Chasing Flavor: Techniques and Recipes To Cook Fearlessly

Rux Martin. Oct. 2020. 368p. ISBN 9781328546333. $35. COOKING
James Beard Award–winning chef Kluger delivers a debut cookbook that is likely to become a kitchen staple. Kluger adapts his restaurant recipes and techniques into an approachable volume for home cooks that is equally sophisticated and informative. Recipes emphasize bold flavors and seasonal, earthy ingredients. They are unique yet familiar, and Kluger’s passion and confidence in these dishes is evident. Equal attention is given to sharing transferable skills and ideas that are accessible to all levels. Every recipe includes a Takeaway where Kluger highlights a technique, flavor, or component to apply beyond his dish. The Takeaways demystify what makes some classics, such as crackly potatoes and duck confit, so delicious. The book also includes straightforward instructions to elevate familiar methods like roasting vegetables. This resource will appeal to both seasoned and beginner cooks for its insight into a distinguished chef’s pantry and deceptively simple flavor-packed recipes. Readers who want to continue exploring flavors may enjoy Nik Sharma’s Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food.
VERDICT An indispensable collection of flavorful recipes and approachable cooking techniques.
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