Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller

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    • Categories: Dessert; Main course
    • Ingredients: barbecue sauce; collard greens; potatoes; strawberries; Grand Marnier; shortcake rounds; half and half cream; bacon; heavy cream; whole chicken
  • Buttermilk fried chicken
    • Categories: Main course
    • Ingredients: kosher salt; parsley; thyme; whole chicken; piment d'Espelette; bay leaves; garlic; chives; Italian sausages; lemons; jarred piquillo peppers; yellow peppers; black peppercorns; fleur de sel; clover honey; chicken stock; red peppers; Spanish onions; tomatoes
  • Whole roasted chicken on a bed of root vegetables
    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Fall / autumn; Winter
    • Ingredients: carrots; rutabagas; yellow onions; whole chicken; thyme; leeks; baby red potatoes; turnips; garlic
    • Categories: Pies, tarts & pastries; Main course
    • Ingredients: milk; ground cayenne pepper; carrots; black peppercorns; celery; cooked chicken meat; parsley; thyme; bay leaves; red potatoes; pearl onions; store-cupboard ingredients; garlic
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas
    • Ingredients: garlic; lemons; parsley; black peppercorns; butter
  • Sautéed chicken breasts with tarragon
  • Chicken mar i muntanya with shrimp, mussels, green beans, piquillo peppers, and chorizo
    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Spanish
    • Ingredients: kosher salt; parsley; black peppercorns; thyme; chorizo sausages; saffron; mussels; lemons; shrimp; haricots verts; clover honey; bay leaves; piment d'Espelette; short-grain rice; onions; jarred piquillo peppers; fleur de sel; whole chicken; chicken stock; garlic
  • Crispy braised chicken thighs with olives, lemon, and fennel
    • Categories: Main course; Mediterranean
    • Ingredients: onions; green olives; dried red pepper flakes; bay leaves; parsley; chicken thighs; fennel; thyme; lemons; chicken stock; garlic
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    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Cooking ahead
    • Ingredients: parsley; dry red wine; beef short-ribs; button mushrooms; yellow onions; shallots; leeks; beef stock; thyme; black peppercorns; garlic; bay leaves; carrots
    • Accompaniments: Celery root with melted onions; Polenta; Puree of garlic potatoes
    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Main course
    • Ingredients: pappardelle pasta; black peppercorns; thyme; parsley; crème fraîche; cremini mushrooms; bay leaves; heavy cream; leeks; yellow onions; button mushrooms; beef short-ribs; shallots; carrots; dry red wine; beef stock; garlic
    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Catalan
    • Ingredients: shallots; tomatoes; Spanish onions; button mushrooms; dry red wine; fingerling potatoes; olive oil; garlic; baby fennel; black peppercorns; yellow onions; beef short-ribs; baby leeks; Spanish olives; carrots; beef stock; oranges; bay leaves; thyme
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    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Main course
    • Ingredients: bay leaves; fennel; leeks; thyme; canned tomatoes; black peppercorns; yellow onions; onions; beef sirloin steaks; beef chuck; mozzarella cheese; veal shoulder; pappardelle pasta; parsley; breadcrumbs; pork butt; dried oregano
    • Categories: Grills & BBQ; Main course
    • Ingredients: butter; parsley; shallots; paprika; beef porterhouse steaks
    • Accompaniments: Creamed baby spinach
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  • Blowtorch prime rib roast
    • Categories: Main course
    • Ingredients: heavy cream; prepared horseradish; fleur de sel; beef rib-eye roast
    • Accompaniments: Leek bread pudding

Notes about this book

  • ellabee on March 27, 2013

    Everything I hate about a cookbook in one package. First and worst, way bigger and heavier than it needs to be: obscene amounts of white space on heavy paper -- 5.5lb vs outer-limit Madison Veg Literacy 4lb, and just enough bigger along each dimension to move out of the manageable zone. [Have to grant that the composition of many photos is outstanding.] BUT: teeny page numbers IN THE CENTER OF THESE HUGE HEAVY PAGES, And no overall or chapter ToC, so have to use the [decent to good] index to find recipes. Go straight to hell, Artisan Books (and Level Design of Calistoga, California). I'm unloading this overblown production as soon as chow's April Cookbook of the Month is over.

  • ericam on February 13, 2011

    I agree with slowfoodie, I made the wedge salad one night and found that I for this recipe alone, I had to make oven-dried tomatoes, make the croutons, crisp the bacon and make the dressing, so about an hour for a salad. This happens with a lot of recipes I've encountered though, not just in this book. I'd recommend if you need one of pre-made recipes, check for other recipes in the book using those items, make the make-ahead items on your day off and use them throughout the week. But this book is pretty great for comfort food and is 10x easier than the French Laundry cookbook.

  • slowfoodie on August 21, 2010

    Excellent recipes. The only drawbacks with this book are that many of the recipes call for pre-made condiments (recipes given), specialty ingredients and/or things to do a day ahead. If you have the time to deal with those requirements this is a top-notch book and the results are worth the effort.

  • memagee on January 14, 2010

    As usual Thomas is very thorough.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Farro and black rice with roasted autumn squash

    • Jane on December 06, 2011

      This discovery was one of those times "I have these ingredients for Sunday night supper and what recipe can I find". Although I didn't have everything in Keller's ingredient list - only one type of squash (delicata), no dandelion greens and pancetta rather than applewood smoked bacon - it worked really well. It looked pretty with the brown farro, black rice and orange squash. The mix of texture and flavors was good, the mustard dressing gave it some zing.

  • Peach puree

    • Jane on September 22, 2019

      This was lovely - good peach flavor with a hint of spice. I don't know why you would need to strain it - the Vitamix makes it so smooth already.

