February 2012 – Creative Cooking for the Global Kitchen

Creative Cooking for the Global Kitchen:
Traditional Recipes With an International Flavor

by David Marteau
Global Chef Publishing; First edition (February 15, 2011)

Chef David Marteau has worked all over the world and is currently the chef for the Parkyard Hotel in Shanghai, China. As a result, many of his recipes have an Asian flair.  Most are supremely simple to prepare. This cookbook is for the real everyday home cook that wants his or her meals to appear as though they were prepared by a fine restaurant.

The book contains sections with recipes categorized as appetizers, soups, salads, risottos, pasta, meat, poultry, fish, sides dishes, and desserts. Crisp, clear and designed photographs depict presentation suggestions for many of the recipes. Although a good number of the recipes are “outside of the box” and unlike those that I have ever encountered before, many are basic, using readily accessible ingredients.

I will be trying several of these over the course of the month and will update this post with my results. Here is a sampling of some that sound wonderful and/or unique:

  • Romaine Lettuce, Banana, and Granola With Peanut Butter Vinaigrette
  • Chocolate Salami
  • Smoked Salmon and Vodka Risotto
  • Herbed Cherry Tomatoes
  • Three Chocolate Charlottes With Chocolate Virgin Martinis
  • Lettuce Mix With Chocolate Vinaigrette and Brownie Croutons

Bon Appetit!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

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