Tom Valenti's Soups, Stews, and One-Pot Meals
125 Home Recipes from the Chef-Owner of New York City's Ouest and 'Cesca
Publication Date: October 2003
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And as luck would have it, this is the way celebrated New York City chef Tom Valenti "loves" to cook. Considered Manhattan's grandmaster of comfort food, Valenti has made this beloved cooking his trademark. In fact, on any given night, you'll find him in his wildly successful Upper West Side restaurants Ouest and 'Cesca feeding the world's A-list -- Bill Clinton, Steven Spielberg, Charlie Rose, Jerry Seinfeld, Judy Collins, Joan Didion. Because, of course, this is the food they "love" to eat, too.
In "Tom Valenti's Soups, Stews, and One-Pot Meals, " Valenti and coauthor Andrew Friedman dish up the flavor we've come to expect from a New York chef, without any of the fuss. This is food that gets better a day or two after it's made, food to make on the weekend and savor throughout a busy week, food that is perfect for dinner parties and family celebrations.
Here are 125 realistic recipes for the home cook -- most made in one pot -- and all based on the fact that the right ingredients, left alone to cook in a single vessel with virtually no intervention from the cook, steadily build glorious flavor and leave far fewer pots to clean.
The book includes "Variations" and "Tomorrow's Table," tips on ways to embellish a dish by adding vegetables or meats or provide economy by stretching it into another satisfying meal by simply adding another ingredient. Valenti and Friedman embrace what they term "cooking in the real world," encouraging home cooks to use canned stocks and beans whenever appropriate. They discuss key ingredients; offer a section on condiments, garnishes, and accompaniments; provide a list of mail-order sources; and recommend cookware (though you won't need a lot).
LAURENT TOURONDEL, former chef at the acclaimed New York seafood restaurant Cello, is chef and owner of the newly launched BLT Steak, also in New York. He has been profiled in many national magazines, including the New York Times, Gourmet, and Food & Wine, and has been a featured guest on television shows, including Cooking Live and Follow That Food.
ANDREW FRIEDMAN is the coauthor of a number of cookbooks, including the award-winning Alfred Portale's Gotham Bar and Grill Cookbook, Da Silvano Cookbook, and Tom Valenti's Welcome to My Kitchen.
Bryan Voltaggio is the executive chef and owner of five restaurants, a Top Chef and Top Chef Masters finalist, and a cookbook author.