David Tanis Market Cooking - Review, recipe and giveaway

David Tanis has always been a favorite. His work is elegant, yet approachable, and his dishes rely on ingredients that are readily available.

One Good Dish, Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys and A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes are all on my bookshelf. Corn: A Country Garden Cookbook was just ordered (how did I not know about this title?)

Almost 500 of David's online recipes from his City Kitchen column for the New York Times are indexed, one click and you can add them all to your bookshelf. 

David Tanis Market Cooking: Recipes and Revelations, Ingredient by Ingredient, his latest title, is nearly 500 pages of greatness. Ottolenghi says it perfectly, "Who needs fireworks when your ingredients are market fresh, the recipes are reassuringly straightforward, and the author is the most brilliant cook?" Who would dare to disagree with Ottolenghi, not I?

Organized by ingredient, the author's purpose in this title is to enable us to become discerning with regard to ingredient selection at the market and to educate ourselves about the methods of cooking those ingredients to highlight their specific qualities. Over 200 recipes and 300 photographs brought together by David's brilliant writing make this one of the best books of 2017.

The Japanese cucumber salad is so easy and delicious and the Garlicky pork and potatoes are perfection and is what was for dinner today (my not so lovely photo can be found at the link). The recipes here will be turned to time and again in this stunning book. Be sure to check out our calendar for David's book tour dates.

Special thanks to Artisan and the author for sharing the Incendiary Chinese chicken with our members today and for offering three copies of this book in our contest below. 

Incendiary Chinese chicken

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In some Chinese dishes, a very hefty handful of whole dried red chiles is added to the wok. Left whole, they provide a kind of sneaky background heat. The dish looks frightening at first glance, and it is pretty darned spicy, but the result is not overwhelmingly incendiary as long as you remember to eat just the chicken and dodge the chiles.

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 pound), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sweet rice wine, such as Shaoxing (or substitute sherry)
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon slivered fresh ginger
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 24 Chinese dried red chiles (or substitute chiles de árbol)
  • 2 cups Blond Chicken Broth (see below)
  • 4 scallions, chopped

Put the chicken in a bowl, add the cornstarch, salt, sugar, wine, and soy sauce, and toss to coat. Set aside for 20 minutes.

Put the oil in a wok over high heat and heat until hot. Add the chicken and cook for about 2 minutes, tossing constantly so it browns and crisps all over. With a slotted spoon, remove the chicken to a plate. Reduce the heat to medium.

Add the Sichuan peppercorns and let them toast for a minute or so, until fragrant. Add the ginger, garlic, and dried chiles and cook for 1 minute. Turn the heat to high, add the chicken, chicken broth, and half the scallions, and stir-fry until the liquid has reduced by half, about 2 minutes.

Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with the remaining scallions. 

Makes 4 servings

Blond Chicken Broth

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Put 3 pounds meaty chicken bones (a combination of wings, backs, and necks), 2 quartered medium onions, 2 chopped carrots, 1 chopped celery stalk, a bay leaf, 2 thyme sprigs, 2 parsley sprigs, 5 black peppercorns, and 6 quarts water in a large soup pot and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Skim off and discard any foam that has risen to the surface. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 hours, skimming frequently. Strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve and cool to room temperature. Skim the fat from the surface and use immediately, or refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for future use (the fat will rise to surface and congeal). 

Makes 4 quarts

Excerpted from David Tanis Market Cooking by David Tanis (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2017. Photographs by Evan Sung.

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • akrupnick  on  11/12/2017 at 8:09 PM

    Mussels with green garlic and Greg Olsen, but honestly I'd eat any of his recipes.

  • tmcginty  on  11/12/2017 at 8:19 PM

    One of the roast chicken recipes

  • aoiwowie  on  11/12/2017 at 8:25 PM

    Beet gazpacho.

  • FaithB  on  11/12/2017 at 8:29 PM

    I'd love to make the Baked Peppers With Feta and Breadcrumbs.

  • Maaseelulu  on  11/12/2017 at 9:10 PM

    Olive oil-rosemary biscuits.

  • heyjude  on  11/13/2017 at 2:06 AM

    Lebanese Kibbeh

  • vickster  on  11/13/2017 at 7:30 AM

    Red Chile Burritos

  • artfulgourmet  on  11/13/2017 at 8:19 AM

    sounds delish! love Kung Pao chicken which this reminds me of...:)

  • ktwalla  on  11/13/2017 at 8:33 AM

    Onion and Bacon Tart

  • bryrube323  on  11/13/2017 at 10:19 AM


  • sgrigis  on  11/13/2017 at 10:44 AM

    Red chile burritos for the win!

