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Home Cooking with Jean-Georges: My Favorite Simple Recipes

100% Positive Reviews


Pros: short ingredient lists, fast preparation

Cons: not necessarily health conscious

Normally cookbooks written by famous chefs are almost unusable, full to the brim with mysterious ingredients used in complicated techniques that yield an art piece that one is almost afraid to eat for dinner.  There seems to be a new wave of inspiration hitting chefs lately, however, and they are releasing books of recipes that are accessible to almost every foodie and home cook.


Jean-Georges Vongerichten is well known for his restaurants in New York City, but most of his cooking is probably out of the average home cook's league.  In his latest book, he offers much less complicated recipes that still retain the rich flavors and complexities of his more time-consuming dishes.  With a beautiful photograph accompanying most recipes, most home cooks will be able to present their families with a delicious meal that didn't take hours in the kitchen to produce.


I have made two recipes so far from the book: fettuccine with Meyer lemon cream sauce and butternut squash with balsamic and chile panko crumbs.  Both have amazingly short ingredient lists, but are still heavy on flavor.  The fettuccine was amazingly light considering the cream in the sauce.  It was almost refreshing with the Meyer lemon rind and juice stirred in.  The butternut squash was naturally sweet, which played well with the tartness of the balsamic vinegar and the spice of the red chile flakes.  The soft squash also worked well with the crunchy topping.


This book is definitely recommended to anyone with a basic grasp of cooking who wants to make more interesting dishes for friends and family that do not require hours of effort.


Fettuccine with Meyer Lemon Cream


Serves 4


8 ounces store-bought fresh fettuccine

Kosher salt

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Grated zest of 2 Meyer lemons

2 tablespoons fresh Meyer lemon juice

2-ounce block Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Coursely ground black pepper


Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it generously.


Meanwhile, whisk together the cream, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt.  Pour 1 cup of the mixture into a large, deep skillet.  Boil it rapidly, stirring frequently, until reduced by about half, about 8 minutes.


After the sauce has reduced for 5 minutes, cook the fettuccine in the water until al dente, about 3 minutes.


Drain the pasta well and add to the lemon cream.  Reduce the heat to low and toss until well coated.  Add the remaining cream mixture and the lemon juice and continue tossing until well coated.


Divide among 4 shallow bowls.  Grate the cheese directly over the pasta, forming a little mound.  Grind a generous dose of pepper over the pasta.  Serve immediately.

Home Cooking with Jean-Georges: My Favorite Simple Recipes

Join one of the world’s greatest chefs in his most personal book yet, as Jean-Georges Vongerichten shares his favorite casual recipes in Home Cooking with Jean-Georges. Though he helms a worldwide restaurant empire—with locations in New York, Las Vegas, London, Paris, and Shanghai—Jean-Georges counts his greatest joy in life as family first, then food. In Home Cooking with Jean-Georges, he brings readers into his weekend home, where he cooks simple, delicious dishes that leave him plenty of time to enjoy the company of friends and loved ones. A few years ago, Jean-Georges decided to give himself a gift that most of us take for granted: two-day weekends. He and his wife, Marja, and their family retreat to their country home in Waccabuc, New York. There, the renowned chef produces the masterful, fresh flavors for which he is known—but with little effort and few dishes to clean at the end. These quick, seasonal, Vongerichten-family favorites include: Crab Toasts with Sriracha Mayonnaise, Watermelon and Blue Cheese Salad, Herbed Sea Bass and Potatoes in Broth, Lamb Chops with Smoked Chile Glaze and Warm Fava Beans, Parmesan-Crusted Chicken, Fresh Corn Pudding Cake, Tarte Tatin, and Buttermilk Pancakes with Warm Berry Syrup.With 100 recipes and 100 color photographs—all taken at his country house—Home Cooking with Jean-Georges will inspire home cooks with fantastic accessible dishes to add to their repertoires.

AuthorGenevieve Ko
LabelClarkson Potter
List Price$40.00
ManufacturerClarkson Potter
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages256
Product GroupBook
Product Type NameABIS_BOOK
Publication Date2011-11-01
PublisherClarkson Potter
StudioClarkson Potter
TitleHome Cooking with Jean-Georges: My Favorite Simple Recipes
Release Date2011-11-01
Height10.15 inches
Length9.57 inches
Weight2.81 pounds
Width0.95 inches
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