Dinner Changing the game

Melissa Clark

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Subjects
Genres
Cookbooks
Published
New York : Clarkson Potter [2017]
Language
English
Main Author
Melissa Clark (author)
Edition
First edition
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
399 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN
9780553448238
  • Introduction
  • Chicken
  • Salt & Pepper Roasted Chicken
  • Roasted Sumac Chicken with Plums
  • Smoky Paprika Chicken with Crispy Chickpeas, Roasted Lemon, and Baby Kale
  • Chile-Rubbed Spatchcocked Chicken with Avocado Ranch Dressing
  • Caramelized Lemon Chicken
  • Chicken & Grapes with Sherry Vinegar
  • Speedy Roasted Chicken with Garlic, Rosemary, and Mustard
  • Sweet Garlic Chicken with Wilted Chard
  • Garlic-Chile Chicken Breasts with Cucumbers and Green Ginger Sauce
  • Colombian-Style Chicken with Corn, Avocado, and Lime
  • Thai Chicken Breasts with Coconut Milk and Lemongrass
  • Mustard Chicken Breasts with Ginger and Tangerine
  • Crispy Chicken Cutlets with Kumquats and Cranberries
  • Vietnamese Ginger Chicken
  • Pomegranate Chicken Breasts with Walnut Butter
  • Sesame Chicken with Cashews and Dates
  • Anchovy Chicken with Lemon and Capers
  • Sake-Steamed Chicken
  • Sticky Tamarind Chicken with Crisp Lettuce
  • Harissa Chicken with Leeks, Potatoes, and Yogurt
  • Coriander Seed Chicken with Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
  • Faux-Tandoori Chicken
  • Blood Orange Chicken with Scotch Whiskey and Olives
  • Za'atar Chicken with Lernon Yogurt
  • Pizza Chicken with Pancetta, Mozzarella, and Spicy Tomatoes
  • Coconut Curry Chicken with Sweet Potatoes
  • Meat: Pork, Beef, Veal, Lamb, Duck & Turkey
  • Herb-Marinated Steak with Lemon
  • Vietnamese-Style Skirt Steak with Herb and Noodle Salad
  • Jalapeño-Honey Steak with Cilantro and Lime
  • Cuban Flank Steak with Lime and Fresh Mango
  • Korean-Style Stir-Fried Beef (Bulgogi)
  • Turkish Lamb Chops with Sumac, Tahini, and Dill
  • Georgian Lamb Kebabs with Dill Sauce
  • Anchovy Lamb Chops with Capers and Garlic
  • Lamb Stew with Barley and Leeks
  • Spicy Stir-Fried Cumin Lamb
  • Seared Pork or Veal Chops with Peas, Scallions, and Pancetta
  • Peachy Pork or Veal with Pomegranate Molasses and Charred Onion
  • Crispy Salt & Pepper Pork
  • Kimchi Pork Chops with Kale
  • Duck Satay with Peanut Sauce
  • Seared Duck Breasts with Plums and Gararn Masala
  • Five-Spice Duck Breasts with Crisp Potato Cakes
  • Roasted Turkey Breast with Rosemary and Anchovies
  • Pork Scallopini with Sage, Black Pepper, and, Apples
  • Braised Turkey Legs with Cranberries, Soy Sauce, Star Anise, and Sweet Potatoes
  • The Grind
  • Chorizo Pork Burgers with Grilled Honey Onions and Manchego
  • Marmalade Meatballs with Cider Vinegar Glaze
  • Ginger Pork Meatballs with Cilantro and Fish Sauce
  • Cumin-Chicken Meatballs with Green Chile Sauce
  • Kibbe-Style Lamb Meatballs with Herbed Yogurt
  • Coconut Kofte Kebabs
  • Thai Lettuce Wraps
  • Spicy Pork & Black Bean Chili with Sage and White Cheddar
  • Sweet Peppers & Sausages with Ricotta Salata and Fresh Oregano
  • Seared Sausage & Rhubarb with Swiss Chard
  • Roasted Sausage & Cauliflower with Cumin and Turkish Pepper
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Miso-Glazed Salmon with Brown Sugar
  • Anchovy Salmon with Chive Hatter
  • Vietnamese Caramel Salmon
  • Slow-Roasted Tuna with Harissa and Olives
  • Swordfish with Lemon, Chile, and, Fennel
  • Roasted Hake with Crispy Mushrooms
  • Branzino with Grapefruit and Rustic Olive-Gaper Tapenade
  • Fish Tacos with Red Cabbage, Jalapeño, and Lime Slaw
  • Thai-Style Shrimp Balls with Napa Cabbage
  • Spicy Roasted Shrimp with Eggplant and Mint
  • Red Coconut Curry Shrimp
  • Garlicky Calamari with Basil, Chile, and Lime
  • Shrimp Banh Mi
  • Sardine Crostini with Seared Tomatoes
  • Soft-Shell Crabs with Lime Salsa Verde
  • Spiced Crab & Corn Cakes with Coriander Yogurt
  • Warm Squid Salad with Cucumber, Mint, and Aioli
  • Steamed Clams with Spring Herbs and Lime
  • Thai-Style Mussels with Coconut and Lemongrass
  • Eggs
  • Fried Eggs with Chiles, Tamarind Sauce, and Crispy Shallots
  • Olive Oil-Fried Eggs with Scallions, Sage, and Turkish Red Pepper
  • Shakshuka with Golden Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
  • Spanish Tortilla with Serrano Ham
  • Chilaquiles with Tomatillo Salsa and Baked Eggs
  • Eggs Poached in South Indian Purgatory
  • Green Eggs, No Ham (Baked Runny Eggs with Spinach, Leeks, and Feta)
  • Japanese Omelet with Edamame Rice
  • Asparagus Frittata with Ricotta and Chives
  • Gruyère Frittata with Caramelized Onions
  • Scallion Frittata Crostini with Olives and Herbs
  • Scrambled Eggs with Roasted Green Chiles and Cheddar
  • Frogs & Toads in a Hole
  • Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Fish and Cream Cheese
