Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Review - Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook by DeDe Lahman & Neil Kleinberg

TITLE:  Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook: Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond from New York's Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant
AUTHOR/EDITOR:    DeDe Lahman & Neil Kleinberg
INFO:    Hardcover, Non-Fiction, 224 pages
PUBLISHED:   Little Brown & Company, 2010
ISBN#:   978-0-316-08337-9
HOW'D I GET IT:   Received from Publisher for Review

The Clinton St. Baking Company is one of the hottest brunch spots in a city obsessed with brunch. A tiny thirty-two-seat eatery on Manhattan's trendy Lower East Side, the restaurant draws long lines of customers who come from far and wide to sample fresh-baked goods, hearty omelets, sugar-cured bacon, and light-as-air pancakes with maple butter.

In the Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook, owners DeDe Lahman and Neil Kleinberg share more than 100 treasured recipes that have made their restaurant a sensation. Learn the secret to their house-made buttermilk biscuits and tomato jam, irresistible muffins and scones, delicious soups and sandwiches, and their decadent, eye-catching desserts. Helpful techniques, like Neil's patented omelet "flip and tuck," and gorgeous color photographs throughout will have readers cooking like pros in no time, and sharing the delicious results.

MY TAKE:   This book is the newest addition to my "gift-worthy" list.  I got to test out a few of the recipes a few weeks ago when I made brunch for 7 of us.  Unfortunately, I don't have photos to show the yummies as my camera was out of commission during that time.  I will tell you what I used from the fantastic book:

Vanilla Buttermilk Waffles
Maple Butter
Crunchy Bananas with Cinnamon Chili Chocolate Sauce

I also made the required bacon and sausage with coffee and orange juice.  I am thrilled to report that it was a resounding success.  We've used the maple butter a few times since then. 

The recipes are very clear and easy to understand.  Lots of full color photographs aid in making these delightful dishes (as well as enticing you to hurry up and make it!)  The authors take the everyday cook into account with these scrumptious concoctions.  My next experiment will be their Split Pea Soup.  It's a long-cooking recipe that is making my mouth water just writing about it.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys trying great new recipes or collects fabulous cookbooks.  Very gift-worthy!
MY RATING:    4/5

WHERE TO BUY IT:   Amazon, The Book Depository, Powell's Books, IndieBound

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