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Yahoo Food’s Cookbook of the Week: Prune (Random House)
The Restaurant: Fans of Gabrielle Hamilton’s unpretentious cooking rejoice! The chef has run her 20-something-seat Prune for 15 years, but this is her first cookbook—and a real window into her New York City kitchen.
The Cuisine: American, in that it plucks dishes and techniques from around the world and features farm-fresh ingredients.
Who Should Buy It: Serious home cooks who’ve dreamed of working at a restaurant. Prune reads almost like a (beautifully) photocopied version of Hamliton’s manual for new employees, with notes on service, prep, and staff meals.
Who Shouldn’t: Those who need hand-holding through caramelizing shallots or step-by-step photos showing how to core cauliflower. This book is not for beginners.
Noteworthy: There’s no introduction to this cookbook; it gets right to the point—recipes—just like its no-BS author. Hamilton does, though, include her handwritten notes, pink Highlighter marks, and cooking oil stains throughout the book’s 566 pages.