Chefs and Company

Chefs & Company: 75 Top Chefs Share More Than 180 Recipes to Wow Last-Minute Guests by Maria Isabella is one of my best cookbooks of 2017. There are many factors that contribute to that classification. This beautiful book contains a never-before-assembled collection of recipes that offer a rare and exciting glimpse into the private home kitchens of 75 culinary superstars as they prepare show-stopping meals for their own last-minute guests in an hour or less. The recipes look incredible and the photographs and chef profiles are brilliant. 

As I turn each page, I make a mental note to come back to almost every recipe. I gave up on applying post-it notes to recipes that interest me - those supplies would cost a small fortune in this year of magnificant cookbooks. For my last meal I would request: Arugula salad with goat cheese fritters, green apples and pomegranate; Roasted Niman ranch pork chops with black garlic marinade (a pork chop never looked so good) with Roasted coriander carrots and Poppy seed shortcakes with orange blossom cloud cream and blackberries. I'd also have to add the two dishes we are sharing today and go out with a bang. I couldn't decide which recipe I wanted to share so Page Street Publishing allowed us to share both. The pasta is absolutely great and the ribs are on my must make list which is as long as Santa's naughty list this year. 

Chef tips, approachable but elegant recipes from major players in the culinary world, measurements in weight and volume and stunning photographs make this book a must have of 2017. In addition to the recipes shared below, the publisher is also offering three copies of this stellar book to our members in the US and Eat Your Books is offering one copy worldwide in our contest below.  

 

Michael White's Garganelli with Prosciutto, Cream & Arugula
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Serves 4 as a main course

When you're in a hurry to make a pasta dish for last-minute company, this elegant version makes it look like you slaved all day over it. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Michael prefers to use garganelli pasta, which he considers to be "the finest of the short fresh pastas because of their textural complexity." Look for them in an Italian market or specialty shop.

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup (151 g) fresh or frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp (28 g) truffle butter (can substitute regular butter), divided
  • 5 oz (140 g) thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into ½-inch (12-mm) wide strips
  • 1½ cups (360 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 lb (450 g) fresh or dried garganelli (can substitute gemelli or penne)
  • ¾ cup (135 g) finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ cups (45 g) loosely packed arugula, washed, spun dry, and torn or cut into strips

Fill a medium-size pot about two-thirds full of water and salt it liberally. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add the peas and cook just until they start to turn bright green, about 30 seconds. Immediately drain them in a colander and rinse under gently running cold water to stop the cooking and preserve their green color. Set aside.

Fill a large pot about two-thirds full of water and salt it liberally. Bring to a boil over high heat.

Meanwhile, set a large heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon (14 g) of the butter and let it melt, tipping and tilting the pan to coat. Add the prosciutto and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, just to warm it and infuse the butter with its flavor, about 1 minute.

Stir in the cream and bring it to a simmer, then lower the heat and continue simmering gently until it reduces and thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.

When the water comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 2 minutes for fresh or 7 minutes for dried.

Meanwhile, stir the peas and the remaining 1 tablespoon (14 g) of butter into the sauce, letting the butter melt.

Drain the pasta and add it to the sauté pan. Toss to coat the pasta with the sauce, then stir in ½ cup (90 g) of the cheese until it melts and thickens the sauce.

Divide the pasta among 4 individual plates. Finish with a few grinds of black pepper, a sprinkling of the remaining cheese, and the arugula. Serve promptly

 

Kenny Gilbert's Fried Western-Style Pork Ribs
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Serves 4

"My father was from Chicago," explains Kenny. "He took me to Chinatown there when I was a kid, and there was a place that would serve a fried pork chop sandwich between two slices of Wonder bread, topped with smothered peppers and onions with a hot mustard sauce. I remember this was the most delicious combination I ever had. Even now after thirty-plus years, I still remember it." We bet you'll always remember this dish, too!

  • 3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (112 g) cornstarch
  • ¼ cup (25 g) Chef Kenny's Fried Chicken Seasoning (can substitute Goya Adobo All Purpose Seasoning)
  • ¼ cup (25 g) Chef Kenny's Raging Cajun Spice (can substitute Chef Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Redfish Magic Seasoning)
  • 4 (4-oz [112-g]) western-style-not country-pork ribs (pork shoulder or Boston butt roast, cut into 2-inch [5-cm] thick strips)
  • 2 cups (460 g) lard
  • 2 cups (410 g) Crisco all-vegetable shortening
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Place the flour, cornstarch, and chicken seasoning in a bowl. Whisk together well.