  • Egg Crostini with Radish and Anchovy
  • Herbed Parmesan Dutch Baby
  • Pasta & Noodles
  • Stovetop Mac & Cheese
  • Stovetop Fusilli with Spinach, Peas, and Gruyère
  • Penne with Parmesan, Fresh Ricotta, and Black Pepper
  • Summer Spaghetti with Uncooked Tomato Sauce, and Ricotta
  • Cacio e Pope with Asparagus and Peas
  • Fettuccine with Spicy Anchovy Bread Crumbs
  • Pappardelle Bolognese with Lentils and Sausage
  • Fusilli with Burst Cherry Tomatoes, Mint, and Burrata
  • Farro Pasta with Zucchini, Mint, and Ricotta Salata
  • Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Almonds
  • Penne & Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pecorino
  • Fried Lemon Pasta with Chile Flakes
  • Fusilli & Roasted Cauliflower with Capers
  • Pappardelle with Chicken Livers and Rosemary
  • Pasta Carbonara Torte with Tomatoes and Sage
  • Lemony Pasta with Chickpeas and Parsley
  • Spicy Pork Noodles with Ginger and Baby Bok Choy
  • Coconut Rice Noodles with Ginger and Eggplant
  • Shrimp Pad Thai with Sugar Snap Peas and Basil
  • Cold Sesame Noodles with Celery Salad
  • Vietnamese Rice Noodles with Daikon Radishes and Cucumbers
  • Tofu (& A Touch of Seitan)
  • Stir-Fried Tofu with Summer Squash, Basil, and Coconut
  • Sweet & Sour Tofu with Corn
  • Stir-Fried Tofu with Spring Vegetables
  • Boasted Tofu with Broccoli Rabe and Garlic
  • Maple-Roasted Tofu with Winter Squash
  • Pomegranate Roasted Tofu with Eggplant and Toasted Cumin
  • Mapo Tofu with Mushrooms and Pork
  • Crispy Tofu with Ginger and Spicy Greens
  • Tofu Spactzle and Gruyère Gratia
  • Red Curry & Coconut Tofu with Cherry Tomatoes and Green Beans
  • Chile & Ginger-Fried Tofu Salad with Kale
  • Seared Tofu with. Bacon, Shiitakes, and Chives
  • Thai-Style Shredded Tofu with Brussels Sprouts
  • Shredded Tofu with Spicy Ground Chicken, and Edamame
  • Seitan Enchiladas with Cheese and Pickled Jalapenos
  • Beans, Legumes & Vegetable Dinners
  • One-Pot Mujadara with Crispy Leeks and Spinach
  • Sweet Potato Dhal with Coconut
  • Red Lentil Dhal with Spiced Brown Butter and Yogurt
  • Tomato Dhal with Mango Pickle
  • Tomato-Braised White Beans with Chorizo
  • Warm White Beau Salad with Arugula Pesto and Preserved Lemon
  • Curried Lentils with Poached Eggs and Garlicky Yogurt
  • Smashed White Bean Toasts with Roasted Asparagus and Sumac
  • Black Bean & Roasted Poblano Quesadillas
  • Black Bean Skillet Dinner with Quick-Pickled Red Onion and Lime Crema
  • Olive Oil-Braised Chickpeas and Swiss Chard with Cumin
  • Curried Chickpeas with Eggplant
  • Braised Pinto Beans with Bacon and Winter Vegetables
  • Asparagus Carbonara
  • Eggplant Gratin with Tomato and Goat Cheese
  • Roasted Eggplant and Corn with Ricotta and Mint
  • Scalloped Potato Skillet Gratin with Gruyère, Leeks, and Black Pepper
  • Pole Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Almonds, and Pepitas
  • Roasted Carrots with Walnuts, Feta, and Dill
  • Curried Okra and Tomatoes with Browned Onions and Lime
  • Green & Wax Beans with Olives, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella
  • Fried Halloumi with Spicy Brussels Sprouts
  • Winter Vegetable Hash with Jalapeños and Fried Eggs
  • Zucchiiii-Cornmeal Cakes with Mint Chutney and Yogurt
  • Fresh Corn Cakes with Tomatoes and Fried Sage
  • Ratatouille with Crunchy, Meaty Crumbs
  • Spicy Beets with Yogurt and Ginger
  • Rice, Farro, Quinoa & Other Grains
  • Summer Grain Bowl with Browned Corn, Black Beans, Chiles, and Arugula
  • Asian Grain Bowl with Roasted Shiitakes, Tofu, Brussels Sprouts, and Miso Dressing
  • Quinoa Egg Bowl with Steamed Greens, Sugar Snap Peas, and, Pecorino
  • Kimchi Grain Bowl with Kale and Runny Egg
  • Pomegranate Quinoa with Crunchy Chickpeas
  • Farro Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Smoked, Mozzarella, and Mint
  • Farro & Crispy Leeks with Marinated Chickpeas and Currants
  • Polenta with Broccoli Babe and Fried Eggs
  • Asparagus Polenta with Burrata
  • Butternut Squash Polenta with Ricotta and Fried Sage
  • Turkish, Bulgur Pilaf with Yogurt and Pumpkin
  • Middle Eastern Farro-Lentil Balls with Tahini
  • Spicy Thai Fried Rice with Sausage and Greens
  • Sausage Polenta with Bed Cabbage and Caraway
  • Tofu Fried Rice with Sugar Snap Peas
  • Pizzas & Pies
  • Basic Pizza Dough
  • Pizza with Broccoli Babe, Ricotta, and Olives
  • Butternut Squash Pizza with Sage and Boasted Lemon
  • Cherry Tomato Pizza with Anchovy and Garlic
  • Spiced Lamb Pie with Dill, Mint, and Olives
  • Roasted Zucchini Phyllo Pie with Herbs and Anchovies
  • Greens & Feta Phyllo Pie
  • Rustic Eggplant & Tomato Gallette
  • Soups
  • Quick Southern Ham & Navy Bean Soup with Spicy Cornbread Croutons
  • Greek Avgolemono Soup with Greens
  • Creamy Caramelized Broccoli Soup with Lemon Zest and Chile
  • Butternut Squash & Red Lentil Soup with Coconut and Spinach
