An American Family Cooks (Hardcover)

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By Judith Choate, Stephen Kolyer (Illustrator), Steve Pool (Photographer)
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With its irresistible recipes, gorgeous photographs, charming illustrations and narration by award-winning author Judith Choate, An American Family Cooks sets the table to which we all want to be invited.
Join award-winning cookbook author Judith Choate in the kitchen and at the table as she and her family of foodies celebrate the new American home cooking. Within its beautifully photographed and delightfully illustrated pages, one will find a sophisticated, yet cook-friendly variety of recipes that meld influences from the fundamentals of traditional home cooking, classic follow-to-the-letter French techniques, contemporary California cuisine, exciting ethnic dishes, holiday classics and the most simple and satisfying of family meals.
- An introduction from a veteran and much-published chef to the new American home cooking with a strong emphasis on organics and local and sustainable produce
- Modern, produce-centric, organic, recipes--from French classics to California cuisine
- Fundamental generations-old recipes and techniques no home chef should be without: stocks, stews, soups, pastries and cakes, canning and preserving
- Richly photographed by renowned food photographer, Steve Pool; charmingly illustrated by Stephen Kolyer. 324 full color photographs, and 15 illustrations.
An American Family Cooks" will be the Featured Selection for The Good Cook Bookclub 's late September catalog (announce date 9/8/13, in homes approximately 9/25/13).
Table of Contents
Some Thoughts About How We Cook
Shopping, Ingredients, Supplies, and Techniques
Drinks and Nibbles
Chris Talks About Wine
Making Hootch
Cocktail Treats
Grilled Red Devil Quail
Olive Swirls
Spicy Bean Dip
Holy Guacamole
Scallop Seviche
Marinated Yogurt Cheese
Just Everyday Meals
Heirloom Tomato Salads
Every Night Salad
Octopus Salad
Braised Baby Artichokes
Boy Oh Boy Bok Choy (Bok Choy SautE and Bok Choy, Shiitakes, and Tofu)
The Chicken Pot Pie That Nana Made and We All Still Make
Pepper Steak
Beef Stew
Stuffed Cabbage
Mom's Crook Neck Squash
Chris' Paella
Roasting Chicken
Chicken Meets Lemon
Fried Chicken
Favorite Chicken
Chicken Under a Brick
Braised Lamb Shanks with Green Olives
Talking About Pork (Roast Loin with Garlic Scapes and Stuffed Pork Loin)
Pork Scallopine with Arugula Salad
Making Mole
Fancy Dining
Friday Still Means Fish
Steve's Every Night Shrimp Creole
Dungeness Crab at Home
Soft Shell Crabs
Scallops with Roe and Fiddlehead Ferns
Linguine with Clam Sauce
Salmon with Curried Carrot Couscous and Green PurEe
Cod Cakes
What Would We Do Without Pizza and Pasta?
Correcto Risotto - sample pages
Nana's Potato Gnocchi
Butternut Squash Ravioli
Raw Tomato Sauce
Meatballs and Spaghetti
Pork in Milk
Eggplant Parmigiana
Braised Radicchio
We Can't Forget the French
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Days
Impromptu Soups
Black Bean Soup
Butternut Squash Soup
Corn Chowder
Talking About Sandwiches
Really, Really Good Cheese Sandwiches
Thin Yellow Boys
Country Cooking
Newsom's Country Ham
Fried Green Tomatoes
Corn Fritters
Digging Ramps
Waffles for Dinner
Annie's Brown Bread
Looking Back
Chris on Vinegar
Pickled Asparagus
Easy Pickles
Making Old-Fashioned Relish
Fresh Fig Relish
Making Jams
Making Sausage
Boston Brown Bread
Banana Bread with Canada
Making Bread
A Short Order Cook; Isn't Breakfast Great
Salt-Buzz Breakfast with Biscuits
Hash Browns
Mom's Waffles That We All Still Make
Scotch Griddle Scones
Laurel's Oatmeal Scones
Easy Cinnamon Rolls
We All Love Dessert
Chocolate Chess Pie/Cake
Devil's Food Cake
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Laurel Makes Everybody's Birthday Cake
Lemon Meringue Pie
Shaker Lemon Pie
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie and Some Others
Apple Pizza
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ginger Cookies
Poached Pears
Mickey's Big Birthday
Scotch Eggs
Greek Easter Bread
Uncle Kol's Hors d'Oeuvres: Mini Black Bean & Corn Empanadas, Spinach-Feta Phyllo
Mickey's Easter Dinner Menu: Grilled Leg of Lamb au Jus and Chimmichurri; Potato
Gratin; Orange-Cumin Carrots; Grilled Asparagus; Roasted Baby Artichokes; Pearl
Onions and Cremini Mushrooms
Chris' San Francisco All-Day Thanksgiving: Champagne & Fried Eggs on Toasted
Baguette with Shaved Truffles and a Drizzle of Honey; Iced Vodka & Caviar with
Quail Eggs, Minced Red Onion, and Tiny Toasts; Traditional Turkey Dinner with All
the Fixings
Perfect Roast Turkey and Gravy
My Stuffing
Brussels Sprouts
Cranberry Ice
Easy Rolls, At Least I Think They Are
Mickey's Christmas Dinner: Pickled Oysters and Caviar; GougEres; Foie Gras Torchon
with Quince Compote (Roasted Beet Salad for the Ladies); Lobster Bisque; Tournedos
Rossini on Potato Galette; TournEed Vegetables; Cheese Board with Grapes and Pears;
BUche de NoEl
Making Fruitcakes for Christmas Giving
Date-Nut Bread
Cut-Out Sugar Cookies for Decorating
My Never-Fail Fudge

About the Author

Judith Choate is a writer, chef and pioneer in the promotion of American food and author and co-author of over 100 books. Additionally, through her company, Custom Cuisine, Judie works as a consultant in product development, most specifically creating lines (both recipes and actual production) of restaurant quality specialty food products and entrEes for commercial distribution as well as in marketing, restaurant development, and culinary presentations. She has been consultant to many internationally-known chefs, among them, Charlie Trotter, David Burke, and Charlie Palmer as well as to companies such as Heinz, Starbucks and Costco.

