The Home Chef
Transforming the American Kitchen
By Chef Perry P. Perkins
Praise for THE HOME CHEF:
This cookbook is about much more than just cooking. Chock full of how-tos, meal planning tips, and tasty recipes, its purpose is to teach our current and future generations to appreciate and enjoy the benefits and importance of cooking for themselves and their families, and how eating healthy can effect the length, quality, and impact of their lives. And that, changes destinies. ~ Amy J. Roloff, Little People BIG World
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This is the book I have been waiting for! I am thrilled and love the countless incredible recipes featured. Perkins writes with a calm and reassuring manner. He is precise in his description of cooking time, internal temperatures, thermometer readings, and detailed profession-level techniques to achieve the best results.
~ Just A Pinch Recipe Club
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Perkins is a chef with both skill and passion. I am sure whoever reads and tries the recipes and tips in “The Home Chef” will embark on an amazing culinary adventure, just as I have.
~ Round Table Reviews
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Today the average American spends just 27 minutes on food prep each day (and another four or five cleaning up); that’s less than half the time that we spent in the kitchen when Julia Child first appeared on our TV screens.
It’s also less than half the time it takes to sit through an episode of “Chopped” or “Cutthroat Kitchen.” As Americans, we’re are spending considerably more time watching cooking than we are cooking ourselves — an “old fashioned” activity that today’s hustle and bustle world will tell you they no longer have the time for.
We are standing at the edge of a cliff.
Our health, our finances, even the very fabric of our families are poised to plunge over the brink. At our backs is the home kitchen, the family…time.
Before us nothing less than total destruction.
We have an obligation, a moral imperative if you will, to regain control of our children’s health, our planet’s sustainability, even our nation’s greatness.
And I believe it starts in the kitchen.
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Part syllabus, part autobiography, part call-to-arms, The Home Chef is about the rapidly evolving landscape of cooking in America, and how to cook real food, the best food possible, in your own kitchen, and more importantly…why you should.
Filled with insider tips and tricks from the professional kitchen, hundreds of links and resources to (free) professional level education, and easy to follow instructions from a professional cooking instructor, The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen is culinary school for the home cook.
Everything you need, and nothing you don’t, to take your own culinary creations to the next level, while saving time, money, and waste doing so.
This collection of dozens of “real food” recipes, hundreds of professional cooking tips and free educational video links, includes topic to take the home cook (or the never-have-cook) to a professional level of food preparation with topics like: The Adventurous Chef, Real Food, The Problem with Farm to Table, Using Organic Ingredients, The Secret to Kitchen Success, The Home Chef’s Pantry, Stocking Your Kitchen Toolbox. Knife Handling & Care, Tips & Tricks from the Restaurant Kitchen, What is a Chef, Corporate Food, GMO Labeling, Grocery Shopping Tips, How to Shop for Fresh Vegetables, The Flavor Profiles, The Truth about “Super-Foods”, Veganism, Food Safety, Mise en Place, Kitchen Organization, Spices, Gourmet Cooking, How to Read (and Write) a Recipe, Common Cooking Methods, Broths & Gravies, The Mother Sauces, How to Cook Vegetables, “Food Porn”, Layering Flavors, Grilling & BBQ, Paying it Forward, and more.
Resources include: a Printable Fridge & Pantry List, Vegetable Cooking Charts, Meat Marinating Charts, Weights & Measurements, Wine Pairing Tips, Glossary of Cooking Terms, Favorite YouTube Cooking Channels, Pay-to-Play Online Resources, and links to hundreds of Chef Perry’s own Recipes.
Peppered with true stories and humorous anecdotes, “hands on” homework assignments, and inspirational quotes from the best chefs in the world, The Home Chef gives the reader everything they need to begin or advance their home cooking to the next level.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Perry P. Perkins is an award-winning third generation professional chef, culinary instructor, cookbook author, a professional food blogger, and member of the International Food Blogger’s Conference Advisory Board. Chef Perry has appeared on “Little People, BIG World” with Amy Roloff, “RibFest Chicago” with Ty Pennington, and writes regularly for Kenmore Grills, La Caja China, and Latin Touch.
He operates SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com, which is a free weekly recipe and meal-planning service that’s designed to help consumers maximize their grocery dollars by preparing budget-friendly healthy meals, while reducing food waste.
Perkins also runs the non-profit My Kitchen Outreach Program, which teaches the basics of nutrition and money-saving shopping, as well as no-cost hands on cooking classes for at-risk and special needs kids.
THE HOME CHEF” TRANSFORMING THE AMERICAN KITCHEN
By Perry P. Perkins
Elk Mountain Books * April 1, 2017 * 410 pages
Price: $19.95 paperback * ISBN: 1533350337