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Without Reservations: How to Make Bold, Creative, Flavorful Food at Home Hardcover – 11 Apr 2008

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Joey Altman spent the first part of his career as a professional chef, cooking at some of the nation′s top restaurants. Nine years ago, he launched a second career as host of a popular, award–winning television food show. But even though he no longer cooks at a restaurant full–time, his family and friends still expect him to prepare restaurant–quality meals. Now, in this fun and inspiring cookbook, Joey shares his secrets for cooking chef–caliber food at home.

The 120 recipes in the book, along with Joey′s notes and tips, will help you take casual meals and entertaining to a whole new level. From cocktails, appetizers, salads, and soups to pasta, seafood, poultry, meat, and desserts, Joey′s recipes feature great ingredients, vibrant flavors, and artful presentations—everything you need for that restaurant "wow" factor in your own cooking. Kick off your next dinner party with Spicy Lamb Sliders, Crab Stuffed Avocado, or Island Gazpacho. For a main course, try Duck Cannelloni, Tamarind–Pecan Chicken with Dried Cherries, or Grilled Caribbean Lamb Skewers. And for dessert, serve something fabulous—Oozing Chocolate Cake or Black and White Tiramisu. Tempting dishes like these will help you build confidence and kitchen skills and are guaranteed to impress your guests.

Throughout the book, more than 140 beautiful color photographs illustrate specialized techniques as well as finished dishes and show Joey in thekitchen and at home with family and friends. Joey′s clear instructions ensure that even complicateddishes turn out perfectly, and suggested substitutions and variations help you make the recipes your own. Complete with recommended wine and bever–age pairings, guidance on working with special ingredients, pointers to boost your kitchen skills, and symbols that show how you can work the recipes into your everyday or party menus, Without Reservations is your indispensable guide to memorable meals with family and friends. With Joey′s lively kitchen wisdom and the recipes in this book, you′ll soon be cooking like a four–star chef—and entertaining without reservations.

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"In this enticing book, Joey Altman shows us that with the proper techniques, the knowledge and craftsmanship of the professional chef can be translated to the home kitchen with great menus."
Jacques Pépin

"I am lucky enough to be able to cook with Joey quite a bit, and I promise you, Joey knows food. With this book, we are lucky to bring his expertise into our own kitchens."
Tyler Florence, host of Tyler′s Ultimate on Food Network

"Joey′s Without Reservations exudes personality, insight, and enthusiasm. From his tour through the chef′s palette of flavors, ingredients, and techniques to his uniquely ′Joey′ takes on all the food we want to eat, this is a book that′ll inspire many a happy meal."
Rick Bayless, Chef of Chicago′s Frontera Grill and host of PBS′s Mexico—One Plate at a Time

"This is the kind of food I love to cook and eat! Joey has triumphed with a book chock–full of recipes perfect for every day of the week. And the best part, they′re doable. This book should find a place in every cook′s library."
Joanne Weir, cookbook author and host of PBS′s Joanne Weir′s Cooking Class

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kitchen bookshelf 20 Jun. 2008
By Stephen R. Altman Cigar - Published on
Format: Hardcover
WITHOUT RESERVATIONS is one of those rare cookbooks that come along and inspire you to actually cook the resipes! the delicious sounding combinations and photography made my mouth water immediately. i will say that this is for people like me who like to be in the kitchen and stir things up. altman has made his enticing dishes seem very doable with his easy to understand "think like a chef"tips and many "how to"photos.his suggestions for ingredient substitutions also make it easy to customize many of the recipes to my palate..... great new addition to my kitchen bookshelf
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes It Easy 23 Jun. 2008
By Philip Cooper - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This occasional cook needs things spelled out clearly and this cookbook does exactly that. My favorite part is that the basic recipes also have tips on things to add to change or adapt to guests, an overall menu, or just for interest. I bought one as a gift for an accomplished cook, who really liked the tips and ways to customize recipes. Even the photos seem to clarify, rather than just being eye-candy. A very helpful and useful book indeed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking with Confidence 19 April 2009
By AM Sullivan - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My experience using Joey Altman's cookbook "Without Reservations" has been extremely rewarding. I can honestly say "with out reservations" that Joey's recipes can be executed in the home kitchen with ease. His tips and additional suggestions open a whole world of tastes and ideas to each recipe. He provides a foundation for cooking each dish with hints which enable you to create your own variation. I have found the results to be always delicious and well worth it. I recommend this book to beginners and experienced cooks as well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative, Fun Cookbook 25 Jun. 2009
By Carol in Denver - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This cookbook is great fun...I've tried 9 recipes in the first two weeks and we have loved them all. He uses combinations of spices and food to creative more complex flavors and yet the recipes are easy to follow. Several of the sauces and salad dressing can be used with other dishes as well. My favorite cookbook in years!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes I Can! 6 Dec. 2008
By Ritamary A. McMahon - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm afraid to cook and I don't cook often but when I do I want receipes that are memorable as well as doable. The How-to's and demonstrations are an education. There is an encouraging air of instruction that let's you take wing. And the tastes are what you demand from a four star - truly special.
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