Next up in the Christmas line up of celebrity cookbook recipes to try . . . a sampling from Joel Robuchon's The Complete Robuchon.
This one was a little surprise James threw in for me -- I had no idea his highness was paying such close attention as I was drooling over the idea of dinner with Robuchon when he guest judged on this past season's top chef. That episode brought forth a cookbook with the "chef of the century's" ideas for simple everyday meals. Unexpected and very interesting.
Robuchon's everyday meals may be rabbit terrine or lamb's liver but those are tough sells around here, so sizing up the ingredients in our little kitchen I settled on potato leek soup and endive salad with walnut vinaigrette. Simple, easy bistro style dinner. Both good, but once again the star of the night -- even against the chef with the world's most Michelin stars -- was Jim Lahey's no knead stecca flavored with fresh tomato, whole garlic cloves and Sicilian olives.