At Christmas dinner our friends Ken and Hinda whipped up a recipe from the cookbook called Happy In The Kitchen, by Michel Richard. Actually, Ken whipped it up---he cooks and Hinda cleans! The dish could not be distinguished from beef tartare, by looks---and by taste! Because of this recipe, I went out and bought the cookbook. I prepared the tartare for Oscar night's appetizers. Sorry for crowing, but dang, if I wasn't thrilled with my version. Michel calls for a shallot dressing and basil oil to complete this dish. While the title of the book is called "Happy" in the kitchen, I would not say that it is an easy cookbook. The recipes are definitely do-able, but many of them are project like, albeit fun projects. That being said, for those of you hounds who know their way around the kitchen, I would recommend getting this book.
Tomato Tartare -- what a neat idea! I can't find a recipe for it online, but the Tuna Tartare I found from the same book looks interesting!
And I just looked that cookbook up and it's definitely going on my list to look for when I go book shopping next. I'm always searching for books with great presentation along with the taste, since it's just me and my guy and I like to plate in the kitchen.
Oh, and have you tried the sous vide techniques in it yet? If so, how did they work? And I love the idea of using plastic wrap as a casing to poach and shape foods -- I could have sworn I saw a chef on TV use that technique but I never thought to try it myself.
Thanks for the recommendation!
The only other recipe I've made thus far from the book is for a honey vanilla ice cream that has a touch of malt powder. The sous vide technique has always had my interest. I can't say that I'll be delving into this book as a "daily" cookbook----but I can say that there will be many happy cooking projects that will occur from time to time.