  • contest718  on  11/13/2017 at 11:11 AM

    Roast chicken with whole garlic heads

  • skipeterson  on  11/13/2017 at 12:18 PM

    Fried eggplant "sandwich"

  • PanNan  on  11/13/2017 at 12:28 PM

    Green Chile Breakfast Quesadillas

  • daniellespinato1  on  11/13/2017 at 1:03 PM

    Oaxaca-style garlic soup

  • lpatterson412  on  11/13/2017 at 1:21 PM

    I would love to try yogurt at home, have always wanted too!!!

  • JenJoLa  on  11/13/2017 at 2:36 PM

    Corn on the cob with green chile butter

  • kmn4  on  11/13/2017 at 3:08 PM

    Spicy peanut noodles

  • mjes  on  11/13/2017 at 3:21 PM

    Black beans with chorizo and squid

  • sgump  on  11/13/2017 at 5:22 PM

    The Turkish spoon salad sounds lovely!

  • lisaevanoff  on  11/13/2017 at 5:33 PM

    Roasted chicken legs with 40 cloves of garlic

  • patioweather  on  11/13/2017 at 6:29 PM

    Japanese cucumber salad

  • VeryVigario  on  11/13/2017 at 8:02 PM

    Dandelion greens with mustard dressing

  • rchesser  on  11/13/2017 at 8:44 PM

    French chicken tarragon!

  • sarahawker  on  11/14/2017 at 9:11 AM

    Corn soup with Indian spices

  • Karla123  on  11/14/2017 at 9:56 AM

    Roasted pepper and walnut spread (Muhammara)...this would taste great on toasted pita chips.

  • WCchopper  on  11/14/2017 at 11:19 AM

    Mmm, I have been wanting to try fried cardoons

  • Rooks  on  11/14/2017 at 3:18 PM

    Roasted Red Snapper with Lemon and Fennel

  • matag  on  11/14/2017 at 7:17 PM

    French chicken tarragon

  • PennyG  on  11/15/2017 at 7:19 AM

    Tiny lentil salad sounds like a great work lunch.

  • Siegal  on  11/15/2017 at 1:55 PM

    I always wanted to make garlic confit

  • ccav  on  11/16/2017 at 9:42 AM

    Jamaican split pea stew...although there are so many things that look good. Love Tanis' books!

  • Mrskoz  on  11/16/2017 at 10:48 AM

    I'd love to try the onion and olive tart!

  • FireRunner2379  on  11/16/2017 at 10:52 AM

    The recipe for Roasted chicken legs with 40 cloves of garlic sounds interesting!

  • SheenaSharp  on  11/16/2017 at 8:56 PM

    Spicy buttermilk onion rings!

  • southerncooker  on  11/17/2017 at 12:20 AM

    Multicolored heirloom tomato tian

  • RSW  on  11/18/2017 at 6:38 AM

    Lebanese kibbeh with caramelized onions

  • t.t  on  11/18/2017 at 11:26 AM

    Lebanese kibbeh with caramelized onions

  • michalow  on  11/18/2017 at 6:09 PM

    Tiny lentil salad

  • madelainelc  on  11/19/2017 at 9:29 PM

    Smoky Turkish Eggplant. I am a huge eggplant fan :)

  • AnnaZed  on  11/20/2017 at 12:26 AM

    Pan con tomate

  • robynsanyal  on  11/20/2017 at 10:26 AM

    Garlicky pork and potatoes yum!

  • kitchenclimbers  on  11/20/2017 at 5:03 PM

    red chile burrito

  • jfrmpls  on  11/20/2017 at 10:48 PM

    Tuscan pork roast.

  • Scotsman61  on  11/20/2017 at 11:03 PM

    onion and olive tart

  • CMCooks  on  11/20/2017 at 11:38 PM

    The Lebanese Kibbeh. I make a version from the Yucatán peninsula. I would love to try his version!

  • radhablack  on  11/21/2017 at 1:02 AM

    Omg everything - all the Turnip and radish recipes, charred scallions, leeks vinaigrette, smoky Turkish egggplant, Japanese eggplant and miso

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  11/21/2017 at 1:03 AM

    Rustic apple tart because since it is the only dessert in the book it must be amazing.

  • apprentice9  on  11/21/2017 at 7:06 AM

    Roasted pepper and walnut spread (Muhammara) - one of my favorites but I've never made it myself.

  • fbrunetti  on  11/21/2017 at 11:48 AM

    Leeks vinaigrette with chopped egg

  • Shana.  on  11/21/2017 at 1:18 PM

    Yellow beet salad with mustard seeds

  • alemily  on  11/22/2017 at 8:24 PM

    Red onion soup with cheese toasts

  • schesshire  on  11/25/2017 at 9:13 AM

    broccoli rabe lasagna

  • LaurenE  on  11/26/2017 at 1:41 PM

    Olive oil-rosemary biscuits

  • dbielick  on  11/28/2017 at 9:34 AM

    Hubbard squash with Parmesan and brown butter

  • infotrop  on  11/28/2017 at 12:23 PM

    Shrimp with tomato and feta (looks like there are lots of great recipes for fresh tomatoes)

  • verorenee  on  11/28/2017 at 11:28 PM

    Paris omelette with fines herbes

  • lucystew  on  11/29/2017 at 1:54 PM

    The velvety green leek soup!