Massage the Cajun spice into the ribs, then dredge the ribs in the flour mixture. Place on a baking sheet and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Dredge the ribs again in the flour mixture and set aside.

Place the lard and Crisco in a deep 12- to 14-inch (30- to 36-cm) cast-iron skillet over medium to medium-high heat. When hot, add the ribs and fry, rotating every 2 to 3 minutes, until fully cooked, about 9 to 10 minutes. The internal temperature should reach 155°F to 165°F (68°C to 74°C). If necessary, cook ribs two at a time.

Remove the ribs to a platter with tongs and season lightly with salt and pepper.

Recipes excerpted from Chefs & Company by Maria Isabella, Page Street Publishing Co. 2017. Photo credit: Ken Goodman.

 

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and EYB is sponsoring one copy worldwide. 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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104 Comments

  • catmommy9  on  12/7/2017 at 5:35 PM

    Pork tenderloin with roasted tomatillos, poblanos & potatoes from Rick Bayless

  • LeighF  on  12/7/2017 at 6:08 PM

    Pan seared hanger steak

  • heyjude  on  12/7/2017 at 6:20 PM

    Charcuterie 101

  • Kristjudy  on  12/7/2017 at 8:14 PM

    Fried western style pork ribs.

  • Signe  on  12/7/2017 at 8:36 PM

    Wood-grilled nam prik chicken roti with homemade nam prik pao sauce

  • ravensfan  on  12/7/2017 at 8:53 PM

    Chewy brownies with hot fudge sauce

  • eileen2015  on  12/7/2017 at 9:19 PM

  • jr0717  on  12/7/2017 at 10:17 PM

    Charcuterie with pickled onions, cauliflower & mustard seeds from Curtis Stone sounds great - I love a great snack-y dish!

  • lgroom  on  12/7/2017 at 10:20 PM

    Gotta do those ribs.

  • lpatterson412  on  12/7/2017 at 11:24 PM

    Tortellini in Brodo!!!!

  • AnnaZed  on  12/7/2017 at 11:53 PM

    Ice cream sundaes with sautéed pineapple, sesame whipped cream & pie crust crumble [Stephanie Izard]

  • iza27  on  12/8/2017 at 1:31 AM

    Baked polenta with meat ragu and spinach

  • Livia  on  12/8/2017 at 2:32 AM

    It has got to be the Summer squash carpaccio with Spanish chorizo, Manchego & Marcona almonds

  • PanNan  on  12/8/2017 at 7:41 AM

    Pork tenderloin with roasted tomatillos, poblanos & potatoes [Rick Bayless]

  • vickster  on  12/8/2017 at 7:50 AM

    Stir Fried Eggplant

  • pmartin  on  12/8/2017 at 7:54 AM

    Blood Orange Gratin

  • Siegal  on  12/8/2017 at 8:46 AM

    I would like to make eggs in a nest

  • kmn4  on  12/8/2017 at 9:18 AM

    Seared loin lamb chops with Aleppo

  • lapsapchung  on  12/8/2017 at 9:27 AM

    Corn in the husk with smoked chili flakes, butter & rosemary

  • sarahawker  on  12/8/2017 at 9:31 AM

    Chicken & ginger rice soup [Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski]

  • infotrop  on  12/8/2017 at 11:40 AM

    Black pepper-seared tuna & balsamic soy cream with mustard greens, roasted tomatoes & corn from Greg Denton & Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton (have to root for the home team)

  • sgump  on  12/8/2017 at 12:41 PM

    I *love* broccoli rabe, so I'd try Naomi Pomeroy's broccoli rabe salad with anchovy, lemon & garlic.

  • mombaker247  on  12/8/2017 at 3:28 PM

    Seriously only one ok seated lamb chops with aleppo

  • Astrid5555  on  12/8/2017 at 3:56 PM

    Charred green peppers with chicken, cotija cheese & lime, sounds delicious!

  • skipeterson  on  12/8/2017 at 5:20 PM

    Moqueca with coconut-cashew rice [Daniel Boulud]

  • contest718  on  12/8/2017 at 6:10 PM

    Peppercorn duck with sweet & sour cranberry chutney and eight treasure rice & Roasted Anjou pears with Greek yogurt & honeycomb

  • LaurenE  on  12/8/2017 at 8:41 PM

    Pan seared hanger steak

  • lornaw  on  12/8/2017 at 9:47 PM

    Creamy fennel soup

  • matag  on  12/8/2017 at 10:26 PM

    Roasted peaches with brown sugar sauce & sour cream

  • jezpurr  on  12/9/2017 at 1:01 AM

    This one caught my eye:Kenny Gilbert's Fried Western-Style Pork Ribs!!!^_^

  • rchesser  on  12/9/2017 at 11:20 AM

    Spiced hummus with preserved lemon.

