Cookfight: 2 Cooks, 12 Challenges, 125 Recipes, an Epic Battle for Kitchen Dominance by Julia Moskin and Kim Severson

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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Snacks; Entertaining & parties; Mexican; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: dry-roasted peanuts; ground cayenne pepper; limes
    • Categories: Sandwiches & burgers; Quick / easy; Main course; Entertaining & parties; Mexican
    • Ingredients: pork shoulder; oranges; onions; garlic; stick canela; bay leaves; Mexican oregano; dried red pepper flakes; ground cloves; corn tortillas
    • Accompaniments: Fresh tomatillo salsa; Roasted tomato salsa; Poblano-cabbage slaw
    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Entertaining & parties; Mexican; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: tomatillos; jalapeño chiles; cilantro
    • Accompaniments: Tacos de carnitas
    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Entertaining & parties; Mexican; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: cherry tomatoes; jalapeño chiles; onions
    • Accompaniments: Tacos de carnitas
    • Categories: Salads; Side dish; Entertaining & parties; Mexican; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: green cabbage; Savoy cabbage; watermelon radishes; poblano chiles; green-skinned apples; limes; cilantro; ground cayenne pepper
    • Accompaniments: Tacos de carnitas
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert; Entertaining & parties; American South
    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; ground cinnamon; ground ginger; butter; dark molasses
    • Categories: Soups; Entertaining & parties; Moroccan; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: cilantro; onions; tomato paste; ground cumin; paprika; ground cayenne pepper; canned tomatoes; limes
    • Accompaniments: Cheddar gougères
    • Categories: Pies, tarts & pastries; Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; Entertaining & parties; French; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: butter; all-purpose flour; eggs; dry mustard; ground cayenne pepper; sharp cheddar cheese
    • Accompaniments: Cold tomato cilantro soup
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    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Main course; Entertaining & parties; Italian; Jewish
    • Ingredients: chicken thighs; paprika; bucatini pasta; dried rosemary; dried currants; pine nuts; parsley
    • Accompaniments: Escarole salad with anchovy-garlic dressing
    • Categories: Ice cream & frozen desserts; Dessert
    • Ingredients: vanilla ice cream; tangerines; seltzer water
    • Categories: Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Soups; Mexican; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: red onions; apple cider vinegar; carrots; Spanish onions; red wine; canned black beans; jalapeño chiles; limes
    • Accompaniments: Cheese grits with scallions, bacon, and red pepper
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    • Categories: Pasta, baked; Quick / easy; Main course; Appetizers / starters; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: sharp cheddar cheese; American cheese; elbow macaroni pasta
    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; French
    • Ingredients: onions; bacon; stewing beef; stock; red wine; bay leaves; thyme; parsley; mushrooms; waxy potatoes; baking potatoes; garlic; buttermilk; heavy cream; butter; chives
    • Categories: Baked & steamed desserts; Dessert; British
    • Ingredients: dates; all-purpose flour; butter; granulated sugar; eggs; light brown sugar; half and half cream; brandy; heavy cream
    • Categories: Beverages / drinks (no-alcohol)
    • Ingredients: sugar; cinnamon sticks; black peppercorns; pink peppercorns; thyme; mint; seltzer water
    • Categories: Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Dips, spreads & salsas; Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; American South
    • Ingredients: sesame seeds; all-purpose flour; lard; nori; goat cheese; Sriracha sauce
    • Categories: Soups; Vietnamese
    • Ingredients: beef shank bones; beef chuck; onions; fresh ginger; cinnamon sticks; whole star anise; coriander seeds; fennel seeds; cardamom pods; whole cloves; fish sauce; beef flank steaks; mint; basil; cilantro; limes; jalapeño chiles; bean sprouts; rice noodles
    • Categories: Mousses, trifles, custards & creams; Dessert; Italian
    • Ingredients: cornflakes; heavy cream; half and half cream; fresh ginger; gelatin
    • Categories: Sandwiches & burgers; Main course; Children's parties; Entertaining & parties
    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; lard; buttermilk; butter; ham; dill pickles; frozen strawberries; sugar; lemons
    • Accompaniments: Caesar salad in a cup; White bean soup with chive oil
    • Categories: Jams, jellies & preserves; Quick / easy
    • Ingredients: frozen strawberries; sugar; lemons
    • Categories: Salads; Appetizers / starters; Side dish; Children's parties; Cooking ahead; Entertaining & parties; American
    • Ingredients: romaine lettuce; French bread; lemons; Worcestershire sauce; Parmesan cheese
    • Accompaniments: Ham biscuits, jam biscuits; White bean soup with chive oil
  • White bean soup with chive oil
    • Categories: Soups; Children's parties; Entertaining & parties
    • Ingredients: dried Great Northern beans; onions; leeks; tomatoes; carrots; celery; garlic; chicken stock; thyme; rosemary; half and half cream; chives; canola oil
    • Accompaniments: Ham biscuits, jam biscuits; Caesar salad in a cup
    • Categories: Dressings & marinades
    • Ingredients: chives; canola oil

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  • Food52

    In the end, all I really wanted was to get in the kitchen & cook alongside them, sharing laughs, jabs, & a big pile of their Bacon-Fat Gingersnaps. Give peace a chance, ladies. A good read, & epic fun

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  • Serious Eats

    It isn't two books in one—it's a collaborative effort between two clever people, both of whom have risen to the occasion. The book might be based on battle, but everything we've seen is a winner.

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  • Epicurious

    While you are welcome to pick sides, and may find one woman's recipes more appealing, the book's competitive spirit remains friendly, and in the end, it's the reader and home cook that wins.

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  • ISBN 10 0061988383
  • ISBN 13 9780061988387
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  • Published Nov 15 2012
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ecco Press

Publishers Text

Food obsessives.
Work wives.

New York Times writers Julia Moskin and Kim Severson were all of the former, until legendary Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni challenged them to go head-to-head in a culinary duel—a battle for dinner dominance that turned them into kitchen combatants. Armed with only $50 each, Bruni dared them to prepare a full meal for six, a showdown which he would judge for the newspaper. The thrill of battle proved too exhilarating to resist, and that initial clash turned into a yearlong kitchen war as Julia and Kim faced off to tackle the most vexing kitchen predicaments, from how best to console friends in need through old-fashioned home cooking to conjuring kids' food that keeps both parents and children happy at a party.

CookFight is the delicious result of their brinksmanship, a chronicle of their skirmishes over the course of twelve months and a look at how two very different people—best friends from wildly divergent backgrounds—approach the kitchen. In each heartfelt and hilarious chapter, Kim and Julia confront a new "challenge"—those quandaries all home cooks deliberate, from how to strategize a dinner party (the Fancy Food Challenge) to how to eat more seasonally and locally (the Farmer's Market Challenge). Every recipe, from Julia's Caramelized Corn with Mint to Kim's Carnitas, is a delectable testament to their creativity and savvy—only the reader will be able to call the winner.

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