Friday, September 23, 2011

Review: Bobby Flay's Bar Americain Cookbook

When you can't get to Bobby Flay's Bar Americain, let Bar Americain come to you!

There is something about Bobby Flay that I find captivating.  I met him in person at the Borgata in Atlantic City about 5 years ago at a Women in Wine event, and he's just got the "it" factor that celebrities have.  I could have talked to him for hours.

Aside from his persona, the man can cook!   I have had the pleasure of eating at both his Bar Americain restaurant in Connecticut as well as the location in New York City.  Actually, the last time I was in the city with my husband, we stopped in.  We know what we're getting when we go there - the food is familiar with a twist, it's consistently good, and the atmosphere is elegant without being stuffy, and that's a comfort we enjoy after a busy day.

If you go to the Bar Americain website and take a look at the menu, you are looking at the contents for the cookbook.  The cookbook leaves nothing off the menu, from your cocktails to dessert.  Anything that I have ordered, and wished I could make at home - hello pizza! - is in Bobby Flay's Bar Americain cookbook.   Chef Bobby Flay takes traditional American cuisine and puts his own spin on it.

A few of my personal favorites include:  Chopped Apple Salad with Toasted Walnut, Vidalia Onion Soup, Hot Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Sauce and the Oven Baked Pizza.  These appetizers are worth the time and effort, and can be made into a meal all on their own.  I haven't even gotten to the entrees or sides! 

There are a few recipes that will definitely be joining my Thanksgiving table this year:   Pumpkin Soup with cranberry-maple creme fraiche and the Roasted Brussel Sprouts.

The color photographs are beautiful and helpful to those who have not seen the finished product in person. Not every recipe has a photograph, but those that need it do.

A word of warning, many of these tasty dishes are not for the novice cook, especially the first time around.  There are not many dinners from this cookbook you will get on the table in less than 30 minutes. (That being said, there is a reason Rachel Ray doesn't have her own restaurant)  While I was excited to try out these dishes I love in my own kitchen, I have come to appreciate Bobby Flay and the menu he has put together in his restaurants.  

One of my good friends and neighbor is a wonderful cook, and she often turns to Bobby Flay's cookbooks for inspiration, so I have wanted to try some of his recipes for a long time. If you want to impress guests or your family, but want to stay within a certain comfort-zone of food choices, turn to Bobby Flay's Bar Americain cookbook.

Even though the publisher sent me a digital copy for review, this is one cookbook I am going to buy to have in my kitchen!

Book Extras:
Bobby Flay website
Bar Americain - restaurant site
Bar Americain - menu
Bobby Flay - FoodTV

About the Book:
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Clarkson Potter (September 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307461386
ISBN-13: 978-0307461384

About the Author:
Author/Chef Bobby Flay has such an extensive biography of cookbooks and television shows, I could not even begin to fit it in on this page.  Go to to take a closer look at his incredible story.

*Disclosure:  A digital review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.


Zibilee said...

This book sounds like it is an amazing goldmine of great recipes, and it would definitely be something that I would like to try out. I am glad to hear that you had such success with it, and now I will be looking for it!

bermudaonion said...

I think we need to go to his restaurant next year during BEA!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

OOH I like the way Kathy is thinking! This looks like a great book!

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

AHH! I love Bobby Flay! He just opened a new restaurant here in DC. I'm anxious to go!

Alison's Book Marks said...

I made the Oven Roasted Pizza last night - I wanted to invite everyone over to smell my kitchen. No, it wasn't easy, but it was SOO worth the effort!

Kathy, Sheila, and any other book friends who would like to join us - I'm up for a night at Bar Americain in June! (Remind me in the spring to make a reservation!)

Alison's Book Marks said...

Meg - Oh, check it out and let me know what you think. I worry when a chef has too many restaurants. He can't possibly be at every one of them, so how does this affect the quality and consistency of the food?

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