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Learned how to cook with this book. If you can make fried chicken you can make anything. Did many of the recipes in the book. Problem is there weren't too many standout recipes. I feel like many of the Chefs altered their recipes. Either this- or I just wasn't so impressed with some of the spices. Fused a half dozen together to come up with one I liked best. I feel it's best to bake the chicken or boil in its marinade first and then fry only for a short period of time so the spices don't burn. Not sure why so few of these employ this method.
The recipes within this book are excellent! Everything in it is delicious and the information about the chefs who created them and the restaurants at which they are served was interesting and have inspired us to seek them out when traveling. My husband and I have downsized and I buy few cookbooks in actual print form. I first purchased this as an ebook but quickly saw that I would like to have a print copy of it. Add a shout out to Minnesota goodwill also as I bought it from them as a used book in what they described as "Very Good" condition. I would call it "Like New" condition. Very pleased with this purchase.
It's crispy, juicy, succulent, tender and oh so good!!! I'm talking about fried chicken! Who doesn't love this classic quentissential american dish? Rolled in flour or bread crumb coating and spices and deep-fried to a golden brown! Eaten hot or cold alongside satisfying sides like mashed potatoes, stuffing, macaroni & cheese, corn, coleslaw or potato salad, or with biscuits and gravy? Portable provisions, this has become america's favorite finger food! For years, fried chicken has become a regional specialty- a favorite of the Southern United States. But it took a civil war, an industrial revolution, and one very cantankerous bearded gentleman (Colonel Harlan Sanders) to get fried chicken to strut north of the Mason-Dixon Line out of the southern kitchens, and beyond American shores! Bravo to authors Lee Brian Schrager and Adeena Sussman for writing this great cookbook! (I love reading the foreword by Whoopi Goldberg too!) I Only wished that they included fried chicken recipes from restaurants such as KFC and Church's. Being Filipino-American, I also enjoyed Max's of Manilla for their fried chicken too!
This is a masterpiece of a presentation of the American Icon: Fried Chicken. Other fried chicken books have served well to focus on exceptional "back to the roots" recipes and cooking methods, but these folks have eclipsed them all with the personal stories, dedication, recipes and of the absolute love to produce fine fried chicken by those whose craft presently define the historical and present definition of what fried chicken is. It is their life and accomplishment and their contribution to the greatest meal ever made: Fried Chicken.
This is the BEST BOOK EVER for frying really good chicken. I'd searched for decades for THE recipe to make southern fried chicken as I remember my Mom made it. This book has it and many other options that are bound to have one for your taste. The one I found best and used a technique I hadn't previously tried was from a restaurant in Harlem. If I recall correctly the chef was originally from Alabama. At any rate, it you're looking for a good fried chicken recipe, it's sure to be found in this book.
FABULOUS! EASY TO READ. WHEN IS THE LAST TIME I READ OR HEARD THE WORD GRIBENES. I ADORE FRIED CHICKEN AND EVEN THOUGH I DON'T FOLLOW DIRECTIONS WELL, I HAVE COMBINED MANY OF THE INGREDIENTS LISTED IN SOME OF THE RECIPES, AND MY CHICKEN CAME OUT PRETTY GREAT!
I LOVE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN CHOSEN FOR THIS BOOK. I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE BOOK. THANK YOU FOR WRITING THIS. I WILL USE AND LOVE THIS BOOK FOR YEARS, AS I PERFECT THE ART OF FRYING CHICKEN.
If you are a fan of Fried chicken, get this cookbook. I've learned valuable tips in this cookbook, that explained the why my Mom made chicken the way she did. Great recipes from around the country. Hattie's Hot Chicken is one my favorite recipes from this book.
I LOVE this cook book! Not only is it filled with several different recipes for fried chicken, but its introductions to the chefs, their restaurants, and their philosophies make for fascinating reading. Even if you have no intention of ever frying a chicken, buy this book, curl up in your favorite chair, and enjoy the story of one of America's classic comfort foods.