  • Leek, Tomato & Farro Soup with Pancetta
  • Rustic Shrimp Bisque with Fennel
  • Smoky Fish & Potato Chowder
  • Crispy Chicken-Skin Pho
  • Mexican Tortilla Soup with Avocado and Chipotle
  • Kimchi Soup with Pork and Tofu
  • Chilled Cucumber & Corn Soup with Avocado Toasts
  • Watermelon Gazpaeho with Avocado
  • Salads that Mean it
  • Spinach Salad with Chickpeas and Sweet Potatoes
  • Niçoise Salad with Basil Anchovy Dressing
  • Summer Vegetable Salad with Tapenade and New Potatoes
  • Escarole Salad with Crispy Pirnentón Chickpeas and a Runny Egg
  • Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Chickpeas, Tahini, and Avocado
  • Roasted Acorn Squash & Broccoli Rabe Salad with Ricotta Salata
  • Horta Salad with Feta and Olives
  • Burrata Caprese with Peaches, Tomato, and Basil
  • Spicy Thai Salad with Coconut and Crispy Tofu
  • Roasted Winter Vegetables with Herbed Buttermilk Dressing
  • Classic Roasted, Chicken Salad with Green Aioli and Chicken Skin Croutons
  • Dip, Spreads & Go-Withs
  • Killer Hummus with Whole Chickpeas
  • Pea Pesto with Ricotta
  • Carrot Muhammara with Toasted Cumin and Walnuts
  • The Controversial Van Guacamole
  • Creamy Red Lentil Dip with Lemon
  • Mediterranean Tuna & Olive Spread
  • Israeli Beet Labneb
  • Green Tahini Dip
  • White Bean Dip with Charred Scallions
  • Spiced Lentil Dip with Fried Leeks and Onions
  • Spicy Coconut Cashew Dip
  • Cheddar Fondue with Irish Whiskey
  • Homemade Seedy Crackers
  • Winter Vegetable Salad with Kale, Cabbage, and Thai Lime Dressing
  • Simplest Green Salad
  • Tomato Salad with Herbs, Shallots, and Lime
  • Citrus Salad with Olives
  • Pan-Fried Asparagus with Lemon Zest
  • Green Beans with Caper Vinaigrette
  • Smashed Sichuan Cucumber Salad
  • Rye & Cheddar Biscuits
  • Coconut Rice
  • Quick-Roasted Broccoli or Cauliflower
  • Skillet Brown-Butter Cornbread
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
Review by New York Times Review

ANYONE WHO LIKES TO COOK probably walks around the kitchen accompanied by a chorus of instructions gleaned from years of standing stove-side with Grandma or sitting couch-side with Ina. The best cookbooks play a role too - and the measure of a successful one comes down to this: How long does it stay with you? How long do you walk around with the author's voice in your head? This spring, more than a few pass that test, needling us not only to, say, use more salt, but reminding us about the meaning and value of home-cooked meals. One thing is very clear when it comes to the kitchen spirit sitting on your shoulder: You want that spirit to speak with authority. Joe Beddia, owner of Philadelphia's Pizzeria Beddia, a perennial entry in whatever "Best Pizza in America" story is showing up in your Facebook feed, has no problem on that front. It takes a certain kind of confidence to open a pizzeria with no phone, no seating, no bythe- slice ordering and no employees except the guy behind the cash register. The recipe offerings in Beddia's cookbook manifesto PIZZA CAMP: Recipes From Pizzeria Beddia (Abrams, $29.95), like the items on the menu at his pizzeria, are simple and targeted. His no-cook sauce (uncooked is crucial, he argues, since a concentrated ragu or tomato sauce will overwhelm everything) calls for four ingredients, and one of them is garlic, listed with the command not to buy the pre-peeled kind from China, "for crying out loud!" Beddia isn't afraid to be opinionated about your kitchen state of mind either: "Turn offyour phone," he writes in his dough recipe. "Making dough should be a calming meditative process and a great time to think of new ideas about pizza, or about life in general." Or about his stunning asparagus, onion and lemon white pizza made with a fennel-herb spring cream. Or that dough, which takes 24-plus hours to ferment and proof, but yields a yeasty never-fail crust that will be the only one you'll need from this point forward. PRINCESS PAMELA'S SOUL FOOD COOKBOOK: A Mouth- Watering Treasury of Afro-American Recipes (Rizzoli, $30) reminds us of an important lesson on every one of its pages: Cooking for people, feeding people, being proud of what you're feeding people, can be a powerful antidote to the ills of the world. Pamela Strobel's book, first published by Signet in a bare-bones paperback almost 50 years ago and now reissued with an introduction by the Southern food historians and cookbook authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee, represents a definitive collection of African-American cooking from the 1920s and '30s - hoe cake, cracklins, smothered pork chops, scrapple that calls for pig's feet, "Sauce Beautiful," made from a base of peach preserves and recommended alongside fried chicken. The recipes are short and written conversationally, often with minimal specifics about oven temperatures or cooking times. More important, though, the recipes