Twelve Recipes

Twelve Recipes

Winner of the 2015 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Award Forewords by Alice Waters and Michael Pollan In this dazzling, full color cookbook and kitchen manual filled with lush photographs and beautiful drawings, the chef of Alice Waters? Chez Panisse offers basic techniques and essential recipes that will transform anyone into a confident Winner of the 2015 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Award Forewords by Ali...

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Title:Twelve Recipes
Author:Cal Peternell
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Genres:Food and Drink
ISBN:0062270303
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Twelve Recipes Reviews

  • Kaitlin
    Jun 29, 2015
    This lovingly written cookbook was a great read. Not a book you dip into and take recipes from, but a wonderful, warm, thoughtful and warm look into Cal Peternell's life. His relationships with his family are so wonderful, their illustrations are so much fun, I just loved his voice. Th...
  • Ami
    Aug 06, 2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. As someone who's a decent home cook, but always looking to expand my non-recipe-based dishes, the promise of twelve basic adaptable recipes was extremely appealing to me. But I was a bit concerned by the book's description--how often have you pi...
  • Mike
    Jun 24, 2017
    This book has truly upped my egg and toast games. I found it enjoyable to read and its premise refreshing. ...
  • Tracy
    Mar 04, 2015
    This book is purportedly about 12 recipes, but it contains literally hundreds. Each section (pasta, bread, eggs) has riffs on the basics. It was easy to see the relationships between foods--that pasta ameretriciana is the same as alls gricia except one has tomatoes and the other doesn'...
  • Sara
    Feb 16, 2017
    I've never reviewed a cookbook on Goodreads, but this one is noteworthy. My bestie (Lor) sent from UT and it's one you can flip through again and again. I love the commentary and how it enables you to freelance your recipes. Forwards by Waters and Pollan to get you started. ...
  • Diane
    Jul 29, 2015
    When chef Cal Peternell was getting ready to send his son off to college, he decided to create a small cookbook of the twelve recipes that he felt were most important for his son to have. They were for food he had made for the family, his son's favorite dishes, things everyone should b...
  • Tina
    Mar 24, 2017
    Nice, simple recipes to either enhance the new home cook or to use in working with children. Simple, fresh foods. Great advice for changing meals up with personally favorite flavors, as well. ...
  • Laura
    Feb 12, 2015
    This was a tough book for me to rate because the author so obviously put a lot of himself into the book, and he seems like a wonderful, funny person and chef. The book is filled with photos of his family, and overall the tone is very warm and user-friendly. The idea here is that he'...
  • Kathryn
    Feb 07, 2015
    This is a different spin on a cookbook. Cal Peternell takes 12 recipes and expands each one into subrecipes if you will. The first chapter is toast, the next eggs and it goes from there. His tips, thoughts, his family and exerience are all in this book. This would make a lovely gift to...
  • Pippin
    Apr 28, 2016
    This is the perfect book to put the new home cook in the right mindset. Meals with elaborate recipes are for holidays. When you need a meal for 1-6 people, then you want cooking that is simple, quick, un-fussy, that delivers great flavor and a healthy combination of foods. Cal has capt...
  • Dave
    Sep 15, 2015
    I've found my new go-to gift book. Twelve Recipes is the kind of cookbook a chef would write to teach his kids how to cook - because that's exactly what it is. My problem with other introductory cookbooks is how "Rachel Ray" they are. They're generally unromantic, no-nonsense collec...
  • Amelia Elizabeth
    Jun 27, 2014
    I had high hopes for this book, but sadly I felt that it was just okay. The whole idea of learning twelve recipes that will be the foundation of so many recipes to come. Peternell starts off by saying that this book was built from sharing these core recipes with his sons. It's more tha...
  • Kathleen
    Jan 21, 2015
    This book is completely twee, and I completely ate it up. It's really a gorgeous book, with rich colors in the photographs and elegantly simple drawings. Cal Peternell, chef at the famed Chez Panisse, enlisted his artist wife, Kathleen Henderson, and artistic son for the visuals. Both ...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 13, 2015
