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There are more than seventy-five recipes for delicious meals to prepare with love--meals that will satisfy the heart and soul as well as the palate.

Kitchen suppers are meals that sometimes--but don't have to--take place in the kitchen. Always cooked with ease and love, they can be shared with family and friends--or sometimes eaten by yourself.

Alison Becker Hurt owns and runs three of the most respected and popular restaurants in the New York area--Alison on Dominick Street in Manhattan, Alison by the Beach in Sagaponack, and Alison in the Inn at Quogue, Long Island--all bearing her name. But "restaurant food" is not what she cooks at home, and not what Kitchen Suppers is all about. As Alison puts it, kitchen suppers "are never perfect--and yet they are perfect in their imperfection."

In these pages, she shares not only the recipes for but also the stories behind meals that are uncomplicated in spirit, if not always in creation. Here you will find sizzling roasts--from chicken to lamb to duck to beef, cooked with everything from figs to fennel to baby artichokes; aromatic one-pot meals like Lamb Shepherd's Pie, Braised Short Ribs with Acorn Squash Purée, and Duck Stew with Prunes and Apricots; soups, salads, and starters for every season; and homey, yummy desserts such as Alison's favorite, Tarte Tatin, and Dark Chocolate Cake with Almonds and Orange, which, she says, she first made in junior high school.

Along with providing the recipes for preparing your own kitchen suppers, Alison also explains the philosophy behind her style of cooking and entertaining: You should never have to run back to the market for a forgotten ingredient, because there is almost always a substitute in the cupboard; and you should never be afraid to use a clean but stained tablecloth, because the stains are memories of good meals shared with joy.

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Advance Praise for Kitchen Suppers:

"Alison makes entertaining an easy and tasty adventure."
--Daniel Boulud, Chef/Owner, Daniel and Café Boulud, author of Daniel Boulud's Café Boulud Cookbook and Cooking with Daniel Boulud

"I love Alison Becker Hurt's philosophy of cooking--easy does it! But don't mistake easy for old-hat. The recipes in Kitchen Suppers are the freshest, the most imaginative I've seen in ages, and I can't wait to try them."
--Jean Anderson, coauthor, The Doubleday Cookbook

"Quickly run to your bookstore, acquire this charming and useful volume, and read the story about Ivy's delicious fried chicken. It will take away any anxiety you ever had about tested recipes. A great little book by a true cook who visibly loves to cook."
--Madeleine Kamman, author, The New Making of a Cook

"Alison Becker Hurt brings great meals to the reader's table with the same simplicity and flair that have made her restaurants so endearing."
--Charlie Palmer, Chef, Aureole restaurant

"Alison's recipes are my kind of cooking; they're plush and homey, and oh so delicious! She gives great practical advice with the best sense of style."
--Sheila Lukins, Food Editor, Parade Magazine, co-author of The Silver Palate Cookbooks, author of All Around the World Cookbook and USA Cookbook

"Alison Becker Hurt is a talented and successful restaurateur who is wise enough to realize that what is cooked in a restaurant is not a recipe for success in the home. She has learned from the chefs and applies her knowledge skillfully to what is enticing and practical for informal easy meals. A good book."
--Barbara Kafka, author, Soup: A Way of Life

About the Author:

Alison Becker Hurt grew up in New York City and was a working actor until moving into restaurant management, first at the Gotham Bar & Grill, then at Rakel, before opening Alison on Dominick Street in 1989, Alison by the Beach in 1996, and Alison in the Inn in 1999. She lives in Manhattan and Sag Harbor, Long Island, with her husband and young son.

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