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Cook Like a Rock Star: 125 Recipes, Lessons, and Culinary Secrets [Hardcover]

Anne Burrell , Suzanne Lenzer , Mario Batali
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Oct. 4 2011
If chefs are the new rock stars, Anne wants you to rock in your own kitchen!
 
For Anne Burrell, a classically trained chef and host of Food Network’s Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (where she shares impressive recipes and smart techniques that anyone can master), and Worst Cooks in America (the show that transforms hopeless home cooks), being a rock star in the kitchen means having the confidence and ability to get a great meal on the table without a sweat.  In her debut cookbook, she presents 125 rustic yet elegant recipes, all based on accessible ingredients, along with encouraging notes and handy professional tricks that will help you cook more efficiently at home.

With Anne's guidance, even the novice cook can turn out showstoppers like Whole Roasted Fish or Rack of Lamb Crusted with Black Olives, which are special enough for guests but easy enough for a weekday evening. For Piccolini (Little Nibbles), try making Truffled Deviled Eggs, Sausage and Pancetta Stuffed Mushrooms, or Baked Ricotta with Rosemary and Lemon. Delicious first courses include Pumpkin Soup with Allspice Whipped Cream and Garlic Steamed Mussels with Pimentón Aioli. And if you're craving pasta, Chef Anne's Light-as-a-Cloud Gnocchi, Sweet and Spicy Sausage Ragù, or Killer Mac and Cheese with Bacon will blow you away.

Whether she's telling you how to use garlic most effectively ("perfume the oil, remove the garlic, and ditch it—it's fulfilled its garlic destiny!") or reaffirming the most important part of cooking (it should have the “sparkle factor!”), you will never feel alone at the stove. Anne's effervescent personality and unmatched vitality will be there every step of the way--as teacher, coach, cooking partner, and friend.

Organized from “Piccolini and Firsts” to “Pasta, Seconds, Sides,” and, of course, “Dessert” Cook Like a Rock Star is all about empowering you with the confidence to own what you do in your kitchen, to be excited by what you're making, and to experience the same kind of joy that Anne feels everyday when she cooks and eats.

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Anne Burrell has rocked in some of New York’s best Italian kitchens, she’s rocked the Food Network, and now she’s gonna help you rock your kitchen with this book.”
--GUY FIERI
 
“Anne Burrell is the real deal. TV or no TV, famous or not, you put her in front of a stove and she will cook your ass under the table.”
--ANTHONY BOURDAIN
 
“Oh, baby, Anne has really knocked it out of the park with this book. It’s bold, fun, and full of the passion that people love about her.”
--EMERIL LAGASSE
 
“While reading these pages, I found myself almost transfixed by Anne’s strong literary voice and compelling (yet so simple!) recipes. . . I even looked over my shoulder a few times as I read or cooked, as if she were standing right by me, whispering hints and tips in my ear. Check out a new voice in Italian food—one that will make you want to bust out your pots and pans and give these great recipes a try. I guarantee that you will feel (and cook) like a rock star in your own kitchen!”
--ALEX GUARNASCHELLI
 
“Reading Cook Like a Rock Star will make you feel like you’re with Anne in the kitchen.  You’re at the stove, she’s behind you, jumping up and down, cheering you on. Her one-of-a-kind voice is in every recipe—getting excited about porchetta (who doesn't?), raving about deviled eggs, admitting her addiction to gnocchi. This girl loves Italian food. Loves it.  She is down to earth, her enthusiasm is infectious, and the best part is that she knows what she is talking about—as if Marcella Hazan were an earthy ragazza next door who invited you over to taste her latest pasta creation. Brava, Anne!”
--CESARE CASELLA
 
“Anne knows what it’s like to be mentored by the best and I’ve seen her continue this tradition with young professional chefs. It’s exciting that people will now have the chance to get this same advice and support at home by reading and using this terrific book.”
--MASAHARU MORIMOTO
 
“Anne’s food is as vibrant and fun as her personality—not everyone can party like a rock star, but with this great book, you'll be cooking like one!”
--MICHAEL SYMON
 
“Anne’s cookbook reads just like she talks—funny, bawdy, full of energy, and rarin’ to cook. Cook Like a Rock Star makes you feel like you’re backstage with her at Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, just the two of you, learning the techniques and tricks she’s spent her whole career perfecting. Every line in this book tells the reader that you can do this! And every page inspires, encourages, simplifies, and demystifies the craft.”
--TED ALLEN

About the Author

ANNE BURRELL graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and has worked at some of the top restaurants in New York (including Lidia Bastianich's Felidia and Peter Hoffman's Savoy). She cooked professionally in Italy, taught at the Institute of Culinary Education, and battled alongside Mario Batali on Food Network's Iron Chef America. During her tenure as executive chef at Centro Vinoteca, she also oversaw the kitchen of Gusto before being recruited to Food Network full-time, first as the host of her own show, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, and then as cohost of the primetime hit Worst Cooks in America.
 