offer a springboard from which the author can share a progressive worldview shaped by a lifetime of adversity. Strobel was on her own from age 10, after her mother died. As a teenager, she migrated north from Spartanville, S.C., to New York by way of North Carolina, using the only skill she had, cooking, to earn a living. It was a considerable skill, though, and when paired with a personality as magnetic as hers, it turned her into a New York institution. Her first restaurant, the Little Kitchen, opened in 1966. The place was devoted to Southern home cooking and an evening at the restaurant "ended in either rapture . . . or in ruin," according to the celebrities and insiders lucky enough to gain entrance. A whiffof entitlement from any guest was enough reason to be kicked out, and that was part of the allure. "Strobel had rules of decorum," the Lees write, "which protected her primacy in her restaurant and allowed her to construct evenings for people that were personal and special." Opposite each recipe in her book - first published three years after she opened the Little Kitchen - she offers a poem or remark that captures what it must've felt like to find herself in this position, thriving among the fanciest people in the toughest city in the world. Opposite two pie recipes, Angel and Molasses, she offers: "A woman runnin' a business got no business lettin' a man run her. It become a hand-to-mouth existence, with her hand to his mouth." Opposite the recipes for hash browns and oven fries: "This social type of woman she asked me if I read Ess-ko-fee-yay, and I told her I'd catch it when they made a movie out of it." What do you picture when you think of dinner at home? Those of us whose minds don't immediately default to Fresh Direct's prepared menu section might see the same thing our parents' generation saw: namely, the holy trinity of meat, vegetable, starch. According to DINNER: Changing the Game (Clarkson Potter, $35), by Melissa Clark, this is a problem. The way we're cooking for ourselves at home has yet to catch up with the way we order in restaurants (sharing entrees, combining small plates) and is only minimally taking advantage of ingredients once considered exotic, like preserved lemons and pomegranate molasses, that are now readily accessible in our hyper-evolved food culture. On the new frontier, Clark argues, we should ditch the idea of a composed plate with three distinct elements. Why not start with a bowl of grains, maybe topped with corn, black beans and avocado or fried tofu and kimchi? What's wrong with a baguette and an assortment of spreads like walnut-ty carrot muhammara, beet labneh or pea guacamole? Let me tell you: Absolutely nothing. Clark's book - shot by Eric Wolfinger, the LeBron James of food photography - seems to solve every dinner problem from the rote "It's 6:00 - what do I make for the kids?" to the headscratching "What do I make for my fancy friends?" Here's the crazy thing, though: Often the answer to both questions is the same recipe. This is because Clark, a natural teacher who writes the popular "A Good Appetite" column for this newspaper and is the author or co-author of over three dozen cookbooks, can elevate the simplest recipe with an ingredient or technique that ever-so-slightly broadens your horizons. Before you realize it, you're oneclicking harissa on Amazon and wondering why you never saw the halloumi sitting right there next to the feta in the supermarket. Another notable entry in the Everyday genre is TARTINE ALL DAY: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook (Lorena Jones/Ten Speed, $40), by Elisabeth Prueitt, who, alongside her husband, Chad Robertson, makes up the team behind San Francisco's legendary Tartine bakery and food empire. In this book - the first from the Robertson-Prueitt world to include all-purpose cooking along with the rustic breads and pastries Tartine fans would expect - Prueitt traffics in the simple-but-sophisticated culinary vocabulary we're used to seeing in the Chef Cooks at Home category. The difference here is that Prueitt comes at it from the glutenfree angle, and in a way that doesn't feel upending or intrusive. Maybe this is because she discovered her intolerance long before gluten-free eating was trendy and while she was running one of the most beloved baking institutions in the country, forcing her to dive deep into the ever widening world of non-wheat flours and starches. Her search for fluffy gluten-free cornbread led her to a combination of millet flour and masa harina, the cornmeal that has undergone "nixtamalization," a process that makes corn softer and more nutritious. Her banana bread is made with a mixture of three alt-flours (oat, almond and brown rice) as well as chia seeds in order to take advantage of their moisture- lending properties. Wheat-free buckwheat shows up in chocolate madeleines and crepes, more authentically