Posts tagged ‘david tanis’

August 19, 2012

Thinking Ahead | Avgolemono – Lemon Chicken Soup

I stood in this kitchen this morning knowing that I wanted a traditional Sunday dinner.  I was in the mood to let something cook, take a bit more time preparing something.  I pulled out one of my favorite books that I hadn’t looked at in a while: Heart of the Artichoke, by the wonderful David Tanis.  In it, the summer menus tugged at me and I decided to roast a spatchcocked chicken and make up a rice salad with some of the beautiful Carolina Gold rice some dear friends brought back from a summer vacation in South Carolina.

And, as luck would have it, none of this was actually time intensive.  I love it when I have the time to give to something and the fates tell me not to worry about it.

In addition to being a really nice guy, Mr. Tanis is such a clever chef and cook, in the book he offers numerous variations on many of his recipes, adding or omitting an ingredient or two and giving you a whole new way to enjoy a dish, transitioning from side dish to satisfying lunch in a short jump.  Really good stuff.  It’s a way to start thinking about what you have in the pantry and the fridge to re-purpose yesterday’s dinner into a wholly new meal.  It’s leftovers, elevated.

So tonight, after devouring half a lemony roast chicken and having just the teeny-ist bit of the herb rice salad leftover, I eyed the golden fond in the chicken roasting pan and remembered my favorite soup from Tasi: a lovely lemon chicken soup. 

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November 29, 2010

Giveaway of the Day | Heart of the Artichoke Cookbook

If you are or know a food lover, this is the Christmas gift.  Really. 

The Heart of the Artichoke, by David Tanis, is beautifully written and photographed.  Much like those showpiece cookbooks that you will probably never cook from.  But the true beauty of this book lies in its practicality.  Co-Chef at Chez Panisse, Tanis’s cooking is the epitome of seasonality married to simplicity.  His charming and unassuming personality shines through from the very start of the book.   Yes, he cooks at the most loved and famous restaurant in the country.  But here’s how he cooks at home. 

I was near tears so pleased to see him crystallize something I have been trying to convey for sometime here in the Kitchen.  You have time to cook.  “mesmerized by television shows hyping the thirty-minute meal and the blood sport of competitive cooking, we have somehow forgotten the pleasure of giving ourselves over to the true kitchen experience.  This doesn’t mean spending hours and hours in the kitchen.  It’s not more difficult cooking, but a different way of engaging with food.  What matters is the joy.” 

The book begins with personal food rituals that Tanis holds dear, from peeling an apple in one long curvaceous strip, to his methodic way of enjoying oatmeal (I have a similar quirk with French toast, ask me about it sometime), to the perfect simple meal of beans (lovely Italian white beans) on toast.

It is a very intimate and throughly engaging book with each menu beginning with a story of its origins.  You can sit and read this book.  And when you do, you want to make these dishes.  All of them.  I can’t tell you how much pleasure I’ve gotten out of my copy already.  It will be a well-loved treasure.

Would you like a copy?  Of course you would.  You’re dying for one.  To win one, in the comments section of this post, or in a tweet, tell me what is your favorite cookbook?  You have until Tuesday, November 30, at noon to submit your entry.  The winner will be chosen randomly using Random.org.  For full giveaway rules, click here.  Good luck, my dear readers.  I hope you win!

November 24, 2010

Presents from Persephone’s Kitchen | A Week of Giveaways

I’m so excited for you, dear reader.  Persephone has presents.  Surprises for you on the terrace! 

I’ve written about a few of my favorite things and now, they are here, in my Kitchen, waiting to be given away.  Beginning this Friday, I’ll be doing a giveaway a day for a week.  The kind folks at The Olive Orchard, North Market Spices, Ltd., Dine Originals Columbus, Silver Bridge Coffee and David Tanis (yes, really!) all gave me things that they knew I loved and thought you’d love, too.  (You will!)

I’ll be putting up a gift guide tomorrow with great suggestions for the foodie that we all have in our lives, then I’ll start giving away gifts from the list beginning Black Friday.  Be sure to follow me on Twitter.  I’ll be tweeting when each giveaway starts.  Good luck!

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