    • Jehensle on July 19, 2019

      Great recipe! This turned out so flavorful! I cut the recipe in half and followed directions as directed (though I did not strain the purée before cooking). 1 lb of peaches made about 2 cups of cooked purée, though it should have only made 1 cup. Maybe I didn’t cook it long enough, but either way, it is delicious, especially on vanilla ice cream!

  • Blowtorch prime rib roast

    • Cheri on December 25, 2013

      Didn't use his method for the roast, but the horseradish sauce was perfect.

  • Split pea soup with ham hock, fresh peas, and mint

    • Cheri on December 18, 2010

      this was good. Took much longer to cook - 2+ hours after split peas were added. Used frozen green peas. Mint is very nice touch. Richard was not crazy about this one

  • Summer vegetable gratin

    • Cheri on September 05, 2010

      Skipped the eggplant. Made in oval cassarole dish. 1st sauted onions and garlic, then layer of squash (green and yellow), then layer of tomatoes (romas) then one more layer of squash, finish with bread crumbs. Guests LOVED it. Nice flavor balance. Does take 1.5 hours to bake.

    • twoyolks on August 24, 2014

      The tart is really pretty but the flavor of the various vegetables doesn't really meld together.

  • Beef stroganoff

    • Breadcrumbs on September 10, 2011

      p. 42 - While I'd never turn down an opportunity to dine as any of TK's restaurants, I've come to the conclusion I'm not a huge fan of his cookbooks. Every time an enticing recipe appears in an EYB search, inevitably I pull the book from the shelf only to read the recipe and get totally frustrated by overly-complex process to make it. This recipe is no exception. While the ingredient list was relatively short and, seemed promising, I pulled the book only to find that before you can even make this dish, you first must prepare TK's Braised Beef Short Ribs recipe that spans pgs 41 and 42. Thanks but no thanks TK. While we do love beef stroganoff, we'll be living vicariously through others experiences in making this version!!

    • ellabee on March 21, 2013

      Recipe online:

    • jodies on May 09, 2015

      This was good but I didn't love it. Seemed more like a pasta with creamy mushroom sauce than anything at all resembling beef stroganoff (at least if you're looking for it in the more traditional sense). I did not do the whole short ribs procedure, but rather used seared and sliced prime fillet mignon.

    • Trackypup on December 03, 2011

      Unbelievably good. Definitely a day off or weekend meal as it does take time but I can't imagine a better Beef Stroganoff recipe. I braised a bunch of beef so the rest will be used for meat pies in the week with the braising liquid. Highly recommend.

  • Fig and balsamic jam

    • vinochic on August 23, 2011

      Easy to make and delicious. Great with cheese!

  • Sautéed lamb loin chops

    • JoanN on June 10, 2013

      Good, but probably won't make again. Prefer my loin chops simply broiled. See online recipe for reducing servings from 6 to 2.

  • Roasted spring leg of lamb

    • Ladyberd on November 22, 2013

      Once again, Keller gets it just right. This lamb came out pink, juicy and perfect. My husband claims it was the best leg of lamb he's ever had so I have a new go-to lamb roast.

  • Sautéed shrimp with garlic

    • hbroad on June 11, 2010

      Delicious, fast and easy.

    • jodies on August 14, 2021

      Really delicious and easy.

    • bching on March 27, 2019

      This is a good quick way to prepare shrimp. The saline brine is a good idea although I will brine for a slightly shorter time in the future; it was a little saltier than I would have liked.

    • mharriman on June 30, 2018

      Tasty. My husband and I like shrimp and eat it nearly every week. I made this for a family tapas dinner and everyone loved it. The 10 minute quick salt brining adds depth to an otherwise typical shrimp sautée.

  • Curried cauliflower-chickpea salad

    • nickdavis on June 23, 2010

      I had to substitute romaine for the endive, as I needed to scale the recipe for 80 and could not find a good local source. Very good recipe.

    • ellabee on April 02, 2013

      p.152-153. Advance prep required: red onions pickled in vinegar and sugar at least 24 hours ahead, dried chickpeas soaked for 12 hours.

    • okcook on June 23, 2012

      This salad has very interesting textures and flavours. If it was on a buffet table it would probably get passed by because it doesn't have a lot eye appeal. But it is well worthwhile making.

    • tekobo on April 14, 2017

      It seemed like there were a million extra things to make before you could complete this salad - madras vinaigrette, pickled red onions, wine soaked raisins, cooked chickpeas - ok, four. It is sooo delicious that it is worth it though. Going to make it again soon but will cut the cauliflower florets down so that they are closer in size to the chickpeas.

  • Creamed baby spinach

    • DJM on January 13, 2012

      Unlike any other creamed spinach. Onions, shallots, Comte cheese. Exceptional recipe.

    • ellabee on March 30, 2013


  • Sautéed chicken breasts with tarragon

    • DJM on January 07, 2013

      Tarragon and chicken are a match made in heavenand the touch of curry and paprika enhance it. I have also made this with bone-in, skin on chicken breasts-saute briefly, then into a moderate oven until done, then continue with the sauce.

    • ellabee on April 01, 2013

      p.27. A perfect way to make use of fresh tarragon, whenever it's available to you. Dead easy for two, a bit more work for six as written, because both the pounding and sauteeing of the chicken breasts can only be done a few at a time. Use written quantity for sauce even if cutting down on chicken servings. Equally good with veal scallopini and veal stock.

    • mr.paul on March 02, 2015

      Extremely good, with fairly light work. The tastes are quite balanced. The flavour profile and work is most certainly not what you expect from Keller, so that might have influenced my rating; it was such a surprise because it was dead easy and somewhat an exotic flavour for him. Will make again lots of times. We made it with only two breasts, but used the same amount of ingredients for sauce as mentioned by another Noter, as that seemed to be dictated by pan size, which would be the same either way.

