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I recommend using Bourdains Pomodoro recipe as instructed (or similar) as it is a light sauce that doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the meatballs which has a mild flavor given the addition of pork and veal to the beef and is enhanced by 6 whole sprigs of oregano (and 10-12 sprigs parsley) I worried the oregano would be too much, especially as mine was pretty pungent, being just picked fresh from my garden, and the sprigs were generous, but the qty of herbs was perfect for us! I appreciate Bourdain as a voice in food, culture and their inevitable entwining, and am near certain to be unable to separate my bias as a result, but I found this cookbook engaging and interesting, drenched in his voice start to finish. This cookbook is actually not exactly what I expected as a huge Anthony Bourdain fan, but it's still great. With all the peppers coming from the garden, this was a great choice and I plan to make it again soon - this time destined for the freezer.

We both agreed though we don't like quite as much mayonnaise in ours so next time I'll decrease the mayo a bit.He obviously has a huge amount of very unique experience and has put so much work into his talent and career. There isn't much in terms of photographing actual recipes, but it fits neatly into the visual aesthetic Bourdain promotes on his TV shows and is totally consistent with his brand. In what might be his most accessible book yet, Bourdain reveals his Ina Garten-like need to feed the people around me with a terrific collection of recipes for family and friends.

Like many other celebrity-authored cookbooks of late, Bourdain tackles the subject of home entertaining head-on. Also, our brioche buns had gotten rather soggy on bottom after being pressed--I'm not sure how you would prevent this, so next time I'd probably make these sandwiches on crusty baguettes instead, like the Melissa Clark version. As a restaurant professional, Bourdain spent his life on the fringes of normality - he worked while normal people played, and played while normal people slept. So I tried the sausage gravy recipe and while I'm not a flourless convert, if you're into deeply concentrated sausage milk for your biscuits, by all means, give it a whirl. I simply prefer a mac n cheese with more of a runny sauce, and because of the huge proportion of cheeses in this one, it was quite thick after baking.His work has appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker, and he was a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine. The recipe captions and supplemental writing are half-assed, at best, and the photography ranges from modernist to unhelpful to just plain gross.

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