Bruce Moffett Cooks

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 01 Mar 2019

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Bruce Moffett, celebrated chef and restaurant owner, is from New England, but has branched out and released an excellent cookbook, Bruce Moffett Cooks: A New England Chef in a New South Kitchen that contains innovative and unique recipes, all with a southern twist. It seems everyone loves southern food, and this is a great book to gives cooks a primer on great southern recipes. The featured recipes aren’t all southern; rather they are inspired by countries all over the world. There are Italian, Thai, Korean, Middle Eastern, and European recipes, as well as all-American. 

There are also basics like an excellent Pimento Cheese, grits, and basic sauces. Moffett also features mouthwatering pizza recipes like they serve at his restaurant, Stagioni (located in Charlotte, North Carolina). Interesting ones include Arrabbiata Pizza with Prosciutto and Local Egg, or Tartufo Pizza with Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, and Arugula, and also a Brussels Sprouts Pizza with Parmesan Cream and Smoked Pancetta. Moffett also includes his restaurant’s signature pizza, Pepperoni and Sausage Pizza for those who aren’t quite as adventurous. He includes a tasty risotto, Sweet Pea Risotto with Pea Butter and several recipes for vegetables to be served on the side of dozens of incredible fish and seafood recipes; a favorite is the Cornmeal-Dusted Catfish with Black-Eyed Peas, Collards, and Red Pepper Broth – southern and fabulous. Fried Chicken Plate with Collard Greens and Warm Potato Salad is next in the queue, along with Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Salsa Verde.

The photographs are gorgeous; unfortunately there aren’t photos of every recipe, which may be the only negative about this cookbook. 

The recipes are inspiring – most readers will want to make almost everything, and the recipes are so appealing that cooks will be inspired to spend some quality time in the kitchen. Some of the recipes are fairly involved, and have several steps for accompaniments, so it may throw some beginning cooks. However, the instructions are easy-to-follow and concise, so almost anyone can turn out picture perfect dishes from the book. 

There are dozens of recipes in this cookbook that will appeal to almost everyone. Highly Recommended.
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Bruce Moffett Cooks by Bruce Moffett is a free NetGalley ebook that I read into early February.

With very little preamble (outside of a small bio), Moffett goes straight into recipes for pantry items, appetizers, soups, salads, veg, fish, meat, game, pasta, pizza, bread, and desserts with a style informed by his restaurants’ recipes, his grandmother, classic training and spending time in the American South (though his own recipes don’t necessarily announce that; there's subtle reference to ramp onions, chowchow, and big worldly view of food with dishes from China, Korea, and Italy, and some off-beat, loosely assembled salads). Some inside stories are scattered throughout of his experiences and others' (usually members of his staff and/or purveyors) experiences with him. My favorite recipes include new South collards, tilefish schnitzel with poached egg and shaved fennel, chicken cacciatore, seafood cannelloni with lobster sauce, and biscuit breakfast pizza.
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Thank netgally, the author for an Advanced Copy of this book. I really enjoyed this book. It's well worth reading
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Elegant and Classic this is a must-have for those that like to cook. Classic Recipes, fresh Ingredients, Everything made from scratch, and beautifully photographed. This is one of those cookbooks that you hate to see come to an end because the beauty of the recipes leave you wanting more! Easy Five, Elegant Stars! Beautifully done cookbook! Let's Eat!!
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  
From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it!

A native New Englander, chef Bruce Moffett fell in love with the South. Founding chef of three Charlotte restaurants—Barrington’s, Good Food on Montford, and Stagioni—Moffett is known for creating dishes inspired by both New England and southern culinary traditions. With the simple, compelling aim of making people happy through his cooking, the chef builds immense flavours in every morsel he prepares and serves—and in this lavishly illustrated cookbook, he shows you how to do the same. 

From small plates of Pickled Butternut Squash Ribbons to Creamy Spring Onion Soup, the meal you make will start out beautifully. Recipes provide step-by-step directions for cooking entire composed dinners, from Pecan-Crusted Lamb with Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Sweet Potatoes to Swordfish with Summer Succotash. Among the book’s 120 recipes are irresistible soups, salads, pizza, pasta, vegetable dishes, loaves of bread, and desserts. When he arrived in Charlotte almost twenty years ago, Moffett became one of the first chefs there to establish creative, long-term relationships with local farms and purveyors. In his book, written with Keia Mastrianni, he shines a spotlight on the North Carolina producers who provide many of the beautiful ingredients featured daily in his restaurants.

I, for one, am sick of "fusion cooking" - Chinindian, Koranese, Hawaiiean are a few to mention that assaulted my tastebuds on my last trip to Asia.  Bruce Moffett makes food that make sense, though, as proven by my last trip to one of his restaurants - totally worth the wait!!!  The book explains how he "works his fusion" and the recipes are simple enough for even the most basic of cooks to make: I especially loved the pickling section as that is a new skill set I have recently been working on mastering.  
The fusion is not too far out there: these are foods that marry New England and the South on an edible and yummy level: it's a perfect book for anyone looking for both the perfect Lob'sta-Roll with a side of fried pickle and pimento cheese on the side.  Yummy. I am decidedly buying a copy of it for my personal library as well.
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Bruce Moffet a born& bred New Englander fell in love with the South opening restaurants in Charlottesville.This is a wonderful cookbook full of delicious recipes Bruce Moffetts spirit joy of food .A cookbook I will be dipping into again& again.#netgalley #BruceMoffettCooks #u.of North Carolina.Press.
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