Hundreds of recipes designed to get exceptional meals on the table in under an hour
With Kitchen Simple, James Peterson, one of America’s most celebrated cookbook authors and renowned cooking instructors, delivers a definitive resource for the busy home cook. Elevating routine, weekday fare into exciting culinary creations, Peterson proves unequivocally that great food need not be complicated or time-consuming to prepare.
More than 200 recipes, such as Summer Steak Salad, Mexican-Style Gazpacho, White Bean Bruschetta, Red Cabbage with Bacon and Apples, and Ricotta Ravioli, are thoughtfully streamlined to require no more than thirty minutes of active prep time with delivery to the table in under an hour. For leisurely meals and celebratory occasions, there are also dozens of luxe dishes, like Red Wine Pot Roast, Eggplant Parmigiano, Duck Confit, and Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce. And, from the master of sauces, comes a paired-down primer on making foolproof Mayonnaise, Caper and Herb Sauce for vegetables and chicken, and an easy Béarnaise to dress up grilled fish.
Kitchen Simple presents creative possibilities for weeknight meals, quick-and-easy breakfasts, impromptu dinner parties, and inspired last-minute desserts. And with Peterson’s invaluable variations, cooks can confidently substitute harder-to-find ingredients with items already at hand. Additional advice on how to stock a pantry with staples to make everyday cooking even easier, plus an inventory of truly indispensable kitchen tools make Kitchen Simple a go-to source of inspiration for cooks of all persuasions: novice or experienced, time-pressed or laid-back, casual or serious.
Food writer, cooking instructor and photographer--James Peterson is a Renaissance man who began his culinary career as a restaurant cook in Paris in the 1970s. Returning to the United States in the 1980s, Peterson honed his French cooking techniques as chef-partner at Le Petit Robert in New York. A highly regarded teacher for more than two decades, Peterson teaches at the Institute of Culinary Education (formerly Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School). His first book, Sauces, won two James Beard Awards; Vegetables, Glorious French Food, Cooking, and Baking have earned him four more James Beard awards. Peterson lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
“Want to cook like a pro in a minimum of prep time (no more than 30 minutes), with nearly every recipe on the table in under an hour? Then turn to seven-time James Beard award-winning chef James Peterson's latest tome: Kitchen Simple. Designed for everyone from kitchen novice to sophisticated cook, this book highlights Peterson's artful approach to cooking and is designed "to remind home cooks of the infinite possibilities of simple recipes.”
—Al Dente, 9/22/11
“With a solid background in culinary instruction, Peterson easily articulates the basics of cooking and baking the selected recipes for even the most adventurous cook. This diverse assortment of 200 recipes strikes a perfect balance between fundamental and more advanced dishes, making it a useful source for cooks at every level of expertise. The straightforward language and full-color photographs, taken by Peterson himself, combine to create an accessible, well-organized guide to cooking for any occasion.”
—Shelf Awareness for Readers, 8/16/11
“The publication of his first opus, Sauces, established James Peterson as one of America’s finest cookbook authors. In the intervening two decades, he has expanded his knowledge and wisdom and has been kind enough to share them both with home cooks. Make no mistake about the simplicity of Kitchen Simple; it is the distillation of a career’s worth of kitchen insights that will make you a better cook--in less than 30 minutes. It also features Jim’s gorgeous photographs, which serve as beautiful reminders that it’s not necessary to sacrifice flavor or elegance because you’re short on time.”
—Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, James Beard Award-winning authors of The Flavor Bible and The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine
“Kitchen Simple is written for the way we really live--and for the way we really want to eat. James Peterson proves that truly good food doesn’t require a lot of elaborate techniques, hard-to-find ingredients, or time. Cooking your way through this book will make
—Molly Stevens, author of All About Braising