SUZANNE LENZER graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education following a career in advertising. A food writer and stylist, over the past four years she has worked closely with cookbook author and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman. A native of Los Angeles, she lives in New York City.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May just be my very favourite cookbook Oct. 16 2012
By Kellie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I loved Anne's show on the Food Network so I was so excited to try her cookbook and I wasn't disappointed! Every single recipe I have made out of this book has been amazing - I even cooked my entire family Easter dinner using only recipes from this book. I find sometimes with other cookbooks, you flip through and find only a handful of recipes you want to make. I honestly plan to cook my way through this entire book - everything looks delicious and the ingredients are easy to find. Also great pictures in this book! Above all, Anne provides great guidance throughout and her funky personality is infused in every dish. Definitely a must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Create amazing meals Dec 27 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is the best cook book that I have read in a long time. Anne Burrell's recipies are well written with antedotes throughout the book. I enjoy her secrets that make every recipie a success. This book would make a great gift to any person who loves to cook and/or eat. This cookbook should be in the Top Five cook books that should be in your kitchen library.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Anne is my rock star Nov. 22 2011
Format:Hardcover
Ah, Anne Burrell! We certainly don't see enough of you on Food Network Canada! This book is not just a collection of recipes, it is a guide to being a better chef with Anne looking over your shoulder in your own kitchen. Anne can take a traditional italian recipe and elevate it to another level completely. We made her cabbage rolls three weeks in a row, her bucatini all'amatriciana is to die for. Lentils are our new best friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book and Must have for your Cooking LIbrary Oct. 5 2011
By Catherine Calio - Published on Amazon.com
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When I am cooking for my family I generally go right on the food network and print out or save recipes from Anne Burrell. I have made as many as 3 a week to try out and others are in my back pocket for something to make in a pinch. Her pasta and dough recipes are really great and quick to do. I received this book yesterday and in a house of picky eaters I could not find one recipe that I didn't like. There are different sections of the book and is laid out very different then any other cookbook I own. She has designed it so that you can do all your prep work along with the recipe and then start cooking right away. There are helpful notes and alternatives if you want to use a different protein or vegetable. If you have watched her shows or made any of her recipes this is a must have book for you. I think anyone that is a fan of hers will agree when I say that this is the best cookbook by far that I own. It also has pictures as well so you can see what it should look like or if your family is like mine the visual and ingredients can tell me whether they will eat it or not. Great Book Must Buy!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too many editing errors Jan. 1 2012
By brian a garcia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I love Anne Burrell - her recipes are awesome and I love how she makes you WANT to cook something spectacular. I was so excited to get her book since I normally download her recipes from Foodnetwork, but I was so disappointed in the editing errors that I found in the book. I guess I could have overlooked these errors , but then I came across the dealbreaker: I have made the Sweet Potato and Apple Hash for a dinner party in the past, and everyone loved it, so I decided to make it for Thanksgiving, following the recipe in her book. While making it, it didn't seem right since I could not remember having used chicken broth, and didn't I have to roast the sweet potato??? I also didn't remember the maple syrup. Hmmmm. I double checked on the internet AND the taped version of her show which I kept (that's how much I love this dish), and alas, it is a totally different recipe! Mistake, or just a different version? If it's a different version, it should have been named something different, or a notation should have been included somewhere on the page. In any case, I like the version that I originially fell in love with when I watched her make it on her show (Secrets of a Restaurant Chef). The one in her book ended up tasting good (all the flavors were there), but it was mushy... a totally different dish. Makes me wonder how many other recipes have crticial errors in them as well..... Sorry Anne, I have to return your book. I don't have time to be double-checking the recipes to make sure they're correct - that's what your editor is for! Still love your show, but in the future, I'll just download your recipes from the internet. - Mrs. Garcia
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like Anne is in your kitchen Oct. 6 2011
By G. Hoover - Published on Amazon.com
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We watch her show all the time. Some of the recipes included are ones from her show (that we tried and liked alot). The recipes are simple, easy to prepare and most important taste good. Looking forward to cooking my way thru this book. Way to go Anne!!
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chef Anne ROCKS!!! Nov. 15 2011
By Jodi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Chef Anne is my favorite Food Network personality, hands down. In fact, it was her infectious personality that got me watching Food Network to begin with. I'm not a huge fan of cooking, so I never bothered watching any cooking shows (I only have the Food Network channel because it came with my cable package!) until one day I accidentally stumbled across an episode of Worst Cooks in America. It was Chef Robert Irvine (having the body of a Greek god!) who caught my attention and got me to stop on that channel.....but it was Chef Anne's energy and general bubbliness that kept me there. I loved how she interacted with the cooks she was in charge of teaching and tried to pass her love of all things culinary on to them. I found myself rearranging my schedule so I could watch the show again the following week. And so I was hooked.

