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Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home by [Roy Finamore, Marcus Samuelsson]

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"In doable dishes that favor bold spices, such as the garam masala and serranochiles in habesha lamb chops with apple-mango chutney, and crunchy and creamy components, such as the fried pickles served with fish & chips and the shrimp salad atop corn dogs, ­Samuelsson deliciously showcases his knowledge of global flavors and talent for combining them in unexpected waysVERDICT Highly recommended for adventurous and well-traveled home cooks, as well as fans of Susan Feniger’s Street Food."
—Library Journal

“Marcus is a great chef, a great cook, and a transformative figure in the landscape of American food. Seeing his style and his interests change over the years has been fascinating. I’ve watched him first hand as he eats his way through a city, soaking it all up, mind whirring. I guess this is what he’s been doing with all that information and experience: Marcus Off Duty. It’s fair to say you would always be a very lucky person if you were invited over to Marcus’s house for dinner. Now, with this book, everyone can join the party.”
—-Anthony Bourdain
“With Marcus Off Duty, Marcus Samuelsson steps out of the restaurant kitchen and shows you how to cook the global, casual, flavorful food he loves most. Every recipe, story, and tip is not only thoughtful and imaginative, but also completely accessible. It’s like having your own private cooking lesson and fabulous dinner party, hosted by one of the country’ s greatest culinary stars!”
—- Gail Simmons, food expert, TV personality, and author of Talking with My Mouth Full
“Marcus has a gift to take unexpected flavor combinations and make them sing on a plate. His exploration of other cultures outside his own makes this book an adventure to read at home and in the kitchen.”
—-Zarela Martinez, chef and author
“Marcus is the most interesting cook I know. He possesses a unique ability to bring the cuisine of the world to our family table. And here is the magical touch: He has the love to make it happen. Whether it’s a perfect poached egg, a biscuit, or a spicy grilled fish, he elevates all to an amazing level. Marcus is truly that cook who can transform the basics into the stellar, yet keep it real at the same time.”
—-Jonathan Waxman, chef and author
“Marcus teaches us inspired recipes that are approachable yet rich with the style and finesse that’s been his trademark. What I love the most about Marcus Off Duty is that he not only gives great recipes, but arms us with the tools and tricks to tackle them all.”
— John Besh, restaurateur, author, and philanthropist

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00HK3EUH4
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lifestyle; 1st edition (October 21, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 21, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 124608 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 355 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 337 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! Delicious, mostly good for you, and pretty easy.
By Jennifer Guerrero on June 30, 2018
This is a very cool book. It’s a collection of the food Marcus makes at home, and is all very do-able for the home cook. There are plenty of super easy dishes, and some more special ones for when you feel like going that extra mile. The recipes are from all over the world, and there’s some magical fusion.

The chapters are: Introduction, Comforts of Home, Friends & Family, Special Days, Street Food, Playing with Fire, Cooking with Kids, Soups, Sides & Condiments, and Something Sweet.

My pics and thoughts on the dishes we tried:
1) Helga’s Meatballs & Gravy with Carrot-Apple Mashed Potatoes – p 228. Delicious! I love that there’s extra color, flavor, and vitamins in those potatoes. We loved the little bit of sweetness and the horseradish in the background. Best Swedish meatballs ever.
2-3) Couscous Paella with Shrimp, Chicken, and Chorizo – p 76. He uses couscous and harissa in it in some fun Spanish/Moroccan fusion. We went to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco on our honeymoon, so the dish was a nice romantic one for us. It’s a very short boat ride across the Strait of Gibraltar, so the combination makes great sense. We all loved it. I’d add peas next time.
4) Back-Pocket Salmon Grilled on a Plank – p 192. Geez, I think this is my favorite salmon recipe. Great soy sauce, mustard and herb marinade. Minutes to pull together. Definitely get the grill going first.
5) End of Summer Succotash – p 278. Yummy, easy bowl of produce goodness. His has much more vibrant color than mine does. Maybe because it’s only the beginning of summer. ;D

I’ll update this as I play in the book more.

Some others I have flagged to try: Bourbon Shrimp with Baby Spinach – p 36 * Chicken Fried Steak on a Salad – p 40 * Orange Curry Beef Stir Fry with Broccolini – p 42 * Crab Fried Rice – p 44 * Coconut Lime Curried Chicken – p 48 * Seared Scallops with Bacon and Egg – p 52 * Spiced Nuts – p 64 * Mac & Cheese & Greens – p 66 (Different than the one in the Red Rooster Harlem book) * Twice Fried Chicken Breasts with Rainbow Slaw – p 69 * Sweet Potato Gnocchi – p 74 * Maya’s Lamb Lasagna – p 88 * Red Shrimp and Spicy Grits – p 99 * Shrimp and Pork Dumplings – p 116 * Andouille Sausage & Oysters – p 119 * Yogurt-Marinated Leg of Lamb – p 121 * Isn’t She Lovely Crepes with Rhubarb-Strawberry Compote – p 126 * Roast Beef Tenderloin with a Coffee-Chocolate Crust – p 128 * Spicy Shrimp Falafel – p 150 * Potato and Spinach Samosas with Spicy Buttermilk Dip – p 172 * Roof Garden Fish Tacos – p 184 * Pizza on the Grill with Caesar Salad – p 202 * Peaches Kissed by Fire – p 205 * Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Spicy Ketchup – p 206 * Blueberry Crunch Granola – p 214 * Peanut Noodles with Slaw – p 218 * Salmon in a Sea of Coconut – p 256 * Hot Brussels Sprouts Slaw – p 280 * Shiro (Ethiopian Chickpea Spread) – p 284* Market-Fresh Corn Bread – p 285 (Different than the one in the Red Rooster Harlem book) * Hot Waffles with Blueberry Whipped Cream – p 308 * Black Bottom Peanut Pie – p 313 * Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies – p 326
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Great Chef
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1.0 out of 5 stars Recipes aren't linked in the Kindle version
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alles bestens
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to make at home.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay
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