    • sheepishjen on April 19, 2017

      quite tasty and simple. Great treatment for skinless boneless chicken breasts. Would make again.

    • Trackypup on December 19, 2011

      Very good. You wouldn't in a million years think the chicken had been marinated in curry. I mixed the breasts in the curry/paprika mix in the am for dinner that night. Nice quick, easy meal.

    • ksg518 on April 08, 2021

      Very good! I wouldn't have thought of combining tarragon, curry and paprika but the combination was delicious. I didn't pound the chicken thin enough so it took a little longer to cook. Like others I had less chicken than the recipe calls for but used the full amount for the sauce (including a little more shallot than required).

    • Dcampos on October 17, 2016

      This was delicious!

    • Pamsy on February 04, 2019

      My first recipe from this book. Lovely flavour and really simple. I used 1 large breast, sliced horizontally which was fine for 2 of us. Didn't pound the chicken as it was thin enough. Will definitely make again, would be good for a dinner party.

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  • Green bean and potato salad with mission figs and Ibérico ham

    • SheilaS on August 10, 2022

      This is a fun salad to eat with lots of different flavors and textures. The recipe calls for 1.5 lbs beans to 1 lb potatoes, I'd prefer equal parts. Per the recipe notes, I subbed prosciutto for the Iberico ham and cut it up in the salad instead of serving it on a separate plate.

  • Creamed summer corn

    • ellabee on December 03, 2012

      page 189. Made from a version on a food blog, before acquiring the book. Unbelievably great. Perfect for that third or fourth batch of corn, when the pure excitement of fresh sweet corn has passed, but the corn is still coming. Especially good with black bean fritters.

  • Apricot-currant compote

    • ellabee on March 30, 2013

      p.243 AND p.246. The designers of this book should be condemned to cook with it for six months straight.

  • Caramelized fennel

    • ellabee on April 02, 2013

      p.194. Possibly the simplest recipe in this book: blanch quarter-inch wedges 3 min, let cool (can be stored at this stage for later caramelizing) then pan-fry a few minutes on each side until well colored.

    • southerncooker on March 11, 2019

      I had a fennel bulb I needed to use up before it ruined so I searched my books on here and found this recipe. Since I only had one bulb I made a half recipe. It was a quick, easy, and tasty recipe.

  • Catalan beef stew

    • ellabee on March 30, 2013

      p.46. Requires substantial advance prep: uses as ingredients soffrito (5 hours) and already braised beef short ribs (3 hours).

  • Scallion potato cakes

    • ellabee on March 29, 2013

      p.230. Recipe specifies Russet potatoes. Try with 1 lb potatoes (resulting in one pan cake to be fried) rather than 3, especially since I'll be grating by hand rather than with food processor.

    • kateiscoooking on August 29, 2020

      These were delicious but not a five in our book. The directions were perfect. We put smoked salmon on top and used his horseradish cream. Now, that was a five!

    • sosayi on February 14, 2019

      Absolutely delicious and easy. Directions were spot on, although I did need a bit more time per side than indicated (but maybe my pan was just on a lower heat). I added blue cheese to the middle of two of the cakes, to pair with the dinner I had planned, and that worked out really well. I agree with Ellabee that I would probably pare down to 1# of potatoes for future endeavors, but I'm not sad about the leftover cakes in my freezer. No sir.

  • Lentil and sweet potato soup

    • ellabee on March 29, 2013

      p.121. Make half. Uses two 'sachets' (bouquets garnis) and parchment lid.

  • Tomato-basil marmalade

    • ellabee on April 02, 2013

      p.248. Good for early fall, as it specifies slightly under-ripe tomatoes and fennel and leeks along with basil. Especially recommended with lamb.

  • Waldorf salad

    • ellabee on April 02, 2013

      p.136 ...sort of. An example of sub-recipes gone wild: blue cheese dressing p.182 made with aioli p.333 which is made with oil from garlic confit p.266.

  • Yellow curry powder

    • ellabee on March 29, 2013

      p.336. Surprisingly, does not call for toasting the whole spices before grinding. This is the curry powder called for in many of the recipes in the book, referred to in those ingredient lists as Madras curry powder. I adapted, based on what I had on hand and the proportions of spices in other recipes, and toasted the whole spices until some of the mustard seeds popped before grinding in mortar.

  • Blue cheese dressing

    • smtucker on April 01, 2012

      To date, this is the best blue cheese dressing we have tried. Used homemade mayonnaise and had to do a yogurt/sour cream mix to sub for the creme fraiche. The creme fraiche would have been even better, just have to remember to make some two days earlier.

    • okcook on August 31, 2010

      This dressing has a very nice balance of flavours. I made it with my homemade mayonnaise.

    • Lucylew on September 23, 2019

      Very good. Followed recipe with the exception of adding chives since I didn't have any. Added Trader Joe's allium powder instead.

  • Cream of cauliflower soup with red beet chips

    • smtucker on April 02, 2012

      Note, Keller's medium heat during the initial covered cooking time is either too hot for our stove or our vegetables didn't have as much moisture. A layer of veggies burned, but not so much that we needed take out. Subbed a very light homemade chicken stock for the cream. Served with garlic croutons and pepitas. No beet chips. NOTE: this recipe also has onions.

    • fprincess on April 02, 2012

      This is really delicious. I followed the recipe as is and didn't have any problem with the cooking temperature/time. My only shortcut was to use store-bought beet chips for the garnish. The soup was quite thick and very flavorful. Picture here:

  • Buttermilk biscuits

    • britt on September 24, 2010

      These are good and, this may be blasphemy, remind me of Popeyes' biscuits. They didn't keep past the first day.

    • twoyolks on April 02, 2012

      The original recipe calls for too much salt for my taste. I cut the salt by half and end up with a much better biscuit. It also works well to replace both the all purpose and cake flour with white lily flour.

