My favorite "Chopped" judge and Food Network personality releases a new cookbook in "Old-School Comfort Food" by Alex Guarnaschelli.
Guarnaschelli delves into her childhood and food roots for recipes from her father and mother's cooking and mentors, gleaned from years of tasting and watching.
The daughter of a cookbook editor, her culinary tastes were inspired at an early age.
Becoming a chef under Guy Savoy and now an executive chef for Butter and the Darby, Guarnaschelli gives a mix of "restaurant" food and home cooking in her book.
The book is divided into nine chapters: Snacks Always Bring a Family Together, Salads for All Seasons, Meat: My Favorite All-American Recipes, Poultry: A Love Affair, Fish Is Easier to Make Than You Think, Vegetable Like I Remember Them, Dessert: It's Never About Hunger, Sunday Brunch Dishes from My Mom's Pantry to Yours and Make It from Scratch for the Fridge Door.
Snacks include Tomato Slices on an English Muff with with Cheddar, Broccoli and Onion Dip and Overnight Garlic Bread.
Salads have recipes for Baked Potato Salad, Argula and Strawberry Salad and Farfalle Pasta Salad with Beet Vinaigrette and Parsley Pesto.
Meat dishes include Beef Meatballs and Sauce with Rigatoni, Slow-Cooked Brisket , Cider-Glazed Parsnips and Celery, Roasted 'Bistro' Leg of Lamb with Crispy Rosemary, Spice-Rubbed Rack of Pork with a Side of Harissa and more.
Poultry dishes include Brined and Roasted Whole Chicken, Thanksgiving Turkey with Miles Standish Stuffing and Whole Duck with Green Peppercorn Glaze.
Fish dishes are Fresh Clam Chowder, Angel Hair Pasta with Caviar and Lemon and Blackened Salmon.
Vegetables include sides like Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Beer-Braised Carrots and Green Bean Casserole.
Desserts are delcious dishes like Yellow Cake with Chcoolate Frosting and Caramel Top, Indian Pudding, Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie and Butter Cookies.
Brunch dieshes include Tasty Dill Bread, Deluxe Coffee Cake, Spice-Rubbed Bacon, Omelete with Fried Sage and Gruyere and Cinnamon Sourdough Pancakes.
Make it From Scratch includes condiments like Easy Pickles, Purple Mustard, My Mom's Barbecue Sauce and Tapenade.
There is a lot of variety in this book for home cooks and Food Network fans who want to try a dish from the famous chef.
"Old-School Comfort Food" is published by Clarkson Potter. It is $30.