Rock 'n' Roll Chef: The Kerry Simon Cookbook

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Dubbed the rock n’ roll chef by Rolling Stone Magazine, Kerry Simon was an aspiring musician before he fell in love with cooking. In his late teens, the Chicago native worked at Little Caesars Pizza to save money for an electric guitar. The summer job sparked Simon’s interest in food and late night recipe testing from Julia Child’s cookbookbut his love for rock n’ roll never dwindled.

After a mentorship under Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Lafayette Restaurant, Simon was appointed executive chef of The Plaza Hotel’s Edwardian Room, the youngest chef to hold that title. The restaurant quickly became one of the city’s hot spots, and celebrities such as David Bowie, Matt Dillon, Diane Keaton, Debbie Harry, and INXS clamored for reservations at the private chef’s table. His relationships with these celebrities of rock and the silver screen would become lifelong friendships, but his signature approach to American comfort food would continue to evolve into a style all his own and become the staple of his many restaurants across the US.

Rock n’ Roll Chef: The Kerry Simon Cookbook wonderfully chronicles Simon’s love for life, music, and food, and offers culinary novices and experts alike the tools to cook Simon’s favorites, from the perfect hamburger and homemade pizzas, to wok charred edamame and yellowtail carpaccio. Along the way, readers will encounter anecdotes and contributions from the musicians, actors, and celebrity chefs that Simon has cooked for and dined with over the years, including Slash, Sammy Hagar, and Bill Murray. In fact, in Rock n’ Roll Chef, you’ll discover not only what Bill Murray’s favorite dish is, but how to cook it.

A celebration of food and friendship, Rock n’ Roll Chef is a must for anyone who shares Simon’s mantra of eat, rock, repeat.”

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Dubbed the rock ’n’ roll chef by Rolling Stone magazine, Kerry Simon’s love for cooking followed his love for rock music. In his late teens, the Chicago native and aspiring musician worked at Little Caesars Pizza to save money to buy an electric guitar. The summer job sparked Simon’s interest in food and late-night recipe testing from Julia Child’s cookbookbut his love for rock ’n’ roll never dwindled.

After a mentorship under Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Lafayette Restaurant, Simon was appointed executive chef of The Plaza Hotel’s Edwardian Roomhe was the youngest chef to hold that title. The restaurant quickly became one of the city’s hot spots, and celebrities such as David Bowie, Matt Dillon, Diane Keaton, Debbie Harry, and INXS clamored for reservations at the private chef’s table.

Rock ’n’ Roll Chef: The Kerry Simon Cookbook wonderfully chronicles Simon’s love for life, music, and food, and offers culinary novices and experts alike the tools to cook Simon’s favorites, from the perfect hamburger and homemade pizzas,to wok-charred edamame and yellowtail carpaccio. Along the way, readers will encounter anecdotes and contributions from the musicians, actors, and celebrity chefs that Simon has cooked for and dined with over the years, including Slash, Sammy Hagar, and Bill Murray. A celebration of food and friendship, Rock ’n’ Roll Chef is a must for anyone who shares Simon’s mantra of eat, rock, repeat.”

About the Author:

Kerry Simon is an American celebrity chef and restaurateur based in Las Vegas. Known as the "rock 'n' roll chef", a moniker given to him byRolling Stone magazine, Simon is the executive chef and proprietor at his namesake restaurant, Simon, at Palms Place in Las Vegas. His other restaurants include Simon LA, in Los Angeles, California, Simon Prime in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and KGB and Carson Kitchen in Las Vegas.

Al Mancini spent more than twenty years in the music industry. After getting his law degree, Mancini went to work for ABC, where he spent more than fifteen years interviewing thousands of the world’s top musicians, actors, and politicians. But Mancini’s passion has always been food, and over the past decade he has become one of the top food writers in Las Vegas, where he’s written forLuxury Las Vegas, 944, Desert Companion, Where, What’s On?, and AOL’sCity’s Best. Most recently he’s created and coauthored the definitive Las Vegas dining guide,Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants.

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