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- Title: A New Napa Cuisine
- Autor: Christopher Kostow
- Publisher (Publication Date): Ten Speed Press; First Edition edition (October 14, 2014)
- Language: English
This debut cookbook by Chef Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood discusses the transformative effect that The Napa Valley has had on his perception of cooking and craft. Through thoughtful essays, curated recipes and stunning photography, A New Napa Cuisine details the relationships and collaborations that exemplify a “new Napa”–one full of dynamism, youth and promise.
A New Napa Cuisine follows Kostow’s journey from summer jobs at a Chicago-area music festival to helming a three-Michelin-starred restaurant that the Wall Street Journal recently praised as a “temple of modern American cuisine.” The book celebrates the local artisans, products, growers, and wilds that have played a role in the creation of a nascent style of cooking specific to this small American valley. Through tales of designing china with local ceramicists or discovering wild edibles along the creek while walking his dog; planting seeds both literal and figurative–Kostow’s story is a personal and engaging one.
Featured Recipes from A New Napa Cuisine Download the recipe for Snapper Artichoke Tiny Greens Download the recipe for Chocolate Cherry Tart
“Without question, Christopher is one of the greatest chefs of our generation. He is immensely talented and I’m fortunate to call him a friend. Working together years back gave me a glimpse of his potential and to see how he’s developed in such a short time is amazing. Christopher is thoughtful, deliberate, and respectful in the kitchen, honoring every ingredient he uses; but he also ensures that each and every bite of food is delicious. That’s what I love about him; that’s what makes this book so important. The Restaurant at Meadowood is a special place, one of the best restaurants in the world, and this book will forever serve as a beautiful tool and reference for anyone who enjoys food.” –Daniel Humm, chef and author of I Love New York“This book is a masterpiece. Christopher Kostow is a great chef and an artist, and also a responsible guard of our terroir. How fortunate we are that he chose Napa Valley in which to create his own style of cooking. Bravo, chef!” —Margrit Mondavi
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This is a beautiful glimpse into a talented chef and his deep personal connection to food and his surroundings. From the texture of the cover, to the thick pages containing the personal narratives, photos, and recipes, “A New Napa Cuisine” is an earthy connection to Christopher Kostow, his experiences in Napa, and his connection to the community and landscape through food. The writing style is both modest and descriptive in a wonderful way. But let me get on to the recipes! This book contains some really impressive recipes – each simply titled by the names of the major food components of the dish. The recipes have accompanying photographs that are stunning in presentation. The recipes in this book are not for the amateur chef. Many require some difficult to find ingredients and/or specialized equipment to prepare. I recommend this book for foodies as a beautiful read and for chefs who enjoy modernist cooking and the process of creating an elegant and unique dish.