New American Chef Cooking with the Best of Flavors and Techniques from Around the World

ISBN-10: 0471363448

ISBN-13: 9780471363446

Edition: 2003

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This guide explores the ingredients and cuisines that inspire chefs across America. Chefs and inexperienced cooks alike will learn to understand the ingredients, flavours, cooking techniques and classical dishes from 10 different cuisines including Indian, Japanese and Thai.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/5/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.684
Language: English

Introduction
Meet The New American Chef
Japan
Celebrating the Seasons Through all the Senses
While seasonality is a popular culinary touchstone throughout the world, the Japanese take their celebration of the seasons beyond the selection of produce in the market to the consideration of the flowers on the table, the types of bowls and plates used for serving the food, and the linens that dress the table
Seasonality is observed in every aspect of their lives-from the fabric of their clothing to the art on their walls
Italy
Procuring the Best Ingredients
The word "recipe" in Italian means "to procure"-and indeed, the most important aspect of good food in Italy starts with selecting the right ingredients
Learning to be as discriminating as an Italian chef will hold you in good stead when selecting ingredients from any part of the world
Spain
Letting Ingredients Taste of What they are
While many countries are capable of serving and appreciating unadorned food, nowhere but in Spain is th is taken to such an extreme
The classic dishes of Spain are the simplest ones that let the natural flavors of the ingredients shine through
It is the only country whose regions are actually named after dishes: stews, roasts, rice, and fried foods
France
Western Techniques And Savoir Faire
The French contributed a codification of recipes and techniques to professional cooking, which is why most American cooking schools teach French technique
These techniques are timeless and consistent, and mastering the classics will give your cooking a solid foundation upon which to build
China
Eastern Techniques And A Yin-Yang Balance
The underlying philosophy of Chinese cuisine is rooted in the concept of yin-yang: a constant balance
Balance in Chinese cuisine is raised to an art form, both within a single dish, as well as among dishes on a menu
Understanding the concept of yin-yang and how to apply it to your cooking-in any vernacular-will make you a better chef
India
The Masterful Use Of Spices
No other cuisine is as well known for spices as Indian. India consumes more spices per capita than any other nation on earth. From subtle to powerful Indian spicing is a force to be reckoned with-whether flavoring meats in the North or vegetarian dishes in the South-as well as a skill to be mastered
Mexico
Where Chiles Reign Supreme
While chiles are an important part of cuisines elsewhere in the world, in Mexico they play the starring role: as a flavoring agent, as a condiment, as a vegetable, and more
Dish for dish, Mexicans manage to coax more flavor out of fresh and dried chiles than any other cooks on earth-indeed, Mexico's very cuisine would not be the same without them
Thailand
Balancing Strong Flavors And Aromatics
While in other countries a dish might first be appreciated with the eyes, in Thailand it is first appreciated through its scintillating aromas
No other cuisine employs aromatics as effectively as does Thai, and the intense sensory experience continues with the first bite, when the salty, sour, fiery, and sweet flavors begin their dance on the palate
Vietnam
Encouraging Tactile And Tasteful Interaction
While the mark of culinary perfection elsewhere is the absence of salt and pepper on the table, in Vietnam, dishes are frequently served with a dizzying array of condiments-whether sauces, sprouts, and herbs for a dish of pho to lettuce leaves and a bowl of dipping sauce accompanying a plate of hot spring rolls
It is the diner's own seasoning and preparation that completes the dish and the experience
Morocco
Feasting In Comfort With Family And Friends
All countries have their celebrations a
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