Publication Date: October 14, 2008
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Chef David Waltuck calls Chanterelle "a fantasy of a restaurant, dreamed up by a little, food-loving kid, that somehow, magically, came true." For over 28 years and from two different New York City locations, Chanterelle has broken the boundaries of French cooking, winning over such fans as Gael Greene, Richard Avedon, Keith Haring, and Malcolm Forbes along the way. Now, co-owner and co-founder Waltuck invites you into his bustling kitchen with a sumptuously illustrated cookbook chock-full of the recipes that have made Chanterelle a destination restaurant of international stature. From their signature Seafood Sausage and other fish and shellfish creations to salads and first courses, poultry and rabbit, meat and game, side dishes, and desserts, the book simply overflows with nouvelle cuisine classics. A must for anyone who has ever had the pleasure of dining there -- and perfect for professionals and the armchair market -- "Chanterelle "is a cookbook to savor.
"David's cuisine is as fresh today as it was when he and Karen first opened their doors many years ago... The recipes from Chanterelle evoke our roots, as chefs, in French tradition while striving toward simple, elegant preparations and flavors. Chanterelle will always be the quintessential New York restaurant for me." --Thomas Keller, The French Laundry
"For 25 years, David and Karen Waltuck have run one of the greatest restaurants in America! With this extraordinary collection of recipes, you will find eloquence, refinement and joy--the very traits that epitomize the Waltucks!" --Charlie Trotter
"For over twenty years, Chanterelle has been the jewel of New York City's restaurants. David and Karen Waltuck have endlessly shared their charm, talent, creativity, and passion, and finally we are getting their secrets in the kitchen." --Daniel Boulud, Chef/Owner
"Ever since it opened in 1979, Chanterelle has been rated among the very best restaurants in our annual surveys. As long-time students of fine dining, we are particularly excited to have a chance to learn the recipes behind Chanterelle's extraordinary success." --Tim Zagat, co-founder and CEO, Zagat Survey
"Here, you will find much more than a collection of recipes, but an open-ended love story inspired by food, friends, family, and life. David's and Karen's sensibilities create a balance of tradition and change, sophistication, and simplicity. Their unique style has left an indelible impression on the New York restaurant scene. It is no wonder that, after almost 30 years, David and Karen continue to inspire at Chanterelle." -- Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Chef/Restaurateur
"Discovering Chanterelle more than 25 years ago with its charming defancified French ways...glowing like a mirage in then desolate Soho...was such a high for me. I remember fondly the dishes as I read this personal history of what it was like in the late seventies' dawning of young American chefs."-- Gael Greene