    • chef_ub on April 15, 2012

      Why would you expect anything from a restaurant cookbook to KEEP past the first day? And then, what biscuit recipe was EVER meant to last past the completion of the meal? This guy crafts world class food and is recognized by world class critics.

    • sturlington on March 25, 2013

      Made previously and liked but not as much as Foster's Mkt biscuits.

    • MichiganTrumpet on December 28, 2020

      Way too salty. Recipe calls for four teaspoons of salt for 18 biscuits. (One tablespoon plus one teaspoon.) My yield was actually twelve biscuits. Checked the cookbook and internet versions thinking there might be a typo in one or the other. Both the same. Wish I had seen twoyolks’ comment before making. Will be looking for another biscuit recipe.

  • Chocolate chip cookies

    • okcook on August 31, 2010

      The different types of chocolate is interesting

    • DKennedy on June 21, 2013

      Made these for Father's day 2013 and would describe them as unremarkable. Good, but nothing special.

    • Melanie on March 28, 2014

      I thought these had a great taste. I didn't remove the chocolate 'dust' as suggested though as it felt like a waste of flavour for aesthetics.

  • Duck confit

    • okcook on August 31, 2010

      Very easy to make and the herbs add a nice touch. To clarify the duck fat after use, heat to 250 and let it bubble until you hear no more sizzling. This means you have driven off all the moisture. Strain and save the drippings in the bottom the pot.

  • Garlic confit and oil

    • okcook on August 31, 2010

      Oh my goodness, are these ever good. I have a jar in the fridge and use them all the time. Used them for a garlic mayonnaise to go on our hamburger, yummy.

    • Dannausc on December 27, 2020

      Good and easy but I let the garlic get a little too dark which made them less tender than I would have liked.

    • Totallywired on September 24, 2018

      Staple recipe, very low heat essential. Keeps forever.

  • Nantes carrot stew

    • okcook on October 29, 2012


    • adrienneyoung on October 19, 2012

      Keeper. Easy, delicious. Not as fast, in our case, as recipe describes. Would be a great addition to a turkey dinner.

    • bching on July 25, 2014

      Use vadouvan instead of madras curry.

    • mharriman on July 30, 2019

      Very tasty and went well with the cod recipe in the same cookbook. I used Bolthouse carrot juice (didn’t make my own). This would make a wonderful family or holiday dinner side since it can be made ahead and reheated.

    • Skamper on May 14, 2021

      Delicious even with regular ol' carrots, though I had to saute them quite a bit longer to get tender. I made carrot juice in a blender in advance, which was a bit of a pain. Next time I'll just buy it.

  • Pan-roasted duck breasts

    • okcook on February 17, 2014

      A very easy recipe to make pretty much perfect duck breasts. The orange zest adds a nice note to the dish. We had them with a blackberry risotto. This is my go to duck recipe.

    • Zosia on February 07, 2019

      This method is different from the one I usually follow with more time stove top, less in the oven and the results were very good: crisp skin, good flavour, moist meat and more of the fat rendered out than I've experienced before. I will make it this way again.

    • pattyatbryce on January 09, 2022

      Perfect way to cook a duck breast.

  • Sautéed red and green cabbage

    • okcook on August 31, 2010

      It tasted good but the presentation was not very appealing.

  • Porterhouse steak with herb and shallot butter

    • okcook on August 31, 2010

      The herb and shallot butter is very good. Keep it in the freezer for your next steak.

  • Buttered farro

    • bgood on November 08, 2010

      Depending on farro you'll probably need to cook it longer than the recipe

    • meggan on April 04, 2012

      I thought this was pretty bland.

  • Buttermilk dressing

    • bgood on November 26, 2011

      The aioli base is fantastic Converts to a blue cheese dressing just great for his Waldorf variation

  • Sun gold tomato gazpacho

    • bgood on September 02, 2010

      Very bright, alive flavours

    • jodies on September 07, 2021

      Best gazpacho ever. Really flavorful and meaty cherry tomatoes are a must. Garden or farmer’s market. Supermarket doesn’t cut it.

  • Buttermilk fried chicken

    • slowfoodie on August 23, 2010

      Brine makes the chicken salty. It's seasoned perfectly, but has a little too much salt when trying to restrict salt intake. Try slightly less salt in the brine.

    • mceuen on February 11, 2012

      I made this for friends and we all thought it was delicious. I made the brine ahead of time and let it sit in the fridge for a day before I added the chicken. I strained out most of the solids before adding the brine to the chicken, and it only sat in the brine for 8 hours instead of the recommended 12. The quality of the final result didn't seem to suffer because of this.

    • Kitchenangel on August 28, 2014

      This was such a tricky dish to fry. Hard to maintain temperature (was using a wok), and also not burn the chicken. The result was slightly undercooked. I nearly cried as it had required a bit of organization, what with the brining too. Haven't quite given up as spotted similar recipe in 'Smashing Plates' where chicken is finished off in the oven, hopefully producing an easier to control cook.

  • Court bouillon

    • lorloff on July 18, 2020

      This is a great recipe comes out really well every time. I make some minor modifications. I cook the vegetables and the herbs for 20 minutes and add 1 T Kosher Salt and then add the wine and vinegar and finish cooking the stock. I also add a medium beet and two stalks of celery with the vegetables and if I have it on hand add parsley and dill with thyme and bay, particularly when I am making the bouillon to poach salmon.

