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In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by…

In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart

by Alice Waters

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Contents include: What is the Green Kitchen; Stocking an Organic pantry; Green Kitchen Techniques; Friends & Cooks; Acknowledgements; and Index.

Looking at the contents, you'd NEVER know there are recipes..... Looking through the book, you'll see more photographs of Chefs than cooked dishes. I WANT to see a LIST of RECIPES and Photos of the FOOD!

What you see is: Washing lettuce; Dressing a salad; Flavoring a sauce; Pounding a sauce; Whisking mayonnaise; Toasting bread; Poaching an egg; Simmering a stock; Boiling pasta; Simmering beans; Wilting greens...... Catch my drift? ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
The origins of progressive Western nutrition. ( )
  clifforddham | May 21, 2015 |
"There is enormous pleasure in cooking good food simply and in sharing the cooking and the eating with friends and family. I think it is the best antidote to our overstressed modern lives. And there is nothing better than putting a plate of delicious food on the table for the people you love." -- Alice Waters

Food activist Alice Waters delights in demonstrating how simple it is to prepare delicious, local food. "In the Green Kitchen" showcases recipes and cooking techniques collected by Waters from cooks around the country. The focus is not on complicated "foodie" recipes, rather "In the Green Kitchen" aims to bring practical cooking know-how to the rest of us. Waters believes that a foundation of basic cooking techniques leads to comfort and inspiration, and that's what this book is all about. ( )
  aleahmarie | May 24, 2011 |
I love the Alice Waters platform. I believe in seasonal, local,organic, and artisan foods. I think it's important that children know what food looks like in the ground as well as on their plate. I agree that food is one of life's greatest and most important pleasures.
Unfortunately, I think I have read too many snide foodie columns to really appreciate her anymore. This book seemed really really pretentious. And all the time like it was saying "oh I'm not pretentious" but really it was pretentious. An example is the list of cookware at the end, where she says "oh you should keep it simple in terms of equipment, you don't need a lot of things" and then goes on to list a lot of equipment, including mortars and pestles "of various sizes." Who keeps multiple mortars and pestles on hand? The book is too simple for foodies and too complex for beginners. It is also almost entirely recipes, despite the initial assertion that it is a technique book.
There are some beautiful pictures of both food and foodies. It covers basic/essential recipes. I may consult it the next time I make biscuits. But overall, it's kind of an unnecessary book. ( )
  flemmily | May 8, 2010 |
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There are instructions, but this isn’t a manual. Rather, it’s an interesting entry point for, say, the food-trending college graduate or the colleague who zaps Lean Cuisine at lunch while eyeing your leftover asparagus risotto — or even seasoned cooks who’d like to clear their counters of gadgets and re-enter a life where the salad is tossed by hand (better to feel the vinaigrette distribution), the biscuits are made with homemade baking powder (beyond easy) and all the mayonnaises are above average. In Alice’s world, the Slow Food revolution begins at home.
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Sample Recipes from In the Green Kitchen by Lidia Bastianich, David Chang, and Thomas Keller

Spaghettini with Garlic, Parsley & Olive Oil from Lidia Bastianich
2 servings

This dish of Lidia’s is what I make for supper when I return home tired and hungry after traveling. I like it very plain, with lots of parsley, but you could spice it up by adding a pinch of dried chile flakes or chopped anchovy, and serving it with grated cheese.

1/3 pound spaghettini
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
8 to 10 branches Italian parsley, stems removed, leaves chopped

Bring a generous pot of salted water to a boil over high heat, and stir in the spaghettini. Stir frequently and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, until tender but still firm.

Meanwhile, put the olive oil and garlic in a saucepan and heat gently until the garlic begins to sizzle and release its fragrance; take care that it does not brown or burn. Add the parsley to the pan along with 1/2 cup of the pasta water. When the pasta is cooked, use a skimmer to lift it out of the water and directly into the pan, or drain it, reserving some of the water, and then add to the pan. Toss the pasta and let it simmer briefly in the sauce to finish cooking and absorb the flavors; add more pasta water if needed to keep the pasta loose and saucy. Taste the pasta for salt, and add more if needed. Serve immediately in warm bowls.

Salt & Sugar Pickles from David Chang
4 servings

David makes these pickles to be enjoyed right after seasoning, while they are still vibrant and crunchy.

3 very large radishes
2 thin daikon radishes
2 thin-skinned cucumbers with few seeds
2 pounds seedless watermelon
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar

Prepare the vegetables and fruit and arrange in separate bowls; there should be about 1 1/2 cups of each kind. Halve the radishes and slice into thin wedges. Cut the daikon radishes crosswise into slices about 1/8 inch thick. Cut the cucumbers crosswise into slices about 1/4 inch thick. Remove the rind of the watermelon and cut the flesh into slices 1/2 inch thick and then into 2-inch wedges. In a small bowl, combine the salt and sugar, and sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture over each vegetable and the watermelon and toss. Let the pickles stand for 5 to 10 minutes, arrange separately on a platter, and serve immediately.

One-Pot Roast Chicken from Thomas Keller
4 servings

One 3-pound chicken
Salt and fresh-ground black pepper
3 potatoes, peeled and thickly sliced
2 carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
2 onions, peeled and quartered
2 celery stalks, thickly sliced
4 large shallots, peeled
Fennel, squash, turnips, parsnips, or other vegetables (optional)
2 bay leaves
2 or 3 thyme sprigs
2 to 3 tablespoons butter

First prepare the chicken. To remove the wishbone at the top of the breast, use a small knife to scrape along the bone to expose it, then insert the knife and run it along the bone, separating it from the flesh. Use your fingers to loosen it further, grasp the tip of the wishbone, and pull it out. Tuck the wing tips back and under the neck.

Tying the chicken plumps the breast up and brings the legs into position for even roasting. Cut a length of cotton string. With the chicken on its back, slip the string under the tail and bring the ends up over the legs to form a figure eight. Loop over the end of each leg and draw the string tight to bring the legs together. Draw the string back under the legs and wings on either side of the neck. Pull tight, wrap one end around the neck, and tie off the two ends. Salt the chicken evenly all around. Coarse salt has a good texture of large grains that makes it easy to calibrate how much salt you’re putting on the chicken; sprinkle it from up high, so that it falls like snow. Season liberally with fresh-ground pepper.

Preheat the oven to 375°F, put all the vegetables and herbs together in the bottom of a large, heavy ovenproof pot, and season with salt and pepper. Set the chicken on top, dot with the butter, and roast uncovered for 45 to 60 minutes (or longer), depending on the size of the chicken. It is done when the leg joint is pierced with a knife and the juices run clear, not pink.

Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before carving and serve family-style with all the caramelized vegetables and juices from the pot on a platter and the chicken pieces on top.

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Features basic cooking techniques and natural food recipes, each demonstrated by chefs and friends of the author, including Lidia Bastianich, Thomas Keller, and Deborah Madison.

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