Chef at Home

Paperback | August 5, 2011

byMichael Smith

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TV`s Chef Michael Smith shows how cooking without recipes makes for stress-free kitchen adventures. Chef at Home Chef Michael Smith welcomes readers into his home kitchen where he encourages home chefs to cook with -- and without -- a recipe. Packed with simple and delicious meals, this cookbook offers kitchen insight and a culinary adventure on every page. Chef Michael Smith has cooked professionally for more than 20 years. In Chef at Home, the companion cookbook to his hit Food Network series, Smith emphasizes simple, stress-free cooking. In his house, every meal is an opportunity to have fun and experiment with flavors. Aspiring home cooks will learn from Smith`s professional cooking secrets. Experienced home cooks will appreciate his open, creative approach. Everyone will love the book`s simple, healthy flavors and the tips on personalizing each dish. Recipes include: - Country Inn Pancakes - Maritime Clam Chowder - Rosemary Vanilla Chicken - Mac and Cheese with Lobster. This book is meant to be ripped, oil-stained, accidentally burnt, and deliberately written on. It works best in the kitchen -- not on the coffee table.

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TV`s Chef Michael Smith shows how cooking without recipes makes for stress-free kitchen adventures. Chef at Home Chef Michael Smith welcomes readers into his home kitchen where he encourages home chefs to cook with -- and without -- a recipe. Packed with simple and delicious meals, this cookbook offers kitchen insight and a culinary ad...

Food Network star Chef Michael Smith has been cooking professionally for over twenty years. An honours graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York, Chef Michael's contagious love of food has earned him friends and admirers worldwide.Food Network star Chef Michael Smith has been cooking professionally for over ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 10 × 7.9 × 0.5 inPublished:August 5, 2011Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1552857166

ISBN - 13:9781552857168

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious! I have seen the Food Network show of the same name "Chef at Home." I thought that the recipes looked easy and yummy so I bought this cookbook. I've made about 20 of the recipes so far and everything has turned out perfect and tasty! The recipes are simple and easy to follow. Mr. Smith chooses flavors that work wonderful together. Simply delicious.
Date published: 2009-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Only one week old... and this book looks used! I've made several recipes, and all were delicious. For my "last day of summer party" for 10, I made the Italian basil salad--next time I won't use as much red wine vinegar, fennel salad, the grilled leg of lamb, tapenade, and grilled vegetable skewers. Friends that stayed over, had a taste of the country inn pancakes, and light late afternoon snack of bruschetta. This cookbook has great, simple recipes with a twist. They are also very healthy. Not a lot of butter here. This book is easy to follow, lots of pictures, and you will like the "Goes well with..." inserts to create a menu.
Date published: 2007-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *love it* I love Michael Smith's practical approach to cooking at home. The recipes are delicious and easy to make and the loose measurements take the stress out of cooking at home for your family and friends...a little more or a little less as you like it! I HIGHLY recommend this cookbook! =D
Date published: 2007-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of inspiration I've tried quite a few of the recipes in this book, some of which I have liked more than others. But even the ones that I wasn't as crazy about I have found ways to tweak them according to my own tastes, which is what it's all about, right? Great book.
Date published: 2007-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I have been watching Michael Smith on television for a couple of years and have found the series "Chef at Home" to be the most practical way to cooking at home. And now that I have found and read his book, it has been the only cookbook that I use in my kitchen. This book provides easy ways to make superb dishes in very little time and is only second in importance next to my wooden spoon.
Date published: 2006-06-27

