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The City Cook

Big City, Small Kitchen. Limitless Ingredients, No Time.

More than 90 recipes so delicious you'll want to toss your takeout menus

“Learning to cook, you need this book.
Wanting to try something new, you need this book. For resources, you need this book.
In short, you need this book.”

— Barbara Kafka, author of Vegetable Love and the forthcoming The Intolerant Gourmet

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The City Cook is an elegantly simple and eminently practical guide to fitting great cooking into a busy life and a small kitchen, including more than 90 recipes from Kate McDonough, editor and founder of

Taking you from fishmonger to cheese merchant to greenmarket and then back to your own kitchen, The City Cook makes confident, cosmopolitan cooking effortless. You’ll learn how to find the best ingredients at specialty shops and farmers’ markets, how to curate an urban kitchen, and how to entertain in the city. It will be easy to resist takeout and mediocre restaurant meals with satisfying, pulled-from-the-pantry dishes such as Carrot and Chickpea Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette or Spaghetti with Tomato Paste and Garlic. Deceptively simple showstoppers like Green Beans with Tomatoes and Prosciutto, Salmon Cakes with Spicy Sriracha Mayonnaise, Broiled Black Cod with Miso, and Seared Duck Breasts with Port-Shallot Pan Sauce give you exciting weeknight options. Recipes for Bloody Mary Sorbet with Crab Salad Brioche, Simple Oven-Roasted Whole Duck, and Grand Marnier Soufflé give you an excuse to host a sumptuous supper for your friends.

Kate McDonough is a New York business executive who, tired of restaurant and take-out food during years of long workweeks and frequent business trips, resolved to find a place for cooking in her hectic schedule. Cooking soon became her passion, and after a sabbatical at New York’s French Culinary institute, she launched A passionate urbanist, Kate has a master’s degree in city planning, is a member of one of New York’s prestigious community boards, and lives and cooks in Manhattan with her husband, filmmaker and photographer Mark Dichter.

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: November 16, 2010
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439171998
ISBN-13: 978-1439171998


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