The Chef Next Door

The Chef Next Door

A Pro Chef's Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking

Book - 2015?
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Improve your confidence and add joy to your home cooking with this beautiful, practical, full-color cookbook filled with information, techniques, and more than 100 recipes from the Food Network favorite and critically acclaimed chef of New York's Empire Diner restaurant.

Amanda Freitag is a master at knocking out fabulous meals in her restaurant kitchen and on the set of Food Network's Chopped and Iron Chef America. But until recently, she was totally intimidated to cook at home in her tiny apartment kitchen, relating to the fears of many home cooks. She realized she wasn't alone!

She set out to help other home cooks and created a list of restaurant-quality recipes that shine in the home kitchen. The Chef Next Door teaches home cooks a wide range of confidence-instilling skills, tricks, and tips that Amanda has picked up working in professional kitchens and cooking competitively on television. In her bright, lively voice, she helps you master the basic techniques that are the foundation of good, flavorful cooking. She also teaches you how to think like a chef--to consider seasonality, balancing flavors, understanding the steps, and learning how to improvise--to create a menu and execute dishes with pro techniques, as if she were right there in the kitchen with you.

You'll find everything from the basics--sauces, marinades, stocks, and rubs--to first impressions, salads, and easy dinner recipes, and will even become skilled in making "The Scary Stuff"--recipes that may seem out of reach but are not. With The Chef Next Door, you'll be able to dazzle friends and family with a diverse range of dishes, such as Spinach Feta Pies, Kale and Farro Salad with Aged Goat Cheese, Lusty Lemon Chicken, Pop's Beer-Braised Bold Beef Stew, Mediterranean Potato Salad, Marinated Artichokes, Cocoa Carrot Cake, and more.

Filled with beautiful color photographs that show how achievable good food really is, The Chef Next Door makes confident home cooking a breeze.

Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2015?]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062345837
Characteristics: xix, 299 : color illustrations ; 26 cm

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trancebaby
Oct 04, 2017

This is another one of those cookbooks that doesn't need to be written--you know, from yet another celebrity chef. It's pretty bad--most of the recipes aren't things that regular home cooks would even want to make (in my opinion). Don't get me wrong, maybe you like splashy cookbooks with tons of color pictures, it looks so nice and it's the right size for cookbook-reading (large but not coffee table sized). But that's the problem, it seems more for reading than for practical everyday home cooking--it's as if the author (Amanda Freitag) just could not take off her executive chef hat. The Introduction, where she talks about her fear of home cooking, is just not believable, nor are the accolades from other TV chefs on the back cover.

JCLOctavia Mar 24, 2016

The turkey chili with unsweetened cocoa powder is delightful!

d2013 Mar 20, 2016

A Chef you can be with these wonderful recipes. Some are quite easy to make. Good recipe book!

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