Fish Without a Doubt (Hardcover)

The Cook's Essential Companion

By Rick Moonen, Roy Finamore

Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780618531196, 448pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2008

List Price: 35.00*
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Comprehensive. Friendly. Indispensable. With more than 250 simple and delicious recipes.

No doubt about it, fish is a cook’s dream. Fast. Low in fat, versatile, and healthful, it’s even brain food. No other fish cookbook contains such a comprehensive selection of approachable, contemporary recipes. It’s written by a pair of experts: a nationally known three-star seafood chef whose true passion is teaching home cooks, and an award-winning writer and sought-after food authority. Arranged for the cook’s complete convenience, Fish without a Doubt encompasses chapters on all the techniques of fish cookery—from poaching to grilling to sautéing—as well as on all the most popular seafood dishes—from appetizers, to soups and salads, to burgers and pasta.

The recipes range from updated versions of classics (Trout Almondine, Linguine with Clams, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes) to the latest favorites (Steamed Black Bass with Sizzling Ginger,Tuna Burgers with Cucumber Relish, Thai-Style Mussels). It includes slews of quickies for weeknight specials (Broiled Fillets with Butter and Herbs) and centerpieces for splashier occasions (A Big Poached Char). Featuring only seafood that is not overfished, Fish without a Doubt provides the latest information for the eco-conscious cook about our last wild frontier.

About the Author

ROY FINAMORE has worked as a cookbook editor for thirty years, most recently at Clarkson Potter. Among the authors he has published are Martha Stewart, Ina Garten, Tom Colicchio, Diana Kennedy, Anne Willan, Gale Gand, and Lee Bailey. A cooking teacher, as well as a sought-after cookbook collaborator and food and prop stylist, his books include Tasty, which won a James Beard Award, Fish Without a Doubt, and One Potato, Two Potato.

Praise For Fish Without a Doubt: The Cook's Essential Companion

Moonen is a fish guy, having served as chef-owner of two seafood temples in New York City. In this new book, he shares his expertise—from how to shop for fish to how to clean it and how to cook it. The cleaning, scaling and filleting pages are particularly good, with clear instructions and excellent photos that leave little room for doubt. Moonen, with coauthor Finamore (Tasty), covers everything from American classics like Manhattan Clam Chowder to modern dishes such as Creamy Fennel Soup with Salmon and Citrus Ragu. What separates this book from others is its focus on sustainability. Moonen is a founding member of Seafood Choices Alliance and an early advocate for chefs making responsible choices when it comes to seafood. The first chapter contains a list of each fish in the book, the best way to cook it and the state of its population. There are no endangered fish on the list (or in the book), because, as Moonen explains in his introduction, “I'm holding off for the time when I can feel confident that these populations are strong again.” For a chef whose current venture is a 16,000-square-foot restaurant in Las Vegas, this kind of restraint might seem surprising, but given the dramatic collapse of seafood populations, Moonen is a welcome and essential voice in the home chef's kitchen. (May 21) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly, Starred

" A great cookbook inspires you to cook. That's the premise behind our new cookbook club. . . In Fish Without a Doubt, chef Rick Moonen, of Rick Moonen's RM Seafood in Las Vegas, and coauthor Roy Finamore have drafted a blueprint for minimizing handwringing in the store and kitchen and maximizing pleasure at the table. . . Moonen takes the fear out of serving fish whenever the mood strikes — which, with this book in hand, may be a lot more often." Gourmet

“Fish Without a Doubt is a godsend.” (T. Susan Chang, NPR)

“Without a doubt, a great fish book!” (Daniel Boulud)

“Classic, modern, authoritative, and approachable, this book is a must for any fish lover.” ( Jacques Pépin) “Rick Moonen provides a ‘how-to’ guide that helps readers eat well, while taking better care of themselves and the oceans.” (Rebecca Goldburg, Ph.D., senior scientist, Environmental Defense)