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All About Roasting

A New Approach to a Classic Art

Molly Stevens


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Winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Single Subject Cookbook

Winner of the IACP Award for Best Single Subject Cookbook and Best General Cookbook

A master teacher provides delicious recipes and explains the principles behind the essential technique of roasting.

Successful restaurateurs have always known that adding "roasted" to a dish guarantees immediate appeal. Molly Stevens brings her trademark thoroughness and eye for detail to the technique of roasting. She breaks down when to use high heat, moderate heat, or low heat to produce juicy, well-seared meats, caramelized drippings, and concentrated flavors. Her 150 recipes feature the full range of dishes from beef, lamb, pork, and poultry to seafood and vegetables. Showstoppers include porchetta ingeniously made with a loin of pork, a roast goose with potato-sage stuffing, and a one-hour beef rib roast-dishes we've dreamed of making, and that Molly makes possible with her precise and encouraging instructions. Other recipes such as a Sunday supper roast chicken, herb-roasted shrimp, and blasted broccoli make this an indispensable book for home cooks and chefs. All About Roasting is like having the best teacher in America in the kitchen with you.

Praise For All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art

Any meat-lover—and fish- and vegetable-lover—will learn from All About Roasting because the author, Molly Stevens, is such a careful teacher, as fans of her previous book, All About Braising, already know. She’s also an imaginative cook and puts in homely touches, like using the roasting juices from ginger chicken as a sauce for elbow macaroni with tomatoes.

Molly Stevens is a professor of roasting and a hedonist at heart. Whether you are someone who takes visceral pleasure from the crackling sounds and intoxicating smells of a kitchen in which something is being roasted—or a culinary scientist who just wants to know how it’s done—you need to have this cookbook in your collection. I guarantee All About Roasting will become one of the most referred to books in my home; one my family will turn to when cooking for the holidays, Sunday night dinners, and whenever we’re looking for a good reason to open a bottle of wine.

— Danny Meyer, author of ,Setting the Table, The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

Roasting is my favorite kind of cooking. And All About Roasting is my favorite kind of book.

— Nigella Lawson

Understanding fundamentals and basics is the foundation to great cooking. All About Roasting clearly demystifies this subject with solid information and easy-to-use recipes.

— Brian Polcyn, coauthor of Charcuterie and chef/owner of Five Lakes Grill

Is there anything more comforting than roasting? In All About Roasting the indefatigable Molly Stevens brings finesse to an age-old art form. And, yes, in these pages it is an art. From hamburgers to grapes, oysters to pineapples, Stevens explains, illuminates, and refines roasting with all the grace and expertise of a master. You’ll be happy you signed on as apprentice.

— Dan Barber, Blue Hill

In Molly Stevens’s outstanding book, successful roasting is explained at every stage. All About Roasting is destined to remain a keeper for years to come.

— Paula Wolfert, author of The Food of Morocco

For any cook who aspires to roast the perfect chicken, roast beef, or roast pork, All About Roasting is your guide. The information on how to choose the right cut to produce succulent and juicy results that we all aspire to achieve is invaluable.

— Bruce Aidells, coauthor of The Complete Meat Cookbook and host of “Good Cookin’ with Bruce Aidells”

I’m delighted to see that Molly Stevens has come out with a book that’s far ahead of the pack on the subject of roasting. The book is detailed yet succinct, complex yet simply explained and a must-have for any cook’s library. Brava.
— James Peterson, seven-time James Beard award winner

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393065268, 592pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2011

About the Author

Molly Stevens is a cooking instructor, writer, and recipe developer. Her cookbooks include All About Dinner as well as the James Beard and IACP cookbook award winners All About Braising and All About Roasting. She has been named Cooking Teacher of the Year by both Bon Appétit and IACP. Her recipes and articles have appeared regularly in Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Eating Well, and other national publications. She lives near Burlington, Vermont.