  • Crispy braised chicken thighs with olives, lemon, and fennel

    • lorloff on October 17, 2015

      A fabulous braised chicken finished by roasting and then broiling. This is a keeper. This will become my go to technique for chicken thighs. It was amazing. I added fresh farmers market celery to the fennel. I did not have fresh lemons which was unsual so I substitued 1 preserved lemon which worked really well it was fanstatic. I made this also at the end of my herb growing season so I increased the parsley and added pineapple sage and a bit of cilantro. I increased the herbs to a cup and added 3/4 a cup when the olives were added and then saved the 1/4 to add at the end. I added a bit more garlic. The fresh thyme is perfect adding a subtle flavor that would not be possible with dried. I threw them in during the broiling stage. I cannot say enough about how great the technique was. I strongly recommend you try this.

    • Avocet on August 05, 2016

      We found this a bit bland, though the technique was very good. I think Lorloff's additions would have sparked it up quite a bit, particularly the preserved lemon. Four strips of lemon zest just didn't give much lemon flavor.

    • C5D on July 28, 2012

      Great recipe and technique. Crisping technique and timing useful for other recipes

    • biondanonima on October 11, 2012

      This was fine but I'm not wild about the texture of braised fennel. The overall flavor was good though, with nice crisp skin on the chicken.

    • adelina on March 09, 2015

      Loved the technique and flavors. I used a whole chicken cut into pieces along with 2 more thighs and drumsticks. Short of not having a fennel I substituted fennel seeds along with celery. I served it with roasted buttered scallop potatoes.

    • Dannausc on December 27, 2020

      I didn’t have any fennel, so I used 3 cups celery and 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds. It was quite good.

    • pattyatbryce on January 09, 2022

      Very good recipe - easy to follow and came out perfectly. I like the idea of preserved lemon and wish I'd read that note prior to making. Somehow I ended up with 3/4 of the lemon zest strips in my first portion and when you got a bite of them, the dish went from good to great.

  • Poached salmon

    • lorloff on October 01, 2017

      I combined this recipe with the one in Jeremiah Tower's book. The ingredients for the court bouillon were great. I added two celery stalks + 1 finely sliced beet as per Jamie Oliver's suggestion. I also added garlic to the sachet. The court bouillon came out really delicious. I cooked the salmon in a poacher directly in the stock. Then let it cool in the poaching liquid. I served it with a salsa verde peche from Roden's The Book of Jewish Food. When I cooked the stock I used the approach from Jeremiah Tower's book in terms of timing. I followed Thomas Keller's instructions for cooking exactly and the salmon came out moist and perfect.

  • Pan-roasted halibut

    • lorloff on September 20, 2020

      I could not agree more with the other reviewers. A perfect and simple technique that browns the fish marvelously without over cooking it for perfect halibut. I used a cast iron pan and it worked perfectly. the Avocado-Lime Sauce from Jay Harlow’s west coast seafood makes a great sauce to serve with this dish — 1 avocado+ juice 1 ½ limes + 1 small green chile + salt.

    • owaint on May 20, 2011

      With good quality fish this is truly delicious. A very simple recipe but the timings used give a beautiful golden crust with perfectly cooked inner meat. It works just as well with skin-on fillets as it does with the skinless ones shown in the book. In fact, using the skin side for most of the cooking gives a great textural/flavour boost. For nice thick pieces of fish, plenty of salt before cooking is a good idea. The recipe doesn't mention it but DON'T use a non-stick pan, plain steel is perfect and will give a much better crust. Just be patient and, when it's time to turn the fish, gently loosen it first by shaking the pan while supporting the fish - it will come away nicely and have deep golden crust that you'd never get in a Teflon pan. The Mushroom and peashoot side is perfect with it (though both benefit from a little acid - lemon for the fish and a good vinegar for the mushrooms - to pep them up).

    • Eydie on July 05, 2011

      Thomas Keller is a great teacher, and the technique he uses to cook the halibut is genius. I've used the exact same technique on many types of fish, just decreasing the amount of searing depending on the thickness of the fish. I loved the Chanterelles and pea shoots as a side, as well as the asparagus with tomato bacon stew.

    • clkandel on December 17, 2020

      Excellent crust on this. Love the technique. I think this would be good with a dab of compound butter or small amount of other sauce on top.

    • anya_sf on July 11, 2021

      Agree that this method produces a great crust. However, with local (California) Pacific halibut, which is leaner than Alaskan, one must still be very careful not to overcook the fish. Despite cutting my fish larger (2 thick 8-oz pieces), cooking on medium-high 4 min, then low for 1 min, then oven 2 minutes, the fish still ended up kind of dry and underseasoned. That's more about the fish than the technique. Topping the fish with avocado-lime sauce (lorloff's suggestion) helped quite a bit, but I had leftovers the next day with vinaigrette and that actually added the most moisture and flavor.

    • Totallywired on July 10, 2019

      Masterclass method for perfect halibut.

  • Puree of garlic potatoes

    • jodies on November 19, 2023

      Excellent! Even without the garlic confit.

    • Dannausc on December 27, 2020

      I mashed the potatoes because I prefer mine lumpy. Good but I probably should have cooked the potatoes a little more as a couple of the potatoes weren’t quite tender enough. I used russet potatoes, because that’s what I had on hand.

  • Tomato and handmade mozzarella salad

    • cafrin629 on October 09, 2010

      I'll admit I didn't make the mozzarella, bought burrata, but this was a wonderful salad to make at the peak of tomato season.

  • Leek bread pudding

    • JulietTaylor on July 04, 2013

      This is a heavenly! Great for parties and a wonderful dish for the holidays, goes with all the traditional holiday fare.

    • Baxter850 on December 29, 2022

      Made for rib roast side dish. Don’t be tempted to add extra cheese less is more here. Very rich. Mine came out more like a custard than the drier version in the picture in the book (maybe because I didn’t toast the bread long enough). Would make again.

    • Totallywired on September 24, 2018

      Make this every Christmas as a side to prime rib. Perfect and indulgent.