For more, click "About Judie" on the website for her popular blog, "Notes From Judie's Kitchen" at

Judith Choate lives in New York City

Michael Choate lives in upstate New York

Christopher Choate lives in San Francisco

Steve Pool (Photographer) lives in New York City

Stephen Kolyer (Painter) lives in New York City

Quotes about Judith Choate:

Judith Choate is as passionate about the written word as she is about food, making "A Reader's Cookbook" both a pleasure and a terrific blueprint for sharing great writing and great eats. -- Michael McCarty of Michael's Restaurants in Santa Monica and New York

"A Reader's Cookbook" encourages you to curl up not only with a good book but also a terrific collection of recipes. Judith Choate explores the surroundings of favorite authors with delicious results. -- Nan Lyons, author of "Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?" and "Around the World in Eighty Meals"

Judith Choate has masterfully created a delicious road map for a culinary journey around the world. It's the perfect pairing to any book club. -- Charlie Palmer, of Aureole, Joule and other restaurants, hotels and wine shops across the country.

Praise For…

“The charm of this book lies in the personal and lengthy narrative, Judie’s explanations before each recipe that let you know why it was chosen, who makes it the most, tricks and tips to make it your own. I actually found myself reading every single recipe just to hear more of their story…” —Amber Turpin, Civil Eats, November 28, 2013

"I want to be adopted by Judith Choate and her two sons. So will you, when you get to know them from endearing stories of life backwhen sitting down every night to Judie's heartwarming, traditional American home cooking kept these three people going through rough times. Her sons Mickey and Chris grew into hard-working dads and expert home cooks in their own right. Together, they've written acookbook as personal as a family scrapbook and as indispensable as The Joy of Cooking.I went straight for the heart andsoul of Judie's classic weeknight cooking: meatballs and spaghetti. The meatballs are light and flavorful...and abundant. What she said made about 20 two-inch balls made about 30 or more for me, so my freezer is packed! Her recipe for marinara sauce makes about four quarts, so you'll be well stocked after a simple simmering of Pomi tomatoes (absolutely no additives), dried basil, and lots of fresh garlic.There's probably not a meal you want to make that isn't in here" – The Good Cook Book Club

"A family that cooks together stays together—or so you’ll think after perusing this delectable collection of recipes by Judith Choate (who has worked on over 100 cookbooks) and her sons, who have followed her footsteps into the culinary world." – Lindsay Hunt, Associate Food Editor, Real Simple, "7 Favorite Family Cookbooks," September 3, 2013

"...full of invaluable recipes, beautiful illustrations and photographs, and sweet family insights. The Choate family truly does cook, and I am thankful to them for sharing." – Aleta Copestakes, The Sonoma County Gazette, November 1, 2013

"It is a beautiful book, and easily approachable for the home cook." – Steve Boss, Host, Great Taste Radio Show

“Judie has been a wife, a mother, a ghostwriter for dozens of chefs, a co-author for others and a cookbook author in her own right. This is her quintessential book, written with her family and photographed by a great food photographer, her husband. She has poured her knowledge, her efficiencies, her sense of the delicious, the doable and eminently servable, and her laughter into this ultimate family cookbook. From her kitchen to yours.” – Charlie Palmer, chef, restaurateur, hotelier
“Judith’s knowledge and history of ingredients and cooking is outstanding. Her ability to extract and portray the true flavors in a recipe by developing the dishes onto the pages for the readers is phenomenal!  She is in a league of her own and a hell of a wonderful woman!”—Chef David Burke

"An American Family Cooks shows the true spirit of what American cooking today should be. Family and friends honestly caring for each other. Passion about the food every step of the way. Sharing and passing on the great stories behind the traditions that arrive at the table. Creating new ones together for the next generation. Judie, Mickey, Chris & Steve, set a place at your table for me!"
—Chef Dean Fearing, chef-owner Fearing's at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

"To know Judie, Steve, Mickey, and Chris is to know that a family that cooks together is the root of all things important in life. This book shares the passion of a family that has experienced marvelous meals, great stories, world class ingredients, and great friends around their dining tables. Judie is the orchestra leader of her family, extended families, and a wealth of friends. Join her as she invites us to try simple but delicious recipes in the framework of great stories accompanied by Steve's stunning photographs. They will be your family as well after you have cooked with them!"
—Alain Sailhac, Dean Emeritus, The International Culinary Center in NYC
and Arlene Sailhac, Founder of the 33-year-old De Gustibus Cooking School

An American Family Cooks
will be the Featured Selection for The Good Cook Bookclub ‘s late September catalog (announce date 9/8/13, in homes approximately 9/25/13).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781599621241
ISBN-10: 159962124X
Publisher: Welcome Books
Publication Date: September 24th, 2013
Pages: 319
Language: English