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Real Cooking 101 Family, Friends and Food I love food. I love cooking it. I love eating it. For me it's always a celebration. In the kitchens of my life great ingredients, prepared simply and shared with family and friends, have always inspired me to be my best. Since I can't come to your house to cook -- and even if I did I'd want to eat your food, not mine -- I share my passion through my cooking show "Chef at Home" and this book. They both reflect my journey from home cook to professional cook -- and back to home cook. It's been quite a ride! My mom kick-started my cookie-baking career early by letting me help her instead of shooing me off like the three-year-old mess-maker I was. Since then I've learned a thing or two. I've discovered that nothing jazzes me up more than cooking for my partner, Rachel, and my son, Gabe. I've learned that my son's dinner is way more important than a hundred-dollar tasting menu. I've found that I love the quiet satisfaction of cooking tasty, healthy meals for my family. I don't miss the long hours of a restaurant kitchen but I sure do miss professional dishwashers! I've been a professional chef for the past 20 years and I've seen a few things along the way. I've had the privilege of cooking on three continents, in the city and the country, on planes, trains and ships. I've had the honor of cooking for kings, queens and presidents. I even ran away with the circus once to cook for them. I've seen enough melted chocolate to fill a swimming pool, peeled a mountain of onions, and washed more dishes than an army cook. But it's all just been a warm-up for my favorite job: home cook. As a father I really appreciate the tremendous challenges we all face taking care of our families. But I also know that most of what makes me a good home cook has nothing to do with being a pro. I didn't know it at the time but the many cookie batters I ruined as a kid taught me my first important lesson -- have fun in the kitchen. It's a friendly place. No stress, no rules. Doesn't every kid want to play with food? Experiment? I was lucky. My mom encouraged it! That feeling is now hard-wired in my cooking style. It can be a part of your style too. I know cooking can seem a bit intimidating at times. What else do you do every day that's so full of puzzle pieces? Unpronounceable ingredients, scientific techniques, specific tools and a table full of critics can scare the apron off any cook. But you don't need vast resources at your disposal to be a good home cook. You don't have to wear a chef's jacket to take care of your family! Quite the contrary. All you need is a table full of family and friends and a free kitchen spirit. My kitchen is full of quiet confidence, healthy choices and raucous flavor. And yours can be too. It's simple. Let your instincts be your guide. Improvise your family's meals from what's already in your refrigerator and pantry. Be a chef at home -- you can do it!

Table of Contents

Dedication
Real Cooking 101: Family, Friends and Food
My Secret Recipe? Cooking With and Without a Recipe

  • How to Cook Without a Recipe
  • How to Cook With a Recipe
  • Use Your Food Sense
  • Rev Up Your Fridge, Pantry and Tool Drawer

Ten Snacks

  • Tuna Fish Sandwich
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Salt and Pepper Watermelon
  • A Plateful of Tomatoes
  • Bruschetta
  • Fresh Salsa
  • Country Inn Pancakes
  • Power Smoothies
  • Smoked Salmon Sandwich
  • Miso Broth

Ten Salads

  • Caesar Salad
  • Italian Basil Salad
  • Asian Spinach Salad
  • Cucumber Mint Salad
  • Fennel Salad
  • Belgian Endive Salad
  • Arugula Eggplant Salad
  • Asparagus Red Onion Salad
  • Roast Potato Salad
  • Southwestern Popcorn Salad

Ten Dressings

  • Lemon Parmesan Dressing
  • Red Wine Herb Dressing
  • Honey Lime Dressing
  • Miso Ginger Vinaigrette
  • Spicy Asian Dressing
  • Vanilla Vinaigrette
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Sherry Maple Vinaigrette
  • Goat's Cheese Vinaigrette
  • Tomato Lemon Dressing

Twenty Dinners

  • Orange Ginger Beef
  • Pan Roast Steak
  • Biscuit-Crusted Beef Stew
  • Grilled Leg of Lamb
  • Brined Roast Chicken
  • Rosemary Vanilla Chicken
  • Jerk Chicken
  • Southwestern Chicken Corn Soup
  • Apple Braised Pork
  • Chicken Mushroom Stew
  • Mediterranean Fish Stew
  • Maritime Clam Chowder
  • Cornmeal-Crusted Salmon
  • Peppercorn-Crusted Tuna
  • Penne with Roast Tomatoes
  • Pasta with Speedy Meat Sauce
  • Thai Curry Noodle Bowl
  • Vegetarian Protein Soup
  • Pizza Parlour Pizza
  • Mac and Cheese with Lobster

Twenty Sides

  • Smashed Potatoes
  • Couscous
  • Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes
  • Potato Bacon Cheddar Tart
  • Grilled Vegetable Skewers
  • Whole Wheat Spaetzle
  • Basmati Rice
  • Brown Rice
  • Brown Rice and Lentils
  • Barley Asparagus Risotto
  • Corn Polenta
  • Zucchini with Tomatoes and Oregano
  • Garlic-Steamed Broccoli
  • Mushrooms, Onions and Sherry
  • Braised Leeks
  • Roast Vegetables
  • Fennel-Scented Beets
  • Acorn Squash with Applesauce
  • Roasted Garlic Bread
  • Frozen Butter Biscuits

Ten Treats

  • A Cup of Hot Mocha
  • Panna Cotta
  • Spice Baked Apple
  • Fruit Crisp
  • Brownies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Coconut Macaroons
  • Warm Mulled Cider
  • Pineapple with Cilantro
  • Hot Hot Cocoa

Ten Jars

  • Cocktail Sauce
  • Brown Butter Spread
  • Applesauce
  • Butterscotch Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Oven-Dried Tomatoes
  • Chicken Broth
  • Basil Pesto
  • Spicy Thai Peanut Butter Sauce
  • Pickled Red Onions

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