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Review: How To Cook Like a Top Chef

The awe-inspiring dishes that are prepared on the hit show Top Chef, do seem a bit intimidating to the average cook.  But, according to Top Chef Master Rick Bayless, if you want the real secret to a chef’s success, it’s all in the technique.

 

I can see why this makes sense.  People who are really good at cooking, usually have a very specific way of doing things.  And, to them, there is a sound basis for doing it their way.  I mean, if I tried telling my Italian mother-in-law of a new way to cook pasta, for example, she’s bound to look at me funny.  The reason for this is because it’s these precise cooking techniques, that people spend a lifetime learning and perfecting, that sets their cooking apart.

 

How to Cook Like a Top ChefSimilarly, in the bid to become a Top Chef, the competitors have to draw upon their experience, creativity and technical ability to execute their vision and come up with the best dish.  Good technique is relied upon heavily, because, in a race against each other and the clock, there is no time for mistakes.

 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get the inside track on some of those valuable techniques and enhance your own culinary development?  In the new cookbook, How to Cook Like a Top Chef, you will find inspiring recipes from your favorite contestants from all six seasons of the show, and season one of Top Chef: Masters.  But more importantly, and unlike many other cookbooks, proper cooking technique takes center stage.

 

There are explanations and hints peppered throughout the book, to help you achieve the same quality results you see on the show.  For example, using blanch and shock in Ariane’s Tomato, Watermelon and Feta Salad.  Or using brunoise in Eli’s Clam Chowder.  There are 160 tips and recipes in all.  Trying them out is fun, and not at all intimidating.  And the good thing about learning a new technique is once you understand how and when to use it, you can look at some of your older recipes with fresh eyes.

 

I like how the book has a variety of dishes from many different chefs.  The recipes are organized into the following categories:

  • Sides, Soups, Salads, Starches
  • Beef, Lamb, Pork, Poultry
  • Scallops to Ceviche
  • Cooking with Global Flavors
  • Advanced Culinary Applications
  • The Art of Dessert

 

Also included are plenty of bios and background information about the show including Q&As, behind the scenes pictures, and Top Chef trivia.

 

As a Gift?

Great for anyone who wants to hone their culinary skills, and especially good for fans of the show.

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