Friday, December 17, 2010
The Clinton Street Baking Company
Publisher's Summary. The Clinton St. Baking Company is one of the hottest brunch spots in a city obsessed with brunch. A tiny thirty-two-seat eatery on Manhattan's trendy Lower East Side, the restaurant draws long lines of customers who come from far and wide to sample fresh-baked goods, hearty omelets, sugar-cured bacon, and light-as-air pancakes with maple butter.
In the Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook, owners DeDe Lahman and Neil Kleinberg share more than 100 treasured recipes that have made their restaurant a sensation. Learn the secret to their house-made buttermilk biscuits and tomato jam, irresistible muffins and scones, delicious soups and sandwiches, and their decadent, eye-catching desserts. Helpful techniques, like Neil's
patented omelet "flip and tuck," and gorgeous color photographs throughout will have readers cooking like pros in no time, and sharing the delicious results.
Review. Even if you don’t live in New York and have never been to The Clinton Street Baking Company diner, thanks to this incredible cookbook, you too can enjoy their incredible brunches.
In the book the owners/authors, DeDe Lahman and Neil Kleinberg, share the secret to their success, “we make simple American classics using serious-chef techniques.” After making the pancakes and maple butter, I concur that they have corned the market on remaking basic brunch dishes. The pancakes were simply the lightest, fluffiest ones I have ever eaten. And the maple butter? Well, according to the authors, a past customer once commented, “I want to wipe maple butter all over my body.” A tad extreme, perhaps, but it really is that good!
I also love the layout of the cookbook. Nearly every recipe is accompanied by a beautiful color photo. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and most of the ingredients are probably already in your pantry. Also included are step-by-step techniques to make breakfast staples, such as, the perfect omelet, flaky biscuits and bakery worthy muffins.
The Clinton Street Baking Company has found a permanent home on my cookbook shelf!
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (November 8, 2010), 224 pages.
Advance review copy provided courtesy of the publisher.