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Ad Hoc at Home

by Thomas Keller

Other authors: Dave Cruz (Contributor), Susie Heller (Contributor), Deborah Jones (Photographer), Michael Ruhlman (Contributor), Amy Vogler (Contributor)

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Thomas Keller shares family-style recipes that you can make any or every day. In the book every home cook has been waiting for, the revered Thomas Keller turns his imagination to the American comfort foods closest to his heart-flaky biscuits, chicken pot pies, New England clam bakes, and cherry pies so delicious and redolent of childhood that they give Proust's madeleines a run for their money. Keller, whose restaurants The French Laundry in Yountville, California, and Per Se in New York have revolutionized American haute cuisine, is equally adept at turning out simpler fare. In "Ad Hoc at Home", a cookbook inspired by the menu of his casual restaurant Ad Hoc in Yountville-he showcases more than 200 recipes for family-style meals. This is Keller at his most playful, serving up such truck-stop classics as Potato Hash with Bacon and Melted Onions and grilled-cheese sandwiches, and heartier fare including beef Stroganoff and roasted spring leg of lamb. In fun, full-color photographs, the great chef gives step-by-step lessons in kitchen basics-here is Keller teaching how to perfectly shape a basic hamburger, truss a chicken, or dress a salad. Best of all, where Keller's previous best-selling cookbooks were for the ambitious advanced cook, "Ad Hoc at Home" is filled with quicker and easier recipes that will be embraced by both kitchen novices and more experienced cooks who want the ultimate recipes for American comfort-food classics.… (more)
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This is my introduction to Thomas Keller in a cookbook.I saw it on the library shelf and thought I'd check it out, and I am really pleased that I did. The photos are beautiful, and you can really tell just how enamored Keller is with food--his passion is contagious. It's true that the recipes are fussy, but I rarely (if ever) follow a recipe exactly. I consider recipes as general guidelines to point you in the right direction. I enjoy learning about techniques and the science behind them since I am neither a trained chef nor someone who has any interest in being part of that industry. I am pretty passionate about food and learning though, so I think I am probably the perfect audience for this cookbook. I plan on picking up a copy of my own after returning this one to the library. I think it'll make a great "browsing" cookbook...you know, when you just feel like flipping through and looking at the pictures and dreaming about that dinner party that you never get around to throwing ;) ( )
  BonBonVivant | Jan 18, 2023 |
My favorite and definitely most accessible Thomas Keller cookbook. If you're willing to put in a little extra effort for a wonderful meal, then this can be your go-to. ( )
  womanwoanswers | Dec 23, 2022 |
More of a coffee table book than a cookbook. ( )
  wwrawson | Mar 31, 2013 |
I've got some delicious spiced nuts cooking right now . . . but I want my cookbooks to fit in the kitchen not on the coffee table. Beautiful food porn with an eye toward the foodie-turned-cook-in-these-economic-times, but impractical in its heft and size. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 31, 2013 |
This is a beautiful cookbook filled with classic American dishes. The recipes, for the most part, are complicated, multi-step affairs, although there are notable exceptions. I usually like to cook simpler recipes, and if I do take more time with a recipe, I want it to be over-the-top delicious. I also don't like to cook with as much fat as many of these recipes call for.

Most of the recipes I tried turned out beautifully and deliciously. I have found that the simpler recipes were the more successful ones. Cod en persillade, marinated feta and tarragon chicken all come to mind. Some of the more complicated dishes were absolutely scrumptious to eat, but would have to be reserved for special occasions because of the fat content, such as the hash, chocolate brownies and garlic bread.

On the other hand, some recipes flopped, and were doubly disappointing because of the effort required to make them. Others were very complicated to make, and I have made simpler versions that were just as good, if not better. I'm thinking particularly of the blue cheese dressing and oven-dried tomatoes. These were the exception, rather than the rule, though.

As a whole, I enjoy looking through this gorgeous cookbook and cooking from it occasionally. But I tend to reserve it for special-occasion cooking or when I am in the mood to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
  sturlington | Mar 19, 2012 |
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There are straightforward dishes like tomatoes with mozzarella — homemade mozzarella. And you will truly aspire to make them. Do you have a day? Chicken soup with dumplings, “a simple, satisfying” dish, requires seven pots for what is ostensibly a one-pot meal.
 
This collection is what legions of Keller fans have been waiting for, a book that allows them to replicate the merest glimmer of his culinary genius in their own homes.
 

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Keller, Thomasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cruz, DaveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heller, SusieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, DeborahPhotographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ruhlman, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vogler, AmyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Thomas Keller shares family-style recipes that you can make any or every day. In the book every home cook has been waiting for, the revered Thomas Keller turns his imagination to the American comfort foods closest to his heart-flaky biscuits, chicken pot pies, New England clam bakes, and cherry pies so delicious and redolent of childhood that they give Proust's madeleines a run for their money. Keller, whose restaurants The French Laundry in Yountville, California, and Per Se in New York have revolutionized American haute cuisine, is equally adept at turning out simpler fare. In "Ad Hoc at Home", a cookbook inspired by the menu of his casual restaurant Ad Hoc in Yountville-he showcases more than 200 recipes for family-style meals. This is Keller at his most playful, serving up such truck-stop classics as Potato Hash with Bacon and Melted Onions and grilled-cheese sandwiches, and heartier fare including beef Stroganoff and roasted spring leg of lamb. In fun, full-color photographs, the great chef gives step-by-step lessons in kitchen basics-here is Keller teaching how to perfectly shape a basic hamburger, truss a chicken, or dress a salad. Best of all, where Keller's previous best-selling cookbooks were for the ambitious advanced cook, "Ad Hoc at Home" is filled with quicker and easier recipes that will be embraced by both kitchen novices and more experienced cooks who want the ultimate recipes for American comfort-food classics.

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