The City Cook

The City Cook

Big City, Small Kitchen. Limitless Ingredients, No Time. More than 90 recipes so delicious you'll want to toss your takeout menus

The City Cook is an elegantly simple and eminently practical guide to fitting great cooking into a busy life and a small kitchen, including more than 90 recipes from Kate McDonough, editor and founder of

Taking you from fishmonger to cheese merchant to greenmarket and then back to your own kitchen, The City Cook makes confident, cosmopolitan cooking effortless. You’ll learn how to find the best ingredients at specialty shops and farmers’ markets, how to curate an urban kitchen, and how to entertain in the city. It will be easy to resist takeout and mediocre restaurant meals with satisfying, pulled-from-the-pantry dishes such as Carrot and Chickpea Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette or Spaghetti with Tomato Paste and Garlic. Deceptively simple showstoppers like Green Beans with Tomatoes and Prosciutto, Salmon Cakes with Spicy Sriracha Mayonnaise, Broiled Black Cod with Miso, and Seared Duck Breasts with Port-Shallot Pan Sauce give you exciting weeknight options. Recipes for Bloody Mary Sorbet with Crab Salad Brioche, Simple Oven-Roasted Whole Duck, and Grand Marnier Soufflé give you an excuse to host a sumptuous supper for your friends.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439172049 | 
  • November 2010
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Cooking in the City

What Is City Cooking?

City cooking celebrates the flavors that come from our small urban kitchens. We cook with ingredients from downtown farmers’ markets, small grocers, community supported agriculture deliveries, and neighborhood merchants.

Our kitchens are small and space is precious. We often take public transit to work. Many of us live close enough to our neighbors to be welcomed home in the evening by the aromas of their dinners. More than half of Americans now live in cities, and for those of us who do, there is an adjacency to our lives that affects what we eat and... see more

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Posted on Tips on Healthy Living

Posted by Kristin Sidorov

When the weather is as warm as the days are long, it seems downright criminal to spend time sweltering in a cramped kitchen with a hot oven. Stay cool and satisfied with simple, healthy, no-cook meals.

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Kate McDonough
Photograph (c) Mark Dichter



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