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Things Cooks Love by Sur La Table and Marie Simmons explores the best kitchen tools, including the Cast Iron Skillet and Portuguese Cataplana, provides information on world cuisines, from The Asian Pantry to The Moroccan Pantry, and offers recipes like Clam, Pork, Sausage, and Bacon Stew and Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb.

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Things Cooks Love:
Implements. Ingredients. Recipes.

by Sur La Table and Marie Simmons

Things Cooks Love: Implements. Ingredients. Recipes.
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The consensus among cooks is that the dividing line between having fun in the kitchen and not having fun in the kitchen is whether you have the most suitable tool for the job. Having the right equipment makes cooking easier, and the results often taste better. Unlike any other book on the market, Things Cooks Love: Implements. Ingredients. Recipes., the first in a series of titles by trusted culinary authority Sur La Table, champions the kitchenware that cooks of all levels are passionate about.

Whether it's the gorgeous new copper pot you received as a gift, a rice cooker you have always wanted to try, or your grandmother's well-aged cast-iron skillet, this book celebrates the deep connection between cooks and the cookware they love.

Things Cooks Love opens with "Essential Cookware and Tools," which includes The Basic Kitchen, detailed descriptions of everything from baking dishes and braisers to tongs and toasters, and The Well-Stocked Global Kitchen, the ultimate wish list to take your kitchen to a new level of sophistication. It is both an easy reference for setting up a new kitchen and a convenient checklist for when it's time to add new items. Things Cooks Love gives all the information you need to confidently select the best and most durable implements.

Once you've explored the basics, it's time to put them to use in "Cooking with Kitchen Essentials," which offers tips for use and care, and recipes for everything from whisks to stove-top smokers. The recipes put your new or refreshed knowledge to work with dishes such as Sea Bass Poached in Orange, Basil and Wine with Citrus and Herb Sauce; Corn on the Cob with Flavored Butters; or Smoked Shrimp Wrapped with Prosciutto. And because this is a book for both the beginning cook and the gourmet, it also offers alternatives for kitchens that are not stocked with the exact cookware or tools.

For further inspiration, the final section of Things Cooks Love, "Globe-Trotting Kitchen Essentials," explores the cookware, ingredients, and recipes of Asia, Mexico, France, India, Italy, Iberia, and Morocco. It spans the globe, visiting the world's favorite pantries and kitchens to experience the luscious tastes and simple techniques for using tools from the versatile Mexican stove-top pepper roaster and the elegant, clam-shaped Portuguese cataplana to the practical and handsome French cocotte and the iconic Spanish paella pan. A quick read on Morocco will embolden the home cook to try a Lamb Tagine with Artichoke Hearts, Dried Apricots, and Preserved Lemon or Classic Chicken Bisteeya.

Recognizing that a beloved cooking collection is the foundation for good food, Things Cooks Love is more than a reference tool or collection of recipes, more than a cookbook; it is a cook's book. It is for everyone who has not only a passion and enthusiasm for all things culinary, but also a sense of adventure. And just as your kitchen equipment can last a lifetime, this book will serve cooks well time and again as they continue to expand their recipe repertoire and cookware collection.

About the Authors

Seattle-based Sur La Table has kept its finger on the pulse of America's cooks since opening its doors in 1972 at Seattle's historic Pike Place Market. Since then, chefs and home cooks with a taste for adventure have flocked to the culinary mecca. A destination for iconic chefs like Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Martha Stewart, and Mario Batali, Sur La Table entices aficionados and curious beginners alike with its amazing selection of cookware and tools. With a successful catalog, Web site, cooking class program, and stores from coast to coast, Sur La Table continues to share its passion for the traditions and tastes of the world with people who love to cook and entertain. For more about Sur La Table, see

Marie Simmons is an award-winning cookbook author, popular cooking teacher, and food writer. Her recipes and food articles have appeared in hundreds of magazines. For more than 15 years she wrote a monthly column for Bon Appétit magazine and a weekly column for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. She currently writes a bi-monthly column, "Simmons Sez," for the Contra Costa Times and the Bay Area News Group.

Marie has written 18 cookbooks, including Fig Heaven; Fresh & Fast; The Amazing World of Rice; The Good Egg, winner of a James Beard Award; and Lighter, Quicker, Better, written with Richard Sax and winner of Julia Child and James Beard awards. She also wrote Bar Cookies A to Z, Puddings A to Z, Muffins A to Z, and Pancakes A to Z. One of her first cookbooks, 365 Ways to Cook Pasta, has more than 500,000 copies in print. Marie, a native New Yorker, lives in Richmond, CA.


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