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Cool Kitchen [Paperback]

Lauren Chattman

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May 4 2000
Summertime Cooking Was Never This Cool!

Tired of toiling over a hot stove in the sweltering summer heat? Give yourself a break with Cool Kitchen. Serving up more than 125 recipes without ever going near the oven or stovetop, author Lauren Chattman proves that a delicious no-cook meal of White Gazpacho, Smoked Mozzarella Sandwiches with Lemony Olives, and Peaches with Ricotta-Walnut Filling can easily delight, satisfy, and impress. From Such delicious appetizers, soups, and salads as Goat Cheese Wrapped in Grape Leaves, Chunky Artichoke Heart Spread, Black-Eyed Pea and Smoked Ham Salad, and Summer Minestrone to sandwiches spread with wonderful walnut butter and apricot jam or stuffed with smoked turkey, fontina, and arugula and lusciously light desserts like Chocolate-Cherry Sundaes and Spiked Watermelon Cocktails, this book is filled with recipes that are deliciously cool and innovative--all prepared in little time and with little effort. Complete with menu suggestions for all types of occasions, from cocktail parties and light lunches to barbecures and romantic dinners, Cool Kitchen is sure to be a refreshing addition to anyone's summertime cooking.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Cookbooks (May 4 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688179037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688179038
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 20.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,976,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Amazon

Cool Kitchen offers 125 recipes that are enjoyable even when the weather is not overheated. Lauren Chattman has an inventive way with familiar uncooked foods like pesto, slaws, sandwiches, and fruit desserts. The brief section on pantry staples is a useful guide that will surely spark other no-cook ideas. She cheats occasionally by using store-bought smoked turkey and smoked salmon and purchased or leftover roast beef and chicken. Menus help you assemble 15 meals for various occasions almost without cooking. (One wonders who cooks the pasta for two of Chattman's dinners or the chicken for her barbecue.) Sure-fire recipes are Curried Chickpea Spread in a Pita, White Gazpacho, and the Rum Raisin Sundae. --Dana Jacobi --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Chattman, formerly pastry chef at Nick and Toni's restaurant in East Hampton, Long Island, does what she promises in this sunny book, delivering 150 recipes that don't require a stove or oven. She sometimes gets by, however, on a technicality, as when she tells you how to make Perfect Scrambled Eggs and How to Poach Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts by enclosing those instructions in boxes rather than setting them up as recipes. The recipes themselves are reliable and full of fresh ingredients, most giving their ingredients in their titles. Five-Spice Nuts are nuts tossed with five-spice powder, and Vodka-Spiked Cherry Tomatoes with Cumin-Cilantro Dipping Salt says it all. Some offerings may seem hardly recipes, e.g., Herbed Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes on a Bagel, but succeed by their reminding readers of new, unexpected combinations. Fresh Tuna Nicoise Salad cleverly incorporates uncooked, sushi-quality tuna; Fresh Figs, Walnuts, and Mascarpone is certainly a tasty combination. Meal prep without cooking has a necessarily limited scope, but Chattman, offering upbeat headers and a useful glossary, brings welcome fresh air to the prospect of summer in the kitchen.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars simple reference for when it's too hot to cook July 10 1998
By Wels Musgrave - Published on Amazon.com
This source is a good reference for those who hate to cook when it's too hot to do anything. The recipes can be adapted to whatever region you are living in, northwest versus southwest, east coast versus west coast. The book is a good reference for those familiar with cooking when it's hot and need an occasional inspiration.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of things to cook with heat in this book July 3 2007
By V. Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The majority of recipes in this book are no-cook, but there are several that require cooking with some form of heat - boiling, frying, scrambling, poaching, grilling, toasting, some of which are the main ingredients for the uncooked sauces and salads (recipes for poached fish and poultry, pasta and couscous, scrambled eggs, steamed vegetables, grilled bread, etc.), or required cooked ingredients that you're bound to want to cook yourself (like hard boiled eggs, overpriced to buy them cooked, and who knows how fresh they are, if you can find them). Many of the basic ingredients can be purchased pre-cooked. This is not a 'raw foods' cookbook, and the 'No-Work Recipes' as claimed on the cover are going to require someone's work to make them, with all the peeling and chopping of the fresh ingredients (and the actual cooking with heat!). Otherwise, there are many nice ideas for heat-free cooking, but the book isn't 100% no-cook.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! May 28 2006
By S. Magel - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of my favorite cookbooks! The recipes are simple yet elegant. The salads, sandwiches, dips and appetizers contain interesting flavors, yet barely take any time to prepare. This is such a great book to use for throwing spur of the moment get- togethers.
5.0 out of 5 stars So yummy, and so easy! Oct. 20 2006
By Anne B. - Published on Amazon.com
This is my favorite cookbook. Here's why:

I'm an impatient, busy person with champagne taste, and I find these recipes are so easy, beautiful, and delicious. They are completely fool- proof!

The recipes are mainly for the warmer months, although poached salmon with anchovy-lemon butter, for example, can be served anytime.

I hope that Ms. Chattman will come out with more ideas for the winter months, and a book of more party foods would be great. I get so many requests for the Jamaican Papaya and Avocado relish.

I would love more salad recipes, too-her salads are amazing and make terrific summer dinners.

Thank you, Lauren!
5.0 out of 5 stars Go to Recipes for Texas summers June 9 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I borrowed this from a friend and then had to get my own. So many simpke ideas that are easy to whip up and provide quick, healthy meals. Perfect to use up fresh vegetables from the gardens.

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