The Pollan Family Table : The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom for Delicious, Healthy Family Meals
by Corky Pollan and Lori Pollan and Dana Pollan and Tracy Pollan

Overview - A BookPage Best Cookbook of 2015
Winner of the Gourmand International Cookbook Award 2015, Best in the World, Best First Cookbook.
A gorgeous, fully illustrated collection of recipes, cooking techniques, and pantry wisdom for delicious, healthy, and harmonious family meals from the incredible Pollan family--with a foreword from Michael Pollan.

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More About The Pollan Family Table by Corky Pollan; Lori Pollan; Dana Pollan; Tracy Pollan
A BookPage Best Cookbook of 2015
Winner of the Gourmand International Cookbook Award 2015, Best in the World, Best First Cookbook.
A gorgeous, fully illustrated collection of recipes, cooking techniques, and pantry wisdom for delicious, healthy, and harmonious family meals from the incredible Pollan family--with a foreword from Michael Pollan.
In The Pollan Family Table, Corky, Lori, Dana, and Tracy Pollan invite you into their warm, inspiring kitchens, sharing more than 100 of their family's best recipes. For generations, the Pollans have used fresh, local ingredients to cook healthy, irresistible meals. Michael Pollan, whose bestselling books have changed our culture and the way we think about food, writes in his foreword about how the family meals he ate growing up shaped his worldview. This stunning and practical cookbook gives readers the tools they need to implement the Pollan food philosophy in their everyday lives and to make great, nourishing, delectable meals that bring families back to the table.
Standouts like Grand Marnier Citrus Roasted Chicken, Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Chips, and Key Lime Pie with Walnut Oatmeal Crust are easy to make yet sophisticated enough to dazzle family and friends. With hundreds of exquisite color photographs, The Pollan Family Table includes the Pollan's top cooking tips and techniques, time-tested shortcuts, advice for those just starting out and market and pantry lists that make shopping for and preparing dinner stress-free. This instant kitchen classic will help readers create incredible meals and cultivate traditions that improve health, well-being, and family happiness.

  • ISBN-13: 9781476746371
  • ISBN-10: 1476746370
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publish Date: October 2014
  • Page Count: 334
  • Dimensions: 1.25 x 8.75 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.66 pounds

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-09-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

The women of the Pollan family collaborate in this collection of 100 recipes, offering three generations of kitchen wisdom and strategies for the return of the family table. Michael Pollan’s mother, Corky, and sisters, Lori, Tracy, and Dana, have assembled an “empowering book” and practical guide for home cooks struggling to make healthy and fulfilling sit-down family meals. Showcasing the very best Pollan family recipes, these fresh ideas help families achieve the “Common Pot”—a ideal dynamic marked by communal cooking, eating, and laughing together around the family table. Recipes are kid- and adult-friendly, made with easy-to-find store ingredients, require little experience, and are time-savers. Along with culinary terms, sage advice, and sections on home-made condiments, there are lists of essential utensils and pantry basics. They favor ingredients, such as simple grains and vegetables and common-sense cooking low in fat and processed foods. Meat, poultry, and seafood recipes abound, along with comforting soups and chiles, and meatless Monday dishes include dressed-up pasta and salads. Current Pollan kid-favorite desserts are featured, too. Each recipe page has market and pantry lists for cell-phone snapshots cooks take shopping. From dishes prepared by their mother to Grandpa Max’s love of fresh-grown ingredients and their continued family table tradition, the Pollans find inspiration devising a new routine for the family sit-down meal. (Oct.)

BookPage Reviews

Cooking: Sweet, savory, superb

Despite rumors that Brooklyn is “so over,” it remains the hottest borough in New York City. And Ovenly is one of its hottest bakeries. Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin met at a foodie book club, found that their entrepreneurial urges and love of baking meshed, gave up their day jobs and set off on the adventure that led to Ovenly, the uber-successful Greenpoint bakery where customers line up for their Bloody Mary Scones. Now they’re publishing their first cookbook, Ovenly: Sweet and Salty Recipes from New York’s Most Creative Bakery. For a super start to the new year, revitalize your baking repertoire and whip up some of those famous scones, then try Caramel Bacon Hot Tarts; sweet, subtly sharp Blue Cheese Apple Pie with Walnuts; herby Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies with Tarragon; Feta, Basil & Scallion Muffins; and rich, satisfying Salted Dark Chocolate Pudding. The instructions are detailed, easy to follow and often accompanied by step-by-step photos, tips and “get creative” variations.

Cathy Barrow’s passion for preserving is boundless and inspiring. It’s her way of being a true and active locavore, of showing her commitment to our farmers, to our planet and to feeding real food to the people she loves. Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry: Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving, her debut cookbook, is her hard-to--resist invitation to make preserving a part of your everyday life and turn the fleeting abundance of each season into a wonderfully stocked pantry that makes your cooking easier, healthier and more sustainable. With the clarity that comes from true expertise and with an evident concern for safety, Barrow covers water-bath canning, pressure canning, curing, brining, smoking and even making simple, fresh cheeses. Among the nearly 140 recipes, you’ll find jams, jellies, pickles, stocks, sauces, fish fumet, candied chilies, smoked oysters, air-cured Bresaola, duck confit and more. Go at your own pace, slip into preserving slowly or go gangbusters—Barrow will be there as your model and mentor.

Michael Pollan, our foremost foodie public intellectual, has had a powerful influence on how we eat, cook and think about food. If you’ve wondered who influenced him, you’ll find the answer in The Pollan Family Table by Corky, Lori, Dana and Tracy Pollan, Michael’s mother and three sisters. With more than 110 Pollan family-tested recipes and their collective “sage advice” on ingredients, techniques and food philosophy, this cookbook is a true home-cooked-dinner-on-the-table-every-night enabler. Corky, while having an impressive career, served up wonderful family dinners regularly, which made a lasting impression on all her kids. Here, two generations of Pollan women, who live the same time-strangled lives we all do, share their recipes and strategies. Each recipe has a “market” list and a “pantry” list that make shopping stress-free. Chatty header notes put every dish in context, cooking times are realistic and, best of all, the food is delicious, doable and often dazzling. 


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