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ISBN13: 9781579653774
ISBN10: 1579653774
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Thomas Keller has yet again produced a true classic, this time for home cooks, with Ad Hoc at Home. This book gives both readers and cooks two temptations: to read it from cover to cover, and to cook from cover to cover.
Recommended by Michal D., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

Thomas Keller shares family-style recipes that you can make any or every day.

In the book every home cook has been waiting for, the revered Thomas Keller turns his imagination to the American comfort foods closest to his heart-flaky biscuits, chicken pot pies, New England clam bakes, and cherry pies so delicious and redolent of childhood that they give Proust's madeleines a run for their money. Keller, whose restaurants The French Laundry in Yountville, California, and Per Se in New York have revolutionized American haute cuisine, is equally adept at turning out simpler fare.

In Ad Hoc at Home — a cookbook inspired by the menu of his casual restaurant Ad Hoc in Yountville — he showcases more than 200 recipes for family-style meals. This is Keller at his most playful, serving up such truck-stop classics as Potato Hash with Bacon and Melted Onions and grilled-cheese sandwiches, and heartier fare including beef Stroganoff and roasted spring leg of lamb. In fun, full-color photographs, the great chef gives step-by-step lessons in kitchen basics- here is Keller teaching how to perfectly shape a basic hamburger, truss a chicken, or dress a salad. Best of all, where Keller's previous best-selling cookbooks were for the ambitious advanced cook, Ad Hoc at Home is filled with quicker and easier recipes that will be embraced by both kitchen novices and more experienced cooks who want the ultimate recipes for American comfort-food classics.

Review:

"Keller, one of America's most acclaimed chefs (The French Laundry; Bouchon), shifts his focus from fine dining to family-style meals for the home cook in this accessible and dazzlingly beautiful book based on the fare served at his Ad Hoc restaurant, in Napa, Calif. He does not disappoint, providing a thorough primer on the foundations of cooking, offering clear and easy-to-follow instructions on techniques such as butchering and trussing chickens and tying a pork loin. He also includes a section on becoming a better cook, which helps fine-tune the cook and instructs on using salt properly, learning to make one really good soup and getting organized. Throughout are helpful sidebars that clarify potentially murky subjects, including brining fish and meat, salad basics and using fats. Dishes such as braised beef short ribs, buttermilk fried chicken, and fig-stuffed roast pork loin highlight a vast array of offerings that range from crab cakes to shortbread cookies. This collection is what legions of Keller fans have been waiting for, a book that allows them to replicate the merest glimmer of his culinary genius in their own homes." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In this cookbook inspired by the menu of his casual restaurant Ad Hoc in Yountville, California, Keller showcases more than 200 recipes for family-style meals. Full-color photographs throughout.

About the Author

Thomas Keller, author of The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, Under Pressure, Ad Hoc at Home, and Bouchon Bakery, has eleven restaurants and bakeries in the United States. His two Michelin Guide three-star-rated restaurants, The French Laundry and per se, continue to vie for best restaurant in America and for ranking among the top five eateries in the world. He has been honored with innumerable awards, from an honorary doctorate to outstanding restaurateur to chef of the year (for successive years).

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elizulrich, January 23, 2011 (view all comments by elizulrich)
My boyfriend received this book as a gift, and once I cracked it open, it was difficult to resist the urge to claim it as my own. Each recipe is more delicious than the next, and the food photography is absolutely stunning. Not to mention, Ad Hoc is chock full of intuitive and brilliantly simple tips on how to be a better chef that we would never have thought of otherwise. The recipes are very simple, straightforward and doable--exactly what we look for in a cookbook.
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ehrrinkeenan, February 17, 2010 (view all comments by ehrrinkeenan)
I've long lusted after a meal at one of Thomas Keller's restaurants, and it remains one of my dining goals in life. This is the first time I've read one of his cook books, but I'd heard that this one was especially geared to the home cook. It is amazing. At first I was put off by the gargantuan size, but then was thankful for every page and every inch. It's lovely, instructional, inspirational. Someday French Laundry/Per Se/Ad Hoc/Bouchon, you will be mine. Well, one of your meals will be.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781579653774
Author:
Keller, Thomas
Publisher:
Artisan Publishers
Subject:
General
Subject:
Cookery, american
Subject:
Ad Hoc (Restaurant)
Subject:
Regional & Ethnic - American - General
Subject:
General Cooking
Subject:
Cooking and Food-US General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
287.274 x 287.274 x 33.274 mm

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Product details 368 pages Artisan - English 9781579653774 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Thomas Keller has yet again produced a true classic, this time for home cooks, with Ad Hoc at Home. This book gives both readers and cooks two temptations: to read it from cover to cover, and to cook from cover to cover.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Keller, one of America's most acclaimed chefs (The French Laundry; Bouchon), shifts his focus from fine dining to family-style meals for the home cook in this accessible and dazzlingly beautiful book based on the fare served at his Ad Hoc restaurant, in Napa, Calif. He does not disappoint, providing a thorough primer on the foundations of cooking, offering clear and easy-to-follow instructions on techniques such as butchering and trussing chickens and tying a pork loin. He also includes a section on becoming a better cook, which helps fine-tune the cook and instructs on using salt properly, learning to make one really good soup and getting organized. Throughout are helpful sidebars that clarify potentially murky subjects, including brining fish and meat, salad basics and using fats. Dishes such as braised beef short ribs, buttermilk fried chicken, and fig-stuffed roast pork loin highlight a vast array of offerings that range from crab cakes to shortbread cookies. This collection is what legions of Keller fans have been waiting for, a book that allows them to replicate the merest glimmer of his culinary genius in their own homes." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In this cookbook inspired by the menu of his casual restaurant Ad Hoc in Yountville, California, Keller showcases more than 200 recipes for family-style meals. Full-color photographs throughout.
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