Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home, 0547615620

Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home

  • Full Title: Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home
  • Autor: Michael Romano
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 3.3.2013 edition
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2013
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547615620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547615622
  • Download File Format | Size: epub | 39,89 Mb
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Some of the Best Food You’ll Never Eat in a Restaurant

Danny Meyer’s restaurants are among the most acclaimed and beloved in the nation: Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, Blue Smoke, The Modern, and more, winners of an unprecedented number of James Beard Awards for outstanding food and hospitality. Family Table takes you behind the scenes of these restaurants to share the food that the chefs make for one another before they cook for you.

Each day, before the lunch and dinner services, the staff sits down to a “family meal.” It is simple, often improvised, but special enough to please the chefs’ discerning palates. Now, for the first time, the restaurants’ culinary director, Michael Romano, coauthor of the award-winning Union Square Cafe Cookbook, collects and refines his favorite in-house dishes for the home cook, served alongside Karen Stabiner’s stories about the restaurants’ often-unsung heroes, and about how this imaginative array of dishes came to be. Their collaboration celebrates food, the family itself, and the restaurants’ rich backstage life.

Some of the recipes are global and regional specialties: Mama Romano’s Lasagna, Dominican Chicken, Thai Beef, Layered Huevos Rancheros, and Southern Cola-Braised Short Ribs. Many highlight fresh produce, like Michael Anthony’s Corn Soup, Barley & Spring Vegetables with Pesto, Grilled Halibut with Cherry Tomatoes, Sugar Snap Peas & Lemon, and Plum & Apricot Crisp with Almond Cream. There are homey dishes like Turkey & Vegetable Potpie with Biscuit Crust and Streusel-Swirl Coffee Cake, and inventive, contemporary takes, like Cornmeal-Crusted Fish Tacos with Black Bean & Peach Salsa and a delightfully tangy Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Rhubarb-Strawberry Compote. What all these recipes have in common is ease and perfection.

Family Table is an invitation from the restaurant family to you: Please join in.


Editorial Reviews Review

From Booklist

Part haute cuisine, part comfort food, dinners that chefs whip up for their kitchen- and waitstaffs before the evening’s guests pile in serve as an object lesson in thoughtful meal planning. These repasts must employ ingredients readily at hand, must be appealing and attractive, can’t take too much time to prepare, and daren’t cost too much. Union Square Café chef Romano and food writer Stabiner have gathered recipes from Danny Meyer’s lauded New York City restaurants, including top-ranked Eleven Madison Park. These staff dinners, eaten in haste, live up to the high expectations of food professionals. Diverse ethnic dishes represent culinary traditions from Korean short ribs through American southern biscuits and gravy, here in a lighter-than-usual version. On the other hand, macaroni and cheese brims with cream and chicken stock. Since staff members must rise from the dinner table and get to work, only a few desserts appear here: simple cookies or fruit-based sweets. –Mark Knoblauch

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