  • maggie_moo  on  12/9/2017 at 1:59 PM

    Taco bar with carne asada, salsa & pink beans - new ideas for Taco Night :)

  • mpdeb98  on  12/9/2017 at 4:13 PM

    Buttermilk panna cotta with berries & gingersnap crumble

  • antpantsii  on  12/10/2017 at 7:04 AM

    Spinach crepes with blueberry compote

  • hirsheys  on  12/10/2017 at 8:30 AM

    Naomi Pomeroy's Amatriciana

  • Dannausc  on  12/10/2017 at 5:40 PM

    Chicken thighs with kimchi peas

  • ptkcollins  on  12/12/2017 at 5:05 PM

    Tortellini in brodo

  • Katiefayhutson  on  12/13/2017 at 8:07 AM

    Baked polenta with meat ragu and spinach

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  12/13/2017 at 1:22 PM

    I want to first make the Barolo-flavored zabaglione [Lidia Bastianich].

  • daniellespinato1  on  12/14/2017 at 3:04 PM

    Creamy fennel soup sounds divine!

  • kitchenclimbers  on  12/15/2017 at 3:01 PM

    chewy brownies

  • t.t  on  12/16/2017 at 12:59 AM

    Chicken thighs with kimchi peas, shallot & lemon

  • stitchan  on  12/16/2017 at 8:03 AM

    Red wine-marinated mixed berries with vanilla gelato

  • tarae1204  on  12/16/2017 at 9:02 AM

    Smoked cheddar mac n cheese

  • Zosia  on  12/16/2017 at 11:22 AM

    Roast pork tenderloin with Chinese mustard sauce and broccoli rabe.

  • obigi  on  12/17/2017 at 3:36 AM

    I would like to make farro risotto with pea shoots and almonds.

  • RSW  on  12/17/2017 at 10:52 AM

    Fish fillet with vanilla herb yogurt & Szechuan chili sauce [Stephanie Izard]

  • tennyogirl  on  12/18/2017 at 12:01 AM

    Stir-fried Eggplant

  • stargirl  on  12/18/2017 at 6:42 PM

    Taco bar with carne asada, salsa & pink beans [Traci Des Jardins]

  • bstewart  on  12/19/2017 at 3:15 PM

    Roast pork tenderloin with Chinese mustard sauce & broccoli rabe by Joey Beato

  • GregH  on  12/19/2017 at 3:56 PM

    Chicken thighs with kimchi peas, shallot & lemon

  • v.t  on  12/19/2017 at 5:00 PM

    Warm fig crumble!

  • Mariarosa  on  12/19/2017 at 7:50 PM

    Chicken legs with Greek honey & Aleppo chili!

  • rosiedunningham  on  12/20/2017 at 2:00 PM

    Ooh the warm fig crumble, most definitely! Sounds divine!

  • lauriesk  on  12/20/2017 at 5:33 PM

    I would try the chewy brownies with hot fudge sauce.

  • Lesliehauser  on  12/20/2017 at 8:35 PM

    Chopped salad with chickpeas from Hugh Acheson

  • love2laf  on  12/21/2017 at 7:20 AM

    Michael White's Garganelli with Prosciutto, Cream & Arugula

  • topdawg11  on  12/21/2017 at 7:55 AM

    Quick ramen with ssamjang carbonara sauce by Ed Lee.

  • Ltayl04  on  12/22/2017 at 2:49 PM

    chopped salad with Chickpeas

  • dusksunset  on  12/22/2017 at 3:02 PM

    Stir Fried Eggplant

  • circ2000  on  12/23/2017 at 10:19 AM

    Pan-seared hanger steak

  • mcrimmins  on  12/23/2017 at 10:37 AM

    Chili Marinated Shrimp

  • luccio  on  12/23/2017 at 10:57 AM

    Spaghetti Squash Carbonara - that's something I've long been wanting to try...

  • mombaker247  on  12/23/2017 at 11:37 AM

    Making Chile marinated shrimp today

  • jim.windle  on  12/23/2017 at 11:38 AM

    roast pork tenderloin with Chinese mustard sauce and broccoli rabe

  • kerrin1976  on  12/23/2017 at 1:57 PM

    Chopped salad with chickpeas

  • debkellie  on  12/23/2017 at 2:11 PM

    Ken Gilbert's ribs!

