Fire in My Belly: Real Cooking
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Hardcover, Andrews McMeel Pub, 2012, ISBN13 9781449411435, ISBN10 1449411436
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Presents more than one hundred Southern-style recipes for each season, with each recipe placing an emphasis on food sources and grouped by such quirky themes as "Foods You Thought You Hated" and "When I Want To Eat Healthy." Publishers Weekly,Gillespie, the executive chef at Atlanta's Woodfire Grill, makes an impressive cookbook debut with this inspired collection of more than 120 recipes, based on his restaurant creations but modified for the home cook. In a clever chapter entitled "Foods You Thought You Hated," he arms himself with garlic, spices, and cream to make palatable dishes like brussels sprouts gratin and haggis with caramelized turnip. The chapter entitled "World Classics Revisited" offers famous mainstays like Welsh rarebit and coq au vin, as well as re-imagined treats like cucumber and almond gazpacho, and smoked trout puffs with bacon jam. He preaches the use of local and sustainable foods, but that does not mean he cannot own up to a chapter entitled "Junk Food," with such entries as deep-fried candy bars. Gillespie's intelligence and creativity (he turned down a scholarship to MIT in order to attend culinary school) is apparent in his writing style. Each chapter is prefaced with a brief, compelling tale from his past that is heartfelt without cloying. And each recipe is prefaced with commentary that is just off-color and honest enough to be quite funny ("I've always liked ramen noodles. I know they're total crap, but I like them"). (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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