Chez Panisse Café Cookbook, Alice Waters

Chez Panisse Café Cookbook

I’m not sure when I purchased Chez Panisse Café Cookbook, but I was recently reminded of it. I love that the ethos of Alice Waters’ and her team is to cook seasonally. They shop locally and ensure that the produce they use is sustainably grown.

Chez Panisse Café Cookbook

Chapters are divided into:
  • Vegetables
  • Eggs & Cheese
  • Fish & Shellfish
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Poultry
  • Sweets
Recipes that caught my eye:
  • Anchovy dressing (p8)
  • Spring vegetable bagna cauda (p16)
  • Minestra verdissima (p20)
  • Pan-fried stuffed squash blossoms (p56)
  • Beef carpaccio with anchovies, capers, and Parmesan (p100)
  • Roast beef sirloin sandwich (p108)
  • Country terrine with pistachios (p136)
  • Fennel sausage with red wine (p141)
  • Spicy lamb sausage (p160)
  • Grilled boneless lamb leg with olive sauce (p164)
  • Soupe au pistou (p170)
  • Cured duck breast “prosciutto” (p181)
  • Duck legs braised in Zinfandel (p192)
  • Lindsey’s chocolate cake (p218)
  • Honey-pistachio brittle ice cream with lavender sauce (p220)
  • Plum galette (p226)
  • Mulberry sherbet (p229)
  • Chocolate-almond cookies (p241)
What I made:

I made Lindsey’s chocolate cake and not only is it seriously moist, it is super rich. Dave commented on how you could really taste the chocolate in it. I think this could become my go-to recipe.

Rich Chocolate Cake
Rich Chocolate Cake
My verdict:

I love that each chapter tells a story about the farmers, foragers and artisans from whom they source their ingredients. Alice’s pro tip is go to the market before you decide what to cook and to always taste. Recipes run on from one another so you might find one starting in the middle of a page. There are no photographs so this is not a recipe book for people who need visual references.

Dave and I are overseas in Italy. We will be back at work on the 1st of October. I will start replying to comments then. I won’t be able to read any blogs while we are away so please forgive my lack of visiting back. You can follow our trip by taking a look at our holiday blog.

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8 thoughts on “Chez Panisse Café Cookbook, Alice Waters

  1. This sounds like a nice cookbook – I prefer cookbooks with images but it is not always necessary as long as the recipes work out nicely!

    1. I don’t think I would risk making much from this as I like to see the end result, even though I know my way around the kitchen 🙂

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