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Michael's Genuine Food: Down-to-Earth Cooking for People Who Love to Eat

by Michael Schwartz

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This is a treat guys, my hubby is going to review a book for you today. The only type of book, my book hating hubby will look at, a Cookbook. See bottom of review for pictures taken while hubby made the Banana Toffee Panini

The Good Stuff

* Some of the pictures of the recipes are absolutely beautiful and make you want to make the recipe right away
* Directions are easy to follow
* Very creative recipes
* Nice to see full menu ideas (including cocktails)
* Very much into buying organic and locally, so very environmentally friendly
* The Banana Panini recipe was out of this world delicious, but they made it way too complicated sounding and I would have left out the toffee bits - And btw - you can make something similar while camping and just using a Pie Iron- doesn't look as nice but tastes just as good and way less complicated

The Not so Good Stuff

* Would only make about 10% of the recipes
* Pictures are uneven, some look very appetizing and others sort of turn you off
* Extremely regional, would be extremely difficult to make the recipes as listed if you live in Ontario
* A lot of frying
* The introduction almost turned me off wanting to do the recipes, chef seemed extremely full of himself and sort of high and mighty

Favorite Recipe's (Well we only made one)

Banana Toffee Panini - the picture itself is scrumptious

What I Learned

* How to make my own ricotta, which was interesting

Who should/shouldn't read

* This isn't for your day to day cook or those with younger kids
* Better suited for those from Florida or other warmer clients where buying locally is a little more varied than here in chilly Canada (During the winter only of course)
* Definitely suited more for the experienced cook, those who have money to buy organic, and for those who have access to varied ingredients - not for us in Bolton

2.5 Dewey's

Banana Toffee Panini (Here is an adapted recipe inspired from the cookbook - we used the actual recipe from the book)

Pictures and link to recipe can be found here at http://raymentsreadingsrantsandramblings.blogspot.com/2011/03/michaels-genuine-f...

We received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review -- sorry guys wish we had liked it better - I think it will do better in the States ( )
  mountie9 | Mar 2, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0307591379, Hardcover)

JAMES BEARD AWARD–WINNING CHEF Michael Schwartz put Miami’s Design District on the culinary map when he opened his restaurant, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, in 2007. In a town where food and cocktails are as much a part of the pulse as tans and nightclubs, Michael’s Genuine strikes a very different note. Reviving the city’s dining scene from an overabundance of “Floribbean” cuisine, the restaurant quickly won national praise for its superlative yet unpretentious fare, with Frank Bruni of the New York Times naming it one of the country’s top ten best new restaurants. In his first cookbook, Michael Schwartz shares his approachable, sought-after recipes with home cooks everywhere.

Michael focuses on sourcing exceptional ingredients and treating them properly—which usually means simply. A salad truly becomes a meal, such as BLT Salad with Maple-Cured Bacon, as do pizzas, pastas, soups, and sandwiches. Snacks aren’t precious bits on toothpicks but hearty, eat-with-your-hands fare that can be mixed and matched, such as Caramelized Onion Dip with Thick-Cut Potato Chips and Crispy Polenta Fries with Spicy Ketchup. Side dishes are adventurous accompaniments that hold up mightily on their own, while the boldly flavored main dishes—from Grilled Wild Salmon Steak with Fennel Hash and Sweet Onion Sauce to Grilled Leg of Lamb with Salsa Verde—come in two sizes: large and extra large, for serving family-style at the table. From simple desserts that riff on classic childhood favorites and flavors, including Banana Toffee Panini, to Michael’s favorite drinks, you’ll have everything you need for the perfect dinner at home.

