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Williams-Sonoma Bride & Groom Cookbook [Hardcover]

Gayle Pirie
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March 14 2006
Whether it was a whirlwind romance or you've known each other for years, you are entering a new stage of life. Now that you're married, it's time to think about the new life and traditions you'd like to create. Often our fondest family memories are centered around the dinner table, with the fulfilling meals and companionship it offers.

To create this cookbook, Gayle Pirie and John Clark have drawn from their experience as restaurant chefs and on their shared history as a married couple. They have cooked in some of San Francisco's best restaurants for nearly twenty years, so they know how to make food taste delicious. But they also know what it's like to come home from a long day of work and want to create a comfortable haven for their family. In these pages, Gayle and John have brought together dozens of their own favorite dishes that can create hundreds of family meals.

Knowing that most of their readers won't have learned the art of cooking at their grandmother's knee, they've also included the basics. The Bride & Groom Cookbook explains all you need to know about setting up a kitchen and pantry with essential equipment and ingredients, combining dishes to create a meal, and even cooking methods. If you're already comfortable in the kitchen, you'll find plenty of valuable advice on pairing wine and food, serving a cheese course, and gracious entertaining.

The two of you could take only one cookbook with you as you embark together into this new and rewarding stage of life, the Bride & Groom Cookbook would truly be the one.


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"I love to eat Gayle Pirie and John Clark's food at their San Francisco restaurant Foreign Cinema, so it is a pleasure to have their recipes at hand in this cookbook. More than that, it's a wonderful primer for any young couple just starting out, showing them everything they need to know about setting up a kitchen and pantry, cooking and serving food and wine, and entertaining with grace."
-- Chuck Williams

About the Author

The married chefs of highly acclaimed Foreign Cinema restaurant in San Francisco, Gayle Pirie and John Clark met while cooking at Vicolo, a well-loved pizzeria, and moved on from there to work with Judy Rodgers at her famed Zuni Café. They are also the authors of Country Egg, City Egg. Gayle and John live in Berkeley, California, with their son and daughter.

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5.0 out of 5 stars ... two so far for Brides to be and birth loved it! Sept. 19 2014
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Bought two so far for Brides to be and birth loved it!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST of the Bride & Groom Cookbooks Dec 30 2006
By K. Andolina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have gone through the Betty Crocker Bride & Groom Cookbook, the Better Homes and Garden Bride & Groom Cookbook and many more trying to find one that would have great pointers for cooking for two as well as great dishes. This cookbook has it all. The recipes are great classic dishes and the recipes range from breakfast foods to desserts. I highly recommend this cookbook.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Photos, but not the best book March 20 2011
By Layla - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My husband and I both love to cook and cook a lot: we treat our Global Knife set like it was a firstborn child, our library is comprised of cookbooks ranging from Disney Princess cookbooks to Paul Prudhomme's excellent collection, and we take better care of our cast iron skillet than we do our pets....

I'll be honest, we were disappointed with this cookbook. We received it as a wedding gift, because we thought it'd be a great contribution to our growing collection. The pictures are beautiful- they're appetizing, they're inspiring, they've got absolutely everything you could ever need (in a picture). The wine pairings are really useful (if you don't know much about wine pairings). The vegetable recipes and some of the red meat and fish recipes were good, though I found some of the spices and flavorings to be a little weak (that's just my tastebuds though).

A lot of the recipes, however, are lacking: not only are some of the dessert and breakfast recipes under-measured, but in a couple of memorable recipes, very important steps have been left out- in one case the recipe forgot to include when to add the wine while tending to meat. Additionally, the recipes call for some pretty interesting ingredients: fresh clams are hard to get (unless you're on a coast), organic chervil gets pretty expensive, and I have yet to find veal shanks at my neighborhood grocery store.

It's a great coffee table cookbook, but in terms of a couple's first cookbook? It could be more accessible.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great as a Present or Starter Cookbook July 18 2006
By Joshua C. Teets - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, this book looks great. I have a collection of hand-me-down 'classics' (Beard, Joy, all that jazz) but none of them are very presentable. After getting married recently, we decided to get a new book and this one really stood out. I personally think the title (cooking together) is a little misleading, because there's not much really that would differentiate it from any other starter cookbook in that regard. It is more family oriented in meal choices, and gives some great pointers to get you moving around the kitchen. There is also excellent advice on meals, pairings etc. Overall its a very good resource, especially for a younger couple. And of course, thanks to the slipcover, it makes a great wedding or anniversary present!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over a hundred classic dishes for meals from breakfast to dinner May 22 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you're seeking a shower or wedding gift for a couple who likes to cook or eat, BRIDE & GROOM COOKBOOK: RECIPES FOR COOKING TOGETHER is the item of choice for such a couple. The authors use their own experience as restaurant chefs and as a married couple to show how working families can use dozens of favorite dishes to create hundreds of family meals. Even though the authors are cooks, they don't presume any prior knowledge: the basics accompany over a hundred classic dishes for meals from breakfast to dinner and plenty of supportive tips from preparation and cooking times to a complexity scale between 1-4.

Diane C. Donovan, Editor

California Bookwatch
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift for Many Wedding Occassions April 10 2007
By VUAOII04 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I ordered two copies of this book for different wedding occassions. The first was as a wedding gift. It was loved when received. The second occassion was for a his and her shower. As the bride and groom cookbook published by Williams-Sonoma, the recipes are all fantastic and are great for various occassions from casual dinner to a romantic evening, to meals to celebrate special occassions. As well as all types of meals, the recipes are also of varied cooking levels for beginner to expert, which allows new couples to begin cooking and develop their cooking skills as their relationships grow. HUGE RECOMMENDATION for any wedding occassion!
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