    When Peternell's son went off to college, he had the realization that although his children had been in the kitchen stirring and dicing, they didn't really know how to cook because he was the one who really put the meals together. So he came up with this book as a kind of primer, sayin...
  • Ethan
    Jan 03, 2016
    Very simple recipes but written in a fun way and some solid fundamental advice. I've been cooking for myself for years thanks to being in Boy Scouts in high school, but still learned how to do some basic stuff better (most notably, marinara. I am never again going to buy a jar of pasta...
  • Kate Cronin
    Dec 23, 2015
    This "how to cook book" is well written and beautifully illustrated. It's basically recipes written around 12 essential cooking skills every home cook should have. It would be a great gift for a recent grad or anyone else just learning how to cook. I didn't like some of his pronounceme...
  • Shayna Ross
    Aug 13, 2018
    I'm not a reader of cookbook, just the occasional food-service memoir, so this provided a relatively new experience for me. I selected this cookbook because I definitely was looking for that absolute beginner read without being a children's book (but even those can be lovely!) and I sa...
  • Catherine Woodman
    Jan 26, 2015
    I think that Mark Bittman's 'How To Cook Everything' is the best first cookbook to receive if you have some experience cooking, but what about the person who really knows nothing about being in the kitchen? That person needs to start at a very basic level, and this is the cookbook for ...
  • Mollie
    Jan 07, 2018
    Cookbooks aren't typically something I "read", they're usuallyflipped through, with slight inspection of certain appealing sounding recipes or delicious depictions. This book is almost like listening to a seasoned chef talk to you while in their own kitchen, whipping you up something "...
  • Lizzie
    Jan 07, 2015
    A beautiful book with a quirky sense of humor, Twelve Recipes is like [book:An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace|13111958 without the obnoxious pretension. Peternell walks through all the basics of cooking, and makes it look like an accessible and valuable part of commun...
  • Carol Tietsworth
    May 13, 2018
    A beautiful book showing the ways you can start with a basic recipe and branch off into something a lot less basic. ...
  • Sandra
    May 17, 2018
    Loved this book. I was thinking about writing a cookbook for my granddaughter, who lives to cook. Now I don't need to do that. I will buy her a copy of this book and call it a day. ...
  • Evan Deaubl
    Jan 06, 2018
    This book almost felt like a wiki for recipes. The book consists of a base set of recipes in 13 (yes, 13, the title fools a little bit) areas. From there, it's all a little bit of this, a little change here, etc. and you get something different. Additionally, there are a number of reco...
  • Steven Thielking
    Jul 10, 2018
    This is a fantastic book. Easy to read, entertaining, and informative. ...
  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    May 13, 2014
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Twelve Recipes is a beautifully written, informative, and very personal mix of memoir and cookbook. Ostensibly, a collection of recipes based around 12 basic skills a person needs in order to increase overall...
  • Gretchen
    Oct 26, 2014
    Reading this book by a chef at the renown Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley is to be taken into a family of joyful and quirky eaters and cooks while basking in the accumulated wisdom of a wry and thoughtful observer about matters food or otherwise. It is a loving paean to living joyf...
  • James
    Nov 20, 2016
    That Peternell waited until his kid went to college before teaching him to cook seems a bit wackadoo to me, but maybe he didn't cook at home. The recipes look pretty good for the most part, but other books have similar recipes. I would also question that this is a good beginners book, ...
  • Cindy Wise
    Jul 03, 2018
    There were way more than 12 recipes, but most were offshoots of the same basic ideas. Many recipes I'm excited to try.... ...
  • Susan Walker
    Jul 08, 2018
    About one third of pages wouldn't download I liked the concept of this book, but it became too frustrating when pages wouldn't download. Never could tell if recipe was complete or sometimes didn't know what the recipe was for. ...
  • Joel
    Dec 25, 2017
    The best starting cookbook. ...