Book Review: Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook – DeDe Lahrman & Neil Kleinberg [TSS]

Title: Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook: Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond from New York’s Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant
Author: DeDe Lahrman & Neil Kleinberg
ISBN: 9780316083379
Pages: 224
Release Date: November 8, 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown and Co.
Genre: Cookbook
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review:

While I’ve never actually been lucky enough to eat at the Clinton St. Baking Company (a friend and I went once, but didn’t want to wait 2.5 hours for a table, which was the wait time), it’s something I’ve been wanting to try.  Therefore, when I heard about the Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook, I immediately knew I wanted to try it out.

I expected the Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook to have all kinds of amazing breakfast recipes, which it did, but I didn’t know how many lunch/dessert offerings it would have as well.  I became really excited as I was flipping through it, as there were a lot of recipes I was eager to try and none of them looked off-puttingly difficult.

The Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook is beautifully presented, with thick pages and brightly colored photographs.  Not every recipe has an accompanying photograph, but there are enough to really brighten up the cookbook and make it a lot of fun to thumb through.  I really loved the presentation, and the photographs of food are mouthwatering.

The first recipes I tried from the cookbook were the Spanish Scramble and the Hash Browns.  The Spanish Scramble had a lot of ingredients, but it was incredibly easy to put together.  I cooked it exactly according to the directions, but I could tell it wasn’t fully cooked when I was finished.  I cooked it for a little while longer, both on the stove and under the broiler, until it looked finished.  The dish was absolutely delicious and looked a lot more complex than it was; I’m eager to make it again.

The Hash Browns were a bit of a disaster.  They are twice baked, and while I followed the exact directions, I had my doubts about whether they were cooked enough when bringing them out of the oven.  I proceeded with the recipe, and they just didn’t turn out correctly.  I’d be willing to make them again, but I’ll go with my gut on how cooked they should be when removing them from the oven, instead of following the exact printed directions.

A few days later, I made the Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato and Zucchini Bisque.  Both of these dishes were easy and absolutely delicious – I can tell the soup will become a staple in my house during the winter.  Additionally, it reheated incredibly well for lunch the next day, so it’s worth making a big pot of it in order to have leftovers.  I was thrilled how easy it was, and how many healthy vegetables there were in the soup.

Finally, I made the Roast Turkey Sandwich with Cole Slaw, and both were simple and delicious.  It’s difficult to make a turkey sandwich unique, yet this one was.  I can already tell that The Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook is going to become a regular cookbook in my kitchen; I appreciated that the dishes weren’t too complicated (for the most part) and each was delicious.  The Hash Browns debacle signals that it’s important to go with your cooking instinct when it comes to these dishes, so it may not be the best choice for a cook who is just beginning.  However, I highly recommend this one if you’re looking for a new high quality cookbook with delicious and simple recipes.

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Comments

  1. I totally had my way with this cookbook…fabulous! I know it isn’t rocket science to make a grilled goat cheese sandwich, but why have I never thought of it? It was so good. The real coup in this book is the fried chicken, for the meat eaters out there. It was a very long process, but the results were worth it.

  2. I totally had my way with this cookbook…fabulous! I know it isn’t rocket science to make a grilled goat cheese sandwich, but why have I never thought of it? It was so good. The real coup in this book is the fried chicken, for the meat eaters out there. It was a very long process, but the results were worth it.

  3. I was going to suggest we hit up the restaurant in May, but I don’t think we’ll want to spend 2.5 hours waiting, unless we can bring lawn chairs and books! LOL I love this cookbook too!

  4. I was going to suggest we hit up the restaurant in May, but I don’t think we’ll want to spend 2.5 hours waiting, unless we can bring lawn chairs and books! LOL I love this cookbook too!

  5. Oh this cookbook sounds like something I need to have in my kitchen…now 🙂 Those goat cheese sandwiches sound truly wonderful!

    XO

  6. Oh this cookbook sounds like something I need to have in my kitchen…now 🙂 Those goat cheese sandwiches sound truly wonderful!

    XO

  7. All of the recipes you tried sound mouthwatering, and I can imagine that I would love to own a copy of this cookbook. So many great ones out there, but this one really stands out to me for some reason! Great recap of this book!

  8. All of the recipes you tried sound mouthwatering, and I can imagine that I would love to own a copy of this cookbook. So many great ones out there, but this one really stands out to me for some reason! Great recap of this book!

  9. All I ever hear from my boyfriend is how insane the wait there can get, but both times I’ve been we didn’t have to wait longer than 15 minutes! One of those times was on a holiday Monday morning though, and the other was a very cold Friday night.

    I think I told you I got him the book for valentine’s day–I can’t wait till he starts making me stuff from it!

  10. All I ever hear from my boyfriend is how insane the wait there can get, but both times I’ve been we didn’t have to wait longer than 15 minutes! One of those times was on a holiday Monday morning though, and the other was a very cold Friday night.

    I think I told you I got him the book for valentine’s day–I can’t wait till he starts making me stuff from it!

  11. I read your review after just having had breakfast, and now I’m hungry again, lol. These recipes sound wonderful!

  12. I read your review after just having had breakfast, and now I’m hungry again, lol. These recipes sound wonderful!

  13. I’ve officially caved. The reviews have knocked me over the head. I’m buying it.

  14. I’ve officially caved. The reviews have knocked me over the head. I’m buying it.

  15. Mmmm, Tomato and Zucchini Bisque. That sounds delicious! I’m going to have to check this book out.

  16. Mmmm, Tomato and Zucchini Bisque. That sounds delicious! I’m going to have to check this book out.

  17. Just the few recipes you’ve mentioned here tell me this is a seriously good cookbook. I need to check it out.

  18. Just the few recipes you’ve mentioned here tell me this is a seriously good cookbook. I need to check it out.

  19. I have heard so many good things about this cookbook, now I will have to try it too. Also, in I am in NYC, I will definitely hit this restaurant and let you know if it is worth the wait.

  20. I have heard so many good things about this cookbook, now I will have to try it too. Also, in I am in NYC, I will definitely hit this restaurant and let you know if it is worth the wait.

  21. I love this cookbook! Very yummy recipes inside!

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  22. I love this cookbook! Very yummy recipes inside!

    You can visit my Weekend Cooking here

  23. Those recipes sound delicious and really doable. I love that in a cookbook! The cover photo made me hungry and your descriptions of the recipes you made really did the trick!

  24. Those recipes sound delicious and really doable. I love that in a cookbook! The cover photo made me hungry and your descriptions of the recipes you made really did the trick!

  25. I have drooled with each review of this book that I have read. One of these days, it will be mine and I will get to make those wonderful dishes.

  26. I have drooled with each review of this book that I have read. One of these days, it will be mine and I will get to make those wonderful dishes.

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