Canal House: Cook Something: Recipes to Rely On (Hardcover)

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Learn to cook well with this Joy of Cooking for the Instagram generation from James Beard Award-winning cookbook studio Canal House, "the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue of the food world" (Bon Appetit), with 300 simple recipes to rely on for the rest of your life.
Canal House's Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer are home cooks writing about home cooking for other home cooks. From a lifetime of making dinner every single night, they've edited their experience down to the essentials: 300 simple and genius recipes that reveal the building blocks of all good cooking, and are guaranteed to make you a better cook.
Each chapter of Cook Something helps you master a key ingredient or powerful technique, moving from simple (a perfect soft-boiled egg, and how to make it uncommonly delicious) to ambitious (a towering chocolate souffle). Recipes for salad dressings, sauces, braises, roasts, meatballs, vegetables, and even perfect snacks and sweets help novice and experienced cooks alike reach for the perfect dish for any occasion. Inside, you'll find:
  • Poached salmon with lemon-butter sauce
  • Fettucine with ragu bolognese
  • Oven-braised chicken with gnocchi
  • French onion soup
  • Canal House's classic vinaigrette
  • Classic Italian meatballs
  • Caramelized apple galette
  • And so much more.
Filled with step-by-step photographs and indispensable kitchen wisdom, it is a perfect gift for beginners and an ideal reference for confident cooks.
Cook. Cook something. Cook something for yourself. Cook something for others. It will satisfy you more than you know.

About the Author


Melissa Hamilton is a renowned food stylist and cofounder of Canal House. She previously worked at Saveur, which she joined in 1998, as the test kitchen director, and was its food editor for many years. Hamilton also worked in the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living and Cook's Illustrated, and she was the cofounder and first executive chef of Hamilton's Grill Room in Lambertville, New Jersey. She has developed and tested recipes and styled food for both magazines and cookbooks, including those by acclaimed chefs John Besh, Michael Psilakis, Roberto Santibanez, and David Tanis. She works with Christopher Hirsheimer on Canal House Cooking, for which the two do all of the writing, recipes, photography, design, and production.

Christopher Hirsheimer is an award-winning photographer and cofounder of Canal House. Her experience includes establishing a publishing venture, running a culinary and design studio, and publishing an annual series of three seasonal cookbooks titled Canal House Cooking. Prior to starting Canal House in 2007, in Lambertville, New Jersey, Hirsheimer was the executive editor of Saveur, which she cofounded in 1994, and the food and design editor of Metropolitan Home. She cowrote the award-winning Saveur Cooks ;series and The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market Cookbook. Her photographs have appeared in more than 50 cookbooks for such notables as Lidia Bastianich, Mario Batali, Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, and Alice Waters, and in numerous magazines, including Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, InStyle, and Town&Country. She works with Melissa Hamilton on Canal House Cooking, for which the two do all of the writing, recipes, photography, design, and production.

Praise For…


ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST ANTICIPATED COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR--New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Epicurious, Food52, Food and Wine, Chowhound, The Kitchn, Forbes

The "patron saint of seasonal home cooking... the book comprises 300 unfussy-yet-extra-special recipes, stories, and tutorials from Hirsheimer & Hamilton's collective century of cooking experience; in it, you'll find how-tos on everything from boiling an egg properly to making fresh pasta and curing salmon--and beyond. The recipes themselves range from classic to unexpected, and along the way teach us a heck of a lot about the many different ways to cook and eat."—Food52

"An ideal manual for modern cooks... How to eat, shop, drink, and live in ways that wring the most satisfaction from the least work. Gobble it up."—Julia Moskin, New York Times

"The masters of understated elegance... [Cook Something] distills their approach down to 300 essential recipes."—Wall Street Journal

"A collection of simple, approachable, and timeless recipes for everything from simple breakfast frittatas to a more ambitious roast prime rib of beef... classic recipes that work, ensuring your success in the kitchen from the start."—Los Angeles Times

"Wonderful... Cook Something is full of recipes to fall-back on, ones you want to make again and again."—Epicurious

"With more than 300 dishes in this book, every cook is bound to find a new favorite... a new modern-day kitchen classic."—Forbes

"As home cooks, they know you don't want a super complicated set of instructions most nights--you just want a good dinner without too much fuss. This new cookbook will get anyone there, from beginning cooks to jaded vets in need of a little inspiration. It includes 300 basic-but-brilliant recipes that cover every course, including snacks and sweets, so you can find just what you're looking for."—Chowhound

"Their best book... you will want to give [it] to new marrieds, recent graduates, clueless millennials, divorced men, and you, veteran cook that you are, ought to get a copy for yourself.... In brief, this is the new Joy of Cooking, the one essential book for every home cook."—Head Butler

"[A] stunningly photographed step-by-step guide that's filled to the brim with twists on the classics."—The Kitchn

"The creators of the Canal House cooking series bring their decades of wisdom and impeccable, approachable taste to an essential volume."—Christine Muhlke, New York Times Book Review

"Based on chapters that teach readers how to master a key ingredient or powerful technique, ranging from braises and sauces to salad dressings and vegetables. You'll find Canal House's classic vinaigrette; there's also oven-braised chicken with gnocchi, all paired with step-by-step photos."—Food & Wine

"A feast of ideas, recipes, tutorials, advice and gorgeous photography that will make you run to the store and start cooking everything in sight."—NPR's Here and Now

"Hamilton and Hirsheimer offer an exhaustive beginner's guide to cooking basics in this tasty and beautiful collection... with the expert guidance provided here, first-time cooks will be able to prepare delicious meals with confidence."—Publishers Weekly

"Packed with 300 recipes for salad dressings, sauces, braises, roasts, vegetables, snacks and more to help novice and experienced cooks alike discover for the perfect dish for any occasion."—PureWow

"A go-to for novice and seasoned cooks alike."—Parade
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316268257
ISBN-10: 0316268259
Publisher: Voracious
Publication Date: September 10th, 2019
Pages: 448
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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