Taking on the (NY)Times

25 Nov

A few months ago a friend mentioned to me that she’d picked up a fantastic new cookbook and thought that I’d get a kick out of it. It’s very difficult for me NOT to buy cookbooks, so when one is recommended I’m probably going to get it. In this case, the book is The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century and it is a doozy. Over 900 pages long, it is a compilation of the best recipes published in the history of the NYT newspaper. Each recipe features a short,  entertaining and enlightening blurb about its history, the cook who created it and why it was chosen over other possible submissions.

I have now gone through many of the hundreds and hundreds of recipes and have chosen a few that I want to tackle up front:

  • lemon chicken
  • shredded Brussels sprouts with bacon & pine nuts
  • roasted cauliflower
  • arctic char with ancho-shallot butter
  • steamed fish with thyme and tomato vinaigrette
  • sauteed cod with potatoes in chorizo mussel broth
  • salmon cakes with yogurt chipotle sauce
  • Thai beef noodle salad
  • herb-crusted broiled lamb chops
  • marinated flank steak with Asian slaw
  • Malaysian-inspired pork stew
  • cucumber, tomato and avocado soup

…and that’s just to start.  First on the list will be the lemon chicken. I’m already very comfortable with roasting a bird and have been looking for a new recipe, so lemon chicken it is! I will be posting each recipe to see if it lived up to expectations. If anyone else out there has the book, has tried a recipe and liked it (or otherwise), let me know!

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4 Responses to “Taking on the (NY)Times”

  1. Sarah (@simplycooked) November 26, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    Wow, that is truly a tome. I imagine the recipes are well tested and will hopefully turn out beautifully. You could also use it as a tripod for your camera! (My first tripod was a stack of hefty cookbooks.)

  2. Melissa November 27, 2011 at 3:04 am #

    Hi there! Melissa here from Food Bloggers of Canada. Just popping by to check out your blog and let you know we’ve added you to our Membership Directory. Welcome aboard! That is quite the cookbook – I’ve picked it up a few times but have yet to purchase it – will look forward to your results!

  3. chrissyhsn December 1, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Please feed me the following:

    – shredded Brussels sprouts with bacon & pine nuts
    – arctic char with ancho-shallot butter
    – Thai beef noodle salad
    – Malaysian-inspired pork stew

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