  • biro  on  12/23/2017 at 2:53 PM

    Making aged balsamic vinegar

  • BMeyer  on  12/23/2017 at 9:03 PM

    steak with chimichurri sauce

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  12/24/2017 at 4:41 AM

    Susan Feniger's rib eye steaks with chimichurri found on page 75

  • monasli  on  12/24/2017 at 7:45 AM

    This Garganelli recipe!

  • RickPearson54  on  12/24/2017 at 9:22 AM

    Garganelli

  • drjeff  on  12/24/2017 at 10:14 AM

    Lemongrass grilled shrimp

  • lmhester  on  12/24/2017 at 3:41 PM

    Barely cooked salmon with leeks & red wine butter sauce

  • tararr  on  12/27/2017 at 8:46 AM

    Chili Marinated Shrimp

  • sdg8trgrl  on  12/27/2017 at 9:21 PM

    Zucchini & mozzarella frittata

  • Uhmandanicole  on  12/28/2017 at 1:31 AM

    Burnt carrots

  • cambridgecook  on  12/28/2017 at 4:23 PM

    braised halibut

  • mihaela_d  on  12/29/2017 at 2:43 AM

    Raspberry almond tea cakes

  • thewoobdog  on  12/29/2017 at 9:32 AM

    Chopped salad with chickpeas, feta, garlicky croutons & red wine vinaigrette sounds AMAZING

  • robynsanyal  on  12/29/2017 at 1:56 PM

    Sesame cucumber salad

  • PennyG  on  12/29/2017 at 3:57 PM

    Spaghetti squash carbonara [Clark Barlowe]

  • AngelaLCooks  on  12/29/2017 at 9:56 PM

    Warm fig crumble

  • lhudson  on  12/30/2017 at 9:14 AM

    Spaghetti squash carbonara

  • Rina63  on  12/31/2017 at 7:43 AM

    Raspberry clafoutis!!

  • EmilyR  on  1/1/2018 at 11:09 AM

    Peppercorn duck with sweet & sour cranberry chutney and eight treasure rice [Ming Tsai] -- Ming is from my hometown and I just won a giant French pantry from D'Artangan with lots of duck (which I don't often cook). Perfect match!

  • lils74  on  1/1/2018 at 11:41 AM

    The blood orange gratin sounds so interesting and unusual, so I'd like to try that, plus the eggplant agrodolce. So many of these recipes sound amazing, in fact!

  • jkmfrog  on  1/1/2018 at 4:32 PM

    Risotto alla Carbonara, definitely.

  • janv  on  1/1/2018 at 5:13 PM

    Love balsamic vinegar but never thought to make it

  • sequoia55  on  1/1/2018 at 9:02 PM

    Roasted peaches with brown sugar sauce & sour cream

  • auntietina  on  1/1/2018 at 9:39 PM

    Roast pork tenderloin with Chinese mustard sauce & broccoli rabe

  • Sfgordon  on  1/2/2018 at 3:07 PM

    Cast iron seared sea scallops with pea shoots and kale salad!

  •  on  1/4/2018 at 4:55 PM

    I would cook most things dreamed up by Anita Lo, but that Shrimp Stew would be the first.

  • Julia  on  1/6/2018 at 3:23 PM

    So many wonderful options! Chili marinated shrimp.

  • Scotsman61  on  1/6/2018 at 8:57 PM

    Seared loin lamb chops with Aleppo

  • VeryVigario  on  1/7/2018 at 7:55 PM

    Goat cheese avocado mash

  • jd5761  on  1/9/2018 at 2:44 PM

    Roast pork tenderloin with Chinese mustard sauce & broccoli rabe

  • orchidlady01  on  1/11/2018 at 2:18 AM

    Charcoal-grilled rib eye steaks & broccolini

  • Rosesrpink50  on  1/11/2018 at 5:48 PM

    Chicken thighs with kimchi peas, shallot, and lemon from Hugh Acheson sounds delicious.

  • camerashy131  on  1/13/2018 at 7:55 AM

    Pork tenderloin with roasted tomatillos, poblanos & potatoes

  • Laura1  on  1/14/2018 at 6:51 AM

    chewy brownies

  • Shelley.b  on  1/16/2018 at 8:01 PM

    Chewy brownies

  • laffersk  on  1/17/2018 at 3:27 PM

    Spiced hummus with preserved lemons [Joanne Weir] (page 446)

  • jmay42066  on  1/17/2018 at 10:15 PM

    Chewy brownies with hot fudge sauce

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