Cook Like a Rock Star: 125 Recipes, Lessons, and Culinary Secrets Hardcover – Oct 4 2011
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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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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!”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
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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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.