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Canal House Cooks Every Dayby Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer
Synopses & Reviews
From the award-winning authors of the beloved Canal House Cooking series comes Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton’s Canal House Cooks Every Day. This magnificent cookbook, inspired by Christopher and Melissa's popular daily blog Canal House Cooks Lunch, offers a year of seasonal recipes for the home cook.
Canal House Cooks Every Day is a handsome, red cloth-covered, 384-page book with nearly 250 recipes and over 130 lush photographs and illustrations. It’s home cooking at its best — by home cooks, for home cooks — and it’s pure Canal House.
Regardless of the experience level of readers, Canal House Cooks Every Day will have them running to the kitchen to start cooking. The delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes celebrate the everyday practice of simple cooking and the enjoyment of eating. Christopher and Melissa use the best seasonal ingredients available to cook every day. Their recipes reflect the seasons, their appetites, their cravings, the occasions, and/or the demands of feeding their own busy families. This instant classic includes recipes for dishes as simple as a lunch of splendid summer tomato sandwiches or crackers spread with preserved lemon butter with smoked salmon and fresh chives to more complex meals like braised chicken with wild mushrooms and fine egg noodles.
In addition to the recipes, this wonderful cookbook includes menus for all the great holidays throughout the year, plus twelve intimate essays — on picking a ripe tomato, making your own pasta, or foraging for wild mushrooms — that introduce each month and capture the feeling and vibe of that special time of the year. Cooking through this book, readers will become better cooks and gain an increased appreciation for the wonderful flavors and aromas of a home-cooked meal.
Canal House Cooking has previously been featured for its inspiring recipes, friendly and knowledgeable voice, and drop-dead gorgeous photographs in a variety of publications including O, the Oprah Magazine, Bon Appétit, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Christopher and Melissa’s daily blog, Canal House Cooks Lunch, has thousands of daily followers interested in what these two women have cooked up that day. This wide fan base will be pleased to see the release of this dynamic duo's newest cookbook with accessible and easy recipes for home cooks.
“We cook every day. We are home cooks hungry for good food, so we cook. We make lunch and dinner and, as often as not, breakfast, too. And sometimes we make breakfast for dinner.” -Christopher and Melissa
Canal House Cooks Every Day is filled with delicious, simple, and easy-to-prepare recipes that follow the seasons and are what we cook for ourselves every day. Our recipes are inspired by what’s available in our markets, what we are craving, what's in the fridge, and sometimes, like everyone else, by what we can quickly pull together to feed our families. Lunch can be as simple as spreading crackers with preserved lemon butter and adding silky smoked salmon and fresh chives, or floating delicate little meatballs in a rich chicken broth with a big handful of tender spinach leaves. But we also make time to cook seriously delicious food like braised chicken and wild mushrooms with fine egg noodles, or beef brisket smothered in onions for dinner then served sliced on a soft potato roll the next day for lunch.
With more than 200 recipes and gorgeous, inspiring photographs throughout, it will make you want to run right into the kitchen and start cooking. Canal House Cooks Every Day also includes essays on the grocery store, the art of braising, making preserves, and much more. By the time you work your way through this book, we guarantee you’ll be a much better cook. The everyday practice of simple cooking and the enjoyment of eating are two of the greatest pleasures in life.
About the Author
CHRISTOPHER HIRSHEIMER is a home cook, writer, award-winning photographer, and cofounder of Canal House, whose facets include a publishing venture, culinary and design studio, and an annual series of three seasonal cookbooks titled Canal House Cooking. Before starting Canal House in 2007 in Lambertville, NJ, Hirsheimer was one of the founders of Saveur, where she was executive editor. She cowrote the award-winning Saveur Cooks series and The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market Cookbook (Chronicle, 2006), and her photographs have appeared in more than fifty cookbooks by such notables as Colman Andrews, Lidia Bastianich, Deborah Madison, Mario Batali, Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, David Tanis, and Alice Waters; and in numerous magazines, including Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, InStyle, and Town & Country.
MELISSA HAMILTON is a home cook, writer, painter, food stylist, and cofounder of Canal House. She previously worked at Saveur as test kitchen director, and was its food editor for many years. Hamilton also worked at Martha Stewart Living and Cook’s Illustrated. She has developed and tested recipes and styled food for both magazines and cookbooks, including those by acclaimed chefs and cookbook authors Colman Andrews, Lidia Bastianich, John Besh, Deborah Madison, Jonathan Waxman, David Tanis, and Alice Waters.
Christopher and Melissa currently collaborate on Canal House Cooking, for which they do all the writing, recipes, photography, design, and production. They are 2013 James Beard Foundation nominees for their cookbook, Canal House Cooks Every Day (Andrews McMeel, 2012) and for their Bon Appétit video series, “The Seasonal Cooks”, as well as 2013 IACP nominees for Photography and Food Styling. They also write a column for Bon Appétit, “The Seasonal Cooks.” To see more of what these two women are up to, visit their website, thecanalhouse.com.
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