A Twist of the Wrist

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A Twist of the Wrist

Quick Flavorful Meals with Ingredients from Jars, Cans, Bags, and Boxes

By Nancy Silverton; Amy Neunsinger (Photographer); Carolynn Carreno

Alfred A. Knopf, Hardcover, 9781400044078, 262pp.

Publication Date: March 27, 2007

Award-winning chef Nancy Silverton has conquered the gourmet world as the original dessert chef at Spago and founder of the celebrated La Brea Bakery. Her recipes are legendary, innovative, and delicious. However, in the last few years, there has been a great shift in cooking toward the Home Meal Replacement (HMR), better known as takeout. It's impossible to spend hours in the kitchen after a hard day's work, so more people are buying prepared foods and frozen meals, compromising taste for convenience. Realizing that people's hectic workdays don t afford everyone the time to re-create her epicurean triumphs, Nancy has come up with the perfect solution . . .
Enter, the jar
Compiling a list of her favorite products that come in jars and cans, bags, and boxes Nancy has created easy-to-follow recipes that require less than thirty minutes to prepare. With this book there's no need to sacrifice flavor, sophistication, and taste just because you re spending less time chopping, cleaning, cooking, or baking. Nancy's shortcuts not only allow us to produce quick and easy meals at home, they let us bring back the pride and the joy of creating gourmet meals for our family and friends.
"A Twist of the Wrist" contains 137 quick and delicious gourmet recipes from salads to pasta to meats and desserts, such as:
Cumin Shrimp and Chickpea Salad with Roasted Carrots
Creamy Corn Soup with Bacon and Cheddar Crostini
Orzo with Dried Porcini Mushrooms, Radicchio, and Aged Balsamic Vinegar
Boneless Pork Chops, with Creamy Polenta and Fennel Pollen
Seared Rare Tuna with Tomato-Olive Salsa
Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Pie with Hot Fudge Sauce, Cajeta, and Salty Spanish Peanuts
In addition to Nancy's own creations, she includes recipes concocted with prepared ingredients from some of her chef friends, including Sara Foster, Tom Colicchio, Charlie Trotter, Mario Batali, Suzanne Goin, Ruth Reichl, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
There is also a pantry section, telling us where to get by the Internet and mail order the best of all things canned, jarred, and bottled.
This charming and utterly indispensable cookbook is suited for any type of cook, whether you re an on-the-go gourmand or you just love flavorful, accessible meals at home. "A Twist of the Wrist" fits perfectly into today's modern lifestyle and is a must-have for the contemporary kitchen.

About the Author
Nancy Silverton and her husband, Mark Peel, own and operate Campanile Restaurant and the La Brea Bakery in Los Angeles. She is the author of "Nancy Silverton's Pastries" from the La Brea Bakery (nominated for Julia Child and James Beard Awards) and Desserts. She lives in Los Angeles.
Teri Gelber is a food writer and public radio producer living and eating well in Los Angeles.

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Neunsinger's photographs have been featured in Martha Stewart Living. She lives in New York and Los Angeles.

Renowned chef and restaurateur Ben Ford is the executive chef and owner of Ford's Filling Station in Culver City, and a soon-to-open outpost at Los Angeles International Airport. He worked at Chez Panisse, Berkeley, and Campanile, Los Angeles, before opening his own restaurant. The father of two sons and a devoted family man, Ford is also committed to charitable events in the Los Angeles area and across the country, and remains an active member of his local community.