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Chicago Cooks...offers a fascinating look back at the historic culinary explosion in Chicago during the past 25 years, as the city evolved from a heartland stronghold of meat, potatoes and ethnic favorites to one of the country's (if not the world's) culinary centers.
Chicago Cooks is a fascinating look back over the historic culinary explosion in Chicago over the last 25 years, turning it from a heartland stronghold of meat, potatoes, and ethnic favorites to one of the country's (if not the world's) culinary centers. This story is told through the eyes of a unique group of women who helped make that history – the Chicago chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier. These women are leaders in the food, dining, and hospitality business, and together they tell how the Chicago food scene grew and evolved, touching on dining highlights like Charlie Trotter's and Frontera Grill, to the rise of ethnic cuisines from around the world, to the proliferation of shops, markets, and classes serving the ever more sophisticated home cook. The Chicago chapter of Les Dames includes some of the city's best-known chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, food writers, cookbook authors, food-industry leaders. Individual members have won numerous awards and have held leadership positions in a number of professional organizations; no one is more qualified to write Chicago's culinary history.
But that's not all. The book also includes a bounty of recipes and tips for entertaining from this unique group of Chicago food authorities, gathered specially for this book. Included are 75 truly outstanding recipes—some drawn from Chicago food history and regional specialties (which include world-famous dishes like Shrimp de Jonghe and Chicken Vesuvio, among many others), and some arranged into menus tailored for entertaining—and each includes wine suggestions. Covering the gamut from a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and a decadent Valentine's dessert buffet to a simple spring meal or casual Moroccan affair, these recipes are sure to please.
A portion of the profits from the sale of this book will benefit the Chicago Community Kitchens, a culinary training program within the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Learn more about the Chicago chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier at its website, http://www.lde-chicago.org.