known as galettes in Brittany, where they provide the foundation of a simple meal when paired with sautéed mushrooms and an egg. In other words, for anyone interested in exploring the modern baker's pantry - whether glutenfree or merely adventurous - Prueitt is the one you want holding your hand. After reading DINNER CHEZ MOI: 50 French Secrets to Joyful Eating and Entertaining (Little, Brown, $25), by Elizabeth Bard, you might wonder why you never thought of betweenmeal hunger as foreplay, which, according to Bard, an American living in Provence, is how the French manage to eat all those croque monsieurs and stay so trim. Though the French-Do-It-Better premise of this book is nothing new, its structure - 50 French secrets to joyful eating, accompanied by fresh, simple recipes with lots of chatty sidebars - is refreshing and ridiculously readable. In addition to that foreplay secret (Secret No. 38: "Enjoy Being Hungry. . . . Fifty percent of pleasure is anticipation"), there's a very basic one: "Shop well, cook simple" ("If you concentrate your energy . . . on buying high-quality meat, fish and vegetables, you won't need to cover them up"). Secret No. 26 recommends cooking a whole fish, not fillets, as the ultimate quick weeknight dinner ("the protective skin makes high-heat methods, like broiling or grilling, a real option"). Perhaps most logical, Secrets Nos. 34, 35, 36 respectively: "Sit down," "Eat together," "Put it on a plate." In the hands of someone less likable, the conceit could come across as gimmicky at best, arrogant at worst, but Bard's recipes are both approachable and presented in context - this classic yogurt cake is the first cake most French kids learn to make; these orange-and-anise-flavored lamb shanks are her never-fail dinner party main course; this croque monsieur is her favorite family dinner - which helps keep it real. So do the references to Bruce Springsteen and frosting in a can. Also in the read cover-to-cover department, SALAD FOR PRESIDENT: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists (Abrams, $35), by Julia Sherman, which earns its kitchen shelf real estate as much for the artist interviews as for the salads she's made a career of curating for her blog and, occasionally, museum rooftop gardens. One thing is for sure: You won't find many cookbooks that address the behavior of William Wegman's famously photographed Weimaraners preceding a recipe for his charoset; or Tauba Auerbach discussing font design as a lead-in to her shredded brussels sprout salad with lemony almonds and shaved apple. If the leap seems large, Sherman would like us to think about it this way: Curating a salad is just another form of expressing oneself. So she encourages us to "think like an artist: to steal ideas, break rules and find something spectacular in the everyday." Hence: little gems with crispy pancetta and green Caesar dressing, flank steak with bean sprouts and kimchi-miso dressing. If everyday spectacular is a genre, she's nailed it. SHAKE SHACK: Recipes and Stories (Clarkson Potter, $26), by Randy Garutti and Mark Rosati, is what you might call onbrand. I.e., it's exactly the book you want it to be. Yes, you'll find at-home instructions for replicating all your favorite orders - from their craggy-edged smashed Californiastyle burger to the vanilla custard Concretes - but, in typical Shack fashion, you'll also come away feeling like (a) you want to apply for a job there; (b) now is the time to join the "Maker" revolution . . . mustard, relish, jam, anything; (c) you're somehow part of something way bigger than burgers and fries. Inspired by the drive-ins of his St. Louis youth, the restaurateur Danny Meyer started this blockbuster burger chain with a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in 2001 in order to create "community wealth," and he succeeded, overseeing a company that made people unspeakably happy with his "fine casual" burger-and-shakes fare. Garutti, the Shake Shack chain's C.E.O., and its culinary director, Rosati (with an assist from the veteran editor Dorothy Kalins), tell the whole story, highlighting the do-gooder staff, the adoring Instagramming customers and a recurring "local hero" sidebar that pays tribute to the suppliers who make it all taste so good. Though cooks should know that translating the Shack experience at home is going to be a bit elusive (unless you have easy access to all those local heroes), there are enough legitimate tricks of the trade to up your game at the griddle: Use Martin's potato rolls; toast and butter them with a brush; grind muscle meat, not economy cuts; invert a strainer over your frying burger to control fat splatter; American cheese takes exactly 45 seconds to melt on a patty; add baking soda to your fried chicken dredge; invest in a Ushaped crinkle cutter; and on and on. And, it has to be said, no lines. Samin Nosrat's SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (Simon & Schuster, $35) is an exhaustively researched treatise on the four pillars of successful cooking. If you can train yourself to recognize the proper balance between salt, fat and acid, then apply the right kind of heat, you'll churn out simple, sophisticated fare in the spirit of Berkeley's Chez Panisse, where Nosrat started out. The recipes come almost as an afterthought to the teaching portion of the program - they officially begin on page 224 - and that's the point. Above all, Nosrat wants you to learn to trust yourself, to pay attention to sensory cues and not rely on the oven dial or the recipe's cooking time to decide when your food is ready. Better to use your own palate to measure the balance of flavors in a tomato sauce than a recipe written by someone using different tomatoes from a different farm. There are no photos accompanying her recipes, but the illustrations by Wendy MacNaughton further the mission, with wheels like "The World of Acid," a cheat sheet for matching the typical cooking and garnishing acids for over two dozen international cuisines. There's a huge amount of technical information crammed into this book, but the lessons that come straight from the Chez Panisse kitchen tend to be the ones you hold onto. A chef changes the way Nosrat thinks about acid when he tastes a perfect velvety carrot soup and tells her to add a transformative teaspoon of vinegar. ("While salt enhances flavors, acid balances them.") Nosrat recalls learning how to make a simple polenta in her early years, when Cal Peternell (another Chez Panisse chef-turnedcookbook- author) keeps insisting she add more salt, finally coming over to the pot to throw three palmfuls in himself. Three palmfuls. Try getting that image out of your head every time you're stove-side, hovering over a pot of virtually anything. This spring brought the usual crop of vegetable-focused collections, one of which might have the potential to rearrange your culinary worldview. SCRAPS, WILT AND WEEDS: Turning Wasted Food Into Plenty (Grand Central Life & Style, $35) is written by Tama Matsuoka Wong and the Noma co-founder Mads Refslund, who is on the forefront of the movement to raise awareness about the environmentally devastating amount of food that goes to waste every year. (Globally, we're talking an estimated $750 billion.) The book is organized by ingredient, making it easy to search for ideas to repurpose whatever vegetable is close to liquefying in the crisper. Refslund challenges readers to honor not just the imperfect but the scraps and the pulp. "Instead of slimy fish skin, see crispy umami. Instead of mushy fruit, see succulent fermented glaze." That's how you'll end up telling your children to save their lunchbox apple cores - to be boiled into a stock that will be used in apple scrap cake. Or why you will think twice before discarding the core of a cauliflower - instead of just spiralizing it into noodles, then tossing with pecorino, butter, crème fraÎche and spices for a reimagined cacio e pepe. There are plenty of cheffy moments - he loves grinding dehydrated vegetable pulp into powders to be used just about everywhere - but they're balanced by more approachable solutions, including a chapter on classic recipes that stretch out scraps, which in other cookbooks would simply be categorized as peasant food. As he acknowledges, "This is the way people have lived frugally - to survive - from the beginning of humanity." But it sure is nice to have a Michelin-starred chef giving his take this time around. "If you're looking for 10 Easy Weeknight Dinners for Vegetarians," writes Jeremy Fox in ON VEGETABLES: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen (Phaidon, $49.95), "this book will not be of much use to you." Who would it be of use to? Serious cooks who revere produce; adventurers; foragers; design nerds - purely as an object, the book is stunning; and, well, definitely Mads Refslund, with whom Fox shares more than the usual chef's disdain for waste. "Throwing away food embarrasses me," Fox writes. "It makes me feel like a hack chef." Fox, who may be the furthest thing from a hack, punched the clock at a handful of famous kitchens in California, most notably Manresa in Los Angeles, before becoming the chef at the vegetarian mecca Ubuntu in Napa. His mission there wasn't unusual - as much as possible, cook with the food you grow - but the dishes were. (Arguably his most famous: a salad of peas with white chocolate.) David Chang, René Redzepi, Thomas Keller and all the right people flocked to Napa, the reviewers gushed and the awards piled up, but this only exacerbated Fox's lifelong battle with anxiety, leading to an early flameout and a few years of rock-bottom darkness when he almost stopped cooking. ("A turnip looked like a stranger.") The book is populated with dishes that contain time-consuming sub-recipes (for, say, sea moss tapenade or cured egg yolk), and it goes without saying that most of the recipes are only worth it if you're working with the best possible produce, but this collection isn't pretending to be anything else. Fox's ultimate goal is to give readers the confidence to expand their idea of what can be done with produce you might have written off- and also to leave us with this truth, whether we're making Fox's caramel black olive paste or Kraftmacaroni and cheese: "Food from a happy kitchen tastes better than food from an unhappy one." Amen. 0 What's your go-to summer cookbook? "In Sweden, most land is public land, so you can cook outside - in the forest or by the water. Niklas Ekstedt explores that phenomenon well in 'Food From the Fire: The Scandinavian Flavours of Open-Fire Cooking.' " - MARCUS SAMUELSSON ONLINE: Don't mind the heat and can't bear to leave the kitchen? For a quick look at 15 more cookbooks, visit nytimes.com/books. JENNY ROSENSTRACH is the author of three cookbooks and writes the blog "Dinner: A Love Story."

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Anyone seeking a cookbook for a 2016 time capsule should consider this volume by New York Times food writer and columnist Clark, which is designed to render evening meals enticing without excessive effort. It includes many of-the-moment ingredients, methods, and catchphrases, crispy chicken skin croutons in a roasted chicken salad, pizza crust based on dough used at Brooklyn pizzeria Franny's, shades-of-Ottolenghi za'atar chicken with lemon yogurt, and a quinoa dish dressed with pomegranate molasses. A chapter titled "The Grind" includes coconut kafte kebabs, and seared sausage and rhubarb. Another on big salads features an escarole salad with crispy pimentón chickpeas and a runny egg. The green pea guacamole recipe that caused an uproar when it was published in the Times (President Obama weighed in via Twitter) also appears. Clark has skills beyond taking the temperature (with an instant-read thermometer, no doubt) of the eating zeitgeist: she is a crack recipe writer. Sharp, easy-to-follow instructions and helpful spreads on subjects such as cooking grains and using canned and dried beans round out this excellent volume. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Library Journal Review

You'll happily ditch complicated menus and meal plans for these more than 200 stand-alone dinners from author and longtime New York Times food columnist Clark (Cook This Now). Fantastic dishes such as garlic-chile chicken breasts with cucumbers and green ginger sauce, seitan enchiladas with cheese and pickled jalapenos, and roasted hake with crispy mushrooms are doable even on the busiest of weeknights and require little in the way of accompaniment-a simple salad or some bread will do. Clark balances meaty and meatless recipes and brings unexpected sophistication to popular forms of convenience cooking, including sheet pan suppers, grain bowls, and one-pot dishes. VERDICT A stellar collection of low-effort, high-impact meals. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Introduction One of the most thrilling moments of culinary discovery in my life was when, at age 16, a friend and I took ourselves out to dinner at a "fancy" restaurant with our babysitting money. We were paying. We were without any grown-ups. And we could eat anything we wanted. For the first time in my life, I didn't have to order a "proper meal." I didn't even have to get an entrée. What I craved was two appetizers, the crab salad and the rustic pâté. Then my friend and I split three desserts. It felt both rebellious and liberating, and very adult. I think these days a lot of us eat this way at restaurants, putting meals together from a variety of small plates and side dishes and splitting entrées and desserts. We aren't afraid to mix it up to get what we really want. But at home, dinner still often means a protein and two sides. A meat-and-two-veg. And this can make cooking dinner night after night a challenge because it ignores our evolution as a food culture. That's not how most of us eat--or want to eat--on a daily basis. Today's dinner can take a lot of different forms. But the conundrum for cooks is that we haven't defined what those forms are. So it's left many of us struggling in a void between what we think a proper meal should be, and what we actually want to cook and eat for dinner. But the fact that our collective tastes have changed is a boon for the cook, an excuse to get creative. We've fallen love with all kinds of diverse ingredients: preserved lemons, kimchi, miso, quinoa, pork belly, panko. And now that these ingredients are becoming more available, they can become kitchen staples, expanding our horizons once we figure out how we like to use them. And they're a path out of the tyranny of a perfectly composed plate with three distinct elements in separate