  • Brownies

    • usingSpoons on September 04, 2011

      This recipe calls for 61 to 64% dark chocolate, not milk couverture chocolate as it says in the tags to this entry. This is cut up for chips, and cocoa is used for the brownie batter.

    • NJChicaa on January 24, 2018

      Absolutely outrageous brownies. Must try!!!

  • Caramelized sea scallops

    • southerncooker on February 23, 2019

      I did this with bay scallops. They were delicious with that optional squeeze of lemon juice at the end but not as pretty as the ones in the book. I also made the clarified butter from the book to sear them in.

    • twoyolks on March 20, 2016

      The scallops get very well caramelized. If you're using any smaller scallops, decrease the brining time so they don't become too salty.

  • Clarified butter

    • southerncooker on February 23, 2019

      I just did one stick of butter since I wanted some to sear the scallops from this book in.

  • Flatbread

    • Melanie on March 28, 2014

      This is a great recipe - rolls out to be super thin and crisp with use of a pasta machine.

  • Whole roasted chicken on a bed of root vegetables

    • RuthGo on March 10, 2015

      This has become my go to way to roast a chicken. The trick is to steam some of the veggies before hand to make sure that they get cooked all the way through.

    • Totallywired on October 22, 2018

      I am not partial to bed of vegetable chicken recipes. The veg releases steam which reduces browning on the chicken, plus I find the aromatics (particularly onions) detract from the flavour of the chicken. You can solve the latter by sweating the aromatics before you add them, but then why bother.

  • Glazed sweet potatoes

    • twoyolks on February 17, 2014

      The instructions for this are not particularly clear as to what orientation the cut sweet potatoes should be cooked at. Also, there is a large amount of butter used that mostly seems to melt and disperse around the sweet potatoes.

  • Roasted pork short ribs

    • twoyolks on February 17, 2014

      I made this with spare ribs cut into 3 rib sections instead of short ribs and they were very good.

  • Wild cod in persillade

    • twoyolks on December 18, 2017

      The cod was well cooked but the persillade didn't adhere to the fish so most of it came off. It also didn't brown particularly well. It looked nothing like the picture in the book.

    • mharriman on July 30, 2019

      Great tasting but baking directions are strange to me. After browning the cod on the stove, I moved it - breadcrumb side down - as directed, to the oven, even though I thought it made no sense. The parsley and breadcrumb topping came off in pieces when I flipped them to serve, and as a previous cook noted, the cod looked nothing like the photo. I served this with the recommended carrot and asparagus side, reviewed separately.

  • Fresh tuna salad

    • sturlington on October 16, 2013

      Served with bacon vinaigrette from the same cookbook.

  • Slow-cooker apple butter

    • sturlington on October 23, 2013

      This is a reasonable recipe for apple butter. I actually made the apple sauce earlier and then started the slow cooker recipe after the point of pureeing the apples. It takes a long time and is not quite as thick as I would like, but it is all done in the slow cooker rather than the oven, a big bonus.

    • tarae1204 on September 15, 2023

      This has been my go-to for apple butter. Still happy with it, but I did swap cider vinegar for the specified champagne vinegar and that made it too vinegary. Stick to the recipe!

  • Chanterelle mushrooms with pea shoots

    • clkandel on December 17, 2020

      The pea shoots and chanterelles are a great flavor combo. Served this with the suggested halibut for a fast, delicious dinner.

  • Chicken potpie

    • Miquette on January 12, 2013

      This potpie is worth the effort, homemade crust is a must! I add sautéed shiitake mushrooms.

  • Fall salad

    • Miquette on November 03, 2013

      Really nice combination of flavors.

  • Vanilla ice cream

    • Rachaelsb on October 30, 2013

      I think this could be vanilla icecream perfection! I added oreos--beyond yummy. Keeping in fridge overnite is essential.

  • Grilled asparagus with prosciutto, fried bread, poached egg, and aged balsamic vinegar

    • Zosia on June 21, 2014

      Grilling the asparagus and adding croutons, prosciutto and a drizzle of balsamic to the plate updates this classic dish nicely.

  • Peperonata rustica

    • Zosia on September 09, 2014

      Delicious variation of peperonta which unfortunately relies on the soffritto recipe with a 5 hour cook time for much of its flavour. The method for roasting the peppers didn't work very well for me since I found it impossible to bake the cut peppers for over 30 minutes without browning the edges. I'll stick to broiling them in future.

    • foodgloriousfood on May 07, 2021

      We really enjoyed this and although it takes a while with the soffritto needing to be made first, the soffritto does keep on the fridge for a week so it doesn’t need to be made at the same time. Would make this again.

  • Pan-roasted chicken with sweet sausage and peppers

    • Zosia on September 09, 2014

      Really quite delicious but not sure it's worth the time and effort; not only is brining the chicken required but one must also make peperonta rustica and soffritto, the latter with a 5 hour cook time, to complete the dish. I did appreciate the technique of cooking the chicken that created and maintained a crisp skin but was just as happy with the pieces of chicken I'd skinned before cooking which, though not quite as attractive, were moist and flavourful. I used only chicken thighs.

    • Dannausc on December 27, 2020

      Good and hearty. I agree that it’s quite time consuming with all the prep steps/recipes. I skipped the brining, and it was still quite delicious.

  • Meatballs with pappardelle

    • Zosia on November 22, 2013

      Simple (especially if the butcher grinds the meat for you) but tasty meatball recipe that I decided to try based on cooking method: baking. Worked beautifully; I'll never fry another meatball again. I made them half the size but the baking time was the same as for the large size.

  • Soffritto

    • Zosia on September 09, 2014

      Excellent flavour but lacking a diffuser, it required frequent stirring, something of a chore with a 5 hour cooking time. I did cheat and raise the heat so it was done in 2 hours. This is not something I see myself making again.

