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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan Division of Workman Publishing (1 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579653774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579653774
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 3.3 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By David Stavros on 30 Dec 2009
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Some of the other reviews/comments I read had me nervous that this was going to be full of unobtainable ingredients and completely unfamiliar terms, but really it's just exactly what you would expect to find in any American cookbook. Kosher salt, cup measurements, cilantro, "minced" garlic and so on. Anybody who has any familiarity with American cooking terms will find nothing to intimidate them in this excellent book. The slight problem you might find is that, where the author lists his stockists for speciality ingredients, most (not all) of them are US-based, so arranging delivery to the UK might be problematic - but this is barely an issue. Most of the recipes are truly accessible to anybody, and hard-to-find ingredients are few and far between. Most of the ones which are listed could easily be replaced with similar products which you've tracked down yourself (e.g. it's probably not necessary to have applewood smoked bacon sent from a specialist California supplier in order for the recipe to be a success), and others have UK suppliers which can be found easily on any search engine.

With that out of the way, what of the food? Clearly this is a completely new style for those accustomed to Thomas Keller's usual meticulous, stylised recipes. In fact the man himself admits in these pages that the restaurant which gives this book its name originally sprang from a desire to own somewhere at which he could serve a Hamburger. It should be noted that even though the food, then, is distinctly more relaxed and homely than his previous works, no sacrifices have been made regarding quality - the aforementioned hamburgers are made mostly with beef sirloin, which should give you some idea of the aim of the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Arnold on 18 Dec 2009
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Again Keller and his team have put together an impressive collection of do-able recipes focusing on comfort dishes and food your Granny would have made back in the day.
Techniques and methods are described in plain simple english with most ingredients and equipment commonly available.
He offers tips on preparation and general organisation as some recipes as expected contain several processes.
Overall a damn fine book worth cooking from or for the less active cooks a handsome addition to any coffee table.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Molloy on 25 Oct 2009
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I pre-ordered this book and having looked over it a few times and tried a few of the recipies i would give it 5 stars. I feel that marking this book down due to it having american weights and measures is a little silly, any conversion table on the internet will convert them for you. Also some of the ingredients in the book use american names, again not too hard to find out what the equivalent ingredients are.

if you can get over the fact that it is an american book written by an american chef there are some really simple but really effective recipies which are a pleasure to cook.

This book is markedly different from thomas keller's other books, but well worth the money.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonas S. Mathiesen on 27 Jan 2010
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Thomas Keller is a perfectionist in the kitchen and this shows in 'Ad Hoc...', as in his other food bibles. 'Family-style' does not indicate ease of execution. It should rather be understood as 'not Michelin Star / French top-bistro' food to be served for loved ones when time permits. For a seasoned home-chef the book is a great inspiration into Keller's American take on European classics. It is a great introduction into American food classics but with a sense of thought and a quality mindset to it so you actually want to prepare and eat the food.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Day on 13 Jun 2010
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I have been an admirer of Thomas Keller for a long time. His restaurant books are beautifully photographed and as a chef his attention to detail is second to none. In Ad Hoc, none of his attention to detail is sacrificed and anyone with an interest in cooking would be able to follow these receipies to their conclusion. However this is not a book for anyone who wants 'meals in minutes'. You will need to invest a reasonable amount of time in nearly all the recipies in this book, it's food you make for people you love and want to nuture. It's not food for skinny minnies!
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The nicest way to approach the perfection, following simple recipes, with simple ingredients, for an everyday great food.
As always, "Grazie!" Chef !
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What an amazing book from an amazing chef, everything is explained so well and the pictures are amazing. I cannit wait to start doing some or all of the recipies in the book.
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I had this product in my basket for a long while before I bought it hoping that the price might go down. However it never varied much so in the end I just took the plunge. I have only had a quick flick through so far. My only gripe would be that it is for the American market so therefore unless you spend a lot of time with your head in cook books, like I do, you may need to look up some of the ingredients and double check your measures. I.e. When a stick of butter is called for you will need to look up the UK equivalent, which I believe is around 4 0Z in old money, approx. 100gm in new! Collard greens are something else you may not have heard of either. But otherwise a beautiful book with achievable recipes. I am most certainly not disappointed with my purchase.
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