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Stephen Crout is a man who definitely knows his way around the kitchen. His wonderful book is part memoir, part cookbook. Stephen experiments in the kitchen and as a result his cooking is exciting, he pushes the culinary envelope. He has some fabulous techniques and flavor combinations and he's also very clever with frozen artichokes - and he's funny - really funny.
I have to confess I have yet to brine a chicken, although after reading this book there is simply no way I can get away with that any longer. Hand on heart the next chicken will be brined. His recipes are (not only delicious) but intriguing. Consider "Sauteed ham slices with miso "red-eye" gravy" - Stephen promises it will blow your mind - it blew mine just reading the recipe. Then there's "Son of Slaw" and "Highway Patrol Succotash" - original and mouthwatering.
If you would like an irreverent cookbook with some delicious recipes with an unusal spin, "A cook's book for cooks" is your book and Stephen Crout is your man.