Chef Jeff Cooks

Chef Jeff Cooks

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The author of the New York Times bestselling Cooked, award-winning chef, and star of his own Food Network docu-reality show dishes up his first cookbook, Chef Jeff Cooks. Jeff Henderson's story is familiar: Raised in South Central Los Angeles, he became a successful drug dealer. He made a lot of money. He got caught. But what happened next wasn't the same old story: Jeff changed. He found a passion in prison kitchens and taught himself to cook. Once released, he talked his way into a series of professional kitchens -- almost always having to prove himself by starting as a dishwasher or line cook. His talent was obvious; his work ethic even more so. After rising to the top of the kitchen in some of Los Angeles's best restaurants, he became the first African American Chef de Cuisine in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace and then executive chef at CafAc Bellagio in the prestigious Bellagio Resort. Now Jeff shows theworld his food and it is delicious. What inspires him? Foods he ate as a child -- Half-pound qBack-in-the-Dayq Chili Cheeseburger, Turkey Smoked Collard Greens, Friendly Fried Chicken, Macaroni and Smoked Cheddar Cheese, Cakelike Cornbread with Maple Butter, and Chocolate S'more Bread Pudding -- are here as well as the more elegant, celebratory cuisine he developed as a chef -- Sweet Potato Soup, Barbecued Shrimp Scampi, and slow-cookedMolasses Braised Beef Short Ribs. Cooks will also find lots of great recipes for the grill and plenty of party foods, satisfying salads, quick breads, sides, soups, sweet endings, and more. Featuring over 150 recipes, stunning full-color photographs, tips and techniques, as well as personal outtakes and anecdotes from Chef Jeff's life on the streets, the prison kitchen, and hiswork as a chef andmotivational speaker, this is much more than a cookbook -- it is a larger-than-life American success story and the recipe for how Chef Jeff fulfilled his dream.Candied. Yams. With yams or sweet potatoes, the whole point comes down to the sauce. This dish is best made from scratch, but if you master the sauce, you can make a pretty mean version using canned yams or canned sweet potatoes. ... or sweet potatoes, washed, peeled, and sliced 1a„4 inch thick 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 21a„4 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg 11a„2 teaspoons ground cinnamonanbsp;...

Title:Chef Jeff Cooks
Author:Jeff Henderson
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2008-10-07


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