Chef Art Smith, TLC's "Comfort Food"
"With "The Good Stuff Cookbook, " Spike Mendelsohn applies his limitless imagination to classic American comfort food."
Tom Colicchio, chef/owner of Craft restaurants and Colicchio & Sons
"I am a self-proclaimed queen of burgers, and it looks like Spike is on his way to becoming the king. I am obsessed with all things between the bun and have really enjoyed eating my way through the "Good Stuff." Spike knows how to bring the fun to bun."
One of the most popular contestants ever on the hit television show "Top Chef," Chef Spike Mendelsohn is one of the hottest celebrity chefs on the scene. His new restaurant in Washington, D.C., Good Stuff Eatery, has been a resounding success and even claims First Lady Michelle Obama as a fan. In "The Good Stuff Cookbook," he serves up fast, fun, and fresh recipes for classic fare like burgers, sides, shakes, and desserts, as well as menu suggestions for all types of events, from big parties to casual family dinners.
You'll find old favorites with a twist: unique and tasty sauces and mayonnaises like Good Stuff Sauce and Curry Mayonnaise; fan-favorite sides like Baked Sweet Potato Fries and Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus; the famous Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake, malts, and floats; and, of course, Chef Spike's crowd-pleasing burgers made with beef, turkey, chicken, pork, and even lamb.
- The book features 120 fresh and delicious recipes and 140 full-color photos
- Mendelsohn is one of the hottest up-and-coming chefs on the food scene with two new restaurants, a new web-based show on Food2.com called "By The Book, Off The Hook," and a number of other projects in the works
- This is the perfect all-American cookbook for anyone who loves great casual comfort food like burgers, fries, and shakes, but wants to shake things up with a gourmet touch
Just in time for Independence Day barbecues and summertime cookouts, "The Good Stuff Cookbook" offers a fresh and inventive take on classic American food."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 42.
- Review Date: 2010-05-03
- Reviewer: Staff
Mendelsohn has a lean and hungry look, which is surprising as he is the proprietor of D.C.’s Good Stuff Eatery, home of many a handcrafted hamburger, french-fried potato, and milkshake. In his first collection, this former Top Chef contestant and one time Le Cirque underling expands upon his eatery’s menu to offer up 120 comfort foods with attitudes. His mac ’n’ cheese is spiked with chopped bacon and herbs. His “Blazin’ Barn” is a Vietnamese-style burger with pickled carrots and cilantro. And his mint Oreo shake calls for one cup milk, two cups ice cream, and 20 mint Oreo cookies. He prefers his fries tossed with rosemary or served with a cheddar cheese sauce that has a cayenne pepper kick. Salads, or “wedges,” in Spike speak, begin with iceberg lettuce, which then gets topped with anything from poached eggs to fennel, orange, and pomegranate. Since his joint is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, a certain neighborhood family has been known to drop by on occasion. Mendelsohn has returned the favor by creating the Prez Obama Burger, a sophisticated blend of sirloin, bacon, and bleu cheese, topped with red onion marmalade and horseradish mayo. Michelle’s Melt, by comparison, is a multifaceted turkey burger with diced green apple and other ingredients inspired by the first lady’s South Lawn garden. (June)