little piles. The chicken, the carrots, the rice. The meatloaf, the mashed potatoes, the peas. At least for me, even more pleasing is a giant salad filled with oozing, creamy Burrata cheese, ripe juicy tomatoes, and peaches (page 344). Serve it with a baguette you picked up on the way home or squirreled away in your freezer, and maybe some salami and that's all you need for a meal. Likewise, a grain bowl made from brown rice or red quinoa and topped with corn, black beans, and avocado (page 278), or fried tofu and kimchi (page 328). Or how about curried lentils with runny eggs and cool spiced yogurt (page 243)? Or a simplified chicken pho with rice noodles and crispy chicken skin (page 324)? These are one-pot (or bowl) meals that reach a very high bar, both in terms of taste and also preparation. Less is more here. More flavor, less work. That's what this book is about. It's designed to help you figure out what to make for dinner without falling back on what you've eaten before. It's about giving you options, lots of options. Are you a vegetarian or just a vegetable lover? I've got you covered. A die-hard meat lover? A fish enthusiast? A pasta aficionado? A culinary explorer ready to take on a challenge? Or the kind of cook who wants to revel in the comforting and familiar, but with a twist--a dash of Sriracha, a sprinkling of Turkish chile, a spoonful of minced preserved lemon or Indian lime pickle. Adding flavor in unexpected ways using condiments makes dinner better, but without any extra work once you've stocked your pantry (see pages 17-19). And the payoff is exponential. In these pages, it's all here for you. Harissa Chicken with Leeks, Potatoes, and Yogurt TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR + 30 MINUTES MARINATING SERVES 3 One of my all-time favorites, this sheet-pan supper has it all--spicy harissa-laced roasted chicken; sweet, browned leeks; crunchy potatoes; plus a cool garnish of salted yogurt and plenty of fresh bright herbs. It's a little lighter than your average roasted chicken and potatoes dinner, and a lot more profoundly flavored. The key here (and with all sheet-pan suppers) is to make sure the ingredients can all cook together on the same pan. This means cutting sturdy, denser things into smaller chunks that will cook at the same rate (chicken, potatoes), and adding the more delicate ingredients (here, the leeks) toward the end so they don't burn. Another important note: don't overpopulate the pan. You need to leave space between things so ingredients can brown and crisp rather than steam. If you want to double the recipe to feed six, you can, as long as you spread everything out in two pans rather than crowding them in one. 1 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and drumsticks 1 1/4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 × 1/2-inch chunks 3 teaspoons kosher salt 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons harissa 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 4 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed 2 leeks, white and light green parts, halved lengthwise, rinsed, and thinly sliced into half-moons 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1/3 cup plain yogurt, preferably whole-milk (if using Greek, thin it down with a little milk to make it drizzle-able) 1 small garlic clove 1 cup mixed soft fresh herbs such as dill, parsley, mint, and/or cilantro leaves Fresh lemon juice, as needed   1. Combine the chicken and potatoes in a large bowl. Season them with 2 1/2 teaspoons of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. In a small bowl, whisk together the harissa, cumin, and 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Pour this mixture over the chicken and potatoes, and toss to combine. Let it stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.   2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the leeks, lemon zest, ¼ teaspoon of the salt, and the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil.   3. Heat the oven to 425°F.   4. Arrange the chicken and potatoes in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet, and roast for 20 minutes. Then toss the potatoes lightly, and scatter the leeks over the baking sheet. Roast until the chicken is cooked through and everything is golden and slightly crisped, 20 to 25 minutes longer.   5. While the chicken cooks, place the yogurt in a small bowl. Grate the garlic clove over the yogurt, and season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.   6. Spoon the yogurt over the chicken and vegetables in the baking sheet (or you can transfer everything to a platter if you want to be fancy about it). Scatter the herbs over the yogurt, drizzle some olive oil and lemon juice over the top, and serve. Excerpted from Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark, Eric Wolfinger All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.