which is more telling)". This is a truly inspiring work, one you will go back to again and again. From the buckwheat crepes with glaced fruit and eau de vie, to the amazing amazing fish soup, simple dishes with corn and over the top reworking of french classics, the judgement of flavours and textures is perfect. Ignore Water's fetish about perfect lettuce, read it, and just go to the kitchen. 10 stars out of five, the best of all the Waters books.
This is one of Alice Waters' early books, and it shows, as compared to the later ones. Many of the recipes are complicated, and involve ingredients that are not easy to come by, even in NYC. I read it more for amusement. The later books (Vegetables, Fruit, Cafe), are much more user friendly and result in great dishes. I wouldn't recommend this to someone new to her philosophy of cooking, or who doesn't have serious kitchen experience.
Buyer beware. You can't highlight or copy text in this book as you do in other Kindle books. In some parts of the book it will only let you select a single word at a time. In other parts you can select whole blocks of text as in any other Kindle book. That's not the way I wanted to read the book and it doesn't meet my expectations of a Kindle book as a result.

As for content it's very useful and informative, but alas not useful because of this defect.

I'm now getting a used hard copy and a yellow highlighter and doing it the old-fashioned way.

Beyond this issue, this is a great book for learning and expanding for the weekend cook. This is not and was never meant to be a cookbook for people who are looking for quick and simple meals. It's for people who want to enjoy meals at their best, in season and with freshest quality ingredients.

Like so many things Alice Waters-related, the recipes are a bit slapdash and mercurial and not very well written. Take the cassoulet recipe for instance, and reading through it you realize you're making duck confit, stock from the same duck after AGING the duck, that the duck confit can be made much in advance and the flavor will improve (the stock can apparently be frozen), and then you're moving on to all the other steps, which, reading through you will reorder logically.

I don't mind though, because I learn the recipe that way and improve my skills and techniques and knowledge, which is why I like cooking this way (plus we get to eat well).

If you enjoy cooking and trying new things, this is a great book for you. It's not for the cook who wants things on the table cheap, easy, and fast, and who complains about the difficulty of having to search out ingredients (which I love, since it's a great way to learn and improve as a cook).
Great gift. Exactly what we were looking for. Thank you.
Had to get it after seeing the Jerimiah Towers movie!
This is an excellent cookbook to add to your gourmet collection. There are quite a few recipes in here that one would consider to be more fine dining than an average home cook might want, but for the serious cook it is an excellent book to stretch the culinary imagination.
There's a lot of good sense and good food in this book, but the California style is getting a bit past mark of mouth, if you'll permit an archaic phrase/pun. I've made a few of these dishes, and they're fine, but somehow this isn't the book I pick up and flip through, asking myself, "what's for dinner?" With Jody Adams, Daniel Boulud, and Pat Wells on the shelf, I'm not sure I'd call this a "must have" addition. But, if you're a Waters fan, go for it .