    • Dannausc on December 27, 2020

      Good and easy but takes quite a long time. I used 1/2 a can of diced tomatoes and didn’t purée them. Still turned out fine.

  • Marinated feta with olives

    • mharriman on June 30, 2018

      Easy to put together and handsome dish because of the contrasting colors of feta and mixed olives. I don’t think this is all that much better tasting than what I can buy in a Wegman’s or Whole Foods olive bar, but it looks better because it’s freshly prepared.

  • Asparagus coins

    • mharriman on July 30, 2019

      This was a good rather than awesome side dish. We liked the coins with a few tips as a different way to eat asparagus, but for all the work (including making the parsley water), it wasn’t anything super special. Still, it was good and an interesting way to make and serve asparagus. Served with the cod and carrot recipe in the same cookbook (photograph of this on cod recipe page).

  • Caramelized savoy cabbage

    • Drmiggy on March 27, 2015

      page 197

  • Chicken soup with dumplings

    • NJChicaa on January 24, 2018

      This recipe took like 4 hours for me to make. Maybe longer. It was ridiculous.

  • Chicken mar i muntanya with shrimp, mussels, green beans, piquillo peppers, and chorizo

    • tekobo on February 11, 2017

      This is going to be a firm favourite. Delicious!

  • Cherry pie

    • metacritic on July 06, 2021

      This is phenomenal. Certainly the best cherry pie I've ever had. Arguably the best pie. Other cherry pies seem like a shadow of this, the real thing.

  • Blueberry cobbler

    • bwhip on September 03, 2020

      Probably the simplest Thomas Keller recipe I've ever made! :) This turned out great. I loved how the topping turned out very light and tender, not heavy like other cobblers I've had.

  • Horseradish cream

    • kateiscoooking on August 29, 2020

      This was fabulous. An absolute five. My hubby was the one whisking the cream and he was a bit frustrated by the time it took. But, the effort was worth it!

  • Pecan-walnut bars

    • Dannausc on January 09, 2021

      Made with all walnuts. I used grape molasses for the molasses. I baked the filling for about twenty minutes, but it still didn’t quite set and had a slight burnt taste. Even though it didn’t set, it still tasted quite good. It tasted really good warmed up and served over vanilla ice cream.

  • Sachet

    • Dannausc on December 27, 2020

      Super easy. It was a different rolling/tying method than I’ve used in the past.

  • Clam chowder with bacon

    • Dannausc on December 27, 2020

      I used ham instead of bacon and russet potatoes instead of Yukon gold potatoes, because that’s what I had on hand. I used 4 cups of onions and omitted the leeks, because I didn’t have leeks. I used a container of chopped raw clams for the clams so I skipped most of the clam steps. (Substitutions due to pandemic/pantry cooking) I added a couple of splashes of white vinegar and a pinch of cayenne pepper. One of the first times I’ve made clam chowder. It turned out quite good. My wife really liked it and said it was one of the best clam chowders she’s ever had.

  • Soup crackers

    • et12 on October 22, 2022

      I couldn’t find any dry yeast that wasn’t fast-acting but the recipe worked well nonetheless. I used the recommended sized 3/4” cutters and the crackers were the right texture and taste for soup crackers. Fairly easy and quick to make as well.

  • Marinated skirt steak

    • et12 on December 26, 2022

      The marinade was easy to do and I used it for a leaner steak which I then pan fried in butter. The steak was good but I didn’t get much if any flavour from the marinade.

  • Corn on the cob with lime salt

    • et12 on July 11, 2021

      Something a little different to just butter on corn. The taste of lime didn’t really jump out at you so I would put more zest next time. Is very easy to make while the corn is cooking.

  • Maine lobster rolls

    • Totallywired on March 25, 2019

      The platonic ideal of lobster rolls.

    • foodgloriousfood on May 07, 2021

      I once had a Lobster Roll on hot buttered brioche at The Canteen in Provincetown at sunset with my daughter at the end of a wonderful ten day road trip and it was so epic that years later I still dreamt about it. This lobster roll is as good as that one. The only lobster roll I will ever make because once you have had the best how do you shoot for less?

  • Melted leek rounds

    • Totallywired on October 26, 2018

      Made from memory, my favorite method to slow cook leeks.

  • Preparing lobsters

    • Totallywired on March 25, 2019

      Indispensible method, the court bouillon is another step but totally worth it.

  • Pineapple upside-down cake

    • breakthroughc on November 10, 2023

      This is the best Pineapple Cake I have eaten much less baked. Excellent! I don't own silicone baking pans and a buttered metal pan worked just fine. The batter is very thick (there is no pouring as indicated in the instructions) and I barely had enough to cover the fruit. It is a nice ratio of fruit to cake, about half and half. The schmear is delicious, but makes about 4 times as much as you need. The recipe header says it is hard to downsize??? I guess Thomas Keller is lacking basic math skills....I would make half next time and that still might be enough for two cakes.

  • Grapefruit cake

    • breakthroughc on April 22, 2023

      This cake was a disaster. I did sub oat milk for the whole milk, so it is partially my fault, but there were issues I think other than that. First you need an extra large loaf pan. A standard one will overflow. I think there is too much syrup for the cake. The top turned just to complete mush and it would not come out of the pan. If you are willing to eat it out of the pan it has a lovely grapefruit flavor.

  • Lamb meatballs

    • foodgloriousfood on April 01, 2022

      We had these with Tzatziki and Harissa on the side with a variety of salads. Loved the meatballs and would make again. I think they really need the sauces.

  • Rainbow chard with raisins, pine nuts, and serrano ham

    • foodgloriousfood on May 07, 2021

      I love this recipe and make it for the holidays every year. The wine soaked raisins really elevate the chard and these can be made up to 1 month ahead, the chard can be cooked a day ahead before a quick sauté with the ham, pine nuts and raisins before serving.

