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The New American Chef
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The New American Chef : Cooking with the Best of Flavors and Techniques from Around the World
by Andrew Dornenburg & Karen Page

List Price: $29.95
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Reviewed by Jeremy Emmerson

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Review

April 2004
The New American Chef comes as the fifth collaborative from the James Beard award winning Dornenburg-Page relationship.

The book focuses on the ten cuisines that have influenced and driven modern American cooking. Chinese, Mexican, French, Moroccan, Indian, Spanish, Italian, Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese are featured in separate chapters.

Each chapter begins with a page or two of text which highlights the makeup of the forthcoming cuisine, outlining the theories and techniques that form its foundation. To add further depth, each of the chapters carry essays featuring pertinent ingredients and fundamentals, bolstered by quotes from renowned chefs like Alain Ducasse (on French cooking), Rick Bayless (on Mexican) and Mario Batali (on Italian). As a final touch each chapter concludes with a collection of relevant recipes and offers a list of cookbooks for further reading that are specific to the discussed food style.

What makes this book standout is not only is it well researched but the pedigree of the contributing chefs is outstanding. In addition to the aforementioned culinarians, Daniel Boulud, Hubert Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten (to name but a few) lend weight to its pages. Neat touches like a seasonal Japanese food chart, essays on Sherry and tea pairing suggestions add a unique edge.

Photographs to accompany the recipes would have been a welcome addition but The New American Chef retails at under $30, if food shots had been included I am sure that would have added at least another $10 to the price tag. In a book that is so content driven food shots are not essential.

So who should buy this book? Just about any chef, student or food fan will get something out of it. It is not the kind of book that one is instantly enamored by but more the type that draws you back in after reading a couple of pages, in actual fact now I have reviewed it I am going to read it all over again!

Verdict
An inexpensive, worthy purchase.

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