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The Shared Table : Cooking with Spirit for Family and Friends
POOL, STEVE (Photographer)
Published: March 15, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Pintabona, chef of New York's Tribeca Grill who famously fed hundreds of recovery workers after 9/11, shapes a diverse collection of recipes around the story of his life. Unfortunately, Pintabona's storyandmdash;from his
Italian-American childhood to his French and Japanese culinary training and his restaurant proprietorshipandmdash;isn't as appealing as the food he celebrates. By clinging to the memoir structure, Pintabona forces readers to discover dishes according to
his life's chronology, rather than in relation to ingredients, courses, seasonality or technique (though there is a list of recipes by course). When he works in France, readers learn about Îles Flottantes; when he visits Israel, they find Eggplant Cured
in Lemon. The recipes include Sicilian Stuffed Calamari with Raisins and Pignoli, Japanese Yakinuku (barbecue), and Turkey Meat Loaf with Cranberry Glaze. The section devoted to working at the Tribeca Grill is more practical, where Pintabona's
elaborations on cooking for crowdsandmdash;with hors d'oeuvres like Chicken Skewers "Cordon Bleu" and chafing dish entrées such as Filet Mignon with Horseradish Whipped Potatoesandmdash;bring a more cohesive flow to the narrative. But still, the book is
a strange hybrid. Part personal scrapbook, part international cookbook, it lacks the spirit that its likable author displayed in his earlier Tribeca Grill Cookbook. Photos.
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Advance Praise for The Shared Table
"I am a big fan of Don Pintabona's newest book The Shared Table (and of Dan Pintabona himself). The dishes are creative and original but not overwhelming to re-create at
home, and the text is a veritable travelogue full of personal anecdotes. This book was definitely written from the heart, and the recipes will certainly gladden your stomach!"
"Don Pintabona's love of family, both his own and the
world's, is evident throughout this marvelous collection of stories and recipes. The Shared Table is great to read and even better to cook from."
"I've known Don for a long time and we've worked together like brothers in the
culinary world. His warmth comes through in his cooking, and reading this book you'll understand that good food really comes from the heart."
"Not only is Don Pintabona a close friend, he is also an amazingly innovative chef whose culinary
brilliance shines brightly in The Shared Table. Don's devotion to his beautiful family, exemplified throughout the book, inspires us all to create loving, lasting memories at the table."
"Around the world with Don Pintabona! The
Shared Table is a pleasant look into the culinary adventures of a top-notch chef."
"Don a great chef and one of the warmest, most generous, most giving people I know. Don will make you feel like part of his family when you cook
from his book."
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