Kitchen Newbies

Award Winning Author James Peterson
Writes Another Must Have Cookbook

Comments Off 27 October 2010

Review by Lea McIntosh

Sitting in one of my first culinary courses at the California Culinary Academy, I (a newbie chef) eagerly awaited elusive tidbits about the secrets of cooking from my instructor. Well, one of those secret never-forgotten gems was Sauces, by James Peterson.

After class, I ran out, purchased the book, and flipped through every single saucy page. Since then, Sauces, and all the other books that followed by award winning author James Peterson, have earned a special and permanent place on my cookbook shelves.

His most recent release (and addition to my cookbook reference faves) is: Meat – A Kitchen Education. This book offers basic through advanced butchery and cooking techniques for a variety of meats including beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and even such game meats as rabbit, hare, and venison. Are you ready to leave behind the days of tasteless chicken, overcooked steaks and learn to master meat? Then, this book is a must for you! Sneak a peek at some of the books pages here.


Are you looking for great gift ideas for your favorite foodie? In my opinion, one or the complete library of James Peterson cookbooks will make any home cook, newbie chef, or seasoned pro smile. A few more of my favorite James Peterson cookbook titles…

Splendid Soups: Recipes and Master Techniques for Making the World’s Best Soups

Fish & Shellfish: The Cook’s Indispensable Companion



To learn more about author James Peterson and his cookbook titles, visit

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Kitchen Newbies

Chef Lea Raves: Burger Parties!

Comments Off 06 August 2010



James McNair and Chef Jeffrey Starr, created a Burger Parties: Recipes from Sutter Home Winery’s Build a Better Burger Contest, featuring 16 themed burger parties. Words to the wise: Don’t open the book unless you are ready to fire up the BBQ and start grilling…the burger recipes will start the stomach growling and the taste buds tingling: ). Let us tempt you…”Little Italy Sausage Burgers,” “Sweet-Hot Thai Burgers,” and “Bouillabaise Sliders”…see what we mean?

James McNair has been the head judge of Sutter Home’s Build a Better Burger® contest and he co-authored this book with Chef Jeffrey Star to feature the winning burger recipes from the contest’s recent 20th anniversary. Chef Jeffrey is the Culinary Director and Executive Chef for Trinchero Family Estates and Build a Better Burger…and a regular guest judge on The Food Network Challenge Series. The two created party themes and menus around the burgers, including super side dishes, sweet treats, and wine pairings (referencing Sutter Home wines).

The themes are fun and, in some cases, over-the-top…a good book if you are looking for new ways to make and serve burgers! There’s even more to inspire you on Build a Better Burger® at Sutter Home’s website.

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