A rare behind-the-scenes look at how Clevelands top toques entertain at homeHave you ever wondered what your favorite local chefs cook at home? What they prepare for their own family and friends? What they whip up when truly pressed for time? The secrets finally out as In the Kitchen with Clevelands Favorite Chefs takes you into the private kitchens of 35 local culinary greats to discover whats really cooking.Author and food enthusiast Maria Isabella posed the same challenge to each featured chef: If you were suddenly to get a call at home from good friends who wanted to stop by, what would you prepare for them in one hour or less? The answers are as varied as the chefs themselves, who represent an exciting array of gastronomic talentfrom celebrity chefs, restaurant chef/owners, and institutional chefs, to caterers, cooking instructors, and researchers. Each chef shares detailed recipes for delicious signature meals that can be prepared quickly and easily at home119 dishes in all, including a wide range of meat, fish, and vegetarian choices to tempt every palate. Helpful wine pairings are offered as well. Accompanying each recipe are gorgeous full-color photographs featuring both the chefs and their culinary showpieces. Isabellas profiles of each chef offer fascinating insights into everything from personal life stories to tips for successful last-minute entertaining.In the Kitchen with Clevelands Favorite Chefs also allows readers to mix and match the recipes to create their own customized menus. For a delicious appetizer, one might start with Jonathon Sawyers Devils on Horseback or Eric Williamss Guacamole Tradicional. For an impressive meal, try Michael Symons Roasted Rack of Pork with Five-Spice Pumpkin Purée and Cilantro Salad or Dante Boccuzzis Mustard-Crusted Lamb Cutlets with Garbanzo Beans & Frisée. For decadent dessert options, consider Jonathan Bennetts Gingered Apple Tarte Tatin, Zachary Bruells Greek Yogurt with Berries & Honey, or Karen Smalls Fig Scones.Filled with informative tips and clear step-by-step instructions using local ingredients and familiar techniques, In the Kitchen with Clevelands Favorite Chefs gives busy home cooks and foodies alike the tools and confidence they need to entertain just like the pros.
Maria Isabella is an award-winning freelance writer and published author with over 30 years creative experience in the advertising, marketing, and publishing fields. She has a degree in Communication from Cleveland State University and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the James Beard Foundation, and Les Dames dEscoffier. She also contributes as a focus group member and recipe tester for Bon Appétite, Zagat, Americas Test Kitchen, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, and General Mills.
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