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A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes

Tanis, David (Book - 2008)
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Forget about getting back to the land, David Tanis just wants you to get back to the kitchen For six months a year, David Tanis is the head chef at Chez Panisse, the Berkeley, California, restaurant where he has worked alongside Alice Waters since the 1980s in creating a revolution in sustainable American cuisine. The other six months, Tanis lives in Paris in a seventeenth-century apartment, where he hosts intimate dinners for friends and paying guests, and prepares the food in a small kitchen equipped with nothing more than an old stove, a little counter space, and a handful of wellused pots and pans. This is the book for anyone who wants to gather and feed friends around a table and nurture their conversation. It's not about showing off with complicated techniques and obscure ingredients. Worlds away from the showy Food Network personalities, Tanis believes that the most satisfying meals--for both the cook and the guest--are invariably the simplest. Home cooks can easily re-create any of his 24 seasonal, market-driven menus, from spring's Supper of the Lamb (Warm Asparagus Vinaigrette; Shoulder of Spring Lamb with Flageolet Beans and Olive Relish; Rum Baba with Cardamom) to winter's North African Comfort Food (Carrot and Coriander Salad; Chicken Tagine with Pumpkin and Chickpeas). Best of all, Tanis is an engaging guide with a genuine gift for words, whose soulful approach to food will make any kitchen, big or small, a warm and compelling place to spend time.
Authors: Tanis, David
Title: A platter of figs and other recipes
Publisher: New York : Artisan, c2008
Characteristics: x, 294 p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm
Statement of Responsibility: David Tanis ; foreword by Alice Waters ; photographs by Christopher Hirsheimer
Notes: Includes index
Awards & Distinctions: Gourmet Cook Book Club selection
ISBN: 1579653464
Branch Call Number: 641.59 T164p 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Entertaining Menus International cooking
Topical Term: Entertaining
International cooking
LCCN: 2007049384
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In this very seasonal cookbook, drawing from his travels around the world, Tanis teaches how to think clearly about conceiving, preparing and enjoying simple but delicious meals.

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The recipes are inventive, thoughtful, and simple to execute. Perfect for the weekend cook with an inquisitive bent and friends to feed.


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