My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking

My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking

by John Besh


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My Family Table is rooted in the American kitchen, reconnecting folks with 130 recipes for roasting, braising, frying, baking and all the other easy skills take-out readers have forgotten or never learned.

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2012: USA Winner, Best Easy Recipes Book

2012 IACP Award Winner in the Children, Youth and Family category

2012 James Beard Award Nominee

"Of the recently published books by gourmet chefs on home cooking (e.g., Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Home Cooking with Jean-Georges and Rick Tramonto's Steak with Friends), James Beard Award-winning Louisiana chef John Besh's latest is easily the most beautiful. This stunning volume is filled with intimate photographs of the Besh family in the kitchen, at the table, and outdoors with friends. Recipes like Risotto of Almost Anything and Whole Roasted Sole with Brown Butter reinforce Besh's Jamie Oliver-like argument that practical home cooking does not require reliance on processed products. Includes some excellent holiday recipes. Highly recommended." —Library Journal

Renowned chef and James Beard award-winner John Besh invites us into his home and shows us how we can put good, fresh, healthy food on the table for our families every day.

In My Family Table, the Iron Chef champion makes a case for the importance of home-cooked meals. "If I can help make a difference by cooking simply and sharing what I love to cook, I can possibly help us all use our passions and skills to make our lives better at almost every meal."

From organizing your kitchen and stocking your pantry to demystifying fish cookery, John Besh shares his favorite recipes he cooks with his family every day. Master recipes Risotto of Almost Anything and Creamy Any Vegetable Soup show you how to make the food without worrying about having the right ingredients or mastering complicated techniques. Filled with mouthwatering photographs of each recipe as well as showing John in his kitchen with his wife and four sons, My Family Table captures the spontaneity, intimacy, and fun of home-cooking and will inspire the nation back to the family table.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449407872
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Series: John Besh Series , #2
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 725,210
Product dimensions: 9.66(w) x 11.24(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

John Besh is a chef and a native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. In his restaurants, entrepreneurial pursuits, and public activities, he preserves and promotes ingredients, techniques, and heritage one mouthwatering dish at a time. Besh grew up in southern Louisiana and has set the benchmark for fine dining in New Orleans. Each of his eight acclaimed restaurants (August, Besh Steak, Lüke, La Provence, American Sector, The Soda Shop, Domenica and Lüke San Antonio) celebrates the bounty and traditions of the region.

From the outset of his career, Besh's talent and drive have earned kudos: Food & Wine magazine named him one of the "Top 10 Best New Chefs in America," and his flagship restaurant, August, was featured in Gourmet magazine's "Guide to America's Best Restaurants" and "America's Top 50 Restaurants." Besh won the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southeast in 2006 and received Food Arts' Silver Spoon Award in 2009 for revitalizing the culinary legacy of New Orleans.

Besh's devotion to local ingredients and cuisine also extends to his entrepreneurial projects, including the creation of Besh Restaurant Group Catering; a line of gourmet products; the publication of his first cookbook, My New Orleans (Andrews McMeel Publishing, October 2009); and a follow-up cookbook, My Family Table (Andrews McMeel Publishing, November 2011).

Besh is a frequent guest chef on NBC's Today Show and has appeared on top programs on The Food Network and the Sundance Channel.

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My Family Table 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
SmallServing More than 1 year ago
John Besh's book My Family Table -A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking is the perfect book to bring a busy family back to the table for meals. As a home cook you can find a cookbook on almost any type of food, technique, or by almost any chef. We buy books because we find a recipe that catches our eye, we want to try a new technique or style of cooking, or we are a fan of the celebrity chef gracing the cover. Then life gets busy and we look for what is fast, easy and the family will eat. I am guilty of having celebrity chefs gracing the cover of some of my cookbooks, but none of them are books I have enjoyed more than My Family Table and Besh's previous book My New Orleans. "Please take my preaching with a grain of (sea) salt as I am a self-proclaimed, or rather a self-confessed, hypocrite who has in many ways prospered from the food/television relationship. But I openly admit that this contradiction has helped me see the errors of my ways. At one time, after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina had crippled the restaurants of New Orleans, putting suppliers and farmers and growers of all kinds out of business, I gladly took part in cooking competitions on TV because I believed my appearance could help communicate to people across this country that it was okay, even urgent, to return to New Orleans, to visit or live. ...I also realized that by doing that kind of TV, I might actually be hurting the same local food culture and family involvement I was seeking to protect." My Family Table is not just page after page of recipes and a few pictures here and there, Besh tells a story with each chapter and eat dish. He tells stories about his wife, Jenifer; and his boys, Brendan, Jack, Luke and Andrew; they make you feel like you are part of their family. His passion for his heritage, his community and his family come through on every page and in every picture. I cannot wait to to have the actual book in my hands. The photography, by Maura McEvoy and her daughter Oona, brings you into every moment of the story. The team of people who brought this book together have created a book that not only will be used in my kitchen, but also placed on my coffee table because it is of its beautiful photographs. After reading the chapter Sunday Supper I want to be at John Besh's house on Sundays! John describes Sunday suppers at the Besh house; it truly is a family affair. Having his boys involved helps them identify their heritage by what they eat. Bringing the family back together for meals isn't just gathering around the table and eating, it is actively participating. Participating includes making the meals, having conversations and creating memories. The recipes in My Family Table are not complicate or time consuming. They do not include a bunch of specialized ingredients that you spend money on and only use once in a small amount; they are ingredients you might already have in your pantry and you will use in other recipes. I have tested a variety of the recipes in Besh's new book including the Cauliflower Mac & Cheese, Beef Noodles, Slow-Cooked Beef Chuck Roast, Fried Eggplant Salad, and the Lemon Blackberry Cheesecake. I look forward to continuing to make recipes from My Family Table for my family and friends. In addition to recipes, Besh includes tips on staple items to have in your pantry, simple techniques for how to cook an egg, and even how to fillet a fish. He also list resources for products he
CuteEverything More than 1 year ago
Do you like Southern cooking? Or perhaps I should re-phrase: “Like good food?” Restauranteur, celebrity chef, doting husband, father of four, and almost-Iron-Chef, John Besh offers his personal insights into home cooking in My Family Table. This beautiful and impressive coffee table/cookbook includes tons of pictures that leave you wondering if National Geographic is missing their top photographer? They’re beautiful, with lots of photos of the Besh family at home. Some look like a Norman Rockwell painting, while others look, well, a lot like my family, and yours, which is refreshing. Chapters include topics like “Sunday Supper,” “School Nights,” and “Breakfast with My Boys.” And I have to say, there’s a lot of love in the pages of My Family Table. The text is warm, and genuinely helpful, mixing the insights of day-in-day-out family cooking, with the experience of a world-class chef. And the recipes are so delicious! Yet no matter how delicious, they are quite straightforward, with simple ingredients lists like, “sweet potatoes, bacon fat, salt.” My favorite recipe that I’ve tried is so far is the Cauliflower Mac & Cheese which, it should be noted, doesn’t include any macaroni. Especially after reading his book, I still can’t believe that John Besh isn’t an “Iron Chef.” But, John Besh and his lovingly made book, My Family Table, are unforgettable.
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Great cookbook!
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I bought this for my son who has a collection of cook books. It is full of beautiful, family pictures and great cuisine - a loving keepsake!
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Heres john book .