Note: Almond flour and polenta are available from Italian markets, specialty food stores and some supermarkets. Her introduction, on equipment and techniques, should be required reading for all apprentice bread bakers. This small and delightful book is invaluable not only for visits to restaurants and markets but as a superior background source on many ingredients that make regular appearances in Asian, Latin American and even European cuisines. Although the art-book format works against the cook, here at least the authors' lush and descriptive photographs justify the weight. The first volume is as much sociology, anthropology and nutrition as it is history, tracing the evolution of animals and plants and their place in the human diet, and summarizing current knowledge of nutrition and diet-related diseases. Cut each rack into 8 chops and place 4 chops on the potatoes on each plate. Unfortunately, Pintabona's story—from his Italian-American childhood to his French and Japanese culinary training and his restaurant proprietorship—isn't as appealing as the food he celebrates.
The recipes don't appeal to everyone even myself. Advertisement For all the recent interest in Thai food and the popularity of Vietnamese and Cambodian restaurants, most Southeast Asian cookbooks have been unsatisfactory, assuming either easy access to abstruse ingredients or a lack of interest in finding anything out of the ordinary. Field in particular helped professional American bakers inspired by wood-fired ovens in Italy put into practice the lessons they learned from tasting bread with real flavor. Miramax is headquartered there now, as are De Niro's production company and others. . I picked this cookbook up at a thrift store sale and found it lovely to look at and turn the pages. Failure to follow the guidelines may result in loss of access.
I cannot say for sure but I would suspect that this is the case with this book. And their instructions for making Mekong subs will solve an aching problem for John Thorne -- how to duplicate the Vietnamese sandwiches he discovered for sale near his Northampton home, with their mysteriously good meaty spread, here revealed to be cinnamon-spiked pate. Invert the cake onto a cake plate. Apparently Rose Levy Beranbaum is not the only Bible compiler with a specialty in sweets. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate, turning occasionally, for 8 hours or overnight.
Don Pintabona was one of the most able cooks and had an interesting energy for his work. If using, drizzle natural jus over the lamb and around the edge of the plate. These guidelines are subject to change without notice. And buy a sack of bread flour and look for a non-Zone New Year's diet: meat is prominent on the curriculum, but so are carbohydrates -- lovingly shaped by hand, of course. You'll also find suggestions throughout for the perfect wine for hors d'oeuvres, appetizers, salads, pastas, and entrees. Or a buttermilk-glazed, pecan-topped fig cake featuring homemade fig preserves? Place in the preheated oven and roast for about 20 minutes or until the racks are well-browned and an instant-read termometer inserted into the thickest part reads 145 degrees for rare or 155 degrees for medium.
Combine the breadcrumbs with the dried basil, thyme, oregano and rosemary. Transfer the racks to a roasting pan. That seems to get lost in the majority of the recipes. Bring to a boil; cover, lower the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. The Tribeca Grill has become a city landmark and a spot for celebrity sightings as well. Their pad thai is definitive, their lesser-known dishes coconut-pumpkin soup with fresh cilantro, smoked-trout-and-mango salad immediately appealing.
With a gift like that in hand, you can keep the book for yourself. The entries lack the idiosyncrasies that enlivened last year's ''Oxford Companion to Food,'' and the editors have avoided the ax-grinding that made a recent collection of essays on the history of food, edited by Jean-Louis Flandrin and Massimo Montanari, by turns irritating and fascinating. Kimball doesn't ice his fruitcake, but you can turn to another chapter for his dark brown sugar frosting, which would make any cake worth eating. I am also prepared to believe and act on his claim that the ''best cookies in the world'' are thin Dutch butter cookies leavened with yeast and rolled on crunchy sugar crystals that caramelize in the oven. Better yet, try the fig cake with Kimball's brown-sugar frosting and toasted pecans. Heat peanut oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
Those recipes, particularly the simple southern Italian dishes of Pintabona's Italian-American childhood ''Nana's Caponata,'' ''Mom's Stuffed Artichokes'' and the mainstream American dishes that have made the restaurant so successful herb-roasted chicken with porcini gravy, herb-crusted rack of lamb with Yukon scallion potatoes , will be of great interest to the cook who has already attained a good measure of the confidence Colicchio aims for. Roll the mustard-coated lamb in the breadcrumb mixture. Immediately pour the syrup over the peaches and stir to combine. If Tom Colicchio, the highly regarded chef of New York's Gramercy Tavern and the recently opened Craft , doesn't make it to the top of a mountain many have already tried to scale, he still provides a few new handholds. I also plan to keep shedding equipment, which seems to accumulate in inverse proportion to confidence and experience.
Greek oregano, mild yet piquant Aleppo red pepper and a fruity olive oil will help -- as will lots of lemons and garlic. I'll hang onto the original edition of ''The Cooks' Catalogue'' as a portrait of where American food was once heading and as a sort of Bildungsroman, and I plan to value the new one just as highly. The evaluation of individual items may be disputable. I've had the good fortune to dine with the author at various conferences in her home country, but I had no idea of the riches that lay behind the stucco doorways of its houses -- or in the kitchens of its tavernas -- once the foreigners were gone. E-mail a message to: If a complaint is made against a message it is removed.