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Taster’s Cherce

A friend just got me “Ad Hoc at Home,” by Thomas Keller.

I’m stoaked.

[Photo Credit: Jun-Blog]


1 BobbyB   ~  Nov 18, 2010 12:40 pm

Wow! Must be a very good friend. Let us know how the recipes are.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 18, 2010 12:43 pm

It is a good friend, for sure!

And will do!

3 knuckles   ~  Nov 18, 2010 12:52 pm

I have it; it's a great book.
One of the criticisms is that the recipes are too hard, but it's damn good food and good eating takes time.

The braised chicken, pork belly, scallion potatoes, and potatoes pave are some of my early favorites. The fried chicken recipe looks amazing but the ordeal of frying things at home has so far kept me from trying it out.

4 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 18, 2010 1:35 pm

3) Agreed. I just can't get away with frying in our small apartment. It doesn't look easy. You know what I've been meaning to do? Roast a chicken. The simpliest of things, I suppose, but I haven't done it in years.

5 knuckles   ~  Nov 18, 2010 2:46 pm

We roast a bird about every other Sunday. Usually chicken, but duck when we can find it fresh.
Usually get a couple dinners out of it and boil the bones down for stock, which gets used for soup, short ribs, risotto, etc.
Ducks are great if you roast on an elevated rack- you can collect the fat and that stuff keeps forever in the fridge. Makes for good potatoes.

6 Dimelo   ~  Nov 18, 2010 3:33 pm

why can't you fry in your apartment, Alex?

7 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 18, 2010 7:45 pm

6) It drives the Mrs batty. And we can't have that now, can we? Plus, my desire to fry anything isn't strong enough.

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