Cooking from the Hip

Cooking from the Hip

Fast, Easy, Phenomenal Meals

By Cat Cora; Deborah Jones (Photographer); Ann Krueger Spivack

Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780618729906, 256pp.

Publication Date: April 2007


As the star of the smash sensation Iron Chef America, Cat Cora is used to improvising exciting dishes on a moment's notice. In this book she shows you how to do it too, whether you want a spur-of-the-moment supper or a spectacular dinner that doesn't require spending your whole Saturday in the kitchen.

Cooking from the Hip is divided into four convenient sections, each with its own appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, sides, and desserts. You can turn to whichever chapter best suits your needs and mood, knowing that every dish will be simple and special.

Fast: Spicy Chicken and Peach Stir-Fry, Creamy Fettuccine with Sausage, Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Easy: Watermelon Gazpacho, Thai Chicken Salad, White Cheddar Corn Bread

Fun: Sunday Cheesesteak Sandwiches, Crispy "Fried" Chicken, Lemonade Cookies

Phenomenal: Mango Margaritas, Pomegranate-Glade Cornish Hens with Wild Rice, Italian Cream Cake

Cooking from the Hip is all about flexibility. You'll be able to use what you've got on hand without being afraid to substitute. You'll learn how to cut down on cooking steps, combine just a few ingredients in inventive ways, pull in leftovers, and wow your family and friends.

About the Author
Cat Cora is a world-renowned chef who has hosted, guest judged, and appeared as herself in a number of hit food shows, including Around the World in 80 Plates, America's Best Cook, and Food Fighters. In 2005 she made television history on Food Network's Iron Chef America as the first female Iron Chef.

Deborah Jones's recent honors include Best Photography in a Cookbook from the James Beard Foundation for her work in "Bouchon". A frequent contributor to national magazines, she conducts a parallel commercial career from her San Francisco studio.