Holiday Feature


Jimmy Schmidt's Turkey Secrets:
A Professional Chef's Tips


"It would be difficult to find a chef who looks, talks and cooks as American as Jimmy Schmidt."

—John Mariani

To celebrate Thanksgiving, we sought out not just the perfect turkey recipes, but the ideal chef to prepare them. Jimmy Schmidt's Midwestern pragmatism, his sensibilites for using seasonal produce and his natural skills have made him one of America's most creative new chefs, earning him a James Beard Award. At a time when Americans give thanks for our bounty, we applaud his efforts to promote sustainable agriculture and global food issues.

Here, we present professional chef secrets from Jimmy Schmidt, whose Rattlesnake Club and other Detroit-area restaurants have proven his talent for making every meal a piece of art, simply but elegantly. Follow his advice for the perfect turkey, as excerpted from his latest book, "Jimmy Schmidt's Cooking Class: Seasonal Recipes From a Chef's Kitchen." Besides a traditional Roast Turkey, Chef Schmidt prepares a single Turkey Breast with Apple Cider to feed four, and a succulent whole Roast Turkey with Maple, Ginger and Bourbon flavorings—recipes that will make your guests wonder how you became such an excellent cook.



Top Turkey Secrets


from Jimmy Schmidt's Cooking Class

Only a few times a year do you cook a bird as big as the traditional roast turkey, so even a good cook doesn't get to practice. I'll show you all the insider tricks for preparing a perfect bird.


Jimmy Schmidt's Turkey Recipes

Roast Breast of Turkey with Apple Cider
Roast Turkey with Maple Glaze, Pears & Bourbon
Roast Turkey
Top 10 Turkey Secrets
About the Book: "Jimmy Schmidt's Cooking Class"
About Chef Jimmy Schmidt


Jimmy Schmidt's Cooking Class:
Seasonal Recipes from A Chef's Kitchen

By Jimmy Schmidt
$19.95 / Paper
Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: May 20, 1996
ISBN: 0-89815-804-4
Reprinted with permission


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This page created 1996; modified November 2006