Cook the Book: 'A Twist of the Wrist'

book_a-twist-of-the-wrist.jpgThis installment of Serious Eats's Cook the Book series features a collection of recipes that just might change the way you think about cooking at home. A Twist of the Wrist isn't another Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade tome or a Rachael Ray rip-off. It's by Nancy Silverton, one of the greatest pastry chefs and bread bakers this country has ever produced. And when she talks about food, we should listen. And this is what she has to say:

The truth is that many people—at least the majority of the people I know—really don't cook much at all. Home Meal Replacement (HMR), better known as takeout, is the fastest-growing segment in the food industry. I see it in L.A., among my friends, for whom stopping by the grocery store to pick up a piece of fish that was grilled twelve hours ago or roasted vegetables that have been sitting out half the day has become the modern version of "cooking at home." We've moved so far away from the kitchen that I felt that what people needed was a gentle, realistic way back.

Enter the jar! And enter A Twist of the Wrist, a collection of recipes that takes advantage of high-quality premade ingredients to create entrées that have the same complexity of flavors and textures as ones you'd be served in a restaurant.

I have known Nancy Silverton for 15 years now, and for someone whose bread recipe takes 14 days to make, A Twist of the Wrist represents a seismic shift in how she thinks about food. What she doesn't say because she is strangely modest, is that Nancy Silverton has perfect pitch when it comes to food. That is, she has the greatest palate I have ever seen in action, and a food bullshit detector second to none. As Mario Batali is quoted on the back cover of the book, "Nancy Silverton is the high priestess of delicious."

So every day this week we're proud to highlight a different recipe from A Twist of the Wrist. Our first recipe from the book will appear shortly.

And because Serious Eats is on a mission to encourage more people to eat delicious food as often as possible, we're giving away 5 copies of Silverton's book. More details to come later today. [Update: Here are the details. Enter to win!]