Synopses & Reviews
Each chapter focuses on a single ingredient. The accompanying recipes in Chef Aliza Green's culinary tour de force demonstrate the broad range of possibilities for each ingredient, utilizing a variety of cooking methods, flavors, and ethnic inspirations. This innovative work is the product of Green's ceaseless culinary curiosity and in-depth knowledge of ingredients. With these tools, she has created hundreds of clear and imaginative recipes that will enable experienced and fledgling home chefs to recognize how foods should look and behave, their fragrance and feel, their seasonal changes, how they are transformed by different cooking methods, and their flavor affinities. Extensive sidebars satisfy the most curious epicure.
"Four-time coauthor Green (including the James Beard Award winning Cocktails with a Latino Twist with Chef Guillermo Perriot) has aimed for the stratosphere with her first solo book. Green is a chatty expert who makes you feel she's in your kitchen; unfortunately, pedestrian prose mutes her apparent enthusiasms. Still, the book is a dazzling compendium of food history, food safety tips (don't keep garlic in oil unless you add acid to cut the risk of botulism) and resources. The book offers a hundred chapters in alphabetical order, Almonds through Zucchini and Other Summer Squashes: some categories are wide-ranging (Beans: Dried and Fresh-Shelled) while others narrow (Ugli and Other Unusual Fruits seemingly chosen to fill a gap in the alphabet). Bakers will appreciate recipes that offer both scratch and shortcut versions, but perhaps best of all, the book reflects perceptive appreciation of cooking the world over; in its broad embrace, it evokes the hopeful ethos of using food to open doors and build bridges." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Each chapter of this revolutionary cookbook focuses on a single ingredient and features numerous recipes utilizing a variety of cooking methods, flavors, and ethnic inspirations. Photos.
The revolutionary approach of Starting with Ingredients will transform the way we shop, prepare, cook, and even think about food
About the Author
Aliza Green is the author of five successful cookbooks, beginning with her authorial partnership with French chef Georges Perrier on Le Bec-Fin Recipes. She also co-authored ¡Ceviche!: Seafood, Salads, and Cocktails with a Latino Twist with chef Guillermo Piernot, which won a James Beard Award for "Best Single Subject Cookbook." Beans: More than 200 Delicious, Wholesome Recipes from Around the World, appeared as one of the New York Times' top cookbooks of the year. She has also authored Field Guide to Meat and Field Guide to Produce. Green's food columns and articles appear in a variety of local and national newspapers and magazines, including in Fine Cooking, Prevention, Philadelphia Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and the National Culinary Review. She has conducted numerous cooking classes, had many television appearances, including NBC's Today Show, and radio interviews, and is a highly reputed television and print food stylist.