If your list includes folks that are no stranger to the kitchen, have a soft spot for Cleveland’s rich history or identify themselves as team carnivore, then these trio of books are for you. And don’t forget about you in the process. In the midst of all your hustle and bustle, keep reading for your chance to stock your own stuffing.
From the book: Have you ever wondered what your favorite local chefs cook at home? What they prepare for their own family and friends? What they whip up when truly pressed for time? The secret’s finally out as In The Kitchen with Cleveland’s Favorite Chefs takes you into the private kitchens of 35 local culinary greats to discover what’s really cooking.
Author and food enthusiast Maria Isabella posed the same challenge to each featured chef: If you were suddenly to get a call at home from good friends who wanted to stop by, what would you prepare for them in one hour or less? The answers are as varied as the chefs themselves, who represent an exciting array of gastronomic talent — from celebrity chefs, restaurant chef/owners, and institutional chefs, to caterers, cooking instructors, and researchers. Each chef shares detailed recipes for delicious signature meals that can be prepared quickly and easily at home — 119 dishes in all, including a wide range of meat, fish, and vegetarian choices to tempt every palate. Helpful wine pairings are offered as well. Accompanying each recipe are gorgeous full-color photographs featuring both the chefs and their culinary showpieces. Isabella’s profiles of each chef offer fascinating insights into everything from personal life stories to tips for successful last-minute entertaining.
Special thanks to Maria for letting me include a small blurb in her book. What an honor! Very cool to see your name in print.
Cleveland’s most beloved chef is back with his second book featuring 100 recipes for steaks, chops, wings, and lesser-known cuts.
From the book: A devoted carnivore, Michael calls the cuisine at his six Midwestern restaurants “meat-centric.” Now, in Michael Symon’s Carnivore, he combines his passion and expertise in one stellar cookbook. Michael gives home cooks just the right amount of key information on breeds, cuts, and techniques to help them at the meat counter and in the kitchen, and then lets loose with fantastic recipes for beef, pork, poultry, lamb, goat, and game. Favorites include Broiled Porterhouse with Garlic and Lemon, Ribs with Cleveland BBQ Sauce, Braised Chicken Thighs with Kale and Chiles, Lamb Moussaka, and Bacon-Wrapped Rabbit Legs. Recipes for sides that enhance the main event, like Apple and Celeriac Salad and Sicilian Cauliflower, round out the book.
The West Side Market is one of our true gem’s that makes us proud for so many reasons. In its 100th anniversary, these two fabulous women provide us with amazing access to stories, families and wonderful nostalgia.
From the book: Cleveland’s West Side Market is a matchless culinary and cultural resource, a nationally significant architectural treasure, and part of the city’s distinctive urban landscape. In continuous use since it opened in 1912, the market is among the oldest municipally owned and operated retail food arcades and one of only a handful of such places left in the country. The book chronicles the history of this notable landmark and all it offers consumers and culinary aficionados. Written by two well-known Cleveland food writers, the book takes readers on a nostalgic tour of the market building, outdoor arcades, and into the lives of many vendors and market families who are the true foundation of this historic public space. The volume is rich with many rare, and until now unpublished, vintage and contemporary photographs, and images that provide a delightful armchair tour of this magnificent landmark, which is a must-see destination for food lovers.
Your chance to win. Author Maria Isabella has given me a copy of her new book to giveaway. If you’d like a chance to win a copy, just leave a comment to this post telling me which Cleveland chef you’d invite into your kitchen and why. You have from now until November 8. Good luck!