That being said, I do not buy cookbooks sight unseen, and this one is no exception. I can follow most recipes and end up with a pretty decent result, but that doesn't mean I want to spend 2 hours preparing a meal that will take my family 20 minutes to eat. I don't necessarily *mind* cooking, but I don't necessarily *like* to cook either. If I am with somebody who prefers to do the cooking, I will enthusiastically hand the reigns over and let them cook. And I never, ever, EVER cook for just myself. That is, to me, the biggest waste of my own time. Sooooo, when my husband found out that Chef Anne was going to be releasing a cookbook, he asked me if he could pre-order it for me. My response to him? "No thanks!"

Chef Anne is absolutely amazing in the kitchen and she can do things that I could never even hope to achieve in the very best of all my culinary dreams. So, upon hearing that she was releasing a cookbook, I mistakenly assumed that it would be aimed at people with a relatively advanced level of kitchen prowess, which I certainly do NOT have. And I never thought twice about declining his offer to buy me the book. No, her book will be too complicated for me, she is too professional to write a cookbook aimed at cooks like me. Hmmm, did I learn nothing from that entire season of Worst Cooks in America?

Yesterday I found myself having extra time to kill, so I wandered over to the bookstore to grab a coffee and do some general browsing for an hour. There was a big table right there in the middle of the floor with a dozen or so New Releases on it, and Chef Anne's book was there. I had completely forgotten it was released! So, having so much time to kill and having so much respect for Anne as a chef, I grabbed a copy and sat down to begin my time-killing hour. I read every single recipe and most of her little comments and was pleasantly surprised to see that these were recipes that even *I* could pull off! These were elegant, sophisticated looking recipes that absolutely, positively did NOT require an elegant, sophisticated talent to create. I was *so* excited and enthusiastically left the bookstore with Chef Anne's book under my arm and a desire to go home and cook some of her stuffed mushrooms, which I did. And they were outstanding!

I adore Chef Anne for several reasons. First of all, her talent is undeniable. I desperately want her to win the Next Iron Chef competition, but I won't get started on that in this review. Second of all, Chef Anne empowers me. Not only does she make me WANT to cook, but she makes me feel like I actually CAN cook, and that I can cook WELL. She has altered my indifferent attitude towards cooking and made me excited to try new recipes and to believe in my ability to turn out a delicious meal. I will be forever grateful to her for that.

Thank you Chef Anne! You inspire me.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne really is a rock star! Oct. 5 2011
By J. Austen's pal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I watch the Food Network probably waaaay too much. I have my favorites and watch them like I am back in school and studying like I expect a final. Anne Burrell is my favorite. She is clear and rather than talking down to her audience, she takes them with her. She makes being a chef, something that seems attainable for the rest of us. The book is written so well, I felt as if she were talking to me. She is clearly in love with Italian food, so much that I think she should add an 'i' to her last name. The recipes are very straight forward and her tips very easy but really good. The way she does her recipes is different but very elegant. She starts with a chefy sounding "mise en place" which just means have everything ready before you start cooking. This may sound like a lot of work but if everything you need is ready and waiting for you, it helps you to enjoy the cooking part. Her pasta recipes are simple but they taste GREAT. I pre-ordered the book and I'm glad I did. This book is worth every penny. I can't wait for her next book, show or whatever. She obviously loves what she does and it is contagious.
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