Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide

Hardcover | November 17, 2008

byThomas KellerIntroduction byHarold McGee

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A revolution in cooking

Sous vide is the culinary innovation that has everyone in the food world talking. In this revolutionary new cookbook, Thomas Keller, America''s most respected chef, explains why this foolproof technique, which involves cooking at precise temperatures below simmering, yields results that other culinary methods cannot. For the first time, one can achieve short ribs that are meltingly tender even when cooked medium rare. Fish, which has a small window of doneness, is easier to finesse, and shellfish stays succulent no matter how long it''s been on the stove. Fruit and vegetables benefit, too, retaining color and flavor while undergoing remarkable transformations in texture.

The secret to sous vide is in discovering the precise amount of heat required to achieve the most sublime results. Through years of trial and error, Keller and his chefs de cuisine have blazed the trail to perfection—and they show the way in this collection of never-before-published recipes from his landmark restaurants—The French Laundry in Napa Valley and per se in New York. With an introduction by the eminent food-science writer Harold McGee, and artful photography by Deborah Jones, who photographed Keller''s best-selling The French Laundry Cookbook, this book will be a must for every culinary professional and anyone who wants to up the ante and experience food at the highest level.

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A revolution in cooking Sous vide is the culinary innovation that has everyone in the food world talking. In this revolutionary new cookbook, Thomas Keller, America's most respected chef, explains why this foolproof technique, which involves cooking at precise temperatures below simmering, yields results that other culinary methods cannot. For the first time, one can achieve short ribs that are m...

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Under Pressure, writes Harold McGee in his introduction to this, the first book written in English on cooking sous vide, "introduces cooks to one of the most important culinary innovations of modern times."An uncommonly grand claim coming from so precise a scientist and writer, but such is the power of this controversial method. "Thomas Keller and his chefs," McGee continues, "illustrate the power...

Thomas Keller, author of The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, Under Pressure, Ad Hoc at Home, and Bouchon Bakery, has thirteen restaurants and bakeries in the United States. He is the first and only American chef to have two Michelin Guide three-star-rated restaurants, The French Laundry and per se, both of which continue to rank among the best restaurants in America and the world. In 2011 he was designated a Cheval...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:295 pages, 11.31 × 11.31 × 1.13 inPublished:November 17, 2008Publisher:ArtisanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1579653510

ISBN - 13:9781579653514

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Table of Contents

Forward by Bruno Goussault
Introduction: A Powerful New Cooking Tool by Harold McGee
Precision of Execution
Why Sous Vide?
My Path to Sous Vide
The Chefs
The Fundamentals
Vegetables and Fruits
Fish and Shellfish
Poultry and Meat
Variety Meats
Cheese and Desserts
Basics
Product, Temperature, and Time