  • Sfgordon  on  11/29/2017 at 4:52 PM


  • lauriesk  on  11/29/2017 at 7:35 PM

    Roasted pepper salad

  • Uhmandanicole  on  11/30/2017 at 4:59 PM

    Shaved asparagus salad

  • Mariarosa  on  11/30/2017 at 6:34 PM

    Tagliatelle with wild mushrooms - I had that in Italy this spring.

  • jthelwell  on  12/1/2017 at 10:22 AM

    Celery root My Way

  • Littlebirdchoc  on  12/1/2017 at 12:55 PM

    The Fried Eggplant Sandwich please!

  • Maefleur  on  12/1/2017 at 6:05 PM

    Incendiary Chinese chicken will be first!

  • Laura1  on  12/1/2017 at 7:58 PM

    lentil salad

  • jenmacgregor18  on  12/1/2017 at 9:22 PM

    Chinese street food style corn on the cob

  • JaneRose  on  12/1/2017 at 9:39 PM

    That would be Corn on the Cob with spices.

  • Katiefayhutson  on  12/1/2017 at 10:53 PM

    Corn soup with Indian spices

  • nevans72  on  12/2/2017 at 1:24 AM

    I would like to try the glorious Spanish tortilla.

  • mombaker247  on  12/2/2017 at 6:31 AM

    Onion and bacon tart. I have all of David's book love to add this book

  • jc214a  on  12/2/2017 at 6:57 AM

    Onion and Bacon Tart would be the first recipe that I would try.

  • lhudson  on  12/2/2017 at 7:16 AM

    Flank steak tagliata with salsa verde

  • bethbaye  on  12/2/2017 at 8:20 AM

    Mixed chicories with anchovy, garlic, and lemon

  • Ryderpond  on  12/2/2017 at 8:20 AM

    French Chicken tarragon

  • BMeyer  on  12/2/2017 at 11:53 AM

    olive oil rosemary biscuits

  • rachael_mc  on  12/2/2017 at 1:13 PM

    onion and bacon tart

  • intrepid9923  on  12/2/2017 at 6:00 PM

    I'd love to make the fried eggplant sandwich! Yummo!

  • choppergirl  on  12/2/2017 at 6:04 PM

    Tiny lentil salad

  • aeader  on  12/2/2017 at 6:57 PM

    North African carrot salad with preserved lemon!

  • tcjanes  on  12/2/2017 at 11:13 PM

    Fried cardoons.

  • monique.potel  on  12/4/2017 at 11:01 AM

    Oaxaca-style garlic soup love garlic soup would love to try this one

  • Eydie  on  12/4/2017 at 1:02 PM

    Corn Soup with Indian Spices. There are so many recipes I want to try first! The flank steak tagliata, the onion and bacon tart.....Fabulous book!

  • Julia  on  12/4/2017 at 11:50 PM

    Onion and Bacon Tart.

  • tararr  on  12/5/2017 at 1:45 PM

    Baked Peppers With Feta and Breadcrumbs

  • rglo820  on  12/5/2017 at 5:17 PM

    Japanese eggplant with miso!

  • sipa  on  12/7/2017 at 9:36 AM

    Chinese street food-style corn on the cob

  • bibliophile02  on  12/7/2017 at 12:19 PM

    Spicy buttermilk onion rings

  • lovelily1001  on  12/7/2017 at 9:02 PM

    tiny lentil salad~~ yum!

  • Dannausc  on  12/10/2017 at 7:12 PM

    Venetian onions

  • kelliwinter  on  12/10/2017 at 11:04 PM

    roast chicken with garlic heads

  • Senkimekia  on  12/12/2017 at 5:28 PM

    Black beans with chorizo and squid

  • NaomiH  on  12/13/2017 at 12:22 PM

    Brussels sprouts with chorizo

  • jmay42066  on  12/14/2017 at 7:05 PM

    Spicy buttermilk onion rings

  • Floramaven  on  12/14/2017 at 11:00 PM

    Venetian Onions...sound delicious!

  • tarae1204  on  12/16/2017 at 9:24 AM

    Spanish garlic toast for breakfast -- go savory and garlicky!

  • orchidlady01  on  12/17/2017 at 1:27 AM

    Roasted chicken legs with 40 cloves of garlic

  • tennyogirl  on  12/17/2017 at 11:31 PM

    Spanish garlic toast

  • itadakimasu  on  12/18/2017 at 5:36 PM

    Spanish garlic toast sounds delicious!

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