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By Cal Peternell

Winner of the 2015 foreign organization of Culinary pros (IACP) Cookbook Award

Forewords through Alice Waters and Michael Pollan

In this spectacular, complete colour cookbook and kitchen guide choked with lush pictures and lovely drawings, the chef of Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse bargains simple suggestions and crucial recipes that may rework somebody right into a convinced domestic cook.

When his oldest son was once leaving for faculty, Cal Peternell, the chef of San Francisco’s mythical Chez Panisse, learned that, even though he frequently made dinners for his kin, he’d by no means taught them the fundamentals of cooking. in keeping with the life-altering process guide he ready and honed via many telephone calls along with his son, Twelve Recipes is the final word advent to the kitchen. Peternell makes a speciality of the middle meals and dishes that include a profitable domestic cook’s arsenal, each one development ability upon skill—from toast, eggs, and beans, to vinaigrettes, pasta with tomato, and rice, to greens, soup, meats, and cake.

Twelve Recipes can help domestic chefs advance a center repertoire of abilities and raise their culinary self belief. Peternell tells you what easy parts and instruments you would like for a specific recipe, after which provides adaptations to extend your figuring out. every one tip, guideline, and recipe connects with others to weave right into a better tale that illuminates the relationship among nutrition and existence. A deeply own e-book, it used to be written via the chef by myself and it glows with heat and humor as he mulls over such mundane goods as toast and rice to supply superb new insights approximately meals that basically look quite traditional. It’s a ebook you’re as prone to preserve by means of your bedside as your stovetop. With Peternell as your consultant, the adventure is natural excitement and the vacation spot is delicious.

Twelve Recipes positive aspects beautiful colour images and inset illustrations through Peternell’s spouse and sons (all artists), and forewords through celebrated chef Alice Waters and New York Times columnist and bestselling writer Michael Pollan.

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