Appetites: A Cookbook
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teaspoons of cayenne pepper in and it wasn't enough, but to each, his own when it comes to spicy taste. Also, this is worth it just to see a picture of Eric Ripert dribbling from the mouth and looking tortured by southern biscuits and gravy.
I oven roasted the meatballs and then added them directly to a pot of Barefoot Contessa arrabbiata sauce to simmer for a while. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. I'm not sure the butter under the skin really added much, and the photos of the chicken prepped before going into the oven show twice as many butter pats put under the breast, so I did that and ended up distributing the full 4T…. 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. Years of prep lists and the hyper-organization necessary for a restaurant kitchen, however, have caused him, in his words, to have "morphed into a psychotic, anally retentive, bad-tempered Ina Garten.My initial reaction was "not the best" but then as I puttered around I realized how many times I went back to the pan for more, and yes - these definitely grew on me. The recipes vary quite a bit in terms of cuisine (totally expected) and difficulty and number of ingredients.
The spices are not overwhelming at all, in fact the chicken had the most delicious flavor all the way through and it was very balanced. But it stands the reason that the audience for Appetites falls into two categories: the urban foodie, and/or the Bourdain fan, and whether you're in it for the eats or the prose, you'll walk away satisfied.
Anthony Bourdain was the author of the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, in addition to the mega-bestsellers Kitchen Confidential and A Cook’s Tour. Reading Bourdain's commentaries, you get the sense that “Appetites” reflects the man and his experiences.