  • Pickled red onions

  • Honey-glazed cipollini onions

    • Smithe731 on March 27, 2022

      Pg 203; east and excellent!!

  • Peppercorn-crusted beef tenderloin

    • dosojosazules on March 12, 2023

      Meat cooked perfectly per directions but was SO peppery. Would crust with maybe half as much pepper next time.

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Reviews about this book

  • Eat Me Daily

    Best Cookbooks of 2009: Because the recipes here aren't as intimidating as those in Keller's other books. Because every single individual, persnickety step is worth it.

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  • Los Angeles Times

    Many of the recipes in the chapters titled "basics" and "life savers" represent the "extra step" that makes a dish outstanding... They're the chapters that I keep turning back to.

    Full review
  • NPR

    Interview on Morning Edition.

    Full review
  • Food52 by Grace Parisi

    The 2010 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks vs. The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook

    Full review
  • Fine Cooking

    Please don’t park this handsome hardcover on your coffee table... This is real, uncomplicated home cooking based on the food served at Ad Hoc... He offers everything you could want...

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  • Kate Cooks the Books

    Almost every recipe in this book called out to me to be made, and that is why I will buy the book and why I’m recommending it. A cookbook that leaves you wanting more is a keeper.

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Reviews about Recipes in this Book

  • Catalan beef stew

    • Los Angeles Times by Betty Hallock

      ...a spectacular, meaty dish of tender short ribs, fennel, fingerling potatoes and leeks, savory with the addition of oil-cured Spanish olives...And it takes three days to make.

      Full review
  • Leek bread pudding

    • Eats Well with Others

      ...asking me if I could healthify Thomas Keller's absolutely luscious leek bread pudding for her. I took one look at the recipe...and replied with a loud and resounding ABSOLUTELY.

      Full review
    • I Made That! was fabulous. There was so much cream in the custard that it was super rich, which is not so perfect for every day, but just right for a Thanksgiving tummy blowout.

      Full review
    • Kate Cooks the Books

      The dish is truly delicious and satisfying as only rich, rich bread, cream, and cheese can be.

      Full review
  • Grapefruit cake

    • Not So Humble Pie

      The cake, despite its rather humble appearance, is delicious. Low on fuss but high in flavor, each slice is moist and sticky with bitter-sweet ruby grapefruit syrup.

      Full review
  • Buttermilk dressing

    • Running With Tweezers

      My batch of dressing had more herbs and more buttermilk than called for in the recipe, as well as more lemon and a pinch of heat – feel free to tweak it to your taste.

      Full review
  • Caramel ice cream

    • Arctic Garden Studio

      I saw that it had 10 egg yolks I figured at the very least it would be rich enough, and it was. This recipe was "just right" in texture and flavor.

      Full review
  • Cream of cauliflower soup with red beet chips

    • Lisa Is Cooking

      Yes, it is a little bit of a process to follow the recipe exactly, but it all came together nicely to make a velvety smooth soup with crispy, crunchy, and tasty toppings.

      Full review
  • Buttermilk fried chicken

    • Kate Cooks the Books

      I’m here to tell you that this is some very, very good fried chicken, although it requires a lot more planning and effort than my go-to recipe.

      Full review
  • Grilled asparagus with prosciutto, fried bread, poached egg, and aged balsamic vinegar

    • Kate Cooks the Books

      The verdict from the family (and me) is that this is delicious and really very pretty despite my amateurish eggs and messy asparagus.

      Full review
  • Creamed summer corn

    • Kate Cooks the Books

      This is an easy, uncomplicated dish that takes best advantage of wonderful summer corn.

      Full review
  • Crab cakes

    • Kate Cooks the Books

      This is the kind of recipe that gives gourmet cooking a bad name and demonstrates my number one pet peeve with any cookbook.

      Full review
  • Coffee ice cream

    • Kate Cooks the Books

      I can definitely recommend this recipe as being easy and completely delicious.

      Full review
  • Hamburgers

    • Kate Cooks the Books

      Keller’s burgers are amazingly uncomplicated, which is surprising from a man who was willing to ask so much of me for a humble crab cake.

      Full review
  • Fingerling or sweet potato chips

    • Kate Cooks the Books

      You’re really going to be sorry I told you how to make these. Because they’re good. And easy. And mildly addictive.

      Full review
  • Cherry pie

    • Kate Cooks the Books

      Cherry, my absolute favorite kind of pie. And this one is amazing.

      Full review
  • Braised oxtail and mushroom tartine

    • Kate Cooks the Books

      The Tartine was delicious and reminded me of an open-faced brisket sandwich.

      Full review
  • Brioche

    • Kate Cooks the Books

      This brioche was, as you might imagine, absolutely delicious and my house smelled amazing.

      Full review
  • ISBN 10 1579653774
  • ISBN 13 9781579653774
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Oct 07 2009
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 384
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Workman Publishing
  • Imprint Artisan

Publishers Text

Keller showcases dishes that can be made every day (and not just for special occasions). Invaluable lessons, secrets, tips and tricks - as well as charming personal anecdotes - accompany recipes for such classics as the best fried chicken, beef Stroganoff, roasted spring leg of lamb, hamburger, the crispiest fried fish, chicken soup with dumplings, potato hash with bacon and melted onions, and superlative grilled cheese sandwiches, apple fritters, buttermilk biscuits, relishes and pickles, cherry pie - 200 recipes in all.

Thomas Keller received yet another James Beard Award in 2006 (this time for Outstanding Restaurateur), and is the only American-born chef to have two three-starred Michelin restaurants. His restaurants are The French Laundry, Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery, and Ad Hoc, all in Yountville, California, as well as Bouchon in Las Vegas, and per se in Manhattan.

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