When Joe's restaurant opened in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1916 as a working man's bar, it specialized in mushroom soup made from wild mushrooms gathered in the pine forests outside of town. Now the restaurant's former proprietor brings this sumptuous collection of more than 300 recipes, ranging from the elegantly simple to the ultimately sophisticated. All the old favorites are here, as well as exciting new recipes such as Wild Mushroom Vichyssoise, Soft-Shelled Crabs with Chanterelles, and Duck with Oyster Mushrooms and Cassis-Zinfandel Sauce. Delicious mushroomless desserts like Blueberry-Peach Trifle and Double Chocolate Souffle top off each meal. There is also detailed information on how to choose and prepare mushrooms in all forms (fresh, canned, dried), tips on the best ways to bring out their quintessential flavors, menu plans, and a list of mycological clubs: everything you need to bring the adventure of mushroom cuisine to your table. "At last we have a book that demystifies wild mushrooms and that shows us the wonderful ways to cook them. Joe's Book of Mushroom Cookery inspired me to...really get going with mushrooms. A very much needed book!" —Jeremiah Tower "As a lifelong mushroom hunter and cook, I can truly vouch that this is the most interesting book written on the subject. [It is] as good for meat lovers as it is for vegetarians, and the mint of information the book contains is pure pleasure to the reader." —Madeleine Kamman "Concise, well-written, imaginative, and fascinating. This is without doubt one of the most important and unusual cookbooks to be published in years." —James Villas
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In 1916, Joe Czarnecki opened a workingman's bar in Reading, Pennsylvania, named, aptly, Joe's. The specialty was mushroom soup made from the wild mushrooms gathered in nearby pine forests. Joe's became famous for the mushroom dishes and survived through two more generations of Czarneckis, including his grandson Jack. A former proprietor of Joe's Restaurant, Jack Czarnecki has put together one of the most complete mushroom cookbooks ever assembled. Joe's Book of Mushroom Cookery is the New Basics of fungus. With more than 300 recipes, the selection ranges from the elegantly simple to the ultimately sophisticated. The book is also an excellent guide to demystifying cooking with both commercial and wild mushrooms. Czarnecki immediately cautions of the inherent dangers in collecting wild mushrooms, and advises that caution and education are the best way to avoid pitfalls. Since this is a cookbook, not a field guide, a chapter is included on how and where to learn about collecting wild mushrooms. Also helpful is an extensive section on the culinary characteristics and preparation and storage of selected mushrooms. But where Czarnecki ultimately shines is in the recipe section of the book. Joe's Book of Mushroom Cookery is perhaps the most comprehensive collection of mushroom recipes available. The spectrum is broad, covering classic French approaches such as Filet Mignon en Croûte, to lighter nouvelle dishes such as Fresh Trout with Mushroom Stuffing. There are also excellent sections on mushroom soups, appetizers, sauces, and desserts. Several lifetimes of experience in Joe's Book of Mushroom Cookery and the passion can't help but be contagious. --Mark O. HowertonFrom Publishers Weekly:
In 1916 Czarnecki's grandfather opened Joe's Restaurant in Reading, Pa., which is presently run by the author. From the beginning, the menu has featured dishes made with wild mushrooms, gathered from the forests in the area. After a warm, personal introduction, Czarnecki offers a rundown of species of edible mushrooms and instructions for purchasing, picking and preserving them. The recipes are varied and imaginative, and will send mushroom lovers to specialty stores (or into the forest) in search of the different species. Among the cookbook's offerings: morel soup covered with puff pastry, salmon in lobster sauce with cepes, filet mignon with wild mushrooms and Szechuan pepper, ziti with mushroom butter and, for the adventurous, wild boar with shiitake, apples and strawberry liqueur. There are also a number of rich "mushroomless" desserts. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to Harrowsmith magazine; BOMC/Cooking & Crafts Club alternate.
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Book Description Atheneum, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110689114508
Book Description Atheneum, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0689114508
Book Description Atheneum, 1986. Board book. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0689114508