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Essentials of Roasting

Essentials of Roasting
Whether it's a perfectly cooked chicken with juicy meat and golden-crisp skin, or tender baby back ribs slathered with sweet-smoky sauce, roasting is the hallmark of a great cook. Fortunately, it's also a simple technique to master.

Williams-Sonoma's Essentials of Roasting is an invaluable resource for novices and experts alike. As the book's more than 130 recipes demonstrate, roasting is endlessly adaptable. It transforms meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and even fruits into tantalizing dishes, from appetizers through desserts. A team of veteran food writers—Rick Rodgers, Melanie Barnard, and Bob and Coleen Simmons—collaborated on this cookbook under the guidance of Chuck Williams.

Taste the difference that oven-roasted bell peppers make in a smoky red pepper soup. Even the onions are roasted with garlic and fresh herbs, adding depth of flavor to this vividly colored soup. For a simple yet elegant dinner, fill a center-cut piece of salmon with leek and rice stuffing, then roast the fish on a bed of lemon and onion slices. Steak lovers will discover a new favorite for their table: chateaubriand coated with a luxurious rub of shiitake mushrooms, Marsala and olive oil. And for dessert, try bananas with rum and cinnamon, a roasted variation of the New Orleans classic, bananas Foster.

Roasting is not just for special occasions. With high-heat roasting or convection ovens, you can easily prepare weeknight dinners like turkey cutlets. They're dipped in an egg-and-Dijon-mustard batter, then dredged in bread crumbs to create a crisp coating. Sprinkled with a golden gremolata of orange zest, fresh parsley and garlic while still warm, these cutlets take only minutes to cook.

A basics chapter provides essential information about roasting that you'll use again and again. Technique photos guide you through important cooking steps, from boning poultry to carving a leg of lamb. A detailed glossary offers helpful information about unusual ingredients. Simple recipes for rubs, sauces and savory accompaniments to roasted foods will expand your repertoire.

Page after page, Essentials of Roasting offers dishes for every occasion. You'll be inspired to turn on the oven and fill your home with the irresistible aromas of a delicious meal.