An American Family Cooks
with Michael and Christopher Choate
Photographs by Steve Pool
Illustrations by Stephen Kolyer
272 pages, 324 full color photographs, and 15 illustrations
8 x 10"
Hardcover, $45.00 ($45.00 CAN)
On Sale: 9/24/2013
"Meals—some fancy, some not-so-fancy, and some plain everyday—all absolutely yummy."
—Judith Choate, writer, chef, restaurateur, and two-time James Beard award winner
Joined by her husband, two sons, three grandchildren, and extended family and friends, James Beard award-winning author Judith Choate shares a lifetime of personal recipes and kitchen memories in An American Family Cooks. With combined culinary influences that range from classic comfort food, to fine French cuisine, to traditional Italian fare, to local and organic ingredient-driven cooking, to lusciously baked desserts, the Choate family's diverse repertoire of recipes reflects the passions and experiences of three generations of gifted cooks. From a Thanksgiving menu anyone can master, to a chocolate cake you will never forget, An American Family Cooks offers satisfying and approachable dishes to please every age and palate.
For narrator and matriarch Choate, this book marks the culmination of a vibrant culinary career that spans more than fifty years and as many cookbooks. For the first time she brings us the most treasured meals and practical advice from her own kitchen and private menus, most of which have never been published before. Part memoir, part cookbook, part modern family album, this beautifully photographed (by Choate's husband) and illustrated (by lifelong friend Stephen Kolyer) volume offers us a coveted seat at the Choates' dinner table and invites us into the warmth, laughter, bickering, and joy that define their multi-generational adoration for food and family.
Over 100 recipes, including: Impromptu Soups, Mom's Crook Neck Squash, The Chicken Pot Pie That Nana Made, Waffles for Dinner, Roast Chicken Three Ways, Braised Lamb Shanks with Olives, Beef Stew, "Correcto" Risotto, Raw Tomato Sauce, Steve's Every Night Shrimp Creole, Salmon with Curried Carrot Couscous and Green Purée, Cod Cakes, Fried Green Tomatoes, Old-Fashioned Relish, Chris' Paella, Potato Gratin, Salt Buzz Breakfast, Scotch Griddle Scones, Easy Cinnamon Rolls, Cranberry Ice, Never-Fail Fudge, Shaker Lemon Pie, Apple Pizza, and Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
An American Family Cooks includes:
• Meals for any occasion from the everyday to the over-the-top
• Recipes that will please and excite both the novice cook and the experienced home chef
• Tons of time-saving tips and recipe short cuts & substitutions
• Rich full-color photography and charming food illustrations
• Practical how-to instruction on everything from making your own vinegar, shopping
and organizing, canning, freezing, and pickling
• Wine suggestions and advice from Christopher Choate (son and wine distributor in Northern California)
• Delightful family anecdotes and snapshots throughout
Judie Choate has won the following James Beard awards:
James Beard award for cooking from a professional point, 2010: The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts
James Beard award for cooking from a professional point, 2008: The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Cuisine