What is there to say about
Trotter's latest creation - Workin' More Sessions with Charlie
Trotter? Trotter describes Workin'
More Sessions as a book that "pays homage to such jazz masters
of musical spontaneity as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John
Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk Sun Ra and Bob Dylan".
It is (in short) the parallel of spontaneity that he feels
aligns music and cuisine, and that the sound of great jazz
music is something you experience just like the flavors of
As ever the content is true Trotter style. Each chapter offering
ten different vegetables as their lead component; artichokes
(Artichoke Stuffed Three Ways), Corn (Grilled Tuna with Sweet
Corn Relish) and Mushrooms (Veal and Wild Mushroom Pot Pie)
to name but a few. The final two chapters finish the book
off with cheese and dessert.
More Sessions comes abound with the vibrant full page photographs
we have come to expect with Charlie Trotters books - let's
face it 95% of us are never going to recreate a complete Trotter
recipe, but 95%are going to be inspired by the image of the
finished dish, snag elements of his recipes and sneak them
into our own cooking. Paul Elledge's extensive location photography
gives the book further depth and Jason Smith's thorough wine
notes the perfect finishing touch.
Review by: Jeremy Emmerson