Synopses & Reviews
In any discussion of New York City landmark restaurants, the Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant stands in a class by itself. From its unique position in the Terminaland#8217;s lower level, with the famous and#147;Whispering Galleryand#8221; at its entrance, waiters have been serving up platters of the freshest seafood for a century.
Here are more than 100 of the restaurantand#8217;s classic recipesand#151;some dating back to its opening in 1913and#151;along with behind-the-scenes stories, historical anecdotes, and a wealth of expert information on buying, cooking, and serving fish. An oceanand#8217;s worth of delicious eating is provided: from raw bar and seafood buffet favorites, to stews and chowders, to fish dishes fried, broiled, and grilled. Featured throughout are vintage images and ephemera, along with sumptuous food photography. Part history, part souvenir, The Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant Cookbook is a must-have for visitors and New Yorkers alike.
Praise for The Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant Cookbook:
and#147;A big, handsome book full of wonderful photographs, nostalgic tales and enticing recipesand#151;some dating back to the restaurantand#8217;s opening 100 years ago . . . you will appreciate the no nonsense instructions for buying, cooking and serving seafood.and#8221; and#151;Miami Herald
and#147;Helps uncertain home cooks navigate the world of clams, crabs, shrimp, and more. Starting with a very simple yet comprehensive oyster list (including source, flavor, and size) and then delving into recipes for a Maryland Crab Cake Sandwich, a Manhattan Clam Chowder, and Dover Sole Meuniere, the cookbook tackles it all, and provides helpful tips and loving historic tidbits throughout.and#8221;and#151;Epicurious.com
Moonen is a fish guy, having served as chef-owner of two seafood temples in New York City. In this new book, he shares his expertiseand#151;from how to shop for fish to how to clean it and how to cook it. The cleaning, scaling and filleting pages are particularly good, with clear instructions and excellent photos that leave little room for doubt. Moonen, with coauthor Finamore (Tasty), covers everything from American classics like Manhattan Clam Chowder to modern dishes such as Creamy Fennel Soup with Salmon and Citrus Ragu. What separates this book from others is its focus on sustainability. Moonen is a founding member of Seafood Choices Alliance and an early advocate for chefs making responsible choices when it comes to seafood. The first chapter contains a list of each fish in the book, the best way to cook it and the state of its population. There are no endangered fish on the list (or in the book), because, as Moonen explains in his introduction, and#147;I'm holding off for the time when I can feel confident that these populations are strong again.and#8221; For a chef whose current venture is a 16,000-square-foot restaurant in Las Vegas, this kind of restraint might seem surprising, but given the dramatic collapse of seafood populations, Moonen is a welcome and essential voice in the home chef's kitchen. (May 21) Copyright and#169; Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, Starred
" A great cookbook inspires you to cook. That's the premise behind our new cookbook club. . . In Fish Without a Doubt, chef Rick Moonen, of Rick Moonen's RM Seafood in Las Vegas, and coauthor Roy Finamore have drafted a blueprint for minimizing handwringing in the store and kitchen and maximizing pleasure at the table. . . Moonen takes the fear out of serving fish whenever the mood strikes and#151; which, with this book in hand, may be a lot more often." Gourmet
and#147;Fish Without a Doubt is a godsend.and#8221; (T. Susan Chang, NPR)
and#147;Without a doubt, a great fish book!and#8221; (Daniel Boulud)
and#147;Classic, modern, authoritative, and approachable, this book is a must for any fish lover.and#8221; ( Jacques Pand#233;pin) and#147;Rick Moonen provides a and#145;how-toand#8217; guide that helps readers eat well, while taking better care of themselves and the oceans.and#8221; (Rebecca Goldburg, Ph.D., senior scientist, Environmental Defense)
Comprehensive. Friendly. Indispensable. With more than 250 simple and delicious recipes.
No doubt about it, fish is a cookand#8217;s dream. Fast. Low in fat, versatile, and healthful, itand#8217;s even brain food. No other fish cookbook contains such a comprehensive selection of approachable, contemporary recipes. Itand#8217;s written by a pair of experts: a nationally known three-star seafood chef whose true passion is teaching home cooks, and an award-winning writer and sought-after food authority. Arranged for the cookand#8217;s complete convenience, Fish without a Doubt encompasses chapters on all the techniques of fish cookeryand#151;from poaching to grilling to sautand#233;ingand#151;as well as on all the most popular seafood dishesand#151;from appetizers, to soups and salads, to burgers and pasta.
The recipes range from updated versions of classics (Trout Almondine, Linguine with Clams, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes) to the latest favorites (Steamed Black Bass with Sizzling Ginger,Tuna Burgers with Cucumber Relish, Thai-Style Mussels). It includes slews of quickies for weeknight specials (Broiled Fillets with Butter and Herbs) and centerpieces for splashier occasions (A Big Poached Char). Featuring only seafood that is not overfished, Fish without a Doubt provides the latest information for the eco-conscious cook about our last wild frontier.
Featuring only seafood that is not overfished, this eco-conscious book encompasses all the techniques of fish cookery--from poaching to grilling to sauting--as well as the most popular seafood dishes.
About the Author
ROY FINAMORE has worked as a cookbook editor for thirty years, most recently at Clarkson Potter. Among the authors he has published are Martha Stewart, Ina Garten, Tom Colicchio, Diana Kennedy, Anne Willan, Gale Gand, and Lee Bailey. A cooking teacher, as well as a sought-after cookbook collaborator and food and prop stylist, his books include Tasty, which won a James Beard Award, and One Potato, Two Potato.