With seventy full-color photographs and abundant ingredient tips to help make the most of what’s freshest at the market, Michael’s Genuine Food is a guide you’ll return to time and time again for meals that will slip everyone into a state of genuine contentment. Featured Recipe: Classic Deviled Eggs Classic Deviled Eggs Makes: 24 Pieces Deviled eggs are a classic that doesn’t need to be reinvented with all sorts of fancy ingredients. When it comes to making hard-boiled eggs, the biggest problem is easily overcooking them, which produces a nasty green ring around the yolk and a rubbery texture. The explanation for boiling eggs may seem like overkill, but trust me, you will have total success for the rest of your life. Ingredients 1 dozen large eggs ¼ cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard Juice of ½ lemon 2 dashes Habañero Hot Sauce (see recipe below) or store-bought hot sauce, or more to taste 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika ½ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ¼ bunch fresh chives, minced A Note on Eggs: Buy local eggs! More than ever, farmers’ markets are selling fresh eggs from heritage chickens. Well-treated chickens that spend a lot of time on pasture, getting exercise and fresh air, and eating green vegetables (which makes the yolk a deep orange color) produce tasty eggs year round. They often come in a rainbow of shell colors that denote the breed of chicken. The yolks of all should be bright orange and the white have body and sit up on itself. Pastured eggs may cost more than conventional eggs, but they deliver a lot more pleasure, are better for the environment, and leave you with a cleaner conscience (you would not want to eat most mass-market eggs if you saw how they are produced). Instructions Put the eggs in a large wide pot, cover with 1 inch of cool water, and set over medium-high heat. Starting with cold water and gently bringing the eggs to a boil will help keep them from cracking. Once the water boils, turn off the heat, cover the pot, and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 15 minutes. In the meantime, prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl halfway with water and adding a tray of ice cubes. The key here is to cool the eggs quickly. Why? It’s the best way to prevent discoloration around the yolk and it makes them easy to peel. Using a strainer or slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to the ice bath. Allow them to sit in the water for 5 minutes so they are completely cool down to the center. Give each egg a few gentle taps on the kitchen counter; you want to crack the shell without damaging the white underneath. Gently roll the egg around until the shell has small cracks all over it. Peel it off. Using a paring knife, carefully trim off the ends of the eggs, so they will stand upright when serving. Halve the eggs crosswise (not lengthwise like you’re used to seeing) and pop the yolks out and into a food processor. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, hot sauce, half of the paprika, the salt, and pepper. Puree until completely smooth. Spoon the yolk filling into a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the corner snipped and pipe into the hollowed egg whites. Garnish the eggs with a sprinkle of the remaining paprika and the chives. Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered loosely, for up to 1 day. Habañero Hot Sauce Makes: 3 cups For all you chile heads looking for a knockout, eyewatering, tongue-tingling sauce, here it is; you may never buy commercially made hot sauce again. But a word to the wise: proceed with caution. Made from habañeros, one of the fieriest chiles around, this serious sauce achieves the perfect balance between flavor and heat. It’s best to protect your hands with a pair of latex gloves to keep the oils off your skin. Carrot is the secret weapon here; it not only adds amazing orange color but also gives the sauce another layer of flavor, with subtle sweetness and body. Use this hot sauce in Fried “Buffalo Style” Rabbit (page 152) or to fire up Bloody Marys or mayo. This sauce will keep practically forever! Ingredients 1 tablespoon canola oil ½ white onion, coarsely chopped 6 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped 1 large carrot, chopped 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, cored,seeded, and chopped 3 habanero chiles, stemmed and coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 cup champagne vinegar 2 tablespoons agave nectar 1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon ground coriander 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper Instructions Put a large nonreactive pot over medium heat and coat with the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent but not brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the carrot, bell pepper, chiles, and tomato paste and stir to combine. Pour in the vinegar and 4 cups water. Give everything a good stir and bring up to a simmer. Add the agave, paprika, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook until all of the vegetables are super soft, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Transfer the cooled sauce to a standard blender (or use an immersion blender) and puree until smooth. Store covered in the fridge for up to 6 months.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:37:26 -0400)

The chef and owner of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink offers insight into regional Miami cuisine that is independent of Caribbean-style influences, sharing accessible recipes for such dishes as Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Banana Toffee Panini.

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