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Oct 13, 2011 08:03 AM

Zuni Cafe Cookbook

I know folks love her Chicken but are there any other entrees that are good in this book?

I have seen many dessert recs here but not so many entrees. I haven't really used this book much and I'm thinking about getting rid of it soon.

Any thoughts? Thanks.

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  1. This was a cookbook of the month a while back COTM

    Here's one link, but there are many more if you search.

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    1. re: roxlet

      Thanks roxlet but I had looked at this before and it seems to be 75% about the chicken recipe. I might try the sea bass with leeks etc. I also found quite a few desserts listed.

      1. re: twodales

        Here is the master thread for Zuni when it was COTM. While people did make and report on the chicken, there were numerous posts on other dishes as well.

      1. I made the short ribs and the panade and both were fantastic. I think anything in that cook book would be amazing if you have the time to do it all.

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        1. re: adido

          I might have all of the ingredients to make the panade tonight. It's rainy here so I might give it a try. Do you serve it as an entree or a side dish?

          1. re: twodales

            I made it as a side. I think i made it with a roast pork once.

            1. re: adido

              Thanks. Trying the panade tonight with breaded pork tenderloin patties. Will try the short ribs as well.

        2. I know this is an old post, but I jut got the book and can't do enough things out of it. First, I sat down and darn near read it cover to cover. I felt like a far better cook after that, without picking up the first pan. As far as entrees go, I have also made the oxtails and the duck confit is in the oven right now. I plan to make La Garbure Landaise with some of it and serve the breasts on a salad. I may use her rabbit rillets recipe to make duck rillettes as the technique seems less rich. She is so complete with her directions, I was happy to abandon my normal confit. I'll let you know how it comes out.

          The pears and fennel salad is practically a dessert. The arugula salad a total winner and the chicken stock is now my go-to. I have done her egg and fava salad with smoked trout and her chard fries and chard in lemon oil.

          Frankly, I hope to make darn near everything eventually, which is why I was searching these threads.

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          1. re: NanH

            Nan it is one of my favorite cookbooks, I love the way she thinks. Try the toasted bread crumb salsa if you haven't already. It is absolutely delicious, especially with fish - just make sure that those breadcrumbs are really toasted as she says - a strong tea color. She inspired me to try buttermilk with mashed potatoes - and I have tried every version of mashed potatoes under the sun - for me nothing compares (I know, such a basic recipe but it was a revelation). That little hint of sambuca with prosciutto and melon is absolutely fabulous, and to mention one other very simple recipe, the sage and cracked pepper grilled cheese which I make with gruyere. Only mentioning the simplest ones here so far because the return is ten-fold, she has quite a few on my list to try including a bean recipe. I'll have to try the pears and fennel salad next. Have been working through this one slowly but have been extremely pleased so far. The lentils with red wine were just okay, think I prefer lentil soup but it wasn't a huge disappointment by any means.