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Northwest Essentials Cookbook [Paperback]

GREG ATKINSON
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Apples, salmon, wild mushrooms, and Dungeness crab--these are some of the ingredients celebrated in Greg Atkinson's The Northwest Essentials Cookbook, an exploration of regional bounty and the cooking it inspires. Atkinson, food writer and chef at Canlis in Seattle, offers 150 accessible recipes peppered with personal culinary narratives evoking his own Northwest "journey." Readers interested in one of the country's most fertile and gastronomically distinguished regions, and those seeking straightforward yet polished recipes for its cooking, should be delighted.

Organized by the ingredients (which, in addition to the above, include stone fruit, herbs, berries, oysters, and mussels, among other seafood), the book features recipes for the likes of Pork Tenderloin Sautéed with Morels, Grilled Singing Scallops on the Half Shell, and Warm Chocolate Hazelnut Cake. There's a definitive recipe for apple pie, a marvelous Dungeness crab gumbo and, among more modish offerings, Flame-Broiled Arctic Char with Cherry Salsa. If Atkinson's introductory essays on, for example, an early morning encounter with a wave-skimming salmon strain for effect, his recipes are always inviting and his culinary information comprehensive. Of particular interest and usefulness are his chapter-by-chapter investigations of apple, salmon, herb, and other food varieties (his discussion of apple types--he favors the jonagold for all-purpose use--is particularly good). Infused with a love of food and respect for ingredients treated simply, Atkinson's book does full justice to the richness of the culinary Northwest and its cooking. --Arthur Boehm

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"...the executive chef at Seattle's Canlis restaurant focuses on the local ingredients he uses the most. Much of this book's appeal lies in Atkinson's lyrical descriptions of food and its elevating role in his life. 'I imagine,' he writes, 'that...we are something between animals and angels, and food is the golden chain that keeps us connected to both worlds.'" -- Northwest Palate

"Not since James Beard or M.F.K. Fisher has anyone written about food so honestly." -- Willamette Week

"There are some foods we associate with things other than meals, and ingredients that flavor out lives as well as our cooking. Seattle Homes and Lifestyles contributing editor knows this, and has used his own experiences to put together a book of recipes that is both atechnically informative and intriguingly personal. This is a collection of recipes that utilize the foods we associate with the Northwest. Of course, seafood is covered in its many forms, from shellfish to salmon. Fruits, vegetables, and herbs that flavor local cuisine are described in detail and listed in recipes both basic and daring. The recipes themselves are inventive and never dull. But what really sets this book apart is Atkinson's own anecdotes and opinions about the ingredients he's included. He tells us how a meal of stuffed muchrooms made his future wife agree to marry him and how steamed oysters helped him cope with a family tragedy. Although the recipes are enough to inspir! ! e any chef, Atkinson's approach also inspires a deeper appreciation, of not only the finished product, but the importance of each ingredient." -- Seattle Homes and Lifestyles, October 1999

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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific regional cookbook! March 3 2000
Format:Paperback
The Northwest Essentials Cookbook is a superbly produced regional cookbook that offers a culinary wealth of more than 150 recipes representing a delicious spectrum of flavors and tastes. From Warm Duck and Apple Salad, Poached Salmon with Tarragon, and Chocolate Almond Apricot Cake, to Oysters Mignonette, Savory Stuffed Mushroom Caps, and Simple Rockfish Stew, The Northwest Essentials Cookbook is a welcome addition to any kitchen cookbook shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Jan. 27 2000
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I live on the northern california coast and we share many of the same wonderful foods that create the northwest flavor. This is a great cookbook, the recipes are simple and tasty. The book is broken down into chapters like salmon, prawns and crab, wild mushrooms, herbs, lentils split peas & chickapeas, and apples & pears. These are a few, but certainly not all. This is a book full of recipes at their best when you use the freshest of ingredients. I recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This cookbook gets to me where I live! Jan. 10 2000
Format:Paperback
- - - -In my heart, my palate, my stomach, memories of home and thoughts of wanting to visit the Seattle area! I really feel good about the support Greg Atkinson gives his recipes in the way of stories, personal experiences and appreciation of the people, places and tastes in his life. This book is a great experience before, during and after meals, for singles and families alike! I'm giving it to my friends!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Jan. 27 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I live on the northern california coast and we share many of the same wonderful foods that create the northwest flavor. This is a great cookbook, the recipes are simple and tasty. The book is broken down into chapters like salmon, prawns and crab, wild mushrooms, herbs, lentils split peas & chickapeas, and apples & pears. These are a few, but certainly not all. This is a book full of recipes at their best when you use the freshest of ingredients. I recommend!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific regional cookbook! March 3 2000
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Northwest Essentials Cookbook is a superbly produced regional cookbook that offers a culinary wealth of more than 150 recipes representing a delicious spectrum of flavors and tastes. From Warm Duck and Apple Salad, Poached Salmon with Tarragon, and Chocolate Almond Apricot Cake, to Oysters Mignonette, Savory Stuffed Mushroom Caps, and Simple Rockfish Stew, The Northwest Essentials Cookbook is a welcome addition to any kitchen cookbook shelf.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This cookbook gets to me where I live! Jan. 10 2000
By B.J. Michaels - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
- - - -In my heart, my palate, my stomach, memories of home and thoughts of wanting to visit the Seattle area! I really feel good about the support Greg Atkinson gives his recipes in the way of stories, personal experiences and appreciation of the people, places and tastes in his life. This book is a great experience before, during and after meals, for singles and families alike! I'm giving it to my friends!
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