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Offal Good: Cooking from the Heart, with Guts


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CHRIS COSENTINO is the winner of Top Chef Masters and excecutive chef of the lauded Cockscomb in San Francisco. He graduated from Johnson & Wales (Providence, R.I.) then went on to work at a number of notable restaurants, including Rubicon and Chez Panisse. His first executive chef position was at Incanto in 2002. Cosentino's innovative interpretations of rustic Italian fare promptly earned the restaurant its first three-star review from the San Francisco Chronicle. Since then Cosentino has gained national acclaim as a leading proponent of offal cookery. His approach stems from a belief that no parts of an animal slaughtered for food should go to waste. Cosentino has a strong commitment to sustainable principles and humanely-raised meats and is an avid researcher of ancient cooking techniques and culinary lore. He is also co-creator of Boccalone, an artisanal salumeria in San Francisco. In addition to winning Top Chef Masters in 2012, Cosentino has appeared on television as a competitor on The Next Iron Chef (2007), Iron Chef America (2007 and 2008).


"Chris Cosentino is a righteous heir to the lineage of Fergus Henderson, Mario Batali and the great, unknown cooks of France and Italy who created iconic dishes from every part of the animal. His food is also surprisingly simple--and unsurprisingly, delicious." - Anthony Bourdain

"With this book, Chris reminds us that the most delicious parts of an animal lay hidden." - Rene Redzepi, Noma "This will forever be the cook's bible of all things offal." - Sean Brock, Husk "Chris is one of the most talented and curious and playful cooks I know, and Offal Good reflects his long and passionate exploration of the odd meat cuts, their quirks and possibilities. Whenever he updates me on his ever-changing menus, he sums up with a smile and six words: 'We're just trying to have fun.' That very down-to-earth fun, and the deliciousness it instigates, come through on every page." - Harold McGee "In a world obsessed with progress, Chris manages to take ten steps back before taking one forward and truly understand his ingredients. He elevates his food by respecting tradition and honesty. What he has achieved with this book is truly spectacular." - Derek Dammann, Maison Publique "Chris's intense love of food is akin to a five-year-old opening gifts under a trimmed tree on Xmas morning, no posturing, all love. ... We have admired his cooking, drive, and offal crusade for years. Chris Cosentino is an educator, a sage and this makes him a very important American chef." - David McMillian and Frederic Morin, Joe Beef "Good cooking is an emotion, a feeling. It comes from within. Just ask Chris." - Paul Cunningham, Henne Kirkeby Kro "The Cockscomb chef and Top Chef Masters winner poured his guts into this cookbook (pun intended), and it shows."--Tasting Table

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