Before there were Food Network icons and cultish produce, before farm-to-table was a philosophy and cake decorating became a competitive sport, there was Emeril Lagasse.Associated Press
At the heart of [Essential Emeril] is Emeril's mission to teach people to cook. He presents the recipes, techniques, and tools in a way that gives any cook the confidence to tackle [his recipes]...Even if you consider yourself a skilled cook in the kitchen, there is plenty to take away from this cookbook.The Daily Meal
This is a fitting summation of Lagasse's impressive career and his influence on American food culture.Publishers Weekly
Recipes are clear and concise with tons of tips and techniques, along with full-color photos...[Essential Emeril] is a novel of recipes along with storytelling in between.Detroit Free Press
[Emeril's] recipes work. Every time. No guess work, no substitutions necessary. And there's always a little something extra. These are not just simple recipes, there's always a small twist or addition. In other words, if you do what [Emeril] says, you will end up with delicious things to eat...[Essential Emeril is] a sweet meditation on his career, with essays about the late great Charlie Trotter, an ode to Roy Choi's tacos, and much more.Epicurious
[Essential Emeril] includes instructions on technique, a list of basic cookware for every kitchen, what to have in the pantry, and step-by-step photo tutorials, making it the perfect starter cookbook or gift for a more experienced home cook.New Orleans Magagazine
Ever since he lied about his age in middle school so he could sign up for a cooking class, Emeril Lagasse has been collecting recipes. All 100 recipes in this book have stories - served with valuable tips, step-by-step tutorials, and a lifetime of lessons in technique.Southern Living
Lagasse's latest [cookbook] showcases his skill. Emeril fans will savor these delicious and iconic dishes.Library Journal
If you're a longtime fan of Emeril Lagasse -his food, his cookware, his restaurants, his television shows- the chef's new book, Essential Emeril, will be an essential addition to your library as well as great entry point into Emeril's user-friendly world of home cooking.Glamour
The delicious lessons and recipes of a lifetime, told side by side in the way only Emeril can.Cooking Light
Essential Emeril might have been titled "Emeril Is Essential." It's hard to remember a time when this larger-than-life chef, restaurateur, TV star and author wasn't a force in the food world. ..These are the recipes that defined Emeril's career, real cooking, not quickies or three-ingredient wonders...Big flavor, Emeril-style, is on its way. BookPage
Recipes [are] clearly and concisely written for the home cook...This cookbook is a definite keeper.The Advocate
Tasty recipes and stellar master chef friends form the centerpiece of Emeril Lagasse's latest cookbook. As usual, the James Beard Award cook and restaurateur doesn't skimp on flavor: His main courses include feasts like Roasted Portuguese Pork Loin with Potatoes and Homemade Pimenta Moida and the Korean Style Pot Roast Tacos that credits as "Roy Choi-inspired." Besides Choi, other famous kitchen pals and mentors make appearances, including Mario Batali, Nobu Matsuhira, and Julia Child. A gift with the promise of many happy returns.
Chef, restaurateur, and TV personality Lagasse (Emeril’s Cooking with Power) has spent decades behind a stove and in front of a camera, educating diners and viewers on a litany of cooking techniques and cuisines. This volume attempts to distill that experience into 130 recipes that exemplify his career to date. Readers expecting dishes that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes are in for a surprise, beginning with the book’s opening recipe: Gruyère gougères, infused with either a marsala/mortadella mousse or one spiked with cognac and chicken liver. It’s a rich appetizer that requires some work but yields impressive results, setting the tone for the rest of the book. Other recipes that require a fair amount of prep include house-smoked salmon cheesecake with Parmesan panko crust and chive crème fraîche; roasted duck pho; and a chocolate genoise cake with chocolate buttercream and raspberry filling. However, novices will find well within their reach such popular dishes as a corn bisque with shrimp, tomato and avocado salad, and a cheddar, bacon, apple, and pecan spoon bread. Lagasse pays tribute to Charlie Trotter and Julia Child and celebrates his career in New Orleans (with a Louisiana-style cassoulet that calls for roux, pork butt, and smoked sausage) as well as his Portuguese heritage (with Portuguese custard tartlets). This is a fitting summation of Lagasse’s impressive career and his influence on American food culture. (Oct.)
Lagasse (Emeril's Potluck) is a beloved celebrity chef whose first restaurant, Emeril's, will soon celebrate its 25th anniversary. His new cookbook, written with publishing professional Hoenig, collects 100-plus recipes that helped him to become a successful chef and restaurateur. In nine chapters (e.g., appetizers, soups, fish and shellfish, breakfast and brunch, desserts), Lagasse uses step-by-step photos to illustrate techniques such as hollowing out potato shells, lining a terrine mold with blanched leek leaves, sectioning citrus, and clarifying butter. He prefaces most recipes (e.g., Portuguese-style cod with potatoes, kale, and chorizo; wild mushroom bread pudding; duck confit with killer bacon waffles; mile-high icebox chocolate-peanut butter pie) with personal and professional memories. VERDICT More advanced than some of his other titles, Lagasse's latest showcases his skill. Emeril fans will savor these delicious and iconic dishes.