Williams-Sonoma Cookbook: The Essential Recipe Collection for Today's Home Cook

Williams-Sonoma Cookbook: The Essential Recipe Collection for Today's Home Cook

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Williams-Sonoma has compiled over 370 of the best recipes and 200 photographs from the top selling Williams-Sonoma Collection to create the ultimate cookbook.

Cooking today is multidimensional: it's about creating soul-warming comfort food for friends and family; making healthy, flavorful meals in a limited amount of time; inviting the flavors of ethnic cuisines into our kitchens; and preparing tasty, sumptuous meals for holidays and special occasions. The increasing availability of high-quality, local, and exotic ingredients has transformed the way we cook with delicious results. This comprehensive volume, with its tremendous breadth of recipes, reflects this new diverse interest in food. Among its more than 370 recipes are time-tested classics, fresh new favorites gleaned from restaurant menus, popular ethnic dishes customized for the home cook, and dozens of breakfast and dessert choices, from the simple to the spectacular. In short, The Williams-Sonoma Cookbook celebrates the pleasures of cooking in all its forms.

Whether you are stir-frying a spicy basil-scented chicken dish for a simple weeknight supper, grilling fish steaks for a summer cookout, preparing a standing rib roast as the centerpiece for a multicourse special-occasion meal, or simply looking for a recipe for classic chocolate chip cookies or the ultimate cheesecake, this book is the perfect resource. The recipes are organized into twelve chapters so you can easily find the right dish for your needs. These include: Appetizers; Soups; Salads; Fish and Shellfish; Poultry; Beef and Veal; Pork and Lamb; Vegetables; Breads; Desserts; and Breakfast and Brunch. Sumptuous photographs for every recipe will show you how the finished dish should look. Dozens of photographed sidebars throughout the book illuminate cooking techniques, explain how to work with unfamiliar ingredients, and suggest flavorful sauces or condiments to accompany the main recipe.

Among the recipes are classics that you will come back to again and again, like stuffed mushrooms, Cobb salad, potato gratin, Louisiana-style gumbo, bistro-style roast chicken, eggs Benedict, and devil's food cake. You will also find many dishes inspired by international flavors, such as pot stickers, gazpacho, tabbouleh, carnitas, tandooristyle chicken and tiramisu — all destined to become new favorites in your home. Look, too, for plenty of kid-friendly recipes such as baked macaroni and cheese, chicken potpie, spaghetti and meatballs, and chocolate brownies, all of which could become some of the most-requested dishes in your cooking repertory.

In addition to the recipes, a comprehensive reference section in the back of the cookbook offers dozens of the basic recipes you'll need for stocks and sauces, bread, pasta, and pie doughs, and dessert sauces and frostings. Also included are a full glossary of cooking terms and ingredients as well as cooking charts that will make it easy for you to find ingredient substitutes, doneness temperatures for meat and poultry, measurement equivalents, and more.

No matter the occasion, The Williams-Sonoma Cookbook will provide the perfect recipe and plenty of inspiration for many years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416575924
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 10/21/2008
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 514,153
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.70(d)

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Williams-Sonoma Cookbook: The Essential Recipe Collection for Today's Home Cook 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
dsmill More than 1 year ago
I like the recipes and the ease of reading and preparing. One of my favorites so far!
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Jo-jo_mom More than 1 year ago
The book is broken into sections by type of meal, making very easy to use when it comes to find a recipe. Some of the recipes require some expertise in the kitchen to be able to duplicate. Nevertheless, I love the book, and if you want to impress friends and family with a nice meal, this book will deliver it for you.
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ilovebaking2 More than 1 year ago
Williams Sonoma has a history of producing beautiful cookbooks and this is no exception.
The recipes are easy to follow and the results are always delicious and crowd/family pleasers.
I highly recommend this and the entire specialty series of William Sonoma cookbooks.
Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
Williams Sonoma Essential Recipe Collection for Today's Home Cook is a beautiful book with color photographs on every, single page. It's an interesting collection of recipes that ranges from very basic, standard recipes like Chicken Pot Pie and Proscuitto-Wrapped Melon Balls to very unusual, exotic ones like Peach and Pistachio Cobbler and Duck Lasagne with Chianti Wine Sauce. Here's what I've tried so far: Polentina with Bananas and Maple Syrup - Wow! This recipe alone makes the book worth having. This is the most amazing warm breakfast cereal, and the bananas and maple syrup are the perfect finishing touches. I used 1% milk and it was a very healthy and filling breakfast. This has become my snowy Colorado morning standby.
Lamb Chops with Balsamic Sauce -Another wow recipe. The sweetness of the balsmic compliments the gaminess of the lamb nicely. It's quick and easy and definately company-worthy. My husband devored his and requested that it be put in the regular rotation.
Roasted Asparagus with Hazelnut Vinaigrette- I made this walnuts and walnut oil because I had them on hand. Yet another winner! I'm always looking for new ways to cook asparagus. The rich nuts and tangy vinegar gave this dish a nice depth of flavor. I'll make it with hazelnuts next time.
Corn Bread with Dried Blueberries - My first less than amazing recipe from this cookbook. Nothing wrong with it, I just didn't really care for the sweetness of the blueberries in the cornbread.
All-in-all a great cookbook! I may start giving this as a wedding present or as a house warming for first time home owners.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago