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American Brasserie: 180 Simple, Robust Recipes Inspired by the Rustic Foods of France, Italy, and America Paperback – Mar 14 2003


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Award-winning chefs Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand translate the French brasserie into a style that is uniquely American. Sharing 180 tempting recipes first found in their acclaimed Chicago restaurant, Brasserie T, the authors’ recipes make a delicious transition from restaurant to home, allowing everyone to enjoy the pleasures of brasserie-style eating. Reflecting the classic dishes of France, Italy, and America, these recipes range from perfect starters such as Caramelized Onion Tart, to wonderful main dishes like Chicago Choucroute, to superb desserts such as Espresso Tuiles and Double-Chocolate Mousse Mud Pie.

"Tramonto and Gand put together meals of imaginative diversity."
–Food & Wine

About the Author

Rick Tramonto is Executive Chef and Gale Gand is Executive Pastry Chef at internationally acclaimed Tru restaurant in Chicago. They have won numerous James Beard Awards and published award-winning cookbooks both separately and together, including Butter Sugar Flour Eggs, Gale Gand’s Just a Bite, Amuse-Bouche, and Gale Gand’s Short and Sweet. Gand is also the host of Sweet Dreams, the daily baking show on the Food Network.
Julia Moskin is a journalist and the co-author of numerous cookbooks.

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Wonderful, user-friendly book that has become one of my favorites May 7 2009
By Cookbook Gal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have so many of Rick Tramonto and Gail Gand's wonderful books, that I can't keep track of them any more. For some reason, until recently, I totally missed this one, and it has quickly become one of my favorite cookbooks. I checked this book out of the library so many times that I finally decided to buy it! The book has very few pictures, a defect in my view, but the recipes more than make up for it.

First, the recipes are accessible. By that I mean that a home cook can produce outstanding results by following the instructions and looking for quality ingredients. Because this book (1) is based on dishes served at Brasserie T, an acclaimed restaurant, and (2) is written by two top chefs, you will be looking for things like balsamic vinegar, kalamata olives, clams, veal, lamb, fennel, polenta, etc. In one recipe, rabbit. Now, if you live in or near a major metropolitan area or well-stocked markets, that's not a problem. If you don't, you may have to improvise a lot, or make the effort to get the proper ingredients. The recipes are not hard, but many, not all, of them call for a lot of ingredients, and if you get them, you will be thrilled at the results of your cooking efforts.

Second, the savory recipes are so good that I have yet to make any of the desserts, and that's saying something since I love to bake. The book is divided into the following chapters:
Salads and Appetizers
Soups and Chowders
Pizzas
Breads and Sandwiches
Pasta, Risotti, and Grains
Main Courses
Weekend Cooking
Side Dishes
Cheese Plates
Desserts
Cookies
Ice Cream and Cool Drinks
Brasserie Basics

No molecular gastronomy here, just rustic food from Italy, France, and America. The Italian Lentil Soup with Smoked Bacon and Spinach is delicious, as are the Skirt Steak Sandwiches with Roasted Shallots and Horseradish Mayonnaise, Linguini with Manila Clams and Fresh Basil, and Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Herbed Fresh Ricotta. I have so many recipes bookmarked, that I'm going to be cooking from this book for a long while. A wonderful addition to a cooking library, and one of the best cookbooks I've come across. Outstanding.
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For people who like to cook Feb. 3 2013
By Colleen A Colbeck - Published on Amazon.com
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American Brasserie is well written and helpful for people who like to cook. It's easy to follow and fun. One can put a rather impressive dinner together.
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Every recipe works Jan. 11 2013
By Seth B. - Published on Amazon.com
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We had a hardcover edition of this cookbook that literally fell apart from overuse. We bought this as a replacement.
Great pairings Nov. 9 2013
By harry p gunderman - Published on Amazon.com
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Great recipes and pairing with wine and/or beer! Recipes are also user friendly and all that I've tried have worked out very well.
Absolutely Delicious! Nov. 27 2012
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one book you will treasure and use over and over again! What a great team, what a great pair! The dishes are classic. New and old, classic, rustic, comfort... you will find them all here along with elegance, style, showmanship and enjoyment. I actually smiled while I was reading the recipes, prepping/preparing the recipe and of course while enjoying the food! A winner all the way around!


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