Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller (Cookbook Review)

29 Mar

Any real foodie loves food porn and I am no different!  I learned about Thomas Keller, his restaurants, and many cookIMG_0629books.  After debating with myself, I finally ordered Ad Hoc at Home.  It’s list price is $50, but Amazon currently sells it for $28.41.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was super excited and surprised when I opened my brown box.

I picked up a huge, heavy, beautiful, collector’s type cookbook.  It features tons of recipes, beautiful pictures, step-by-step instructions, and information.  Keller shares “lightbulb” tips to help you navigate the kitchen or change the way you think about food.  The back of the book features techniques and recipes such as brine, chicken stock, pork brine, etc.  At the very end of the cookbook, there is also a glossary.  I hate to call Ad Hoc at Home a cookbook because it’s more like a masterpiece.

You know how some cookbooks feature recipes that would take hours upon hours and even after spending that time, you end up with a mediocre, barely edible meal?  This cookbook features many real-life, doable recipes.  Recipes for meals which you may already make, but with Keller’s recipe, you may finally be able to perfect your techniques or add a new twist.  Amazon’s description of the book also includes his Fried Chicken Recipe, which I totally wantIMG_0633 to try.

One of the reviews on Amazon criticizes Ad Hoc because of the fat content in a lot of the recipes.  Even so, you can always substitute the fatty ingredients for something you prefer.  It is my personal belief that it is okay to indulge.  I wouldn’t recommend it for everyday eating…or maybe it would be okay as long as you don’t overeat.

Whether you like your meals hearty or healthy, you like food porn or reading, Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home Cookbook is a must have for all.IMG_0632

Williams-Sonoma sells the same cookbook for the list price of $50.  Target.com sells it for about $34.  If you’re in the market for a copy, search for the best deal.  Oh, you can also find Ad Hoc at Home as a part of a set of two cookbooks by Keller.  If I would have known that, I would have bought the set of two…..

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