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Overview Whether smoked, cured, poached, grilled, salmon is as versatile as it is elegant. In "Simply Salmon", a bestselling cookbook author presents 65 irresistible recipes for everyone's favorite fish. Step-by-step color photos.
Publishers Description Whether smoked or cured, poached or grilled, salmon is as versatile as it is elegant. In Simply Salmon, bestselling cookbook author, acclaimed teacher, and award-winning chef James Peterson offers 65 irresistible recipes for everyone's favorite fish.
Using the step-by-step photos and detailed instructions that have become his signature, Peterson gives the home cook a thorough grounding in the basics of salmon: what to look for when buying fresh salmon; the differences between wild and farm-raised; how to clean, bone, and cure salmon; and the proper technique for slicing smoked salmon.
The chapters that follow describe all the ways that salmon can be prepared, including sauteing, grilling, broiling, poaching, roasting, and smoking. Peterson opens each section with the basic recipe for the method, and then moves on to creative innovations. Here are updated classics, such as Poached Whole Salmon with Tarragon Butter, Salmon Tartare, and Salmon en Papillotte, as well as such original ideas as Sauteed Salmon "Saltimbocca", Grilled Salmon Salad Nicoise, Salmon Tacos, and Salmon and Basil Ravioli. Where appropriate, recipes for accompanying sauces are included as well. More than 50 photographs of finished dishes and cooking techniques complement the authoritative text and recipes.
Produced in the same popular format as STC's Perfect Vinaigrettes, this single-subject, comprehensive guide will be a welcome addition to every cook's bookshelf.
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Studio: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.76" Width: 6.37" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2001
Publisher Harry N. Abrams
ISBN 1584790261 ISBN13 9781584790266
Availability 0 units.
More About James Peterson
James Peterson is a food writer, cooking instructor, and photographer who began his culinary career as a restaurant cook in Paris in the 1970s. Returning to the United States in the 1980s, he honed his French cooking techniques during his tenure as chef-partner at Le Petit Robert in New York. A highly regarded cooking instructor for more than two decades, Peterson teaches at the Institute of Culinary Education (formerly Peter Kump s New York Cooking School). His first book, Sauces, won two 1992 James Beard Awards; Vegetables, Glorious French Food, Cooking, and Baking have earned him four more James Beard Awards. Peterson cooks, writes, and photographs from Brooklyn, New York."
Reviews - What do customers think about Simply Salmon?
Thorough Coverage of an Important Food Mar 13, 2004
This is one of the easiest types of cookbooks to review, as it is largely a matter of determining whether the author has covered all the bases you can think of and whether the quality of the information on a quite limited range of information is up to snuff. As people who write these one-topic books are usually experts on that particular field, the likelihood that the book will be of a high quality is very good.
James Peterson does not disappoint us in this book all about the various methods for cooking salmon. Peterson is a culinary writer of the first water to begin with, having written many award-winning books already, including a book on fish and shellfish.
Since Peterson has already covered salmon in his seafood book, one can wonder what else there is to say. It turns out there is very much else to say.
One of the most valuable parts of the book appears before we even start thinking about cooking. Peterson describes all of the commercially available species of salmon you may find in your fish market, the relative price of these species, depending on whether they are farm raised or caught from the wild. This is important because there is a very big difference in price between the least and most expensive, and the difference in price is not fully returned in difference in value.
Another chapter in the book gives detailed instructions on how to both cold and hot smoke salmon. This is a doubly section in that I suspect the same techniques could be used for most types of finfish. Be warned, however, that unless, like Alton Brown in his popular Good Eats episode `Junkyard Chef', you are exceptionally handy, cold smoking can be rather expensive and messy.
Peterson is always an engaging writer, as his opinions and personal tastes often come through in his writing. One may object to this if these opinions are unfair or needlessly critical of other writers, but they are not. They simply leaven the discussion and make his work more fun to read. One example is that while he claims to have covered virtually every method of cooking salmon, he does leave out steaming, as this is simply too boring to deal with. I will not miss this discussion.
The presentation of techniques he does cover is very, very thorough. In dealing with poaching, he covers techniques and special equipment needed for poaching a complete fish as well as salmon steaks and salmon fillets. He is especially careful to warn the reader about overcooking while poaching. The anomaly with poaching is that if the poaching liquid is heated to a boil, the fish will actually be too dry when removed from the liquid for service. The treatment of sautéing, grilling, curing, roasting and baking, broiling, and other methods, including serving raw as with sushi and carpaccio are equally thorough.
The book includes sources for special materials required for smoking, as well as good sources for spices and the like.
This book is doubly important with the recent findings on the food value of salmon. The book was published before the recent concerns with farm raised salmon, but it does give intelligent information on what kinds of salmon are available farm raised and what species are available caught wild.
My only complaint about the book may be that Peterson describes how to create a medallion from a steak, but provides no pictures of the technique, even though he has published pictures of this technique in other books. He does not even refer one to these other volumes.
Highly recommended. Better than his book on duck cooking.
- Jun 8, 2003
It goes without saying that this man is a pioneer of his craft, however there are throngs of contemporary chefs who are doing things with food that show that they know their ingredients better than Peterson does- good cooking is a result of knowing your ingredients and knowing them well. Peterson claims that there is little, if any, difference between Wild, farm-raised, and Atlantic salmon. This is preposterous! The difference is oceanic. Perhaps Peterson has never eaten Wild King Alaskan salmon or Copper River Sockeye salmon or anything from the Yukon River, which is a real pity, because one of our lifetime's greatest foodies is missing out on the greatest culinary experience of all time! Save you money and spend it on Peterson's Fish & Shellfish. Even the salmon recipes are better.
An aphrodisiac for passionate salmon lovers! Oct 15, 2002
Salmon is my favorite fish, so I borrowed this book from the library, but I'm buying it now! Mouthwatering recipies with lots of good pictures, lots of information about different kinds of salmon and different ways to cook it, how can you go wrong? The recipes are so interesting I read them out loud to my sister, a chef! He covers the basics like grilling and and sauteing, but also gets into smoking, curing, roasting, making lox & even making salmon ravioli. Each recipe is described in detail by an author who obviously has made each dish and loves every one! Try sauteed salmon with Thai-style coconut broth, salmon "saltimbocca" (wrapping the salmon in prosciutto), or one of the many salsas he includes to go with grilled salmon. The author teaches at the French Culinary Institute, after running a restaurant in New York City, and he obviously knows and loves this fish! Altogether an excellent introduction with lots of scope for more experienced cooks too!