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Taste: Pure and Simple: Irresistible Recipes for Good Food and Good Health [Hardcover]

Michel Nischan , Mary Goodbody

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19 Dec 2003
A guide to healthful, organic cooking presents recipes that use healthful alternatives to dairy products and seasonal fruits and vegetables to create a variety of simple, balanced dishes.

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Printing edition (19 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811833771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811833776
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 25.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,265,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michel Nischan isn't French. He's a child of the Chicago suburbs whose first name made him something of a target on the playground but, eventually, a natural in haute cuisine kitchens. And it wasn't just his name that made his early life the chronicle of a chef foretold. Nischan's parents had fled their respective family farms in the South when industrialization made them obsolete, but the couple preserved a slice of rural life in the middle of suburbia. "In Des Plaines, Illinois, we had less than a quarter acre," Nischan says, "and my mother rented two rototillers from Ace Hardware, dug up the backyard and side yard, and planted what our neighbors called 'the farm.' We had a small brick patio with a couple of lawn chairs and a table and rows and rows of vegetables. My mom taught me how to cook, but the fact that I knew what good ingredients were did more to rapid-fire my career than anything." Nischan never forgot the magnificence of his mother's fresh vegetables, but for a few years he kept her lessons in simple, pure flavors simmering on the back burner. As a chef at various French restaurants and at his own place, Miche Mache, in Connecticut, he often masked the food's true taste with complex, multilayered sauces. "The French 'mount' sauces with fat, usually butter," he writes in the introduction to his new cookbook, "Taste Pure and Simple". "This means they thicken and smooth their sauces by adding small amounts of fat during cooking, letting the fat emulsify rather than melt, and then add more until the sauce achieves the velvety texture and superrich flavor that have made French sauces famous the world over. I embraced this technique wholeheartedly." But eight years ago, the Nischans' 5-year-old son, Chris, was diagnosed with diabetes. The outpouring of empathy made Nischan realize how many people around him had diet-restricting health problems. All those diners who time after time would request the same chicken and fish dishes, sauce on the side the

About the Author

Michel Nischan pioneered his full-flavored, healthy cuisine at Heartbeat in New York. He can be seen on David Rosengarten's In Food Today and Sara Moulton's Cooking Live. Mary Goodbody is the original editor-in-chief of Cooks magazine, She is a Connecticut-based food writer and a contributing editor to Chocolatier and has collaborated on and co-written a number of cookbooks. Minh + Wass (Ngoc Minh and Julian Wass) is a husband-and-wife photography team who specialize in food and lifestyle shots for books and magazines. After 10 years in New York, they recently relocated to Paris. Minh + Wass (Ngoc Minh and Julian Wass) is a husband-and-wife photography team who specialize in food and lifestyle shots for books and magazines. After 10 years in New York, they recently relocated to Paris.

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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, if you have the time and a great market 6 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
These recipes look delicious and healthy, but I didn't know they would be so involved. I have never even heard of some of the ingredients, so I doubt I'd find them at my local grocer. I do love the idea of using vegetable juices instead of butter, etc.
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy yet Challenging Food 2 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
If you care about good food and like to cook, if you want to heat healthfully and like to serve seasonal food, Taste, Pure and Simple is the book for you. The photos are gorgeous but it's Nichan's fresh, enthusiastic, and reassuring voice that convinced me to cook these dishes. They are easy but sophisticated and all of them taste great. This book is fantastic for anyone who cares about their time in the kitchen, the environment, and their health.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lengthy preperations but WORTH IT! 9 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
the preperations are not difficult, but they do take a while- involving many steps. however, i wouldn't want to skip a thing because there is a reason for the preperations and it comes out in the taste. the vegetable lasagne was one of the best i have ever made and it had a substantial taste to it that satisfied my meat-loving and veggie-hating husband. this is one of the better cookbooks on healthy gourmet cuisine.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not for the basic chef 24 Mar 2006
By blintz - Published on Amazon.com
I tried to make the squash pancakes with fig syrup on page 133, and i came up with a squash colored mess. basically it's an egg white pancake, and it stuck to my non stick pan.

still hungry, i whipped it up again, and baked the whole recipe as a souffle in a small springform, and it was delicious.

but i would not expect the average home chef to be able to make this recipe successfully....

the book is beautiful and i love the idea of it, and maybe i'll try to make something else...
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook! 29 Mar 2014
By Lori Mims - Published on Amazon.com
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This has very tasty recipes! It's not for the beginner or timid cook. If you're looking for interesting, clean healthy recipes you'll love this.
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