Cooking from the Heart: My Favorite Lessons Learned Along the Way (Hardcover)
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James Beard Award-winning chef John Besh shares the lessons he learned from his mentors through 140 accessible recipes and cooking lessons. Featuring lush photography, inspiring personal stories, and a rich expanse of culinary knowledge, "Cooking from the Heart" is the next best thing to having an apprenticeship with Chef Besh.
"Cooking from the Heart," Chef John Besh's third cookbook, revisits the locations, lessons, and mentors that shaped his culinary journey. From Germany's Black Forest to the mountains of Provence, each chapter highlights heartfelt memories and delicious recipes the framework for his love of food.
The all-new, easy-to-follow recipes, complete with regional substitution suggestions, make creating upscale farm-to-table dishes accessible for any at-home chef. The rich production values and personal narrative make this cookbook an equally engaging read.
About the Author
John Besh is a chef and a native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. In his restaurants, entrepreneurial pursuits, and public activities, he preserves and promotes ingredients, techniques, and heritage one mouthwatering dish at a time. Besh grew up in southern Louisiana and has set the benchmark for fine dining in New Orleans. Each of his eight acclaimed restaurants (August, Besh Steak, Luke, La Provence, American Sector, The Soda Shop, Domenica and Luke San Antonio) celebrates the bounty and traditions of the region.
From the outset of his career, Besh's talent and drive have earned kudos: "Food & Wine" magazine named him one of the "Top 10 Best New Chefs in America," and his flagship restaurant, August, was featured in "Gourmet" magazine's "Guide to America's Best Restaurants" and "America's Top 50 Restaurants." Besh won the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southeast in 2006 and received Food Arts' Silver Spoon Award in 2009 for revitalizing the culinary legacy of New Orleans.
Besh's devotion to local ingredients and cuisine also extends to his entrepreneurial projects, including the creation of Besh Restaurant Group Catering; a line of gourmet products; the publication of his first cookbook, "My New Orleans" (Andrews McMeel Publishing, October 2009); and a follow-up cookbook, "My Family Table" (Andrews McMeel Publishing, November 2011).
Besh is a frequent guest chef on NBC's "Today Show" and has appeared on top programs on The Food Network and the Sundance Channel.
Maura McEvoy is a photographer specializing in interiors, food, and people. Her work has appeared in such magazines as Saveur, Town & Country, New York, Conde Nast Traveler, and Food & Wine. She lives in New York with her husband, daughter, and two dachshunds.