Friday, 7 December 2012

Tyler Florence Fresh

Tyler Florence Fresh
by Tyler Florence

Hardcover, 256 pages

Tyler Florence Fresh is a big, beautiful, almost coffee-table-style book. The recipes are not overly complicated, but I would say that they are aimed at people who are comfortable in the kitchen and want to take their cooking to the next level. He balances sophistication with fresh ingredients and unfussy presentation, resulting in stunning dishes you would be proud to serve your guests.

A Southern boy by birth, Tyler Florence has embraced the best of California's love for fresh, seasonal ingredients. Indeed a Northerner may need to wait for summer for many of the recipes, there are enough winter ones to whet our palates.

Tyler Prefaces his book with A Fresh Start - a frank discussion about GMOs, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and chemical additives in food.

As he says, "The point is to put fresh first. This entire book is about fresh - fresh ideas on how to make your tongue happy, a fresh perspective on nutrition, fresh dynamic flavors, a fresh approach to cooking techniques, and most important, a healthy decision to put fresh first."

Asparagus Grilled Cheese with Poached Egg and Greens from Tyler Florence Fresh
The chapters are arranged by featured ingredient, 
and include:

Anchovies, apples, artichokes, asparagus, basil, beans and peas, beef, beets, berries and cherries, butternut squash and pumpkin, carrots, cauliflower, chocolate, citrus, clams and oysters, crab, duck, eggs, eggplant, endive, fennel, figs, kale, lamb, melon, octopus and squid, pork, potatoes, salmon, scallops, shrimp, squab, stone fruits, tomatoes, tuna, zucchini.

It's never been a better time to get Fresh!

TYLER FLORENCE is a Food Network star and one of America’s brightest culinary voices. He is the author of six cookbooks and is a regular guest on the Today show, CNN, The View, and more. He is the chef-owner of Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco; El Paseo in Mill Valley; and three outposts of Tyler Florence Wine and Rotisserie in Napa and San Francisco. He lives in California with his family.